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Devil's Den Rocks This Weekend

Three days of activities in one of the state's most scenic spots.
Biking, hiking, and nature activities are offered March 22-24 during Devil's Den Rocks.

Devil's Den State Park is located near West Fork in Washington County.



During this weekend's program you can join geologist Sandra Chandler to learn how the terrain of rocks and minerals in The Natural State were created.

You can also catch a special music performance by folk duo Still on the Hill. Bring a flashlight or candle with you and at the end of the show join them in celebrating Earth Hour, a global initiative to bring awareness to the environmental challenges facing the world today.



Here's the schedule of fun for the weekend:

Friday (March 22)

10 - 11 a.m. ANIMAL'S AMBASSADORS AT DEVIL'S DEN--Ever wonder what is so unique about a king snake? Why a corn snake is called that? Or what's the difference between a land turtle and a water turtle? Join Interpreter Terry as you discover the answers to these questions and more. Meet in the animal exhibit area of the visitor center.

Noon - 1 p.m. NATURE GAMES - Nothing brings a family together like a little friendly competition! Join Interpreter Terry for some of your favorite games with a natural twist. Meet in the Audio/Visual room at the Visitor Center to start the fun!

1 - 2 p.m. FOSSIL FLABBERGAST - Remnants of life that lived in Devil's Den State Park millions of years ago can still be found in the park. Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to get a closer look at some of the examples of the ancient life that inhabited the park. Then make your own fossil rubbing. Meet in the Audio/Visual Room at the Visitor Center.

3 - 5 p.m. DEVIL' S DEN TRAIL ROCKS! - Join geologist Sandra Chandler for a revealing hike along the Devil's Den Trail. This special 1.5 mile, moderately strenuous hike will focus on the unique geologic formations seen along the way. Don't miss this epic tale, hundreds of millions of years in the making! Meet at the Visitor Center flagpole.

4 - 5 p.m. - HAWKS AND OWLS - Can you tell the difference in an owl or a hawk flying? Join Interpreter Terry as we explore the similarities and differences of these magnificent birds of prey. Then we'll turn on our owl voices and practice making some cool owls sounds!  Meet in the audio/visual room at the visitor center.

8 - 9 p.m. GEOLOGY OF ARKANSAS - Join geologist Sandra Chandler for this fascinating look at the processes that helped create the terrain and rocks and minerals of the Natural State. This eye-opening presentation will take us through millions of years of changes that are still going on today. Don't miss this ground-breaking and earth-shaking presentation tonight at the amphitheater.



Saturday (March 23)

10 a.m. - Noon READING ROCKS HIKE - Ever read a story that starts "a long, long time ago"? Have you ever tried to read a rock to figure out what a place was like a long, long time ago? Join Geologist Sandra Chandler on an adventure to read a story in the rocks that tells of the life at Devil's Den State Park millions of years in the making. This adventure will take us on a two-mile walk with creek crossings. Meet at the hike-in campground parking lot in Area A.

2 - 3 p.m. ROCKS AND MINERALS OF ARKANSAS - Join geologists Sandra Chandler as she reveals some of the unique properties and fascinating characteristics of the rocks and minerals found across the Natural State. This family friendly presentation is great for children of all ages. Meet in the Audio/Visual Room at the Visitor Center.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. SHAKE, RATTLE, ROCK AND ROLL - Did you know that rocks have a life all their own - possibly changing over millennium from magma to quartz crystals to sand? Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to learn more about the rock cycle in fun game that is a roll of the dice. Then stick around to give some old garbage a new life as we make musical instruments from household waste so that we can rock the night away! Participants can use their instruments tonight at the amphitheater for the grand finale of Still on the Hill's performance to make an Ozarkestra! Meet at the Ridge Runner Caf Pavilion.

4 - 5 p.m. NATURE'S HIGHRISE--Creatures in nature live in high rises' much like human in big cities do. Join Interpreter Terry for a causal walk in the woods and discover natures often overlooked apartments and skyscrapers .Meet at the visitor's center flagpole.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. STILL ON THE HILL - You don't want to miss this special performance by folk duo Still on the Hill. Their magical, out-of-the-world performance is sure to get your feet tapping, your heart thumbing, and your eyes sparkling! Please bring a flashlight, lantern, or candle as we will be turning off the lights at the end of the performance in observance of Earth Hour. Meet at the amphitheater.

8:30 - 9:30p.m. EARTH HOUR - Join this global initiative to bring awareness to the environmental challenges facing our world today by turning out your light for one hour. Be a part of the solution and see how much brighter our world can be!


 
Sunday (March 24)

11 a.m. - Noon EAT LIKE A BIRD- Birds are adapted to many differing ways of life. Each species has unique characteristics that make them adapted to their environment.  Join Interpreter Terry for a fun game to learn about the interesting adaptations of birds beaks. Then make a pinecone bird feeder to take home for your feathered friends to enjoy. Meet in the Audio/Visual room at the Visitor Center.

1 - 1:45 p.m. REPTILE CUISINE--Have you ever wondered how a snake hunts its prey and eats, or why snakes stick out their tongues? Join Interpreter Terry for a short talk on reptiles and then watch the reptile ambassadors of Devil's Den eat their delicious meals! Meet in the visitor center animal exhibit area.

3 - 4 p.m. VULTURE FINGER PUPPETS Creating finger puppets can be a fun activity. Join Interpreter Terry in the audio/visual room at the visitor center and learn how to create your own vulture puppet while learning some fun things about this awesome but misunderstood bird.



Jill Rohrbach is the travel writer for the Arkansas River Valley and Ozarks regions of The Natural State. Based in northwest Arkansas, she has been with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism since 1999.

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