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Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena to continue summer programming this month – Stuttgart Daily Leader

Delta Heritage Trail State Park will continue summer programming this month. Ryan Smith, a park interpreter at Delta Heritage Trail State Park, said the activities are free.
Delta Heritage Trail State Park staff have led children’s craft classes every Friday at 2 p.m. since June. The craft classes will continue this month for young participants. On Friday, July 8, the program’s theme involves blues music.
“We are going to be discovering how the landscape that Delta Heritage Trail passes through today gave birth to the music style known as the blues. You will also get the chance to make your own blues instrument to take home with you,” Smith said.
On Friday, June 15, children will have an opportunity to make American Indian gorgets.
“Gorgets are like a necklace. We are going to explore the symbolism and the reason that American Indians made these gorgets and what they made them from. You will get a chance to create your own to take home,” Smith said.
Pre-registration is not required for either activity.
On Saturday, July 9, park staff will lead a discussion about bird beaks at 1 p.m.  
“Bird beaks are actually a pretty fascinating topic because the park is a haven for birds that migrate through here and also make a permanent area in the natural spots along the trail. In this program, we are going to discover how their beaks are uniquely suited for them to find, catch, and eat their favorite foods,” Smith said.
Visitors are invited to watch Delta Heritage Trail State Park staff members feed a speckled kingsnake. The program will be led on Sunday, July 10, and Sunday, July 17, at 1 p.m.
“This is a neat program because you can actually see how snakes are able to swallow their prey whole firsthand,” Smith said.
Interpreters will lead a journey back to when Delta Heritage Trail was an active rail line to see how children spent their summers. The program will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 1 p.m.
“We are going to learn about some of the work and chores that filled the summertime hours. They certainly also found time for fun and games,” Smith said. “It will give you the chance to experience what life was like. We definitely encourage children to attend, but they must be accompanied by an adult.”
Pre-registration is not required for any of the upcoming programs. Participants will meet at the state park’s visitor center, which is located at 5539 U.S. Highway 49 in Helena-West Helena, for summer activities. Anyone with questions can contact park staff by calling 870-572-2352
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