Jacksonport State Park Events

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JACKSONPORT STATE PARK

Spring Break -March 22 – March 30, 2014

Enjoy your stay at Jacksonport State Park by attending a few of our scheduled activities. Discover the many wonderfully diverse qualities of Jacksonport by bringing your family, friends and yourself to any of our programs. The activities listed below are free or have a fee if stated. So visit with the park interpreters Donna and Matt to experience the park.

Saturday, March 22

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Kids’ Fishing Workshop – Visitor Center. The White River is filled with catfish, bass and crappie just waiting to be caught. Learn about the different habitats of the fish, which bait to use, how to tie knots and bait a fishing pole with a park interpreter. We will provide the fishing poles if you did not have one. Participants ages 16 and up must have a valid Arkansas fishing license. Fee $5 per child.

Sunday, March 23

2:30pm-Hawk Center, Birds of Prey – Jacksonport Courthouse. Volunteers from the Hawk Center in Russellville are bringing live hawks and owls to Jacksonport for a Bird of Prey Program. See these magnificent animals and discover their unique habits. The program is free.

Monday, March 24

2:30 pm – Guided tour in Costume for Kids-Jacksonport Courthouse. Travel back in time to experience the courthouse as it was seen during the 19th century. In the courtroom, discover historical cases tried at Jacksonport. See how the Civil War affected the town and the children through first-hand accounts. Your guide will be dressed in period costume and will take you on this special tour through the courthouse. Children will have the opportunity to try on some period costumes and accessories as well as play with historical toys.

Tuesday, March 25

2:30 pm – Guided tour in Costume for Kids-Jacksonport Courthouse. Travel back in time to experience the courthouse as it was seen during the 19th century. In the courtroom, discover historical cases tried at Jacksonport. See how the Civil War affected the town and the children through first-hand accounts. Your guide will be dressed in period costume and will take you on this special tour through the courthouse. Children will have the opportunity to try on some period costumes and accessories as well as play with historical toys.

Wednesday, March 26

2:30pm –Japanese Fish Printing- Jacksonport Courthouse. Learn about the different kinds of fish in the White River, especially the most famous fish, the White River Monster. After the program, make prints of fish using the Japanese fish printing technique.

Thursday, March 27

10:00am – 12:00pm– Kids’ Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop – Jacksonport Courthouse. Are you looking for tasty way to spend a Thursday morning? Try a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop with the park interpreters. Learn the best method of making buttermilk biscuits and peach cobbler. Reservations are required and must be made at least three days in advance. Fee $7 per child.

Friday, March 28

2:30pm-Children’s Bird Hike-Tunstall River Walk Trailhead. Join a park interpreter on a stroll down the Tunstall River Walk looking for a variety of colorful birds. Learn how to use a bird identification book and binoculars. Listen for the different bird calls on the trail. After the hike, take home a bird coloring book and small bird identification book. Bring binoculars and wear good walking shoes.

Saturday, March 29

9:00am-12:00pm-Kids’ GPS Workshop- Jacksonport Courthouse. Geocaching is a great sport for kids. Learn how to operate a GPS unit, locate hidden geocaches and create your own create own hidden geocache. Enter a contest locating hidden caches in the park and win a prize. All geocachers in the workshop receive a gift item. You can bring your own GPS unit or we can provide one for you to use. Please make your reservations at least three days in advance. Fee: $12 per child.

Sunday, March 30

2:30 pm – Wooden Toys – Jacksonport Courthouse. Ball and cup, buzz saw, graces and rolling hoops are

just some of the toys that were used by pioneer children. Try your hand with these fun toys and learn about the life of a pioneer child.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE PARK INTERPRETER AT THE PARK OFFICE

by calling (870) 523-2143 or E-mail: donna.bentley@arkansas.gov