Secchi Day

August 17, 2019

14th Annual Secchi Day & Science Festival on Beaver Lake

General Attendees

The public is invited to attend the FREE 14th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake, five miles east of Rogers, Arkansas, on Hwy. 12. (The address is 9300 N Park Rd, Rogers, AR 72756.)  The Science Education Festival includes activities for all ages, with hands-on water and environmental science education fun, a fire truck, kayak test rides, free healthy snacks in the morning, lots of giveaways and chilled tap water to drink, free lunch (regular hot dogs and vegan), Popsicles and ice cream, as well as Water Fun Facts with Papa Rap.

We have snacks in the morning and lunch beginning at 11 a.m. The activities can keep your whole group busy for a couple of hours prior to lunch, so come early. Prize drawings begin at 12:15 p.m. and you must be present to win (you’ll get a wrist band and then check in at the Drawing Depot to get a drawing ticket when you arrive to qualify you). Prizes include 14 goody bags worth $200 dollars or more each, plus a grand prize (think kayak or another item in that value range). This event is great for scouts working on badges, youth groups, family groups, school kids. Email

Lake/Boat Volunteers

The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Volunteers with boats help us gather samples that day. This takes about 20-30 minutes, but there’s travel time involved depending on where your sample point is located. Pre-registration well in advance is required. Additionally, you must have a boat (in some instances, sites that need to be sampled may be accessed via a kayak, a canoe or a stand-up paddle-board that is rigged to carry sampling gear and an ice chest). To indicate your interest in volunteering, email Matthew Rich at

Secchi Day partners include Beaver Lake Fire Department, Beaver Water District, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Hobbs State Park, North American Lake Management Society, Arkansas Master Naturalists (NW AR), Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education, One Community,  The Ozark Society, Ozarks Water Watch, UA Cooperative Extension Service-Benton County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, and U.S. Geological Survey. Others of note (but not a complete list) which lend time, education, in-kind goods and services, and media promotion include: longtime Emcee Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff of KNWA (Premiere Media Sponsor), Harps, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Vanzant Fruit Farms, Rogers Optimist Club, Al Lopez (Papa Rap), Benton County Environmental Division, Outdoor Cap, Dancenhance Entertainment, Cabela’s (Rogers), B-Scene Media, Hog Radio STAR 101.5 and The Coyote 96.7, La Zeta Radio 95.7, Marshallese Radio 98.9 KMRW, Univision Arkansas, KFSM, KUAF 91.3, Arkansas Living magazine of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Image Builders (Creative Referral Networking), Beaver Lake Outdoor Center, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Korpella Design, Branch Photography, Davis Videos, Arkansas One MediaArkansas Department of Health-Benton County Unit, Arkansas Rural Water Association, Free Geek Arkansas, Friends of Hobbs, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Shiloh Museum, University of Arkansas Biological Sciences, and the Watershed Conservation Resource Center.