Get a new perspective on Arkansas and the world! "Exploring Arkansas" is joining "Nature" and "NOVA" on Think Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Before coming to AETN, Chuck Dovish was mainly known for his "Travelin' Arkansas" segments which aired on KTHV-Channel 11 for more than 25 years. Since October of 2005, Chuck has been producing and hosting "Exploring Arkansas" which showcases all the high adventure the Natural State has to offer. This one-of-a-kind program features the most breathtaking and spectacular sights in Arkansas. There's extreme adventure like hang gliding, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, wild caving and not to mention some of Arkansas's best kept secrets such as secluded and scenic waterfalls.
Chuck has been exploring Arkansas for more than 30 years and continues to surprise and entertain viewers with his sights and subjects. His philosophy throughout the years has always been to illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas, in addition to conservation and preservation of the pristine outdoors of the Natural State. Exploring Arkansas was the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club Conservation Award. Chuck says he's always trying to promote our great state in any way, shape or form that he can.
4/6 Osage Clayworks/National Park Aquarium/ krainian Egg Artist/Palarm Creek Waterfowl
After being a general store, post office and a hotel… a 1901 building in Osage is now a pottery shop where folks can watch the owners at work, creating quality clayworks. At the National Park Aquarium in Hot Springs you can get up close with piranha and a 400-volt catfish - just to name a couple of the oddities there. Pysanky is an ancient Ukrainian egg art form that uses beeswax and dyes. A Hot Springs woman is a master at it and has earned the title - an Arkansas Living Treasure. Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area within the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower is a haven for birdwatchers during the winter months.
4/13 Striper Fishing/Railyard Bike Park/Slay Cave/Hogpen BBQ
Hybrid bass or "stripers" as they're commonly called, are quite the fish to reel in, especially if they're close to forty pounds.- Lake Ouachita is one of the favorite lakes to go catch them. Railyard Bike Park in Rogers is a dirt jump bike park that rivals many of those out on the west coast. Slay Cave in Snowball caused quite the stir back in the 1930's when the 10,000 year old "Arkansas Woman" was excavated measuring more than seven feet tall, according to a 1941 newspaper article –fact or folklore? Hogpen BBQ in Conway is a family tradition that many a folk have sworn by, as having the best barbecue in the state, and then some.
4/20 (Re-air of 4/6)
4/27 "America's First National River" Special Edition of Exploring Arkansas
The Buffalo National River, designated by Congress as America's first national river in 1972, remains almost unchanged since early explorers experienced it hundreds of years ago. This special edition of Exploring Arkansas takes viewers on a float trip to unique sites such as "Skull Bluff" and the "Nars." "America's First National River" offers viewers a better understanding and appreciation of this magnificent river and explains why its preservation was so important for future generations.