Programs Slated at Parker Dam

PENFIELD – The following programs have been slated for the Parker Dam State Park.

Friday, Oct. 4

Plants and the Cherokee: 

7 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

The relationship between native peoples and the environment around them was a special.  They were especially connected to the plants that provided food, clothing, and medicine.  Watch, you may see plants that you know.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Flint Knapping: 

2 p.m. – Pavilion 6 

The native peoples possessed a special skill– flint knapping– to make the arrowheads and spear-points they used for hunting.  Learn more about flint-knapping and how it is done– you can even give it try for yourself.

Hidden Treasures:

7 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

Fungi are a huge group of organisms that you may know very little about.  Discover their incredible diversity and how they fit into the ecosystems– and dinner tables– where they are found throughout the world.

Sunday, Oct. 6

The Primitive Atlatl: 

2 p.m. – Environmental Education Classroom 

Although we often think of the bow and arrow as the Native American weapon of choice, the atlatl was an incredibly well-used tool for hunting.  Learn more about the atlatl and try your hand at using one.

Friday, Oct. 11

Little… But Incredible: 

7 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

Ants are one of the most successful life forms on this planet.  But for ants, unselfishness is the rule. Learn more about these insects and their communal way of life.

Saturday, Oct. 12

 

GPS Basics: 

2 p.m. – Environmental Education Classroom 

Learn the basics of how to use a recreational GPS receiver– marking waypoints, navigating, etc.  You will be introduced to the sport of geocaching as well.  We’ll start inside, but will be heading out– so be prepared for the weather.

A Murder of Crows: 

7 p.m. – Campground Amphitheater 

A group of crows is called a murder, but as individuals they can be one of the most intelligent creatures we encounter.  Learn more about these common birds with uncommon abilities and potential.

Sunday, Oct. 13

History Walk: 

2 p.m. – Beach House steps 

The area of Parker Dam has seen many changes over the years.  Come for a pleasant walk around the lake as those changes are highlighted and the park’s history is explained.  We will cross the spillway rocks, so wear appropriate shoes.

The eighth annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Float at Parker Dam State Park will be Oct. 19.  Heritage activities and vendors will be available throughout the afternoon; and in the evening, there will be a bonfire on the beach coinciding with the annual pumpkin float.

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