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Exploring Arkansas

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 40 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.

"Exploring Arkansas" received the Second Place Journalism Award from the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.

Schedule

5/3 Cadron Settlement Park, Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine, Monte Ne, Grassy Lake Water Trail
Cadron Settlement was the first permanent white settlement in central Arkansas. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River west of Conway, it was a French trading post and part of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Northeast of Mount Ida --the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, is the Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine – one of several mines in the area, where digging for quartz is a rock hound's paradise. The remnants of the lost resort town of Monte Ne beneath the waters of Beaver Lake near Rogers can be explored when water levels are low. The 3.3 mile water trail throughout Grassy Lake in Bell Slough WMA near Mayflower offers a cypress-tupelo adventure with plenty of wildlife.

5/10 Museum of Native American History, White River Monster, Possum Kingdom Trail, Gilbert
The Museum of Native American Histoy in Bentonville is a collection, according to many visitors- rivals that of the Smithsonian with artifacts from 14,000 years ago. The "White River Monster" hasn't been sighted since the early 1970's, but its legend continues in the Newport area. The Possum Kingdom Trail north of Lake Ouachita in the Ouachita National Forest offers mountain biking opportunities on gravel, paved and unsurfaced road types. The self-proclaimed-"Coolest Town in Arkansas" (coldest place on average) happens to be Gilbert near the banks of the Buffalo National River. The town and the General Store haven't changed much since 1901

5/17 Mt. Nebo Waterfall, Hardy, Granny Henderson
Mount Nebo near Dardanelle has always been a popular launching area for hang glider pilots. But, not too many folks are aware of the cascade and waterfall that can be explored by hiking one of the several trails. The town of Hardy boasts as being the smallest town in Arkansas with an official Main Street program. (population 720) Forty-one buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. First getting national attention in National Geographic magazine in 1979, Eva "Granny" Henderson who lived by herself along the Buffalo National River, became everyone's granny after the article was published. During this segment, we hike to her homestead with an author who recollects his visit with Granny back during the 1970's.

5/24 USS Razorback, B-17, WWII Amphibian Ducks
Named after a whale and not the Arkansas Razorbacks – the submarine called the "Razorback" is quite an enlightening experience into the "silent service" of WW II. Tours of it are provided daily at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock. Our tour is with a crewmember who knew the sub all too well. The B-17 "Flying Fortress" was one of the most famous planes ever built. The legacy it left behind is unmatched in aviation history. The so-called amphibian duck boats were used in most of the major battles during WW II, including D-Day. They now serve as tourist attraction rides in quite a few cities, including Hot Springs. The duck boats' transformation from a military vehicle to a tourist ride, is quite the story.

5/31—(Re-air of May 3)


Episodes

Blog

  • Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017
    Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!
  • Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2017
    Observing bald eagles, hiking to a Native American bluff shelter with a historic spring, visiting the oldest log structure in the state and chowing down on some famous hot tamales – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 5!
  • “Exploring Arkansas” – March 2017
    Coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’re seeing how restoring murals is revitalizing a town’s history and art; reliving Ozark history by experiencing the lifestyle in early pioneer historic buildings; finding out about the “white” in White Cliffs Natural Area and trying not to “shoot my eye out” at the Daisy Airgun Museum. Watch with us in the premiere on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.
  • “Exploring Arkansas” – Feb. 2017
    From a cast iron cook off and driving along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to hiking the Black Fork Mountain Trail and learning about the pioneers who farmed the Grand Prairie of Eastern Arkansas, it’s all in the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” airing Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
  • “Exploring Arkansas” – Jan. 2017
    Experiencing folklife in the Ozarks from long ago, enjoying a backyard railroad like none other, taking a drive along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, and teaming up with a mule team wagon train – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Jan. 4!
  • “Exploring Arkansas” December 2016
    Alligators, a recreated 19th century village, a Native American bluff shelter with petroglyphs that happens to be on a golf course, and a five-star restaurant in the middle of nowhere? It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Autumn In Arkansas
    From all indications, autumn in Arkansas this year should be a good one.  All the ingredients thus far are there -- crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny days which are allowing leaves to do their thing.  Yes, to do their thing. If you want a more scientific explanation of leaves changing color..you'll have to go elsewhere.  Sorry, I'm not a botanist or scientist -- I only explore Arkansas.  One of the best ways to experience Arkansas's autumn splendor is by taking one of the many designated scenic drives throughout the state.
  • Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” November 2016
    Coming up Nov. 2 in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, we’ll take you from one historic swinging bridge near Mountain View to another one in Beaver, check out some unusual fairy tale sculpture/architecture near Eureka Springs, visit the oldest church in Arkansas near Searcy, and look back to the day folks in Paragould thought they were experiencing the end of the world.
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas”
    There are ghost stories, and then there are GHOST stories! Just in case you didn’t know it, Arkansas happens to allegedly be quite haunted! Yes, ghost stories abound everywhere and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll bring it all to you in “Hauntings of Arkansas”!
  • Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Underground Wonders of Arkansas"
    In this special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll take you on a wild caving adventure to some of our most memorable caverns throughout the state. You’ll see formations beyond imagination and fascinating, creepy creatures, which can only be found in caves. So, let us do the crawling through cave mud for you as we bring you the underground wonders of Arkansas in our brand new December episode!
  • “Odd Squad” Premieres on Nov. 26
    Whenever something unusual happens in their town, who can solve the problem and save the day? Olive and Otto, agents of Odd Squad, of course! In this new AETN KIDS program - airing weekdays at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. - the clever kids work together to problem-solve and set things right, using a math concept that’s embedded into each of their cases. Don’t miss the one-hour premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges
    Often referred to as “America’s Best Kept Secret,” National Wildlife Refuges protect unique ecosystems all across America. Host Chuck Dovish travels to nine of Arkansas’s national wildlife refuges that host waterfowl, bald eagles and other unique plants and animals.
  • Natural State Wildflower Byways
    Now that spring has sprung -- and will be blossoming into all its glory...I need to tell you about the Highway Department Wildflower program. Yes, their job never ends you know -- in February they had to clear all the ice and snow...and now they have to plant wildflowers of all things !  Ahh, but it's well-worth it !  Crimson and clover....crimson and clover.....oops !  Sorry, daydreamed off their for a sec. Anyway...yes, this is about the coolest thing the Highway Department has come up with in awhile, other than those info signs that you see as well --and the orange barrels -- can never have enough of those.
  • My Favorite Winter Getaways
    Now that the snow is finally flying in the air and is sticking to the ground in some areas...it's time to venture out to one of the Natural State's magnificent winter weekend getaways.  Here are a few of my favorites while Exploring Arkansas.
  • Meet Me In The Park - continues
    Just a note of "thanks" to all who were able to make it on August 29 to the Buffalo National River at Tyler Bend Visitor Center for AETN's Meet Me In The Park events.
  • Exploring AR's National Parks
    "Exploring Arkansas's National Parks" -- airing 4pm September 27.  DVD's of the program will be available. Speaking of National Parks  -- in case you haven't heard, you can explore your parks this summer during AETN's Meet Me In The Park events, which I'll be be attending several down the road.
  • Falcon Bottoms Natural Area
    Just want to thank everyone who came out to the Rotary meeting in Magnolia on Thursday the 18th before we headed out on Dorcheat Bayou in the Falcon Bottoms for a segment we did there that will air on Labor Day, September 7th at 6:30pm.
  • Dorcheat Bottoms
    Big turnout in Shirley last Saturday during their homecoming parade and the Lucky Ducky Regatta !  Thank you all for those who attended! Magnolia is next on tap for June 18th. First, at noon we'll partake of all the good eats at Millers Cafeteria and then I'll be speaking to the Rotary Club there.
  • Shirley, Arkansas visit
    Hi there friends and viewers !  Welcome to my first blog on AETN ! Wonderful time coming up this Saturday June 6th as I pay a visit to one of my favorite Arkansas towns -- Shirley !! SALUTE !!  As they used to say on Hee Haw!