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April Activities at Cossatot River State Park

Saturday, April 22  POLLINATOR DAY
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cross Pollinator Game (1 hour) Most plants need help moving pollen from one flower to another.  Wind moves the pollen for some plants such as grasses like corn.  Animal pollinators move pollen for many other flowering plants.  Join park interpreters for a fun interactive game to observe how plants are pollinated. Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre.

10:05 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.  Pollinator Garden & Seed Bombs (1 hour) Join park interpreters to learn how to create a garden that will attract pollinators. We will also make native “seed bombs” that make a beautiful pollinator garden. Meeting Place:Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. Macro Hunt (1 hour) The Cossatot River plays an important role in the life cycle of the pollinators that live in the park. Join Park Interpreter Carson as we investigate what macro invertebrates you can find in the river. We will also discover how Cossatot River helps to ensure a healthy environment that supports pollinators.  Meeting Place: Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center.

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. LUNCH (1 hour)

1:25 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.  Bee Hive & Keeping (1 hour) Honeybees are fascinating insects whose uniquely designed physical and social structures contribute to their survival and success.  Join Park Interpreter Carson as we discover why honeybees are so special. Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Amphitheatre.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Wildflower Hike & Bookmark Craft (45 mins.) Join Park Interpreter Flanary as we go on a small hike seeing what wildflowers help create food for wildlife and humans.  We will also make wildflower bookmarks to take home.  Meeting Place: Picnic Tables by the Waterleaf Trailhead.

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Monarch Craft & Life Cycle (40 mins.) A number of insects change in form as they grow; this process is called metamorphosis. Butterflies and moths undergo complete metamorphosis, in which there are four distinct stages.  Join park interpreter to discover the four distinct stages. We will also be making a Monarch craft to take home.  Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room

 

Sunday, April 23

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Hike-ooh (1.5 hours) There is a poet in every person and a good hike through nature is a great way to bring it out. Some of the greatest poets and poems were inspired by nature. Join Park Interpreter Carson for a ¾ mile hike on the waterleaf trail and a guided poetry activity. Meeting Place: Visitor Center.  

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.  Hives & Honey (1 hour) Honeybees are fascinating insects whose uniquely designed physical and social structures contribute to their survival and success.  Join Park Interpreter Carson as we take a look in a display hive and discover why honeybees are so important at Cossatot River State Park. Meeting Place: Butterfly Garden by the Visitor Center.

 

Saturday, April 29

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Amazing Spring (2 hours) It’s time for the leaves to start budding and plants to start blooming for a great picture opportunity.  Join Park Interpreter Flanary on a hike around and along Harris Creek Trail.  Feel free to bring binoculars, camera, phones and your eyes to capture some great moments.  Meeting Place:  Harris Creek Trailhead.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Cossatot’s Wildflower (1 hour) Got the Winter Blues?  Join Park Interpreter Flanary and see a PowerPoint presentation on the different wildflowers which can be found throughout the entire year at Cossatot River State Park.  Meeting Place:  Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.

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 Park Interpreter Flanary to talk about 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.

 

Sunday, April 30

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Nature Detectives Woodland Adventure (1 hour) How will you start your next adventure?  Join Park Interpreter Flanary as we go on a woodland adventure.  We will go on hunts, collect things, ID things and much more.  Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots (no flip-flops or sandals) and bring a bottle of water.  Meeting Place:  Visitor Center. 

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.  Thorns and Threats (1 hour) How do some plants and animals defend themselves?  In order to protect themselves, plants and animals have developed many different defenses.  Join Park Interpreter Flanary as we identify different defense strategies used by plants and animals through fun interactive activities.   Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room.

For more information about these activities or the park, call (870) 385-2201.

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