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Delta Heritage Trail State Park to hold interpretive programming for visitors – Stuttgart Daily Leader

Delta Heritage Trail State Park will offer programming for the next two weekends. Ryan Smith, a park interpreter at Delta Heritage Trail State Park, said there will be craft classes, a speckled kingsnake feeding, a historical program, and an opportunity for Boy Scouts to earn a merit badge.
Delta Heritage Trail State Park staff have led children’s craft classes every Friday at 2 p.m. since June. On Friday, July 29, the summer program will conclude with a class focused on bird nests.
“We are going to explore how and why birds found in the park build nests. You will be able to create your own nest to take home with you to tell others about the park and the birds that are found in it,” Smith said.
Pre-registration is not required for the free class.
On Saturday, July 30, children are invited to attend a class at Delta Heritage Trail State Park and create their own rag dolls.
“We will explore how children from the past were able to fashion their own toy, a ragdoll, from materials that they had at home,” Smith said.
Participants will meet at the Delta Heritage Trail State Park visitor center at 1 p.m. There is a $2 fee for materials, which can be paid the day of the event.
Visitors are invited to watch Delta Heritage Trail State Park staff members feed a speckled kingsnake. The program will be led on Sunday, July 31, at 1 p.m.
“We have a dead mouse that we will feed to the speckled kingsnake that we have on display. It is an opportunity for you to see how snakes are able to swallow their food or prey whole firsthand,” Smith said. “It is a pretty short program, and it usually works out pretty well. The snake has never refused to eat in a program.”
Visitors can take a trip back in time on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. They will be able to view models of railroad cars that operated when Delta Heritage Trail was an operating rail line in the early 1900s.
“We will talk about the different types of cars and the different types of freight that were carried along the line,” Smith said. “It really showcases and brings out the railroad legacy of Delta Heritage Trail and how the communities and people along it were really reliant on the railroad.”
The program is free to attend, and no registration is required.
Boy Scouts are invited to explore two Arkansas State Parks and work with a park interpreter on fulfilling the requirements for a Boy Scout Forestry Merit Badge. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 9 a.m.
“They could fulfill all the requirements for a Forestry Merit Badge within one day. Not only will they get to do that, but they will also get to explore Delta Heritage Trail State Park where we will be meeting in the morning,” Smith said. “After lunch, we will drive out to nearby Louisiana Purchase State Park to finish out some of the requirements of the badge there and also explore the park.”
The workshop should wrap up by 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required for scouts to attend. There is a $5 charge per scout.
The state park’s visitor center is located at 5539 U.S. Highway 49 in Helena-West Helena. Anyone with questions can contact park staff by calling 870-572-2352
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