Jacksonport State Park Events Scheduled

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WELCOME TO JACKSONPORT STATE PARK October 18th, 2013 – October 27th, 2013

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.

Friday, October 18th

5:30 pm – Shelling And Pearling – Campground. Discover the fascinating world of White River pearling as the residents of Jacksonport experienced at the turn of the 20th century. See the equipment used by divers and learn how the shells were used. Maybe you can see the most coveted prize of all, the perfectly-shaped fresh water pearl.

Saturday, October 19th

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Campfire Cooking Workshop – Campground. Have you ever cooked on a stick or cook pizza in a campfire? Campfire cooking can be fun and exciting for you, your family and friends, whether camping or in your own backyard. We’ll build a campfire and cook several delicious outdoor recipes such as pizza, pigs in a blank and S’mores. Reservations are required and must be made at least three days in advance. Fee is $5 per person.

5:30pm–Civil War In Songs– Campground. A musical telling of the Civil War with the songs that shaped the period of strife. The program covers all the ups and downs of not just famous battles and generals but the everyday citizens that endured the Civil War’s hardship.

Sunday, October 20th

2:30 pm- Raccoons! – Picnic Area. Bring a healthy picnic lunch and join an afternoon program in the picnic area. Arkansas is home to many fascinating fur-bearing animals like the raccoon. You can discover their unique behaviors and look at a raccoon model close up.

3:30pm- Birds of Prey- Picnic Area. Bring a healthy picnic lunch and join an afternoon program in the picnic area. Explore the super powers of birds of prey and learn how they survive in the wild and then take a walk to the end of the swim beach to see if there are any around.

Friday, October 25th

5:30 pm – Tour of the Universe – Courthouse & Pavilion Parking Lot. The evening starts in the courthouse with a presentation “Investigating the Universe” with Dr. Tillman Kennon, Associate Professor of Science Education from Arkansas State University – Jonesboro. Dr. Kennon explores the universe with colorful and exciting images of planets, constellations and satellites. At dusk, see the stars through telescopes set up at the pavilion parking lot. The program is free to the public. Teachers and students are encouraged to attend the program. The courthouse is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, October 26th

2:30pm – Bird Magnets – Picnic Area. Bring a healthy picnic lunch and join an afternoon program in the picnic area. The White River is a unique place to view a variety of birds such as Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay and Carolina Chickadee. Discover why the White River is such a great habitat to so many different birds and hear a variety of bird sounds. At the end of the program, make a bird magnet to take home with you.

3:30 pm– Fish ID and Techniques– Picnic Area. Bring a healthy picnic lunch and join an afternoon program in the picnic area. A brief overview of the game fish native to the White River Area and the different techniques used to catch them.

5:30pm–Civil War In Songs– Campground. A musical telling of the Civil War with the songs that shaped the period of strife. The program covers all the ups and downs of not just famous battles and generals but the everyday citizens that endured the Civil War’s hardship.

Sunday, October 27th

2:20 pm – Butterfly Magnets – Picnic Area. Butterflies are beautiful, special creatures that have several unique behaviors that you have probably seen, but not recognized. Learn about butterfly behaviors such as basking, patrolling, and nectaring and then you can make your own butterfly magnet to take home.

6:30pm– Civil War Weapons– Picnic Area. Come see a demonstration in black powdered weapons that were used in the Civil War. Join a park interpreter to learn how these weapons were used and fired and who were some of the famous Civil War fighters that used these Confederate Weapons.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE PARK INTERPRETER AT THE PARK OFFICE

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