Category



Sep 24
- THRU - Jan 14

At Home in the Ozarks, 1974

Sep 24
- Jan 14
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
An exhibit featuring photos of native Ozarkers and "back-to-the-landers" by Jim Simmons....

Oct 06
- THRU - Oct 07

Steamboat School Days

Oct 06
- Oct 07
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Courthouse
Come discover the excitement of life in a 19th century steamboat town! Students will join our staff of living historians to learn how transportation, commerce,...

Oct 15

Primitive Pottery Workshop

Oct 15
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Celebrate International Archaeology day by learning an ancient skill! A wide variety of pottery types were made here at ancient Casqui from everyday bowls for drinking an...

Oct 15

Farmstead Cheesemaking

Oct 15
Ozark Folk Center State Park, Mountain View
Administration Building
Learn to make cheese like your grandmother did on the farm, but in a modern convenient kitchen of today. Simple cheesemaking class; 4 hour class; $30 payable to Ozark Fol...

Oct 15

Ghost Walks

Oct 15
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Courthouse
Powhatan and Northeast Arkansas have a long, rich history, so it only makes sense that there are probably a few ghosts still wandering around. Century-old buildings, the ...

Oct 22

Campfire Cooking

Oct 22
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
No matter where you live, food is a way to make memorable, fun, camping adventures. Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is celebrating National Food Day by demonstrati...

Oct 22

Halloween in the Park

Oct 22
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead Fire Ring
Featuring trick-or-treating in the campground, hay rides, and a marshmallow roast, Lake Catherine State Park will host a community fall festival....

Oct 22

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Workshop

Oct 22
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Outdoor cooking was part of daily life for early Arkansans. Discover the art of cooking in cast iron over a coal fire and enjoy a delicious prepared meal at the end of th...

Oct 22

Fall Festival

Oct 22
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Campground Pavilion
The Ozarks are beautiful this time of year with gorgeous weather, colorful scenery, and trout fishing is at its peak. This one-day event will include nature programs, lak...

Oct 29

Trick or Treat at Village Creek State Park

Oct 29
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Camp Area A
Join Village Creek State Park and the Cross County Chamber of Commerce for the 5th annual Trick or Treat at Village Creek State Park. We will have nature-themed Halloween...

Oct 29

Ozarks Wildlife and Landscapes Photography Workshop

Oct 29
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join nationally renowned and published photographer Mike Martin for this exciting  photography workshop. The class highlights the basics of nature and landscape phot...

Nov 05

Soap Workshop

Nov 05
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Courthouse
Creating soap is not a difficult process – no more challenging than following a recipe for pastry and turning it into pie. Come join us in learning the art of makin...

Nov 05

Delicious Desserts Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 05
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Everyone likes hot dutch oven desserts on a cold fall day. Join Lake Charles staff as we cook up some traditional and a few off the wall dutch oven desserts. Reservations...

Nov 05

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 05
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Cooking outdoors with a cast-iron Dutch oven is a time honored state park tradition. Join us for this hands-on demonstration. We do require a minimum number of participan...

Nov 10
- THRU - Nov 11

Casqui School Days

Nov 10
- Nov 11
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
During this event, students will learn about the American Indians who lived at the Parkin Site. Receive a guided tour of the remains of the Casqui Village, learn about th...

Nov 12

Cast Iron Cooking: Holiday Sweets & Treats

Nov 12
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
The upcoming holidays present an opportunity for you to show off your outdoor cooking skills. Sugar cookies, gingerbread, and other holiday favorites can all be made with...

Nov 13
- THRU - Nov 14

Stained Glass

Nov 13
- Nov 14
Ozark Folk Center State Park, Mountain View
Administration Building
Learn the basics of making stained glass the way Louis Camfort Tiffany did! Students will make an 8-inch square stained glass Christmas tree. You will learn how to make a...

Nov 18

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 18
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 19

Gourd Workshop

Nov 19
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Gourds have been used for centuries for both artistic and practical purposes. Join the fun and learn to shape and decorate these unusual plants. Please dress appropriatel...

Nov 19

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 19
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 19

Casqui Foods

Nov 19
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While the ancient inhabitants didn't have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experience the tastes of ...

Nov 19

Basket Weaving

Nov 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
The 1800’s brought many emigrants to the river valley; these pioneers had to learn to live off the land. Basket making, using oak splits, was an important task for ...

Nov 19
- THRU - Nov 20

Heat Treating and Tempering

Nov 19
- Nov 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse

Join the park smiths as you heat treat and temper a knife made in one of our earlier workshops. Attendance at the knifemaking workshop earlier in the year is recommend...


Nov 25

Green Friday at the Museum

Nov 25
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Entrance
Harken back to a simpler time, when life moved at a slower pace and families worked together to make a better life. Explore the museums exhibits that feature tools, toys,...

Nov 25

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 25
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Why spend your time in crowded stores and long lines when you can spend the day at the park with your family? Enjoy a green alternative to Black Friday with hikes, progra...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Are you ready to take a break from the crowds this Black Friday? Join the staff here at the Plantation Agriculture Museum for Green Friday in the delta and make memories ...

Nov 25
- THRU - Nov 27

Green Friday Weekend

Nov 25
- Nov 27
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Visitor Center

Are you ready to take a break from the crowds this Black Friday? Bring the whole family and continue the spirit of Thanksgiving for another day. The gift of your time ...


Nov 25
- THRU - Nov 27

"Green Friday" Weekend

Nov 25
- Nov 27
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Go green for Black Friday by participating in our family friendly, nature-oriented programming at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area. Look through the park gift shop ...

Nov 25
- THRU - Nov 27

19th Annual Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 25
- Nov 27
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Ball Field Near CCC Chimney
Experience a primitive camp, as well as some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk ...

Nov 26

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 26
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 02

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 02
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 02
- THRU - Dec 04

Christmas in the Park

Dec 02
- Dec 04
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Visitor Center
Come camp by a warm fire, enjoy the crisp air and decorate for a chance to win the best decorated campsite! Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Santa will be available for ph...

Dec 03

Victorian Style Christmas Ornament Workshop

Dec 03
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center
Nineteenth-century Christmas ornaments were handmade from natural items, cards, doilies, ribbons, and lace. Make three different historically authentic Victorian style Ch...

Dec 03

Winter at the Lake

Dec 03
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event and discover how our wonderful wildlife survive the cold winter months. During the day you will get a cha...

Dec 03

Christmas Open House

Dec 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Mather Lodge Fireplace Lobby
See the park’s historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Contact the park for a sch...

Dec 03

Period Dance at the Latta Barn

Dec 03
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Latta Barn

Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship with music, poetry, and stories of the past; dancing is optional. You can dress 1860s or 2016, whichever you wish.&nb...


Dec 03

Sons of Confederate Veterans Tent

Dec 03
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Borden House Parking Lot
Reenactors from two area Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) camps will set up tents to highlight life during the Civil War by Borden House Parking Lot area.  The Maj...

Dec 03

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Dec 03
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Wreaths have been used as holiday decorations for hundreds of years. Learn more about this tradition and decorate a natural wreath for your home....

Dec 03

Presentation marking the Battle of Prairie Grove

Dec 03
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds

Everyone is invited to see the battle demonstration on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House. The demonstration features charges and counterattacks by ...


Dec 03

30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. Decorations, music, and more set the m...

Dec 03
- THRU - Dec 04

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 03
- Dec 04
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day,...

Dec 03
- THRU - Dec 04

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 03
- Dec 04
506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day,...

Dec 10

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 10
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 10

Victorian Style Christmas Stocking Workshop

Dec 10
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center
The stockings hung by the fire on Christmas Eve in the 1800s were the children's regular socks. Today, we make fancy stockings to hang on the fireplace mantle for St. Nic...

Dec 10

Christmas Open House

Dec 10
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Entrance
Join the museum for its annual Christmas open house. There will be refreshments, crafts, and a Victorian Santa Clause. The museum will be decorated in its Victorian Chris...

Dec 10

Gourd Workshop

Dec 10
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
The ancient inhabitants of Casqui did not have Tupperware and silicone cooking and serving utensils! In this gourd workshop, you can learn the basics on how to prepare an...

Dec 10

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Dec 10
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter for a hands-on class about cooking with Arkansas's official state cooking vessel. Discover the methods and secrets of successful Dutch oven cookin...

Dec 10

30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 10
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village and decorations, music, and more set th...

Dec 16

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 16
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 16

O.W.L.S.

Dec 16
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills), our new pr...

Dec 17

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 17
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 17

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 17
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 17

Historic Handmade Holidays

Dec 17
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While most people think of American Indians when they think of Parkin, there was later an important historical community of people who worked here at the Northern Ohio Sa...

Dec 17

Christmas Bird Count

Dec 17
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Join us at Village Creek State Park for the annual Christmas Bird Count. This count is part of a volunteer-led, nationwide data collection event that helps scientists to ...

Dec 17

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Dec 17
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Outdoor cooking is a strong tradition in state parks. Join park staff to learn the history and techniques of Dutch oven cooking. Receive a 4-quart Dutch oven and a cookb...

Dec 17

Holiday Crafts Open House

Dec 17
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Start new holiday traditions to kick-off this Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open its grounds and buildings to the public for our 6th annual Open H...

Dec 18

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 18
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread house

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season throughout the oilfield park. See polar bears skating, children frolicking in the snow, and a gingerbread village. Don’...


Dec 18
- THRU - Dec 24

Christmas in the Park

Dec 18
- Dec 24
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge

Do you want to relax and have fun this Christmas? We’ll have self-guided programs and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Contact the park for a detaile...


Dec 31

New Year's Eve

Dec 31
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Hearth Room
Come celebrate ending the year with Queen Wilhelmina State Park. We will have a lot of fun activities, games, live music and watch the ball drop!...

Jan 14

Scout Patch Day

Jan 14
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Scouts are invited to earn their Parkin Archeological State Park History Awareness Patch. If this patch has already been earned, scouts are invited back to earn additiona...

Jan 14

Rag Rug Workshop

Jan 14
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
The art of making rugs from scraps of old fabric has been handed down for generations. Become part of this tradition and learn a new skill as you weave a no-sew rag rug....

Jan 20

O.W.L.S.

Jan 20
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills), our new pr...

Jan 21

Fermented Foods II Workshop

Jan 21
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Farming families on the Arkansas Delta came from a mosaic of backgrounds, bringing unique traditions and foods with them. Continue past traditions by creating and enjoyin...

Feb 11

Cobweb Broom Workshop

Feb 11
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Explore the world of broom-making with a traditional cobweb broom. This long-handled broom with a narrow, tapered end is perfect for sweeping high ceilings and hard-to-re...

Feb 11

Sandal Weaving Workshop

Feb 11
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
The prehistoric Arkansans performed many tasks to make their lives more comfortable. Sandal weaving likely was one of those tasks. Come learn how to make twined sandals s...

Feb 18

Whole Wheat Bread Making Workshop

Feb 18
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Join a local instructor and learn how to make 100% whole wheat loaf bread from scratch. The class includes question and answer and hands-on learning with bread making fr...

Feb 25

Basket Weaving

Feb 25
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Basket making, using oak and river cane splits, was an important task for early inhabitants of the river valley. Weave your own Cherokee Style flat reed basket in this ha...

Mar 03
- THRU - Mar 04

"Shakespeare in the Park" Performances and Workshops

Mar 03
- Mar 04
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
WPA Gym
Enjoy an evening performance of Shakespeare in the Park. On Friday, March 3 enjoy the famous love

Mar 03
- THRU - Mar 05

Annual Outdoor Skills Weekend

Mar 03
- Mar 05
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Discover how fun playing outdoors can be while sharpening your skillsets at Daisy State Park! Throughout the weekend, we will offer various workshops to help you learn ne...

Mar 04

Gourd Crafting Workshop

Mar 04
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Learn to create beautiful works of art from gourds, just as people on Crowley’s Ridge have done for years. This workshop will focus on the basic types of gourds, h...

Mar 04

Archeology Day at Petit Jean

Mar 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
March is Archeology Month in Arkansas, and you are invited to spend a day discovering the archeological treasures of Petit Jean Mountain, including the American Indian pi...

Mar 04

Loom Knitting Workshop

Mar 04
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Intimidated by learning to knit with needles? Loom knitting is a simple alternative with no needle required! Discover the joy of making a homemade scarf on your own loom ...

Mar 11

Yo-yo Quilt Workshop

Mar 11
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Celebrate National Quilting Month with yo-yos! This easy introduction to quilting forms a puff that can be used in quilting and other crafts. Practice on your own yo-yo m...

Mar 11

Artifact and Fossil ID Day

Mar 11
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Celebrate Arkansas Archeology Month by learning about artifacts that are in your own collection! Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Parkin Station Archeologist (and other experts) will be...

Mar 11

Nature Inspired Home Decor

Mar 11
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Multi-purpose Room
In this workshop we'll let Mother Nature inspire us to make creative home décor. This time we will make owl wall hangers or table top decorations out of tree bark...

Mar 11

Basics of Knitting

Mar 11
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
During this workshop, you will be guided through the first steps of knitting. Learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Everything you need is provided, so come joi...

Mar 16

Little Wild Ones

Mar 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join us the first and third Thursday of the month for a program suited for children ages 3-7, better known as "Our Little Wild Ones!". These programs inclu...

Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 19

49th Annual Jonquil Festival

Mar 17
- Mar 19
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jon...

Mar 18

Outdoor Skills Saturday

Mar 18
Lake Frierson State Park, Jonesboro
Day Use Parking Lot

Join park staff as we set up several different demonstrations throughout the day. Learn primitive fire building, knot tying, water purifying, and more! Please contact ...


Mar 18

Dutch Oven Workshop

Mar 18
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Horse Day Use Area
Dutch oven cooking is delicious and fun to do. Join park staff and learn all you need to know to start cooking on cast-iron. Contact the front desk 

Mar 18

Dutch Oven Workshop

Mar 18
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with Dutch ovens and learn about the history and techniques of Dutch oven cooking and receive a 5-Quart cast iron double c...

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 26

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 18
- Mar 26
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
School is out, State Parks are in. The park will offer programs and activities all week as we discover the many signs in nature that signal the coming of spring....

Mar 20
- THRU - Mar 24

Spring Planters Youth Retreat

Mar 20
- Mar 24
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Spring Planters Youth Retreat will run throughout the time of Arkansas’s Spring Break, from Monday to Friday. Activities to be announced. Come one day or come...

Mar 23

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 23
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 24

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 24
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 25

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 25
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 25

Nature's Baskets

Mar 25
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
The art of basket making is a long tradition that can be as fun today as it was in the past. Join park interpreters for this one day creative and fun workshop. You will l...

Apr 01

Dutch Oven Workshop

Apr 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Outdoor cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens is a longstanding tradition in Arkansas State Parks. Join us for a workshop to gain hands-on experience preparing food using this...

Apr 07
- THRU - Apr 09

Wildflower Weekend

Apr 07
- Apr 09
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Discover a host of colorful wildflowers that make Petit Jean State Park their home! Family-friendly wildflower talks, guided walks, and other programs are offered. Contac...

Apr 08

Tin Punching Workshop

Apr 08
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
From lanterns to pie safes, punched tin raised the practical to an art form. Explore historical uses and designs as you create your own work of punched tin art. Tin and p...

Apr 08

Jenkins' Ferry Clean-up

Apr 08
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park near Leola
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., state park staff and the Friends of Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park will strive to continue preserving an American Civil War site in Grant ...

Apr 14
- THRU - Apr 16

Signs of Spring

Apr 14
- Apr 16
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Spend time discovering "wild edibles" with Dr. Tamara Walkingstick. There will also be hikes, crafts, and a whole lot more for one great family weekend!...

Apr 15

Wild Edibles Workshop

Apr 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Learn more about finding, identifying, and cooking items from nature’s own wild garden! We will cook a special dish or two for the class to enjoy! Contact the park ...

Apr 15

Flint Knapping Workshop

Apr 15
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Immerse yourself in the ancient art of flint knapping. See how American Indians in Arkansas used flint and other materials to make primitive weapons and try your hand at ...

Apr 22

Save the Frogs

Apr 22
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Save the Frogs Day is a special day that calls attention to the declining number of frogs across the world. The event will feature programs on frogs that can be heard in ...

Apr 22

Founders Day

Apr 22
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Imagine life on the Arkansas frontier in the 1800s: the culture, the music, the traditions, and the sense of community. We celebrate it all this year with a historical...


Apr 29

Girl Scout Badge Workshop

Apr 29
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
We will offer a fun day of water resource programming for girl scouts to earn a Wonders of Water patch from Lake Dardanelle State Park. Registration for the workshop is ...

Apr 29

"Hands-On" Candle Making Workshop

Apr 29
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Candle Shop
Join us at Historic Washington State Park’s Candle Shop and be part of a hands-on experience making candles and learning the history of candle making. Not only...

Apr 29

Now We're Cookin'

Apr 29
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
This hands-on workshop is a tasty way to learn the basics skills of cooking in a cast iron Dutch oven. We cook it, and then we eat it! Registration and $25 fee required. ...

May 05

19th Century Girls Night Out

May 05
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Williams' Tavern Restaurant
Experience a girls night out with a trip back in time. Enjoy a special meal i...

May 13

Arkansas Heritage Day

May 13
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
May is Arkansas Heritage Month, and you are invited to discover the state’s rich heritage in Arkansas’s first state Park. From Native American Indian life to ...

May 13

Hummingbird Special

May 13
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
The Lodge at Mount Magazine
Each year, the return of hummingbirds is eagerly awaited at Mount Magazine State Park. Marvel at these acrobatic pollinators during this family-friendly, nature-themed ce...

May 13

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

May 13
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Lake Dunn Boat Dock
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so make your reservation b...

May 20

Pioneer Day

May 20
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Beside the Wonder House Under the Big Tent
Ever wonder how people used to cook, or what games and toys children played in early Arkansas? How about what tools were used for everyday living and how they are similar...

May 20

Historic Women's Skills Workshop

May 20
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Girl power time! Come learn skills practiced by the past females of Parkin in this workshop tailored specifically for women. Activities will include fiber arts, fire star...

May 20

Armed Forces Honor Day

May 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Join Historic Washington State Park as we honor those who serve and have served in our military. Members of the military,

May 20

Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival

May 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Historic Washington State Park serves as host for the Spring Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival. Sit back and enjoy a day of free performances on the courthouse law...

May 20

Pioneer Day

May 20
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Wonder House
Ever wonder how people used to cook, or what games and toys children played in early Arkansas? How about what tools were used for everyday living and how they are similar...

Jun 01

Law & Order on the Arkansas Border: Natural State Chautauqua

Jun 01
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park
Listen to lawman, Bill Tilghman tell how he worked with Judge Isaac Parker to bring in the “bad” guys and girls on the Arkansas border. Chautauqua is a first ...

Jun 02

Law & Order on the Arkansas Border: Natural State Chautauqua

Jun 02
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park

Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr, better known as Belle Starr, was a notorious American outlaw, who was associated with the James-Younger gang and other outlaws. Hear her t...


Jun 03

Law & Order on the Arkansas Border: Natural State Chautauqua

Jun 03
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park
Visit with American hero, Bass Reeves to hear a fascinating story about the taming of the American West! Born to slave parents in 1838 in Crawford County Arkansas, Reeves...

Jun 03

Battle of Ditch Bayou Commemoration

Jun 03
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Join us as we commemorate the battle that took place between Union and Confederate soldiers just south of Lake Chicot. As the last major Civil War battle in the state, wh...

Jun 05
- THRU - Jun 07

Explorer's Nature Camp

Jun 05
- Jun 07
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
This three day, one night experience is designed to introduce kids ages 7-9 to the wonders of our natural world. Campers explore the Ozarks through a variety of experienc...

Jun 05
- THRU - Jun 08

Nature Explorers Day Camp (Ages 7 - 10)

Jun 05
- Jun 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

This “nature detective” camp is designed for kids ages 7 – 10. There will be four whole days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, a...


Jun 06

Tuesdays at 2!

Jun 06
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Parkin Archeological State Park is a great place to explore the past. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational program! Meet at the visitor center....

Jun 07
- THRU - Jun 09

Kids Nature Camp

Jun 07
- Jun 09
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Camping out is a lot of fun. Hiking through the woods, searching for insects under a log, and finding pebbles by a stream are all a part of camping. It’s amazing ho...

Jun 10

Bread and Butter Workshop

Jun 10
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Sanders Kitchen
There is more than one way to experience history. Come and have bread and butter with us. Sample some historic bread and make your own butter. We will cook Sally Lunn bre...

Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 14

Art in the Park Day Camp

Jun 12
- Jun 14
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room

Sign your child up for a creative experience in the park. Kids ages 7-10 will have the chance to explore different craft and art type...


Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 16

Delta Discovery Day Camp

Jun 12
- Jun 16
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
If your child likes to experience the great outdoors through guided hikes, lake tours, recreational activities, and nature crafts, then the Delta Discovery Day Camp is fo...

Jun 13
- THRU - Jun 15

Explorer Day Camp

Jun 13
- Jun 15
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Explorer Camp is designed to get kids out in nature. During our three-day, day camp we will spend each day discovering things in Lake Catherine State Park with hikes, clo...

Jun 13
- THRU - Jun 15

"Terrestrials" Day Camp

Jun 13
- Jun 15
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Visitor Center
Walk on over to this summer camp for kids ages 7-13, and you will find a world full of hidden mysteries. Activities include hiking, biking, crafts, fishing, nature games,...

Jun 13
- THRU - Jun 16

Wilderness Explorers Day Camp (ages 11 - 13)

Jun 13
- Jun 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

Children ages 11-13 will enjoy this chance to explore the wilderness at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Camp activities may include canoe/kayak floats, extensive hiking,...


Jun 20
- THRU - Jun 22

"Plunge Into Aquatics" Day Camp

Jun 20
- Jun 22
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Visitor Center
Plunge into this summer camp! Kids ages 7-13 will discover the myriad and wonders that dwell beneath the waters of Cane Creek Lake. Learn the different types of fish and ...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Children’s Day Camp – Ages 8-12

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
At this camp, youngsters will join the staff from Parkin Archeological State Park for three days of fun and learning about American Indian lifeways. Part of the camp will...

Jun 26
- THRU - Jun 28

Outdoor Adventure Day Camp

Jun 26
- Jun 28
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Sign your child up for an outdoor adventure! This session is for children ages 7-10. This camp includes a variety of educational and recreational programs designed to g...

Jun 28
- THRU - Jun 30

Agri-Adventure Day Camp

Jun 28
- Jun 30
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
This three-day adventure camp for children ages 8-12, will have them leap into a whole other world of exciting life on the Delta. Join a park interpreter in this fun-fill...

Jul 01

4th of July Weekend in the Park

Jul 01
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Join us for our annual 4th of July activities in the park, where we’ll have refreshing watermelon and homemade ice cream on this hot summer day. Many oth...

Jul 01

The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Jul 01
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Hear the Declaration of Independence read as was commonly done in the 19th century at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center. Afterwards, sign your own “John Hancock&rd...

Jul 04

July 4th Fun and Games Day

Jul 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Join the park staff for an “old fashioned” celebration of our nation’s birthday! Fun, family-oriented games, contests, and other activities are offered....

Jul 04

4th of July Island Festival

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Bring the whole family to the park and make great memories this 4th of July. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities to help you enjoy your time at DeG...

Jul 04

Craft Day for Kids

Jul 04
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Catch a glimpse of what life was like throughout history in Parkin by creating fun crafts. Whether they make an arrowhead necklace to learn about the Mississippian Indian...

Jul 04
- THRU - Jul 06

"Survivor Skills" Day Camp

Jul 04
- Jul 06
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Visitor Center
This summer camp is for kids ages 7-13 to show nature survivor skills in the wild through hands-on activities. These activities include cooking over an open fire, navigat...

Jul 08

Third Annual Homegoods Day

Jul 08
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum

The Plantation Agriculture Museum will host the Third Annual Homegoods Day on Saturday, July 8th from 10-2 pm. Join the festivities while enjoying fresh hom...


Jul 10
- THRU - Jul 12

Wonders of Water Day Camp

Jul 10
- Jul 12
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Sign your child up for an outdoor adventure! This session is for children ages 7-10. Campers will have the chance to experience stream testing, find macroinvertebrates,...

Jul 11

"Discovery" Day Camp

Jul 11
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Visitor Center
This annual summer camp is for kids ages 5-9. We will get your child excited about nature with a variety of hands-on activities including arts and crafts, animal programs...

Jul 11
- THRU - Jul 13

Girls' Adventure Day Camp

Jul 11
- Jul 13
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

This camp will introduce girls ages 7 -11 to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, camping skills, kayaking, crafting, n...


Jul 12
- THRU - Jul 14

Adventure Daycamp

Jul 12
- Jul 14
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Kids ages 8-12 who enjoy energetic outdoor adventures are invited to take part in this camp. Day campers will participate in programs on animals and crafts, go canoeing, ...

Jul 17
- THRU - Jul 19

Adventure Nature Camp

Jul 17
- Jul 19
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
This three-day, one-night camp is designed to introduce kids ages 10-12 to the wonders of our natural world. All gear, materials, and some meals are included in the fee. ...

Jul 17
- THRU - Jul 21

Delta Discovery Day Camp

Jul 17
- Jul 21
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
If your child likes to experience the great outdoors through guided hikes, lake tours, recreational activities, and nature crafts, then the Delta Discovery Day Camp is fo...

Jul 19
- THRU - Jul 21

Youth Day Camp – Ages 13-16

Jul 19
- Jul 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
At this camp, youth will join the staff from Parkin Archeological State Park for three days of fun and learning about American Indian lifeways. Part of the camp will happ...

Jul 24
- THRU - Jul 26

History Happened Here Day Camp

Jul 24
- Jul 26
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room

Sign your child up for an adventure through history! This session is for children ages 7-10 and will help them learn about the histo...


Aug 07
- THRU - Aug 12

124th Old Soldiers Reunion

Aug 07
- Aug 12
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
A week of fun starting nightly at 5 p.m. with carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post ...

Aug 12

Photography Contest Judging

Aug 12
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area’s theme is “A River for All Seasons.” Celebrate the beauty of the Cossatot River by entering your photos taken...


Aug 12

American Indian Paints and Dyes Workshop

Aug 12
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Colors have always been of human interest and even though the Prehistoric Arkansans didn’t have as many textiles as we do today, color was still important. Most col...

Aug 19

Sticks and Stones

Aug 19
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
For thousands of years humans relied upon bows and arrows, spear, atlatl, and blowgun to survive. Join park staff for a unique hands-on opportunity to learn how to use th...

Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA

In 1923, Petit Jean became the first state park in Arkansas thanks to the efforts of Dr. T.W. Hardison. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) laid the foundat...


Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
For over 27 years the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park has continued to carry on the legacy of preserving the rich heritage of plantation life and cotton agricult...

Sep 02
- THRU - Sep 04

66th Annual Clothesline Fair

Sep 02
- Sep 04
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
At this Ozark arts & crafts exhibition, which started in 1951, explore more than 100 craft booths with vendors demonstrating and selling their wares. Living history, ...

Sep 16

Arrowhead Wire Wrapping Workshop

Sep 16
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Have you ever wanted to make an arrowhead into a necklace? Now is your chance. Learn how to make silver wire wrapped arrowhead necklaces. For a more rugged look, we will ...

Sep 21
- THRU - Sep 23

20th Annual Fall Automobile Swap Meet

Sep 21
- Sep 23
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain
This annual swap meet is hosted by the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain. Classic and vintage automobiles from all over the region are on display. There is als...

Oct 07

Gardening Basics for the Fall

Oct 07
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join o...

Oct 10
- THRU - Oct 12

Senior American Special

Oct 10
- Oct 12
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Experience the scenic beauty of Petit Jean State Park while enjoying the hospitality of the friendly park staff! Join us for free guided walks, talks, demonstrations, and...

Oct 21

Prehistoric Duck Decoy Workshop

Oct 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Waterfowl were an important protein source for the ancient people of this area. Duck decoys made of cattail leaves have been found at various archeological sites. Come to...

Oct 28

Halloween Fun at Petit Jean

Oct 28
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Rec Hall Unless Otherwise Noted
Celebrate the “spooky season” on Petit Jean Mountain! Family-friendly, nature-focused activities are provided. Costumes are welcome. Contact the park for a sc...

Nov 04

Cast Iron Round Mini Servers Workshop

Nov 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast iron round mini server. We will make entrees, and dess...

Nov 18

Casqui Foods

Nov 18
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin didn’t have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experienc...

Nov 24

Green Friday Programming

Nov 24
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center

Go green before Black Friday by participating in our family friendly, nature-oriented programming at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area. Enjoy participating in a c...


Nov 24
- THRU - Nov 26

20th Annual Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 24
- Nov 26
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Historic CCC Field
Experience a primitive camp, as well as some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk ...

Dec 02

Christmas Open House 2017

Dec 02
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Mather Lodge Lobby
See historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Contact the park for a schedule. ...

Dec 02

Historic Handmade Holidays

Dec 02
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
While most people think of American Indians when they think of Parkin, there was an important historical community of people who worked at the Northern Ohio Sawmill. Thei...

Dec 02

31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 02
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. Decorations, music, and more set the m...

Dec 09

Mississippian Basket Weaving

Dec 09
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Archeologists have been lucky enough to find examples of basketry from the Mississippian time period and have learned to create replica baskets. Spend the day with a park...

Sep 01

Annual Clothesline Fair Parade

Sep 01
506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds Along HWY 62
This parade (sponsored by the Prairie Grove Chamber of Commerce) starts at the Prairie Grove Public Schools and ends at the Borden House entrance at Prairie Grove Battlef...

Dec 01
- THRU - Dec 02

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 01
- Dec 02
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Grounds
The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day,...