January-March Events Happening at Davidsonville State Park in Pocahontas!

Saturday, January 19:
Build Your Own Bat Box Workshop
Meeting Place: Education Center
Admission: $15

Did you know the average bat can eat some 1,200 mosquito sized insects in an hour? Want some new neighbors who will help with pest control during those buggy summer months? Come get hands on and build your very own bat house to take home and install on your property! While trying your hand at construction, you'll learn about why having bats as tenants can be a great idea, what to do if a nosy bat meanders into your house, and how to properly set up your new bat house to help the new bats settle in. Bring the whole family because this woodworking project is easy enough for youngsters to help. Space is limited and reservations are required. Cost includes all supplies and instructions.

Saturday, February 9:
Wilderness Survival Hike
Meeting Place: Vistor Center Porch
Admission: Free

Lace up your hiking boots and pull on your gloves as we take a morning hike designed to teach some basic wilderness survival skills. Our two-mile hike will cover several methods of fire starting, emergency shelter creation, basic orienteering for the non-hiker, and what steps to take should you become lost on an outdoor adventure. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water, and something to snack on. This program is designed to teach basic skills only, and is suited for scout groups just beginning their adventures as well as those who want to learn useful outdoor skills. Reservations requested, but not required.

Saturday, February 23:
Leather Crafting Workshop
Meeting Place: Education Center
Admission: $10

If you can imagine it, you can make it. Long before big box stores made shopping easy, homemade as the way to get many common personal items. Shoes, bags, belts, wallets, bracelets, and more all were made by working animal hide leather. Join the park interpreter and make a leather-craft item of your own in this beginner level workshop. All materials provided to make your choice of three unique items. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Saturday, March 2:
Territorial Arkansas Living History Fest
Meeting Place: Davidsonville Historic State Park
Admission: Free (food and merchandise available to purchase)

The past becomes the present at Davidsonville Historic State Park as we celebrate 200 years of Arkansas Territory. Come explore the town as it would have been during a hey-day market week and explore the pattern of peoples and trades that made Arkansas what it is today. Try your hand at candle making, tomahawk throwing, carpentry, brickmaking, quill writing, historic games, and more. Visit the historic tavern for a drink and try your luck at a hand of cards while talking with the innkeeper. A variety of townsfolk will be present to talk about experiences, ranging from the doctor and his medical ideas, to the struggles of slaves that called this area home.

The Festival is free to the public with food and merchandise available for purchase during the event. For more information, contact the park at 870-892-4708 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This event is sponsored by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas State Archives, and is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, March 21:
Davidsonville Discovery Day
Meeting Place: Education Center
Admission: $10

Escape the classroom and come explore Davidsonville Historic State Park on a Spring Break adventure! This cooking adventure is for the kids. We'll talk about cooking safety, how to use various cooking implements, how much harder cooking was 200 years ago, and then use our newfound knowledge to cook up a tasty lunch for all to enjoy. This program is for those age 10 and up and kids must be pre-registered for the event by Monday, March 18th. Space is limited to the first 10 participants to sign up and additional classes will be added if demand is present. This is a great chance to start learning a life skill, eat amazing food, and maybe even make a friend or two.

Davidsonville Historic State Park
7953 Hwy 166 South
Pocahontas, AR 72455

For more information on these and other events or to sign up, call 870-892-4708 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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