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Feb 11

Eagle Tour

Feb 11
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 13

Eagle Tour

Feb 13
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 13

Winter Wildlife Tour

Feb 13
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Marina
Looking for an adventure? Join us for a guided wildlife-watching tour on White Oak Lake. We’ll search for wintering bald eagles, osprey, loons, herons, grebes, duck...

Feb 13
- THRU - Feb 15

Lake Ouachita 3-Day Bicycle Tour

Feb 13
- Feb 15
14015 Windsor Road, Hot Springs
Convention Center Parking, east side
This self-supported ride leaves from Hot Springs and goes to Irons Fork primitive camp on the lake on the first night and Crystal Springs camp the second night and return...

Feb 16

Eagle Tour

Feb 16
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 18

Eagle Tours

Feb 18
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 19
- THRU - Feb 21

Annual Outdoor Skills Weekend

Feb 19
- Feb 21
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...

Feb 20
- THRU - Feb 21

Survival Skills Weekend

Feb 20
- Feb 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skill workshops such as map and compass, fire building and s...

Feb 21

Eagle Tours

Feb 21
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 24

Wild Women Wednesday

Feb 24
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Feb 26

Eagle Tour

Feb 26
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Feb 28

Eagle Tours

Feb 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will...

Mar 11
- THRU - Apr 03

Spring Break Escape

Mar 11
- Apr 03
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Between March 11th and April 3rd, many schools across the south with be out for spring break and that means family vacation time! DeGray Lake Resort State Park is once ag...

Mar 12

Gardening Basics for Spring

Mar 12
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
There are many reasons to garden. Some garden for self-sufficiency, some for health reasons, and others simply want to beautify their yard. ...

Mar 13

Ouachita Trail Hiking Workshop

Mar 13
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Have you ever wanted to hike the Ouachita Trail or any of Arkansas's other backpacking trails? Join us as we cover advanced hiking information for those who wish to hike ...

Mar 13

Spring Time Lake Cruises

Mar 13
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Spring is a great season to cruise Lake Maumelle! Many of our animals are arriving from the south to nest for the summer, while the rest are preparing for the long journ...

Mar 15

Boater Education Class

Mar 15
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Mar 17

Boater Education Class

Mar 17
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Mar 18

Wild Hog: A Troublesome Species

Mar 18
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Wild hogs, also referred to as feral pigs are becoming quite abundant throughout Arkansas and other states. These animals can cause destruction to both the environment an...

Mar 18

Welcome Spring: Child's Night Out

Mar 18
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Multi-Purpose Room
Spring is just around the corner and we are celebrating with an evening of fun interpretive programs based around celestial exploration. 3rd through 6th

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 20

French Colonial Days

Mar 18
- Mar 20
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Pavilion
In 1783, a French trader named Fabre settled on a bluff above the Ouachita River and called the settlement “Ecore Fabre,” which is the present city of Camden,...

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 20

48th Annual Jonquil Festival

Mar 18
- Mar 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
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
- THRU - Mar 21

Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean

Mar 18
- Mar 21
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Parkwide Locations
March 21 is Arbor Day in Arkansas. You are invited to enjoy park programs that celebrate the bounty of trees and the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park. Contact the ...

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 27

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 18
- Mar 27
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Celebrate spring break with a family camping trip or visit us for the day! The park will be hosting a week full of programs and activities for the whole family. Contact...

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 27

Spring Break Programming

Mar 18
- Mar 27
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Enjoy primitive camping, daily hikes, campfire cooking workshops, and many other free programs. Contact the park closer to spring break for a detailed schedule....

Mar 19

Tree ID Workshop

Mar 19
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Park Office
We can help you learn the basics of tree identification. This workshop is ideal for high school students that have to make a leaf collection for science or who are on the...

Mar 19

Meet at the Peak

Mar 19
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Mountain Summit
Climb the mountain and then meet a park interpreter at the top for short presentations on sights, geology, wildlife, and more!...

Mar 19

Dutch Oven Workshop

Mar 19
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Ridge Runner Cafe Pavilion
Dutch oven cooking is delicious and fun to do. Join park staff and volunteers to learn what you need to know to get cooking! Preregistration is required....

Mar 20

Cast Iron Pie Pan Workshop

Mar 20
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Outdoor cooking is a strong tradition in state parks. Learn history and techniques of Dutch oven cooking and receive a pie pan cookware. We can make anything from pies,...

Mar 21
- THRU - Mar 25

Spring Planters Youth Retreat

Mar 21
- Mar 25
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
This pioneer retreat will kick off with an exciting five-days of themes (to be announced soon) that your kids can pick and choose from daily. They will join the park inte...

Mar 21
- THRU - Mar 25

Arkansas Spring Break Week

Mar 21
- Mar 25
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Family-friendly programs, including some evening activities, are scheduled during this week: guided hikes, nature games, park tours, and more. Contact the park for a sche...

Mar 21
- THRU - Mar 25

Schools Out, Parks Are In!

Mar 21
- Mar 25
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
Spend your spring break week at Woolly Hollow State Park! Nature programming will be available throughout the week! Contact the park interpreter for more details....

Mar 21
- THRU - Mar 25

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 21
- Mar 25
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 22
- THRU - Mar 26

Spring Break

Mar 22
- Mar 26
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Looking for family-friendly Spring Break fun? Enjoy hands-on activities all week as you explore the past and make memories for the future. Contact the park for a detailed...

Mar 23

Mini Day Camp For Ages 7-10

Mar 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Come and try a Pinnacle Mountain Day Camp for a day. See if your child would like to spend a full week with us in one of our summer day camps. Activities will include nat...

Mar 24

Mini Day Camp For Ages 11-13

Mar 24
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Come and try a Pinnacle Mountain Day Camp for a day. See if your child would like to spend a full week with us in one of our summer day camps. Activities will include nat...

Mar 24
- THRU - Mar 26

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 24
- Mar 26
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend 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 dirt!...

Mar 25
- THRU - Mar 27

Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Golden Egg Challenge

Mar 25
- Mar 27
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion & Visitor Center
Join us at Daisy State Park for our 28th Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Introduce your group to Daisy State Park, your camping neighbors, and the great outdoors with this challe...

Mar 26

Easter Egg Scramble

Mar 26
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
Kids 10 years old and younger will hunt for candy and prize-filled eggs. The Spring River Lions Club hosts this event. Bring an Easter basket and don't be late. Hunt star...

Mar 26

Devil's Den Rocks!

Mar 26
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
It’s time to celebrate what makes this park special! Join State Geologist Sandra Chandler and park staff for a fun weekend as you learn about the special features t...

Mar 27

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 27
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill
For well over 30 years, Lake Catherine State Park has hosted an annual Easter Egg Hunt. Come join the fun as youngsters and the young-at-heart participate in this event.&...

Apr 01
- THRU - Apr 03

Ozark Mountain Bike Fest

Apr 01
- Apr 03
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Springtime in the Ozarks means it’s time to hit the bike trails. Join park staff for a fun weekend on the bike trails. There’s fun to be discovered by all age...

Apr 02

Great American Clean Up - Bear Creek Lake Shoreline

Apr 02
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Bear Creek Lake Boat Ramp
Join us as we clean up the shoreline around Bear Creek Lake. Fishermen and other boaters are encouraged to patrol the shoreline from the water. We will have trash bags an...

Apr 02

9th Annual "Cookin" With Coals" Cook-off

Apr 02
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Ready! Set! Cook! Teams of 2-3 people will cook three dishes in Dutch ovens - one bread, one main dish, and a dessert. These dishes will be judged and then samples will b...

Apr 02

Spring Crappie Bonanza

Apr 02
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Pavilion 2
People from all over the state come to Cane Creek State Park in the spring and fall to fish Cane Creek Lake, a sport fish mecca. This year, join us as we host our first c...

Apr 02

Beginners Bee Keeping Workshop

Apr 02
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Join the staff and a local bee keeper at the Plantation Agriculture Museum to discover a whole new world in bee keeping. Come out for an in-depth run down and step by ste...

Apr 02

Cossatot River's Spring Festival & 5K "Headache Run"

Apr 02
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
You and your family are invited to explore and celebrate Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area during our second Cossatot River "Headache Run" 5K and Spring Festival. Th...

Apr 02
- THRU - Apr 03

Feathered Flyers Weekend

Apr 02
- Apr 03
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
It's all for the birds! Programs all weekend will feature our feathered friends, including hummingbirds, raptors, waterfowl, backyard birds, and more! Contact the park fo...

Apr 06

Wild Women Wednesday

Apr 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) members for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please call f...

Apr 09

Candle Making Workshop

Apr 09
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Candles were a vital part of frontier life and pioneers had to make their own with the materials they had on hand. Join the park interpreter to learn the history of candl...

Apr 09

Cast Iron Bread Making Workshop

Apr 09
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join park interpreters to rediscover something our grandparents knew all along: cast iron cookware produces mouthwatering foods. No matter where you cook, cast iron can d...

Apr 09

"Now We're Cookin" Dutch Oven Workshop

Apr 09
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
This hands-on workshop is a tasty way to learn the basic skills of cooking in a Dutch oven while preparing 3-4 dishes. We cook it and then we eat it!  Registration i...

Apr 09

Dutch Oven Workshop

Apr 09
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Join us for a workshop on the joys of Dutch oven cooking. We will make several dishes as we discuss the history and process of cooking over a fire with cast iron cookware...

Apr 15
- THRU - Apr 17

1800s Mountain Man Rendezvous

Apr 15
- Apr 17
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Cabin
Arkansas was the edge of the American frontier in the early 1800s. Witness the rugged life of explorers and trappers at this time as reenactors dress in traditional perio...

Apr 15
- THRU - Apr 17

Wildflower Weekend

Apr 15
- Apr 17
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 15
- THRU - Apr 17

The Battle of Poison Springs

Apr 15
- Apr 17
Poison Springs Battleground State Park, Camden
The Battle of Poison Springs took place on April 18th, 1864 and was part of the Red River Campaign in Arkansas. Join us as we commemorate the 152nd anniversary of The Ba...

Apr 16

Ouachita Trail 50 Mile/50K Race

Apr 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
The Ouachita 50 is an endurance race that starts at nearby Maumelle Park and runs through Pinnacle Mountain State Park before continuing out and back on the Ouachita Nati...

Apr 16

Trail Work Day

Apr 16
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Celebrate Earth Day by giving back to mother nature for all she does for you. Place your mark at Pinnacle Mountain State Park by helping to beautify your favorite Central...

Apr 16

Girl Scout Day

Apr 16
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Girl Scouts are invited to earn their Toltec Mounds Patch by participating in a tour of the prehistoric mound site and completing a site explorer activity. Participants m...

Apr 17

Earth Day Celebrations

Apr 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area
Celebrate Earth Day with programs dedicated to “Going Green! Contact the park for a sc...

Apr 22

Earth Day Celebration

Apr 22
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Join us as you learn what you can do to help protect our resources and be a good steward of our planet! Activities include park programs for all ages along with lake and ...

Apr 23

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Apr 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Learn traditional uses for some common Arkansas plants during this workshop, which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Advance payment and registration are req...

Apr 23

Scalies & Slimies of Arkansas

Apr 23
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
In celebration of Earth Day, come to the pavilion and learn about some of the other creatures we share this planet with! Frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, snakes, turtl...

Apr 23

Scalies & Slimies of Arkansas

Apr 23
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
In celebration of Earth Day, come to the pavilion and learn about some of the other creatures we share this planet with!  Frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, snakes,...

Apr 23
- THRU - Apr 24

Spring Fling

Apr 23
- Apr 24
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Open the door to all your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During the two-day, daytime sessions, we will offer courses in  backpacking, hiking, D...

Apr 23
- THRU - Apr 24

Cossatot River Weekend Adventure Tours

Apr 23
- Apr 24
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters for a weekend overnight adventure on the pristine Cossatot River. These adventures may include: kayaking, backpacking, fishing, hiking, camping, D...

Apr 30

Women's Afternoon Out!

Apr 30
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
Ladies, trade in your stilettos for a pair of hiking boots! Woolly Hollow State Park will be hosting a Women’s Afternoon Out! Spend the afternoon hiking, doing a na...

Apr 30

Outdoor Skills Saturday

Apr 30
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
Day Use Area
Join the staff at Lake Charles State Park for a day of outdoor demonstrations. Archery, firestarting, backpacking essentials, and more! Call the park closer to the event ...

Apr 30

Herb & Plant Sale

Apr 30
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Drop by to see the herb garden and pick up a few herbs and other plants for your garden or containers. Members of the 21st Century Club will be out early with plants that...

May 06
- THRU - May 07

Resource Rendezvous

May 06
- May 07
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
This two day event begins on Friday with local schools bringing their 4th grade classes out to learn about our natural resources and conservation. Registration for the sc...

May 06
- THRU - May 08

Ozark Birders Springtime Retreat

May 06
- May 08
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
See springtime birds in action! Activities for everyone from beginner to advanced birders are available including guided walks, evening programs, basic birding clinics, l...

May 07

Guided Tour of Mound Lake

May 07
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter at the park visitor center for an introduction to canoeing and kayaking. Following the class, explore Mound Lake which was used by the Plum Bayou ...

May 07

Birder Weekend

May 07
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join park staff and various bird enthusiasts as you discover the flying creatures that call the park their home. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birder you w...

May 07

Kids' Fishing Derby

May 07
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar
Calling all kids ages 15 and younger, try your luck in Lake Bennett at our annual fishing derby! A drawing at the end of the derby will be held for some excellent prizes....

May 07

Tourism Day

May 07
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Join us at the welcome center to celebrate National Tourism Week. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and includes free balloons, door prizes, live music, refreshments, a grand pri...

May 07

Mother's Day Lake Cruise

May 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Treat your mom to a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Advance payment and registration are required....

May 07

Dutch Oven Brunch

May 07
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Pavilion 1
Celebrate Mother's Day weekend by bringing your mom to the park and treating her to a cast iron Dutch oven breakfast. Participants will learn how to use and care for Dutc...

May 07
- THRU - May 08

Kayak Tours

May 07
- May 08
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on the weather and river water levels. Ag...

May 14

International Migratory Bird Day

May 14
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas: bird migration. Since 1993, IMBD has fostered bird co...

May 14

"Pickin' In The Park"

May 14
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Depot
Bring your seat and come to play or just listen to a little gospel, old-time country, and bluegrass music at the Depot. Professionals and amateurs are invited to bring th...

May 14
- THRU - May 15

Cossatot River Weekend Adventure Tours

May 14
- May 15
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters for a weekend overnight adventure on the pristine Cossatot River. These adventures may include: kayaking, backpacking, fishing, hiking, camping, D...

May 15

Sunset Lake Cruise

May 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the vibrant colors of the setting sun while cruising over the calm waters of Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as...

May 21

Historic Women’s Skills Workshop

May 21
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 21

Historic Games Day

May 21
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Courthouse
When was the last time you played croquet, jumped a potato sack race, or played marbles? Join the staff at Powhatan Historic State Park to play these games and enjoy the ...

May 21

Boater Education Class

May 21
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center A/V Room
Safety on Arkansas waterways is the responsibility of all boaters. Be better prepared for your next aquatic adventure by completing a boating safety course at Lake Cather...

May 21

Basic Fishing Workshop

May 21
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters to learn to catch fish - guaranteed! We'll discover how to select tackle, identify fish, cast, tie knots, choose bait, find fish, and clean your ca...

May 21

Kids to Parks Day

May 21
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Celebrate Kids to Parks Day, the national day of play created by the National Park Trust, at a state park. Join us for kid-friendly programming. Contact the park for more...

May 27
- THRU - May 30

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27
- May 30
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Join park staff for a weekend of activities! Daily programs offered as well as the opening of the Nature Center. Call the park for details. Most programs are free....

May 27
- THRU - May 30

Kayak Tours

May 27
- May 30
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on weather and river water levels. Ages 1...

May 28

Nature Cabin Opening

May 28
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
It is a long standing tradition to visit our state park's Nature Cabin during the summer season. Stop by and see some of the park's special guests. Native species can be ...

May 28

Spring Kayak Float

May 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Explore the Little Maumelle River from one of the park's kayaks. This guided 4-1/2 mile float will provide an opportunity to see otherwise hidden sections of Pinnacle Mou...

May 28
- THRU - May 30

Memorial Day Observance

May 28
- May 30
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Join us for a weekend filled with activities for the entire family as we remember and honor those who gave their lives protecting America's freedom. Interpretive programs...

Jun 01

Spring River Cleanup

Jun 01
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Join us on the Spring River to do a little trash pickup and have lots of fun! Park staff and volunteers will spend time canoeing a section of the river and cleaning it up...

Jun 01
- THRU - Jun 30

Great Outdoors Month

Jun 01
- Jun 30
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Petit Jean State Park’s interpretive staff offers a variety of daily activities throughout June with a special focus on the great outdoors. Enjoy guided trail hikes...

Jun 03
- THRU - Jun 04

Night Hike on Cossatot River Corridor Trail

Jun 03
- Jun 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters on an adventurous night hike on the River Corridor Trail. Night hikes let you experience trails in a whole new way. Along the way we will stop at ...

Jun 04

Peak to Peak Poker Run

Jun 04
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Mount Magazine State Park are on top of Arkansas's highest mountains. In between are 90 miles of scenic highways, national forests, and be...

Jun 04

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 04
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Kick off the summer season with an outdoor hiking adventure in Arkansas State Parks! What better way to embark on your next hiking adventure after creating your own hikin...

Jun 04

Annual Chidren's Fishing Derby

Jun 04
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Day Use Area
Logoly State Park is proud to announce the Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. The derby is open to children ages 5 to 15. Small children will be allowed to have an adult c...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
In the United States, National Trails Day® (NTD) is the American Hiking Society's trail awareness program. Each year events are held to help promote awareness of the ...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Stop by the welcome center and sign up as a "registered" walker on National Trails Day. Walk 1 lap (6/10 of a mile) around the lake or more. The walker with the most...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean’s 20-plus miles of trails! The day is complete with hikes and hiking programs for all ages. This event corresponds with American Hiki...

Jun 04

Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Jun 04
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Historic State Park's Kids Fishing Derby is held every year on Trapper Lake. This is a great opportunity to get your kids outside and give them a chance to ...

Jun 04

National Trails Day

Jun 04
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Beech Ridge Trailhead
In celebration of National Trails Day, the park is hosting a guided hike. Join a park interpreter for a nice hike along the 2-mile Beech Ridge Trail. Remember to wea...

Jun 04

Kids Fishing Derby

Jun 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Environmental Education Pond
Hey kids, bring your parents down to the pond for a free fishing contest! There will be how-to-fish clinics, casting contests, free snacks, and lots of prizes. Prizes w...

Jun 06
- THRU - Jun 08

Explorers Camp

Jun 06
- Jun 08
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 06
- THRU - Jun 09

Discovery Day Camp

Jun 06
- Jun 09
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Park Office
Kids ages 7-12 will participate in four, fun-filled days designed to introduce them to the wonders of the natural world. Our campers will learn the basics of conservation...

Jun 07

Boater Education Class

Jun 07
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Jun 07
- THRU - Jun 10

Nature Explorers Day Camp

Jun 07
- Jun 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
This “nature detective” camp is designed for kids ages 7-10. There will be 4 days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, and more! Advance pay...

Jun 09

Kid's Day Camp

Jun 09
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Pavilion
This fun-filled educational day camp is for kids ages 6-12. It includes programs, games, nature hikes, and more. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Snacks and craft supplie...

Jun 09

Boater Education Class

Jun 09
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Jun 10
- THRU - Jun 12

Free Fishing Weekend

Jun 10
- Jun 12
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend from Friday at noon until midnight Sunday without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters appl...

Jun 10
- THRU - Jun 12

27th Annual Bat-O-Rama Weekend

Jun 10
- Jun 12
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join park staff and guests for great family fun as we celebrate one of the most beneficial but misunderstood creatures in the world……BATS! Special guests wi...

Jun 10
- THRU - Jun 12

Kayak Tours

Jun 10
- Jun 12
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on weather and river water levels. Ages 12 a...

Jun 11

Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 11
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Playground
The park will host a fishing derby for kids ages 15 and under. Registration starts at 7 a.m. A limited amount of fishing poles will be available for loan. Prizes will be ...

Jun 11

Kids Fishing Derby

Jun 11
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Ready to catch the big one, or at least tell stories about the one that got away? It’s that time of year again, so break out the pole and your special bait and cast...

Jun 11

Mountain Fishin’ Derby

Jun 11
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Boathouse
Hook, line, and sinker! See if you can catch a fish at Petit Jean State Park. This derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents may help, but the kids must do the...

Jun 11

Family Fishing Tournament

Jun 11
Lake Frierson State Park, Jonesboro
Visitor Center/Boat Ramp
Join us for the 2nd Annual Lake Frierson Family Fishing Tournament. This is a bream and crappie tournament open to teams of up to 5 anglers. Teams need at least one ...

Jun 11

Boater Education Class

Jun 11
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center A/V Room
Safety on Arkansas waterways is the responsibility of all boaters. Be better prepared for your next aquatic adventure by completing a boating safety course at Lake Cather...

Jun 13
- THRU - Jun 17

Cub Scout Day Camp

Jun 13
- Jun 17
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Pavilion
This day camp for local Cub Scouts features guided nature hikes, swimming, archery, crafts, and much more! Contact the park interpreter for more information....

Jun 14
- THRU - Jun 16

Explorer Day Camp

Jun 14
- Jun 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Would you like to get your child outside more? Let us introduce them to a new level of outdoor fun and adventure. During our three day camp we will explore our state park...

Jun 14
- THRU - Jun 17

Wilderness Explorers Day Camp

Jun 14
- Jun 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Older 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 hiki...

Jun 15

Wild Women Wednesday

Jun 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for location
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 18

Trout Days

Jun 17
- Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
The White River is one of the nation's finest trout streams. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there is something here for you! Activities include trout cooking dem...

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 19

Annual Lake Greeson Days

Jun 17
- Jun 19
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Join us for Lake Greeson Days! This event will include our 27th Annual Kids Fishing Derby as well as a variety of contests, programs, and tours. There will be prizes plus...

Jun 18

Kayaking 101

Jun 18
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Boathouse
Spend some time on the lake learning the basic paddling and kayaking maneuvers and then move to the Spring River after lunch. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided.&...

Jun 18

Music in the Park

Jun 18
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inc...

Jun 18

Perch Jerk Classic

Jun 18
Moro Bay State Park, Jersey
Visitor Center
This two person team tournament is always held the day before Father's Day. One team member must be at least 18 years of age. There is friendly competition but it is...

Jun 18

6th Annual Prospector's Gemboree

Jun 18
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro
Visitor Center
Celebrate diamond miners in Arkansas during the 6th Annual Prospectors’ Gemboree. This cornerstone park event will feature games and activities for all a...

Jun 18

Introduction to Kayaking Class

Jun 18
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Learn to kayak with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. No experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable around water. Kayak, life jacket, and ...

Jun 19

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Jun 19
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Dock
This just-for-fun trout tournament is designed for children and their fathers, grandfathers, or guardians. You may win prizes and certificates for a variety of wacky cate...

Jun 19

Jr. Fishing Derby

Jun 19
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Golf Course Pond #7
Kids, grab your lucky fishing rod and get ready to reel in a “lunker.” This youth fishing derby takes place on Golf Course Pond #7, which will be stocked with...

Jun 20

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Jun 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

Jun 20
- THRU - Jun 22

Lake Charles Fun Fit Day Camp

Jun 20
- Jun 22
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Challenge your kids this summer with Fit Day Camp. Campers play games and do activities that help improve their physical fitness while having fun. Some activities include...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
This camp will introduce boys ages 7 – 11 to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, camping skills, kayaking, crafting...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
This three day camp is designed to introduce youngsters to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, crafting, nature programmi...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 24

4-Day Adventure Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 24
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Option 1: Wickes Union Bank, Option 2: Scotty's in Cove, Option 3: Visitor Center
Would you like your child to get outside more? During our 4-day camp explore the Cossatot River with hikes, adventure, close-up nature studies, and hands-on activities. ...

Jun 22
- THRU - Jun 24

Children’s Day Camp – Ages 8-12

Jun 22
- Jun 24
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
At this camp, youngsters ages 8-12 will join the staff from Parkin Archeological State Park for three days of fun and learning. Part of the camp will happen right here at...

Jun 22
- THRU - Jun 24

Wonders of Nature Day Camp

Jun 22
- Jun 24
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for fun exploring the “Wonders of Nature” as we explore the natural world around us. We will take hikes, kayak, experience wildlife, and much more. Th...

Jun 22
- THRU - Jun 24

Archeology Daycamp

Jun 22
- Jun 24
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Campers ages 10-14 will dig deeper into Arkansas’s past and learn that it is not what you find, but what you find out. Learn excavation and laboratory techniques an...

Jun 24
- THRU - Jun 25

Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival XX

Jun 24
- Jun 25
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Visitor Center
The Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival is one of the most popular nature-related family events in Arkansas! Enjoy hands-on, make and take crafts, nature related games, gui...

Jun 25

Sunset on the Mountain

Jun 25
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
A park interpreter will lead a hike up Pinnacle Mountain’s West Summit Trail for a special sunset viewing. This is a great hike for the whole family to get outdoors...

Jun 26

Star Gazing Cruise

Jun 26
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as your pilot and guide to learn about stars, ...

Jun 27
- THRU - Jun 30

Overnight Adventure Camp

Jun 27
- Jun 30
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Option 1: Wickes Union Bank, Option 2: Scotty's in Cove, Option 3: Visitor Center
We will be hiking, fishing, swimming, learning how to build fires correctly and exploring other state parks including Daisy, Queen Wilhelmina, and Crater of Diamonds. Sp...

Jun 29
- THRU - Jul 01

Agri-Adventure Day Camp

Jun 29
- Jul 01
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Are you and your kids ready for a break? This three-day adventure camp, for children ages 8-12, will have them leap into a whole other world of exciting life on the Delt...

Jul 01
- THRU - Jul 03

Kayak Tours

Jul 01
- Jul 03
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Enjoy guided kayak tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and discover the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Adventures depend on weather and river water levels. Ages 12 a...

Jul 01
- THRU - Jul 04

4th of July Weekend Celebration on the Cossatot River

Jul 01
- Jul 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Join park interpreters for a weekend of fun programming, snorkeling, kayaking on the Cossatot River, and breakfast at the Sandbar as we welcome our coming Independence Da...

Jul 01
- THRU - Jul 04

4th of July Star Spangled Weekend

Jul 01
- Jul 04
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Join us for a fun-filled Independence Day weekend! There will be a full weekend of programs and activities. Come out and celebrate with us! Contact the park for program...

Jul 02

Owl Prowl

Jul 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Kingfisher Trailhead
Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Join a park interpreter on a guided hike along the Kingfisher Trail in search of the elusive nocturnal hunt...

Jul 02
- THRU - Jul 04

Independence Day Weekend

Jul 02
- Jul 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Lake Catherine State Park. Recreational activities and lake tours are scheduled plus a variety of patriotic crafts and games. Admi...

Jul 04

July 4th Island Festival

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Bring the whole family out to the park and make some great memories this 4th of July. Park interpreters will have a host of programs and activities lined up to help you e...

Jul 04

2nd Annual Freedom 5K Fun Run

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island
Dust off those running shoes and join us for our second annual 4th of July Freedom 5K Fun Run! Grab your family and friends to run, jog, or walk this fun, m...

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

26th Annual Devil's Den Games

Jul 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Softball field in Area E
Celebrate the 26th year of the Devil’s Den Games! Enjoy a fun-filled family day of horseshoes, softball, sack races...

Jul 04

Fun on the Fourth

Jul 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area
Celebrate and cool off on this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join the park interpreters for a day full of wet and wild games for the whole family. There ...

Jul 06

Wild Women Wednesday

Jul 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for location
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Jul 06
- THRU - Jul 08

Youth Day Camp – Ages 13-16

Jul 06
- Jul 08
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Teenagers a

Jul 09

Picnic In The Park

Jul 09
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center Amphitheater
It's summertime and the great outdoors beckons. Starry skies, chirping crickets, and balmy breezes are sure signs of summers arrival. That's why it makes sense to take ...

Jul 09

Picnic In The Park

Jul 09
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring State Park is a place to have fun and be healthy. Bring your own picnic and spend some time hiking, kayaking, pedal boating, geocaching, or pick another fa...

Jul 09

Nature’s Market: Picnic in the Park

Jul 09
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
If you lived at the time of the Plum Bayou Culture the market was a bit different. Instead of worrying about money to pay for food, their worries included whether or not ...

Jul 09

Introduction to Kayaking Class

Jul 09
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Learn to kayak with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. No experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable around water. Kayak, life jacket, and ...

Jul 09

18th Annual Butterfly Count

Jul 09
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Wonder House
Right about peak butterfly season, Queen Wilhelmina State Park holds a butterfly count. If you would like to participate in the annual butterfly count, here is your chanc...

Jul 09

Evening Canoe Float

Jul 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Explore the Big Maumelle River with a park interpreter on this guided canoe float. Meet at the Big Maumelle Pavilion to experience the serenity of twilight as it slowly ...

Jul 12
- THRU - Jul 14

Adventure Day Camp

Jul 12
- Jul 14
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, natu...

Jul 13
- THRU - Jul 15

Adventure Daycamp

Jul 13
- Jul 15
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 13
- THRU - Jul 15

Nature Explorers Day Camp

Jul 13
- Jul 15
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for fun exploring the natural world around us. We will take hikes, kayak, experience wildlife, and much more. The camp is open to kids ages 8-12. Camp registratio...

Jul 16

Music in the Park

Jul 16
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inc...

Jul 20

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Jul 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

Jul 27
- THRU - Jul 29

Adventure Camp

Jul 27
- Jul 29
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
This camp will get youths ages 12-15 out in nature to explore our resources. We will learn about our surroundings and discover the wonders nature holds for us. Registrati...

Jul 30

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 30
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. A park interpreter will serve as your pilot and guide to learn about stars, c...

Aug 01
- THRU - Aug 06

123rd Old Soldier's Reunion

Aug 01
- Aug 06
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field Area
A week of fun starting nightly at 6 p.m. with carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post 7831....

Aug 03
- THRU - Aug 05

Waking your Wild Side Day Camp

Aug 03
- Aug 05
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Our environment is a wonderful, wild world to explore. Join us for fun “waking your wild side” as we explore nature with a twist. This camp is open to kids a...

Aug 06
- THRU - Aug 07

Hooray for Herps Weekend

Aug 06
- Aug 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Spend this weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park learning about this group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will be hosting hikes, crafts, games, and t...

Aug 10

Wild Women Wednesday

Aug 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for location
Join Park Interpreter Gillian and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) member’s for a ladies hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please...

Aug 18

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Aug 18
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

Aug 20

Kayaking 101

Aug 20
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pedal Boat Rental Area
Spend some time on the lake learning the basic paddling and kayaking maneuvers and then move to the Spring River after lunch. Space is limited and reservations are requir...

Aug 20

Cultural Celebration

Aug 20
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us in celebrating the many aspects of our past that created the great culture in the River Valley. There will be programming and festivities all day....

Aug 20

Music in the Park

Aug 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inc...

Aug 20
- THRU - Aug 21

Geocaching Weekend

Aug 20
- Aug 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park all weekend to immerse you and your family into the world of geocaching. Learn about the Arkansas State Parks geocache tour and geocache...

Aug 28

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for a relaxing trip on Lake Maumelle. A park interpreter will be cruising the lake on the park’s pontoon boat to vi...

Sep 02
- THRU - Sep 05

Labor Day Weekend

Sep 02
- Sep 05
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Celebrate the official end of summer with us at Lake Charles State Park! Camping, hiking, fishing, and of course a ton of activities and programs to keep the whole family...

Sep 03

33rd Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

Sep 03
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field Area
Antique and classic cars will be on display and judged by year class. Gates open at 9 a.m. and judging begins at 11 a.m. Dash plaques for the first 50 registrants. Classe...

Sep 03

Big Maumelle Canoe Float

Sep 03
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a variety of wildlife. Advance payment and registration are require...

Sep 05

Labor Day Kayak Float

Sep 05
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a variety of wildlife. Advance payment and registration are require...

Sep 10

Skillets, Griddles, and Fireside Cooking Series

Sep 10
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Dutch ovens are only one of the many options available when it comes to cast iron cooking. Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park to explore the world of cast i...

Sep 10

24th Annual Tractor & Engine Show

Sep 10
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Are you ready for some sputtering, rickety fun at the Plantation Agriculture Museum? The museum invites all pre-1960s tractor exhibitors and hit-and-miss engines, along ...

Sep 10

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 10
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Help protect our valuable resources with a morning of park beautification and litter removal. Check in at the visitor center to get supplies, an area to work, and a free ...

Sep 16

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Sep 16
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...

Sep 16

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Sep 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit kayak tour of Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is requ...

Sep 17

Davidsonville Geocaching Scavenger Hunt

Sep 17
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Bring a GPS and your sense of adventure and take part in this fun scavenger hunt in the park. Sign up in teams of two and follow the clues to each coordinate in order to ...

Sep 17

Golf Cart Safari

Sep 17
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
The Ridges at Village Creek Clubhouse
The golf course is completely different after dark! Join the golf cart safari to discover the animals that come out when the golfers go home. Reservations are required....

Sep 17

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Celebrate the beauty of the Natural State by joining volunteers all over Arkansas, in cleaning up our green spaces. Place your mark at Pinnacle Mountain State Park by hel...

Sep 17

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Sep 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Learn traditional uses for some common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Mike Thennes which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Advance paymen...

Sep 17
- THRU - Sep 18

Kayak Campout

Sep 17
- Sep 18
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina Boat Ramp
Join us for our popular overnight kayaking adventure. The trip includes meals and evening programs, as well as information on the history, geology, and wildlife of Lake O...

Sep 24

Fall Clean–Up & Park Beautification

Sep 24
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Visitor Center
Looking for a way to give of your time and talents? Volunteers are needed to help clean and beautify the battlefield and park grounds. Cleanup activities range from trash...

Sep 24

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 24
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Pavilion A
Help keep Petit Jean State Park clean and litter free! Join us for a few hours of litter pickup and be rewarded with a free cookout lunch, followed by a door prize giveaw...

Sep 24
- THRU - Sep 30

Take a Child Outside Week

Sep 24
- Sep 30
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Unplug from technology and reconnect with nature with a trip to Lake Ouachita State Park. Take your daughter kayaking or rent a boat for a father-son fishing trip. Take t...

Oct 01

Cossatot River's Fall Clean-Up

Oct 01
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join Cossatot's staff and the Arkansas Canoe Club on the beautiful, scenic Cossatot River for a day of trash pickup along the river, access points, and roads! Bring any s...

Oct 01

Great Arkansas Cleanup!

Oct 01
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
The Great Arkansas Cleanup is a state-wide community improvement effort aimed at removing trash and debris from our parks, roadsides, and waterways. Join us at the visito...

Oct 02

Fall Festival

Oct 02
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Van Winkle Historic Site and the Visitor Center
Step back in time at the Historic Van Winkle Site for this family fun event. Witness a saw miller, flint knapper, Civil War surgeon, blacksmither, and more!  ...

Oct 08
- THRU - Oct 09

Kayak Campout

Oct 08
- Oct 09
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina Boat Ramp
Join us for our popular overnight kayaking adventure. The trip includes meals and evening programs, as well as information on the history, geology, and wildlife of Lake O...

Oct 14
- THRU - Oct 16

Women Outdoors Weekend

Oct 14
- Oct 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Ladies, open the door to all your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During this three-day, two-night adventure, we will offer sessions on basic camping...

Oct 15

6th Annual Half Marathon

Oct 15
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join us for the 6th annual half marathon along the banks of the beautiful and pristine Cossatot River. Challenge your abilities in the mountainous terrain of Cossatot Ri...

Oct 15

5th Annual Paws on Pinnacle

Oct 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Picnic Area
Do you love celebrating and sharing time outdoors with your four-legged friend? If so, you cannot miss Pinnacle Mountain State Park's 5th Annual “Paws On Pinnacle&r...

Oct 16

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Oct 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

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

The Living Forest

Oct 22
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Visitor Center
Join Mother Nature as she introduces her forest friends here at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area. Listen to each of the animal’s stories and learn what yo...

Oct 22

National Food Day

Oct 22
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
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 demonstrat...

Oct 22

Woolly Holloween

Oct 22
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
It is time for the 4th annual Woolly Holloween! The park will offer games, free hot chocolate, storytelling, and a bonfire on the beach. Please wear your Halloween costum...

Oct 28

Halloween Lake Tour

Oct 28
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The normally placid Lake Fort Smith takes on a sinister feel as we cruise its waters and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Wear your costume and celebrate...

Oct 29

Haunted Night on the Battlefield

Oct 29
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Amphitheater
The night includes a self-guided tour of information booths and a historical scene around the Borden House Area. Visitors will find stations that focus on different aspec...

Oct 29

Halloween Hayride

Oct 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Experience a different kind of Halloween as we enjoy a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Perhaps we’ll roast some ghost (mars...

Oct 29

Halloween Fun at Petit Jean

Oct 29
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Rec Hall
Celebrate the “spooky season” on Petit Jean Mountain! Family-friendly, nature-focused activities are provided. Costumes are welcome. Contact the park for a sc...

Oct 29
- THRU - Oct 30

Fall Foliage Weekend

Oct 29
- Oct 30
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Fall is here. It's time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn colors of Arkansas. Catch a glimpse of nature's splendor during our Fall Fo...

Oct 30

Halloween Hayride

Oct 30
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Experience a different kind of Halloween as we enjoy a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Perhaps we’ll roast some ghost (mars...

Oct 31

Halloween Hayride

Oct 31
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Experience a different kind of Halloween as we enjoy a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Perhaps we’ll roast some ghost (mars...

Nov 05

Mushroom Mania

Nov 05
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join field mycologist, Jay Justice and other members of the Arkansas Mycological Society for a day of immersion into macrofungi, the largest members of the fifth kingdom....

Nov 05

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 05
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget yo...

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 05
- THRU - Nov 06

Fall Foliage Weekend

Nov 05
- Nov 06
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Fall is here. It's time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn colors of Arkansas. Catch a glimpse of nature's splendor during our Fall Fo...

Nov 12

Knot Tying and Water Purification Workshop

Nov 12
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBA
Part of the primitive skills series, join park staff as we use hand-on activities to learn how to tie a variety of useful knots and learn about various ways to purify wat...

Nov 12
- THRU - Nov 13

Survival Skills Weekend

Nov 12
- Nov 13
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skills workshops such as map and compass, fire starting, she...

Nov 19

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 19
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Ever noticed that all food tastes better around a fire? Here is your chance to learn to cook tasty meals in the great outdoors and discover the secrets of successful Dut...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
What better way to spend “Black Friday” than outside with your family, avoiding all of those suffocating crowds? Go on a hike, have a picnic in the park, or s...

Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Avoid the stress of shopping on Black Friday; visit our state park for a pleasant outing. A crisp fall day and a hike on a well-marked trail is certainly a healthier alte...

Nov 25

Green Friday Hikes

Nov 25
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Join park interpreters for a peaceful alternative to "Black Friday." Guided hikes will be provided throughout the day on some of the park's most beautiful trails. This ...

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
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center

Do the words "Black Friday" make you cringe and fill you with dread? If so, we have the deal for you and the best part is it's free! Toss the ads, avoid the crowds, an...


Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Are you looking for a relaxing way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping? We’ll have s...

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 26

Turkey Trot Fun 5K

Nov 26
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Administration Building
Join us for a fun way to burn away those second-helpings from your Thanksgiving Day feast! This non-timed event offers a t-shirt with registration and a chance to network...

Nov 27

Fall Hayride and Campfire

Nov 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Advance pay...

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

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

Christmas Toy Ride

Dec 03
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Village Creek State Park will accept toys (must be at least a $6 value) instead of the daily horse trailer fee today. The toys will be given to the local Christmas toy dr...

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

Winter Discovery Lake Cruise

Dec 03
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Come prepared to discover Lake Maumelle as it springs to life, in the middle of winter! Pinnacle Mountain State Park and its surrounding water bodies host thousands of an...

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 04

Hike in the Hills

Dec 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Challenge yourself with a guided hike to one of the seven peaks of Pinnacle Mountain State Park on this off-trail expedition. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lots of water!...

Dec 10

Build-a-Bat House Workshop

Dec 10
Davidsonville State Park, Pocahontas
Bats are extremely important to our ecosystem and having a bat house near your own home benefits both you and the bats. Sign up for this workshop to learn more about bats...

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 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

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

Caroling in the Forest

Dec 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Kingfisher Trailhead
We’ll meet at the Kingfisher Trail to stroll into the forest, and sing your favorite Christmas carols along a paved trail. Bring a flashlight and your best singing...

Dec 30

Holiday Hayride

Dec 30
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride. We'll have a warm camp fire, stories, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Adv...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center

Celebrate New Year’s Day 2017, by joining with the park staff at Jacksonport State Park for a special hike along the Tunstall River Walk. What better way to kick...


Jan 01

First Day Hikes

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Park Trail
Start the new year off right! Take the 1-mile or 5-mile walking trails at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Enjoy the natural world around you and learn more about th...

Jan 13
- THRU - Jan 14

Eagle Awareness

Jan 13
- Jan 14
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Each year approximately 100 bald eagles visit the Bull Shoals area. Visitors will enjoy festivities centered around our national symbol. Activities include lake and riv...