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March 2019 Activities at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area Announced

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area

1980 Highway 278 West - Wickes, AR 71973 - Phone: 870-385-2201

 

March 2019 Park Activities 

 
Saturday, March 02
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wildflower Walk (1 hour) Join a park interpreter to enjoy a short hike on the River Corridor Trail. We will explore the trail and discover some of the beautiful flowers that can be found in the park.
Meeting Place: Cossatot Falls Parking Lot. 
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cossatot Craft Corner (1 hour) Do you enjoy being creative?  Would you like to begin earning an explorer badge?  Join a park interpreter to use your creativity, have fun, and discover something special that can be found in the park.
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hives & Honey (1 hour) Honeybees are fascinating insects who’s uniquely designed physical and social structures contribute to their survival and success.  Join a park interpreter as we discover why honeybees are so special.
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre.
 
Sunday, March 03
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Constellation Exploration (1 hour) Constellations drew pictures for storytelling in both the past and the present at Cossatot River State Park.  Join a park interpreter to learn about the constellations you may see in the park and create your own constellation and story.
Meeting Place: Sandbar Picnic Area.
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feed the Critters (1 hour) Ever wonder how or what snakes eat?  Well, its dinner time and the critters are hungry!  Come and watch their eating habits and learn about the animals here at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Designed to Conceal (1 hour) Many creatures are shaped or colored to blend into their surroundings, and these different designs of camouflage are critical to the survival of those animals.  Join a park interpreter as we find out why it is helpful for some animals and identify some of the different types of camouflage found in nature.  
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre.
 
Friday, March 08
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Birding Basics (1 hour) Are you a birdwatcher or a birder? Do you know what the 3 B’s are to start you out exploring?  Join a park interpreter to discover some birding tips and start our exploration of these awe-inspiring feathery creatures.  
Meeting Place: Visitor Center.
 
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Lichen, Moss & More (1 hour) Is it like a lichen, more of a moss or a fungus among us?  Come explore the lives of these unique life forms with a park interpreter.  Discover the beauty, lifestyles, and significance of lichens, moss and fungi.  
Meeting Place: Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center.
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Do You Speak Frog? (1 hour) Many insects “sing” at night, but did you know that most of Cossatot’s nighttime noise comes from frogs?  Can you communicate with them?  Hop on over to the Sandbar to find out more about our local frogs and learn fun ways to identify their musical sounds.  You’ll even have a chance to join the “Frog Chorus!”  
Meeting Place: Sandbar Picnic Area.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaf Litter (1 hour) Do you know what leaf litter is?  Can leaf litter be good or is it bad.  Explore with a park interpreter as we uncover the true story on leaf litter.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre.
 
Saturday, March 09
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Picture Perfect! (1 hour) It’s winter time and the park is ready for its close up!  Join a park interpreter for a small hike on the River Corridor Trail. We can take some photos with our cameras or by drawing. It may be cold so dress warm. 
Meeting Place: Cossatot Falls Parking Lot.
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How to Draw Birds (1 hour) Are you up for a challenge and some fun?  Join a park interpreter as you learn to draw unique birds found here in the park. Drawing is a wonderful way to help us look more carefully at nature. Materials will be provided. 
Meeting Place: Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center.
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bats Alive! (1 hour) The diverse habitats surrounding the Cossatot River host a wide variety of these winged creatures of the night. Here is your chance to find out. Meet a park interpreter to discover more about these fascinating, beneficial, and often misunderstood mammals.
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hiss, Rattle and Roll (1 hour) Join a park interpreter to meet a few of the snakes that live in Arkansas.  We will discover the characteristics of the dangerous six and learn to tell them apart from harmless snakes.  Games and activities will conclude the presentation.  
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.
 
Sunday, March 10
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Bird Topo (1 hour) Topography is the description of the physical features
and their arrangement of a place or object. Meet a park interpreter as we discover a bird’s landscape and how it can help improve observational and identification skills in a fun activity.
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feed the Critters (1 hour) Ever wonder how or what snakes eat?  Well, its dinner time and the critters are hungry!  Come and watch their eating habits and learn about the animals here at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Away or Stay? (1 hour) In what ways is winter a difficult time for birds?  Migration is one of a variety of ways that birds meet the challenges of winter.  Meet with a park interpreter to discover the challenges birds face in winter.  
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.
 
Saturday, March 16
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Hike-ku (1 hour) Some of the greatest poets and poems were inspired by nature.  Poetry uses short, concise, and often powerful language to explain experiences.  Join a park interpreter for a short hike through nature. You will learn to employ all of our senses in a step by step guided activity to help inspire your writing.
Meeting Place: Harris Creek Trailhead.
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learning Cossatot (1 hour) A few minutes of quiet observation can unlock a whole new world of discovery.  Search with a park interpreter to discover what Cossatot River has hidden to find.
Meeting Place: Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center.
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Terrific Transformers (1 hour) Pollinators’ survival depends on their ability to transform. Join a park interpreter to participate in a fun relay race and learn about the transforming caterpillars that can be found at Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area. 
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lost and Found (1 hour) The program “Lost and Found,” has been developed to help prepare children for a situation we all hope will never happen—becoming lost in the outdoors.  Children will become “aware of five basic skills” that will help them to survive and be found should they ever become lost in an outdoor environment.  Being prepared for the unexpected makes the actual experience of being lost less frightening and easier to cope with. There will be storytelling, discussions and student activities are all involved in this program. 
Meeting Place: Cossatot Falls Parking Lot. 
 
Sunday, March 17
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Ouachita Walk (1 hour) The oldest mountain range in the U.S. is right in our backyard! Take a hike on the River Corridor Trail with a park interpreter to experience the grand views of the Ouachita Mountains.  Wear appropriate clothing, it may be chilly outside! 
Meeting Place: Cossatot Falls Parking Lot.
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feed the Critters (1 hour) Ever wonder how or what snakes eat?  Well, its dinner time and the critters are hungry!  Come and watch their eating habits and learn about the animals here at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center.
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Transformers (1 hour) Join a park interpreter to participate in a fun relay race and learn about the transforming caterpillars that can be found at Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area. 
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre. 
 
Tuesday, March 19
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Grandma’s Buttermilk Biscuits (1 hour) What a better way to start your morning with some of Grandma’s mouthwatering buttermilk biscuits You’ll have a chance to participate in a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.  Then enjoy some of the savory homemade biscuits and gravy.  Bring a bowl and spoon if you can, if not we’ll have some to share.
Meeting Place:  Sandbar Picnic Area.  #ARspringbreak
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Trash! Trash! Trash!  What Will We Ever Do with Trash?  (1 hour) Trash, what is trash and what can you do with it?  How do you get rid of it or can you?  Can it be harmful for us and the environment?  Join a park interpreter to discover these questions and how we can help protect ourselves and the environment, in an interactive game.
Meeting Place:  Sandbar Picnic Area.  #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies (1 hour) Do you know what family Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies are?  How could they all be from the same family?  They don’t look alike at all.  The little black ant looks as different from the huge cecropia moth as a mouse from an elephant.  Jon Park Interpreter Flanary as we have fun exploring the amazing world of Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies!
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.  #ARspringbreak
 
Wednesday, March 20
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tracks and Trace (1 hour) Do you know what the first thing to discover about tracking is?  Can you identify whose foot print is whose and where they were going?  Join a park interpreter in this fun activity and make an animal track craft to take home.
Meeting Place:  Cossatot Falls Parking Lot.  #ARspringbreak
 
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. I’m Not Bluffing! (3 hours) This is a 2.5-mile hike on Harris Creek trail and one of Cossatot’s unique trails in the park.  One of Cossatot’s park interpreters’ favorite places to hike to in the park is Goat’s Bluff.  As we hike along we will see dense pine forest, deep valleys and the Cossatot River Corridor itself.  She’s not bluffing.
Meeting Place:  Harris Creek Trailhead.  #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bird Wreath (1 hour) Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the birds are so delightful; And since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  Since it is winter time why not help our delightful birds out by creating a beautiful bird wreath for them this winter?  Join a park interpreter to make bird wreaths for our wintering birds.  Hope to see you there.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.  #ARspringbreak
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Plant to Pantry (1 hour) The Grist Mills used in communities surrounding Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area provided food to Arkansans by taking grains from the plant to the pantry. Visit with a park interpreter to see a grist mill and learn how it operates.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center.  #ARspringbreak
 
Thursday, March 21
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Compass Crash Course (1 hour) Have you ever used a compass? Would you like to learn how? Meet a park interpreter to learn about how helpful a compass can be. Participate in a fun activity that will test your compass skills.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre. #ARspringbreak
 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lichen, Moss & More (1 hour) Is it like a lichen, more of a moss or a fungus among us?  Come explore the lives of these unique life forms with a park interpreter.  Discover the beauty, lifestyles, and significance of lichens, moss and fungi.  
Meeting Place: Sandbar Picnic Area.  #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All Tied Up (1 hour) By learning basic knot tying skills, you can learn to set up your campsite quickly and efficiently.  Meet a park interpreter to learn how to tie a few basic knots that come in handy on any outdoor adventure.
Meeting Place: Sandbar Picnic Area. #ARspringbreak
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. A World in a Drop of Water (1 hour) We are about to peek into a very different world—a world that was discovered about three hundred years ago by a Dutchman.  A world where tiny amazing creatures flourish.  A park interpreter will guide you as we explore this fascinating world in a hands-on lab.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.  #ARspringbreak
 
Friday, March 22
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Birding Excursion (1 hour) Meet a park interpreter on this excursion to discover what bird life calls Cossatot River State Park home.  Wear appropriate shoes (No Flip Flops or Sandals).  Dress for the weather, bring binoculars (we have a few you can borrow if you don’t have any), a hiking stick, camera and a bottle of water.
Meeting Place:  Cossatot Falls’ Parking Lot.  #ARspringbreak
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Learning Cossatot (1 hour) A few minutes of quiet observation can unlock a whole new world of discovery.  Search with a park interpreter to discover what Cossatot River has hidden to find.
Meeting Place: Harris Creek Trailhead. #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Town Ball (1 hour) Join park interpreter(s) for a venture back in time as we learn to play an old fashioned friendly game of town ball. This fun old-time game is considered a stepping stone to modern baseball. 
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre. #ARspringbreak
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mother Nature’s Pantry (1 hour) Many plants right outside our doors are edible or good for what ails you.  Join a park interpreter to discover some of the uses of plants for food and medicine and see a few of the species.  We will even try some pine needle tea.
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.  #ARspringbreak
 
Saturday, March 23
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. I’m Not Bluffing (2 hours) One of our park interpreters’ favorite places at the park is Goat’s Bluff.  Join her on a 2.5-mile hike on Harris Creek Trail as we will see dense pine forest, deep valleys and the Cossatot River.  She’s not bluffing.
Meeting Place:  Harris Creek Trailhead. #ARspringbreak
 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Grandma’s Buttermilk Biscuits (1 hour) What a better way to start your morning with some of Grandma’s mouthwatering buttermilk biscuits You’ll have a chance to participate in a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.  Then enjoy some of the savory homemade biscuits and gravy.  Bring a bowl and spoon if you can, if not we’ll have some to share.
Meeting Place:  Cossatot Falls Picnic Area.  #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Along the Banks of Cossatot River (1 hour) Join a park interpreter for this easy to moderate, 2-mile guided hike along the Cossatot River Bank.  Feel Free to bring binoculars; who knows what we will see or stir up.
Meeting Place:  Cossatot Falls Information Board.  #ARspringbreak
 
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Charades: Critter Style (1 hour) How creative is your mind and your team?  Join a park interpreter to compete in a good old-fashioned game of charades- only imitating selected Cossatot River State Park creatures. May the best team win!
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre. #ARspringbreak
 
Sunday, March 24
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Terrific Transformers (1 hour) Pollinators’ survival depends on their ability to transform. Join a park interpreter to participate in a fun relay race and learn about the transforming caterpillars that can be found at Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area. 
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre. #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feed the Critters (1 hour) Ever wonder how or what snakes eat?  Well, its dinner time and the critters are hungry!  Come and watch their eating habits and learn about the animals here at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center. #ARspringbreak
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Leaf Litter (1 hour) Do you know what leaf litter is?  Can leaf litter be good or is it bad.  Explore with a park interpreter as we uncover the true story on leaf litter.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre. #ARspringbreak
 
Pollinator Day @ Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Saturday, March 30
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Terrific Transformers (30 mins) Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly as you transform yourself and go through the stages of metamorphosis in this fun-filled relay game.
Meeting Place:  Yard above Amphitheatre by Visitor Center.
 
10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Migration Madness (30 mins) Spring has sprung and many animals are migrating back to Arkansas. Join Park Interpreter Carson to learn about these travelers and experience their journeys. 
Meeting Place: Yard above Amphitheatre by Visitor Center.
 
11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. The Communication Station (30 mins) This station discusses how bees communicate through different dances.  Students will learn how bees use the waggle dance; and, then learn to apply this knowledge in an interactive scavenger hunt.
Meeting Place: Butterfly Garden on Waterleaf Trail by Visitor Center.
 
1:05 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Bee’s Knees (30 mins) Get crafty as you take a journey with Betzy the Bumblebee and discover the unique adaptations that make bees effective pollinators.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room B.
 
1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. The Garden Buzz (30 mins) This station will teach participants what they can do at home to help the pollinators in their back yard. Participants will create “seed bombs” to put in their yard.
Meeting Place: Legacy Room A in Visitor Center.
 
2:55 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Pollinator Power (30 mins) This station allows students to have a hands-on learning experience to discover how pollination works.  Students will use “pollinator gloves” and visit several flowers to see how the pollen is carried.
Meeting Place: Yard Above the Amphitheatre by Visitor Center.
 
Sunday, March 31
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Animal Tracks (1 hour 30 min) Many wild animals roam this park when we aren’t looking, leaving only tracks as evidence. Join a park interpreter to find out more about these wild animals, search for their tracks, and create your own tracks to take home.  
Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room. #ARspringbreak
 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feed the Critters (1 hour) Ever wonder how or what snakes eat?  Well, its dinner time and the critters are hungry!  Come and watch their eating habits and learn about the animals here at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center. #ARspringbreak 
 
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Caterpillars & Butterflies (1 hour) Join a park interpreter to have fun exploring the amazing world of Caterpillars and Butterflies!  Learn what you can do to help these beautiful creatures and attract them to your backyard.
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room. #ARspringbreak
 
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