Event Details 

TitleSpring Break Escape - The Great Outdoors (Columbus)
Date03/29/2014
TimeTime varies each day
Event TypeSpring Break Activity
LocationRick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center
1685 CR35N
Columbus, AR 71831
Location LinkREGPCEC
CountyHempstead
Description
The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus invites you to join us for Spring Break Escape Monday, March 24 - Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Not going anywhere for Spring Break this year? Escape to the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center to celebrate the coming of spring with our staff. 

Monday,  March 24 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Marksmanship Monday
(For ages 3rd grade and up. Registration required. Bring a sack lunch and bottle of water)

  • Archery – Participants will learn the basics of archery – commands, safety, stances, nocking, aiming, release and follow through. Several archery skills games will be played to enhance skills learned during the day.
  • BB Guns – Participants will learn basic of bb guns – gun safety, shooting positions, loading and firing. Participants will practice the skills learned throughout the day on the shooting range.
  • Bait casting – Participants will learn the basics of casting a rod and reel and then cast through our Angler’s golf course.

Tuesday, March 25 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Hunter Education

  • Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. There is no specific age requirement to enroll in hunter education. Take the class and pass the test. Participants need to bring a sack lunch. This is a free program; however, registration is required by our facility staff for planning purposes. Call 870-983-2790 to register, get directions, or get more information about the program.

Wednesday, March 26 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Outdoor Discoveries
(For ages 8 and up. Registration required. Bring a sack lunch and bottle of water)

  • Orienteering – participants will learn the basics of using a compass and will find several points using their compass skills.
  • Wildlife Identification – Participants will learn about the animals that live in the wild in Arkansas and what makes them wild. Will also have an opportunity to see and feel several wildlife skins and skulls.
  • Fishing Frenzy – Participants will learn about the fish of Arkansas and how to identify them. They will also learn how to set up a rod and reel and have an opportunity to fish.
  • Canoeing Basics – Participants will learn the basics of canoeing – water safety, how to get in and out of a canoe, how to paddle – and will go on a canoe tour on one of our lakes.

Thursday, March 27 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Boating Education

  • Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. This is a free program; however, registration is required by our facility staff for planning purposes. Call 870-983-2790 to register, get directions, or get more information about the program.

Friday, March 28 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Fantastic Friday
(For ages 3rd grade and up. Registration required. Bring a sack lunch and bottle of water)

  • Beginning Birdwatching – participants will learn how to use binoculars and tips for identifying birds. Then we will take a hike across the prairie to put your skills to use. Binoculars will be provided for use during the program.
  • Building Birdhouses – participants will have an opportunity to build and/or paint their own bird house. (Type of house (purple martin or eastern bluebird) to be determined).
  • Beginning Nature Photography – participants will learn basics of how to use a digital camera – focus, zoom, macro – and will go out in the field to learn to take nature photos. Cameras will be provided for use during the program.
  • Geocaching – participants will learn the basics of using a GPS to go on a treasure hunt to find hidden containers. They will also find several hidden caches. GPS units will be provided for use during the program.

Saturday, March 29 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Reptile and Amphibian Day
(All ages welcome. Participants under age 8 will need parental assistance)

  • Participants will have an opportunity to learn all about reptiles and amphibians as well as see live reptiles including a king snake and a baby alligator. There will be several make and take crafts for kids to complete.
ContactCall 870-983-2790 to register, get directions, or get more information about the program.
Additional InformationThis is a free program, but for planning purposes, you must register to attend. Ages 8 and up bring a sack lunch and a bottle of water and stay for the day.
FeeConservation Sales Tax There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.