Fall Color Kayak Tour- Partner Program
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Color Kayak Tour- Partner Program

Saturday November 3, 2018

2:00 p.m. - Fall Color Kayak Tour of Bear Creek Lake      Bear Creek Lake Swim Beach           1.5 hours

Mother Nature knows how to dress for any occasion, but she often saves her most stunning colors for fall.  Of course the scene is always different from year to year and it is hard to predict if or when we will have peak color.  Join a park interpreter to marvel at the splendid colors found in nature as we paddle around Bear Creek Lake.  We will discuss what conditions are necessary to create the best fall colors and what happens the years they are not so great.  All skill levels welcome.  We will cover basic paddling techniques before we get started and make sure everyone is comfortable in their kayak.  Cost is $12 per person.  Everyone must wear a lifejacket at all times.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Register by calling the visitor center at 870-295-4040

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Full Moon Kayak Tour: Partner Program
Oct
20
6:15 PM18:15

Full Moon Kayak Tour: Partner Program

Hosted by Mississippi River State Park

Saturday October 20, 2018

6:15 p.m. - Full Moon Kayak Tour              Bear Creek Lake Swim Beach         1.5 hours

Kayaking is a great way to experience Bear Creek Lake. The almost full moon will rise before the sun sets, giving us the perfect setting to view wildlife along the water’s edge. All skill levels welcome. We will cover basic paddling techniques before we get started and make sure everyone is comfortable in their kayak. All kayakers should have a light on board so please provide your own head lamp or other light device. Cost is $12 per person, bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours.  Everyone must wear a lifejacket at all times.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Register by calling the visitor center 870-295-4040.

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Steamboat PowerPoint and Children’s Craft- Partner Program
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Steamboat PowerPoint and Children’s Craft- Partner Program

Hosted by Delta Cultural Center


Date: Saturday, October 13
Location: Delta Cultural Center Visitor Center
Time: 10 am- 12 pm


The waterways of the Arkansas Delta have had a wide variety of uses throughout the years,
including its use for transportation during the 1800’s. Meet education coordinator Richard
Spilman at the Delta Cultural Center Visitor Center to discover the uses of steamboats in the
1800’s and early 1900’s. There will also be a children’s steamboat craft. The presentation goes
from 10 am- 10:45 am and the craft goes from 10 am- 12 pm.

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Water/Ways Closing and River Clean Up
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Water/Ways Closing and River Clean Up

It's the last day of the Water/Ways exhibit before it moves on to it's next location.  The exhibit has let us explore the our relationship with water so we thought this would be a good opportunity to give back to the river!  Join us for a clean up of the Sunflower River and closing ceremony of Water/Ways.  

Wear long pants and sleeves you can get dirty!  Trash bags and gloves provided for all participants. 

 

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Hornor Neck Kayak Tour: Partner Program
Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Hornor Neck Kayak Tour: Partner Program

Hornor Neck Lake is a wetland lake teeming with wildlife making it a perfect place to go kayaking.  There is usually something to see flying in the air, swimming through the water, perched in the trees and nestled in the ground.  We will review paddling techniques but familiarity with paddling is recommended for this tour.  Cost is $12 per person, bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours.  Everyone must wear a lifejacket at all times. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Register by calling the visitor center @ 870-295-4040

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Swimming and Civil Rights: Partner Program
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Swimming and Civil Rights: Partner Program

Hosted by Coahoma Collevtive

Clarksdale non-profit, Coahoma Collective, will host a panel discussion on the history of access to swimming pools in Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta and how that impacts current social issues.  The panel includes local residents who were directly impacted by the closing of the Clarksdale swimming pool or who have stories of relatives affected by it and civil rights scholars.

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Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Youth Art Exhibit Opening- Clarksdale

WaterWays is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that will be in Clarksdale this fall.  As part of the exhibit we will be hosting youth art exhibitions in Helena and Clarksdale.  Local students are encouraged to submit artwork to be displayed at the exhibition. Students may choose to sell their work or have it returned to them at the end of the exhibit (suggested price, $10/piece).  All proceeds will be returned to the schools to be used at the teacher’s discretion.

How to Participate:

All groups wishing to showcase work should schedule an in-class visit from an LMRF educator and/or a tour of the WaterWays exhibit prior to beginning the project.   We strongly encourage all groups to schedule a field trip to view the exhibit for all students who wish to submit work. The exhibit is in Clarksdale from Aug 31st- Oct 13th.  

Submission Criteria:   

Water is central to human existence, it shapes how and where we live, it plays a role in culture, tradition, art and music.  The WaterWays exhibit explores the ways water plays a role in our everyday lives. Submissions should also reflect the role that water plays in our lives.  All submissions should be accompanied by a short explanation of how the art reflects the artist’s personal relationship with water. Each entry should include artists name, age, school and cost for purchasing the work.

Art Opening Reception:

Students and families are invited to attend an opening reception for the art exhibit

Helena:  Thursday, Sept 27th  5pm- 7pm

Clarksdale:  Saturday, Sept 29th  12pm-1pm

 

How to Submit:

Entries should be delivered to LMRF’s offices in Clarksdale or Helena by Tuesday Sept 25th.  

291 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale MS

107 Perry St, Helena, AR

 

Contact Information

Shannon McMulkin

Lower Mississippi River Foundation

870-753-8954

info@lowermsfoundation.org

lowermsfoundation.org

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Life in the River
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Life in the River

Join the University of Mississippi's Biology Department to explore the life in the Sunflower River.   We'll have microscopes set up to view plankton and nets for catching fish and macroinvertebrates.  Great experience for learners of all ages!

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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Art Exhibit Opening- Helena

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WaterWays is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that will be in Clarksdale this fall.  As part of the exhibit we will be hosting youth art exhibitions in Helena and Clarksdale.  Local students are encouraged to submit artwork to be displayed at the exhibition. Students may choose to sell their work or have it returned to them at the end of the exhibit (suggested price, $10/piece).  All proceeds will be returned to the schools to be used at the teacher’s discretion.

How to Participate:

All groups wishing to showcase work should schedule an in-class visit from an LMRF educator and/or a tour of the WaterWays exhibit prior to beginning the project.   We strongly encourage all groups to schedule a field trip to view the exhibit for all students who wish to submit work. The exhibit is in Clarksdale from Aug 31st- Oct 13th.  

Submission Criteria:   

Water is central to human existence, it shapes how and where we live, it plays a role in culture, tradition, art and music.  The WaterWays exhibit explores the ways water plays a role in our everyday lives. Submissions should also reflect the role that water plays in our lives.  All submissions should be accompanied by a short explanation of how the art reflects the artist’s personal relationship with water. Each entry should include artists name, age, school and cost for purchasing the work.

Art Opening Reception:

Students and families are invited to attend an opening reception for the art exhibit

Helena:  Thursday, Sept 27th  5pm- 7pm

Clarksdale:  Saturday, Sept 29th  12pm-1pm

 

How to Submit:

Entries should be delivered to LMRF’s offices in Clarksdale or Helena by Tuesday Sept 25th.  

291 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale MS

107 Perry St, Helena, AR

 

Contact Information

Shannon McMulkin

Lower Mississippi River Foundation

870-753-8954

info@lowermsfoundation.org

lowermsfoundation.or

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Autumn Kayak Tour- Partner Program
Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

Autumn Kayak Tour- Partner Program

Hosted by Mississippi River State Park

Storm Creek Lake Swim Beach 1.5 hours

The leaves might not be changing yet, but the temperatures should be a little cooler.  So join a park interpreter for a casual paddle around Storm Creek Lake.  We have seen deer, raccoons, and other wildlife as we explore the coves and observe nature on Crowley’s Ridge.  Cost is $12 per person, bring your own kayak or borrow one of ours.  Everyone must wear a lifejacket at all times.

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Relay of Voices
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Relay of Voices

In 2019, six dancer-athletes comprising “Relay of Voices” will relay run the length of the Mississippi River and make stops in 104 of the cities and towns along the way. In each community they’ll partner up with residents to learn about their individual lives and the community as a whole. Practicing physical remembering, the athletes will use their bodies as their notebooks, storing not only the facts - somebody said this, or did that – but also the feelings, the nuances of what it means to be a body in that place and time. That visit will culminate with a choreographed celebration relaying the river voices already gathered for the community and its people. Relay is diving deep into rural America, as the heartbeat of the river flows in every small community, their histories and their present days, their very ways of life.


In advance of this larger expedition, the Relay Team is coming to Clarksdale this September to participate in the Water/Ways Exhibition and learn more about the Clarksdale community. They are interested to meet residents from the area who have a relationship with the Mississippi River and other surrounding natural resources. Based in Chicago, IL, the Relay Team is also interested to connect with Clarksdale residents who have ties there due to the 1927 Flood and the Great Migration. Through a choreographed dialogue, the Team will listen and move together with the Clarksdale community and carry home a new knowledge of life in Mississippi and on the Mississippi.

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Smithsonian Museum Day- Free Admission to Delta Blues Museum with ticket
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Smithsonian Museum Day- Free Admission to Delta Blues Museum with ticket

Free admission to the Delta Blues Museum with a Smithsonian Museum ticket

https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018.

Where will your curiosity lead you this Museum Day?
Let us know @MuseumDay #MuseumDay


Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/#VLhkqWbG1gc3fzLP.99
Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv
Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

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Great Arkansas Clean Up
Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

Great Arkansas Clean Up

Come out and join Mississippi River State Park and St. Francis National Forest as we clean up our part of the Mississippi River Watershed.  Areas of concentration include Hornor Neck Lake and the St. Francis River as well as the road down to the Mississippi River.  Fishermen and other boaters are encouraged to patrol the shoreline from the water, while everyone else picks up trash on foot.  We will have trash bags and gloves for everyone.  Help us keep your public lands litter free so they can continue to be some of the best fishing and recreation spots around.  Meet us at the Storm Creek Day Use or Helena River Park area to pick up your supplies and find out what area you are assigned to.  

 

 

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Flood Control on the Big River
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Flood Control on the Big River

Hank Burdine from the Mississippi Levee Board and Paul Hartfield, an endangered species biologist will discuss the history and future of flood control on the Mississippi River.  How has flood control changed the landscape of the Delta?  How should we manage flood control in the future to meet a growing population's needs without damaging the River ecosystem?

Paul Hartfield is the author of about 40 peer reviewed scientific publications on crayfish, freshwater mussels, snails, fish, turtles, Interior least tern, and Mississippi River. Author of eight Federal Register regulations listing 1 cave crayfish, 11 aquatic snails, 13 freshwater mussels, Alabama sturgeon, and 1 aquatic plant under the Endangered Species Act.

Hank Burdine has been writing for Delta Magazine and other publications for 15 years and published over 60 articles regarding to the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta. He is considered to be one of the present-day historians of the Mississippi Delta with extensive expertise in culture and historical events and flood control. 

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Kayak Test Drive: Partner Program
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Kayak Test Drive: Partner Program

Hosted by Mississippi River State Park

Are you curious about kayaking?  Well here is your chance to try your hand at this paddling sport.  We will have a couple of kayaks available for you to try.  The park interpreter will be on hand to answer questions and give you pointers.  This is a great way to find out if a kayak would be right for you without buying it first, or just to see what it feels like to sit in a kayak on the water.  Kayaks can be used for general recreation and enjoyment as well as fishing, photography or exercise.

Meet at Storm Creek Lake Day Use Area

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Plein Air Paint Out: Partner Program
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Plein Air Paint Out: Partner Program

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Hosted by Historic Helena Association

Please join us for the first ever Plein Air Art Festival in the heart of the Mississippi River Delta in historic downtown Helena, Arkansas. Dubbed by Mark Twain as one of the prettiest situations on the Mighty Muddy. Come experience a weekend of paint outs, workshops, children’s art classes, cash prizes, and of course the music and hospitality that the Delta is known for...

Visit https://www.historichelenaassociation.org/en-plein-air/ for more info

 

 

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