Upcoming Spring Break Events

Lake Charles State Park invites you to enjoy Spring Break at the lake and take part in our interpretive programming. A variety of events, programs and activities will be available for visitors. See below for details

Owl Prowl

Saturday, March 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place: Pavilion

Several species of owls reside in Lake Charles State Park. Learn about a few species of owls and their awesome adaptations that make them efficient nocturnal predators. Once we learn about owls, we’ll attempt to call some in and hear them call back. 

Butterfly Walk and Seed Stomp

Sunday, March 22- 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center                

Join Park Interpreter Mick for a short discussion and walk along our Butterfly and Blooms Trail. Along the way we’ll talk about the butterflies of the park, and how you can help increase butterfly habitat at your own house. After the walk, we’ll work together to spread wildflower seeds in our butterfly garden and along the trail.

Dutch Oven Demonstration

Sunday, March 22- 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place: Pavilion

Learn about our state cooking vessel and sample tasty treats cooked over the coals. We’ll cover the basics of cast iron cooking and show you how you can incorporate this historic cooking pot into your home cooking! Preregistration is required.

Wildlife Jeopardy

Monday, March 23- 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place: Pavilion                 

Test your knowledge of wildlife in Arkansas in a fun game of Jeopardy! Meet at the pavilion at 7pm for this fun game for all ages.

Gyotaku: Fish Printing

Tuesday, March 24- 10a.m. – 11 a.m..

Meeting Place: Playground

Gyotaku is the Japanese art of fish printing. Fisherman kept record of their catches by applying ink and printing the fish’s impression on rice paper. Join a park interpreter as we make our own fish prints of native Arkansas species. Each participant will get to take home their own fish print

Guided Hike: White Oak Trail

Wednesday, March 25- 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Meeting Place: White Oak Trail Head

This trail features great views of Lake Charles as it winds approximately 1.5-miles through an oak-hickory forest. We’ll talk about the plants and animals that reside at Lake Charles State Park and try to find evidence of them, and how you can best leave no trace during your stay. Bring water, comfortable hiking shoes, and maybe a snack.

Sounds of the Night

Wednesday, March 25- 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place: Pavilion

This program will help ease those worries and anxieties by showcasing the wonderful sounds of the forest at night. While they might be nerve-wracking to new campers, the forest is alive at night with a whole host of sounds and noises. We’ll help you identify these harmless noisemakers so you can sleep easy! 

CSI: Campsite Investigation

Thursday, March 26- 1p.m. – 2 p.m.

Meeting Place: Campsite 43

Take on the role of a Campsite Investigator and solve the case! Someone or something has ravaged campsite 43 and it’s up to you to figure out who! Learn about our wildlife suspects, solve the case, and find out how you can prevent your campsite from being a victim

S’mores and Park Trivia

Friday, March 27- 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.  

Meeting Place: Pavilion

Join the park interpreter for s’mores and trivia at the pavilion. We’ll provide the s’mores supplies and the trivia questions! It’s a great way to start the weekend, learn about the park and the area, and prove to your family that you are the trivia master! 

Guided Hike: Mockernut Trail

Saturday, March 28,- 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Meeting Place: Mockernut Trailhead

Take a short guided hike along the Mockernut Trail, which offers great views of the lake and old bottomland hardwood forest. This activity provides a fun way for families to connect with nature together outdoors.