Tamara Lunsford, the Park Superintendent at Daisy State Park in Kirby, has sent the below schedule for the upcoming Survival Skills Workshop Feb. 21-23 at the park. If you might be interested, advance registration is required and those can be made by contacting the park at 870-398-4487. Arkansas’s eighth state park, Daisy is located on 7,000-acre Lake Greeson about 50 miles west of Arkadelphia. Nearby attractions such as the Little Missouri River, the Ouachita National Forest and Crater of Diamonds State Park make it a good base camp for other activities too. Classes featured during the weekend are listed below.
Friday, February 21
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. INTRODUCTION TO GEOCACHING
Join the 21st century and discover what geocaching is all about. Take a crash course in GPS technology, then learn the basics of one the fastest-growing activities in America. We’ll even search for an actual cache! Meeting place: Interpretive Center
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MEET AND GREET CAMPFIRE
The park will provide a warm fire, marshmallows and popcorn for all park guests to gather around and talk about the exciting workshops and programs offered during this weekend’s survival skills challenge. Meeting place: Interpretive Center Porch
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. STARGAZING
Learn about stars, constellations, satellites, and using a telescope to view the night sky. Join the Park Superintendent for a stargazing program. Meeting Place: Interpretive Center. Admission: Free
Saturday, February 22
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. DUTCH OVEN WORKSHOP
Whether you are a professional campfire cook or just a novice, this 2-hour workshop introduces you to Dutch oven cooking. The workshop covers topics such as the history of Dutch ovens, maintaining cast-iron and great family breakfast recipes. Breakfast will be served during the workshop. Meeting place: Interpretive Center. Admission: $10
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ARKANSAS WILDLIFE
Arkansas is home to a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, and other animals. This program will discuss Arkansas’s wildlife, and will have some animal-related items on hand to inspect and feel. We’ll also mention if there is any type of wildlife that should be feared as your trying to survive. Meeting place: Interpretive Center. Admission: Free
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. BASIC MAP AND COMPASS
During this basic map and compass workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn terminology and skills using each piece of equipment. Participants will also calculate their personal paces and try to complete a simple orienting course. Park will provide compasses for the event. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. Meeting place: TBA. Admission: $5
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. BASKET WEAVING
Join guest speaker Mike Thennes to gain valuable hands on experience weaving baskets. Mr. Thennes has instructed many outdoor classes for Arkansas State Parks including edible and medicinal plants, shelter Building, tracking, and cordage. You won’t want to miss his expertise in survival skills! Meeting place: Pavilion Admission: $10
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CATCH A FISH WITH A CAN
Learn how to fashion a soda can into a successful fishing pole. Then make sure to try it out on the shorelines of Lake Greeson. Meeting place: Playground
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS WORKSHOP
Learn traditional uses for common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by local expert Mike Thennes, which will include an indoor lecture session followed by an outdoor hike. This workshop is designed for ages 13 and up. Advance registration and payment is recommended. Space is limited. Meeting place: Interpretive Center. Admission: $10
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. FIRE STARTING
The ability to start a fire is an important survival skill to practice. Rubbing two sticks together to create fire can be a difficult challenge, if never done before. During this workshop, participants will get the knowledge and practice in using pre-historic, pre-modern, and modern methods of creating fire. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. Meeting place: TBA. Admission: $10
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. KNOT TYING
Knot here! Learn several basic knots useful to an outdoors person. You’ll even learn what not to knot. We’ll supply the rope and learning tools for you to take home and practice. Meeting place: Interpretive Center. Admission: Free
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The first step in wilderness survival is being prepared. This workshop will cover many different ways you can prepare for your next adventure. Topics will include preparedness packs and planning tips. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create and gather supplies for their own preparedness packs. This program is part of the Survivor Skills Weekend series and designed for ages 10 and up. Meeting place: Interpretive Center. Admission: $5
Sunday, February 23
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. SURVIVAL SKILLS CHALLENGE COURSE
Once your skills are sharp, it’s time for some fun: the Survival Skills Challenge and Competition. We’ll begin with all competitors and progressively whittle down the field with a variety of survival competitions. Sign up starts at 9:00am with the secret instructions revealed at 9:30am. Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
Meeting place: Interpretive Center
Admission: Free for Workshop Participants; $10 for non-workshop participants