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Events at Lake Dardanelle
Events at Lake Dardanelle

Eagle Tours – Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing American Bald Eagles. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American White Pelicans, ducks, and Snow Geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will be taking reservations this year.  You will need to call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility. Also, in case of inclement weather, call 1 hour before tour time for possible cancellations. The dates are listed below.

 

Sunday, December 18th 

10a.m. – Eagle Tour – See above description.

 

3p.m. – Where do they all go? – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Have you ever wondered where these creatures go when it gets cold? Do they moved to a warmer climate, take a long nap, or continue to move around like normal all winter? Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn what the animals do to survive the winter.

 

Tuesday, December 20th

10a.m. – What’s your Cover? - Sometimes it’s hard to see why some animals are feathered, while others are furry.  Why some are scaled, while others are skinned.  Join a park interpreter at the orientation room in the visitor center to learn about some of the body coverings you and I see when living in Arkansas.  Get ready to touch and feel to learn!

 

3 p.m. – “Little Brother”- Have you ever thought about how people survived before there were stores to buy what they needed?  Come to the orientation room in the visitor center to learn about how the Cherokee used parts of a deer to get what they needed to survive.

 

Wednesday, December 21st

10a.m. – Corn Husk Dolls - Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture that you find here today.  Join a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom to learn about an early toy that was made by the early settlers of Arkansas and to make one of your own.

 

1p.m. – Wearable Water Cycle - As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you.  Discover the many stops a drop of water makes on its journey through the water cycle. The possibilities are endless. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and dive into this incredible journey.

 

3p.m. – Wildlife Hike – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Meadowbrook Trail is home to many of these creatures. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover what animals call this area home. Then head down the trail to see how many creatures you can see or what traces of them we can find.

 

Thursday, December 22nd

9a.m. – Fireside Stories – Telling stories is a centuries old tradition created for pleasure, as well as to pass down the history and oral traditions of an area or group of people.  Meet a park interpreter at the fire ring across from the visitor center to hear some stories, share some stories, and enjoy the fire light. Bring something to sit on.

 

11a.m. – Fashion a Fish- Learn about the wide variety of shapes and sizes of fish the live in Lake Dardanelle, due to its health and diversity. After you discover the reasons for their shapes you can create a fish of your own. Join a park interpreter in the classroom of the visitor center.

 

1p.m. – Know your State – How well do you know the history and folklore of Arkansas?  Join a park interpreter in the classroom for this fun quiz game where teams will compete for prizes.  All ages welcome!

 

3p.m. – All Tied Up - By learning basic knot tying skills, you can learn to set up your campsite quickly and efficiently.  Meet a park interpreter at the classroom in the visitor center to learn how to tie a few basic knots that will come in handy on any outdoor adventure.

 

Friday, December 23rd

9a.m. – Birding Basics- Bird watching is a hobby for all ages. To get started you only need the 3 B’s: Binoculars, a Bird book, and Birds. Lake Dardanelle has plenty of birds, so come out and meet a park interpreter in front of the visitor center and learn just how easy bird watching can be.

 

10a.m. –River Ramble- As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you.  The river is always changing it hasn’t always looked the way it does today. Join a park interpreter in the classroom at the visitor center and learn some of the hazards and bounty the river has in store. You will have to navigate your way to safety in order to reap the rewards in our Fun river ramble.

 

2p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above description.

 

3p.m. – Nature Items Scavenger Hunt There is great diversity in habitat and animals at Lake Dardanelle, making it easy to explore and enjoy nature here. Join a park interpreter at the visitor center. We will see how many of the nature items on her list you can find. There will be some interesting things on her list, so bring your thinking cap, be ready to get creative with your answers, and let’s go nature hunting.

 

Saturday, December 24th – Visitor Center Closes at Noon

 

Sunday, December 25th – Visitor Center is Closed

 

Wednesday, December 28th

9a.m. – Eagle Tour – See above description.

 

11a.m. – Focus on Fish – Why does Lake Dardanelle have such a healthy bass population? The health of this fishery is partially, due to the good conservation practices of the staff at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter in the orientation room where she will talk about fish and how we can better care for them by learning and understanding their habits.

 

2p.m. – Busy as a Beaver - Lake Dardanelle offers diverse habitat that allow many different and unique animals to live here, including the beaver.  Everyone is familiar with the phrase, “busy as a beaver”, but how did they get the reputation of being such hard workers?  Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room to learn more about these water-loving mammals.

Thursday, December 29th

10a.m. – Packing Primer - Today we will learn some of the necessities for hiking and backpacking. We will learn basic safety measures. There are so many wonderful places to hike and see amazing sites in this great state. A backpacking trip is a great and inexpensive way to spend the day.  Join a park interpreter at the orientation room in the visitor center for your packing primer.

 

1p.m. – Bird Beak Buffet– You can learn a lot about a bird by just looking at their beaks.  Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to see the different ways birds use their beaks to eat.

 

4p.m. – Call of the Wild-  Some animal calls are very familiar while others are rather vague and when they’re all mixed together, it can be difficult to pick them out.  Meet a park interpreter at the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn the difference between many of the animal calls you hear in Arkansas.

 

Friday, December 30th

9a.m. – Pioneer Play – Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center. You will discover what pioneer kids did to pass the time while the exploration and progress of their parents forged the culture you find here today.

 

10a.m. – Snakes Alive - Know how to tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake? Meet a park interpreter in the orientation room at the visitor center to visit about these legless creatures, and try to understand some of their actions.  She might even bring some of her legless friends.

 

1p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above description.

 

2p.m. – Transformers – Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many creatures. Tadpoles and polliwogs transform into insect-eating machines throughout Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.

 

Saturday, December 31st

10a.m. – Talking Turkey The Native American tribes that historically inhabited this area were heavily dependent on nature for their livelihood. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater as she explains the importance the wild turkey had to the Native Americans who traveled through and settled this area. Learn how historical Native American uses for the turkey differ from the uses of today. Discover why turkey, is not just for dinner.

 

11a.m. – Hidden Creatures - We humans wear camouflage on a daily basis to blend in while hunting, and sometimes just for style.  But, animals have to use camouflage to survive in the wild.  Meet a park interpreter at the visitor center classroom to see some pictures of these animals doing what they do best, blending in with nature, and see if you can spot all the hidden creatures in the pictures!

 

2p.m. – The Stories of Lake Dardanelle – Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley. 

 

4p.m. – American Bald Eagles of Lake Dardanelle- Come out to the visitor center’s classroom to learn about American Bald Eagles, their federal standing, and the pair here on the lake.  We’ll be creating a fun Eagle craft after the program, so bring the entire family.
 

Borrow a Park Adventure & Creativity Kit – (P.A.C.K.) you get all the tools you need for adventure and creativity neatly packaged in a backpack along with an adventure guide full of ideas on what to do with all the items.  Our P.A.C.K.’s can be checked out at the visitor center for a $ 10 fee.  You keep the pack for 24 hours and get to keep many of the items for future adventures.

Remember that all our programs count toward earning your State Park Explorer Certificate. If you would like more information on this program ask one of our Park Interpreters.

Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive Russellville, AR 72802, 479-967-5516, www.arkansasstateparks.com