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Oct 01
- THRU - Jan 14

At Home in the Ozarks, 1974

Oct 01
- 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 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

Astronomy Day

Oct 08
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Explore the sky and learn more about what you are seeing as we celebrate Astronomy Day! Join us at the visitor center at noon as members of the Arkansas Oklahoma Astronom...

Oct 08

Stargazing

Oct 08
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina Boat-Launch parking lot
Astronomy Day events continue with a star party! Explore the night sky with Arkansas/Oklahoma Astronomical Society (AOAS) members. Join us at the marina boat launch parki...

Oct 08

9th Annual Augsburg Fall Fest

Oct 08
Earl Schrock, 1380 Silex Road, Dover, AR 72837, London
Zion Lutheran Church
German Lutheran community festival featuring German food, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, all-day entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, games, bingo, antique tractor...

Oct 11
- THRU - Oct 13

Senior American Special

Oct 11
- Oct 13
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 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 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

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

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...

Nov 05

Eagle Tour

Nov 05
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Weigh-In Pavilion
Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer Winter Lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol - the Bald Eagle.  Many other spectacular birds wi...

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 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 23
- THRU - Nov 27

Thanksgiving Getaway

Nov 23
- Nov 27
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Gather the family and escape to DeGray Lake Resort State Park for your Thanksgiving Getaway. Take in the views and sounds of nature at one of our campsites or treat yours...

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

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
Moro Bay State Park, Jersey
Visitor Center

Consider celebrating the season in a relaxing way that reconnects you to what is really important. Moro Bay State Park is the perfect place to avoid the stress of the ...


Nov 25

Green Friday

Nov 25
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Avoid the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, go Green at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Spend this holiday season connecting with your family and friends in the great outdoo...

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
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 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
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

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
- 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 ...

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

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

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
- 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

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 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

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 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 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 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Big Bluff Trailhead
Start your year right with a breath of fresh air! Gather at the Big Bluff Trailhead on Powerhouse Road just beneath the Bull Shoals Dam. We will hike approximately two ho...

Jan 01

First Day Hike 2

Jan 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Slunger Creek Nature Trail
A simple 1/2 mile walk on our Slunger Creek Nature Trail is a great way to start a healthier new year. Keep that personal resolution and join us on this outing....

Jan 01

First Day Hikes!

Jan 01
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

Stride into the new year with a revitalizing “First Day Hike” at Woolly Hollow State Park! Be a part of this national movement that encourages people to co...


Jan 01

First Day Hike 1

Jan 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead
Start the new year off with a hike to our Falls Branch Waterfall. It's a healthy way to begin the year taking care of yourself first....

Jan 01

First Day Hikes

Jan 01
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Start your year with a healthy hike on Arkansas’s highest mountain. Clear, dry, wet, or snowy Mount Magazine State Park offers over 14 miles of trails that lead to ...

Jan 01

First Day Hike 2017

Jan 01
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Start New Year’s Day on the right foot! Take a self-guided walk or join Park Interpreter Melissa for a mile hike on Lovers’ Leap Trail. After our hike join us...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Did your new year's resolutions include a commitment to lead a more active lifestyle this year? Start the year right by joining us for a trek on the Ozark Highlands Trail...

Jan 01

First Day Hike!

Jan 01
Mount Nebo State Park, Dardanelle
Visitor Center

Join Park Interpreter Jeremiah for an exciting First Day Hike! Parks in Arkansas and all across the country participate in First Day Hikes to promote healthy lifestyle...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center Picnic Area

Start 2017 on the right foot (or left foot) with a hike along the trails of Lake Ouachita State Park. Take a self-...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Moro Bay State Park, Jersey
Visitor Center
Start your new year off right by taking part in a "First Day Hike"! Join park staff as well as many other people around Arkansas and throughout America in this national m...

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 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Amphitheater
We are joining forces with hikers across the nation to celebrate 2017 with a “First Day Hike”! Let’s start the New Year off with a healthy lifestyle for...

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...

Jan 14

Eagle Bonanza

Jan 14
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
There are few moments in nature more awe-inspiring than seeing a bald eagle in the wild. Take a boat tour for a chance to see this memorable site. Spaces are limited; sig...

Jan 14
- THRU - Jan 15

Eagle Awareness Weekend

Jan 14
- Jan 15
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Two days are devoted to our national symbol: the bald eagle. A variety of programs are planned including field trips to nearby Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge to watc...

Jan 21

Frog Watch Volunteer Training

Jan 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
One of the best ways to experience nature is to be outside in the evening and hear the many frogs calling in the park and St. Francis River. Frog Watch USA is an organiza...

Jan 22

Winter Wanderings

Jan 22
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Experience the adventure of an interpreter-guided hike to a nearby peak without a trail to mark the way. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. This hike wil...

Jan 27
- THRU - Jan 29

38th Annual Eagles Et Cetera

Jan 27
- Jan 29
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge

Join us for the 38th annual Eagles Et Cetera event where we celebrate our nation's symbol and many of its counterparts, calling to light some of today's most pressing ...


Feb 10
- THRU - Feb 12

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend

Feb 10
- Feb 12
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Enjoy historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend. Activities such as guided trail hikes are geared toward couples. Contact the park...

Feb 11

Polar Plunge

Feb 11
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach

Help support a great cause by participating in the 6th annual Polar Plunge, hosted by Special Olympics of Arkansas. Contact the park for more details, and h...


Feb 11
- THRU - Feb 12

Backyard Bird Count

Feb 11
- Feb 12
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center

This weekend is the National Backyard Bird Count. Join park interpreters for a weekend of bird programming that will help you sharpen your...


Mar 01

Wild Women Wednesday

Mar 01
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. This hike is part o...


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

Arboretum Night Hike

Mar 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Arkansas Arboretum Trailhead

A whole new world emerges as nighttime falls in the forest. A park interpreter will help you explore how both human and animal senses adapt to low light levels. Please...


Mar 04
- THRU - Apr 02

Spring Break Escape

Mar 04
- Apr 02
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Grab the whole family and make your spring break escape to DeGray Lake Resort State Park! There will be plenty of programs, lake tours, and activities to keep you busy du...

Mar 08

Wild Women Wednesday

Mar 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location
Join a park interpreter and CAMN (Central Arkansas Master Naturalists) members for a ladies' hike on one of Pinnacle Mountain’s gorgeous trails. Please call for lo...

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

Bluebird Day

Mar 11
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Learn about bluebirds and become a "bluebird landlord" by building a bluebird box. The Spring River Sportsman's Club helps sponsor the event and assists in putting the bl...

Mar 13

Boater Education Class

Mar 13
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 15

Wild Women Wednesday

Mar 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. This hike is part o...


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

Cold-Blooded Critter Weekend

Mar 17
- Mar 19
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Join us for three days of awesome programs about turtles, frogs, and snakes! Kids’ crafts, a visit with the snakes of Reptile Mania, a spring-peeper hike, and a ...


Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 20

Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean

Mar 17
- Mar 20
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
March 20 is Arbor Day in Arkansas. You are invited to enjoy park programs that celebrate our bounty and a variety of trees and the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park...

Mar 17
- THRU - Mar 26

Spring Break Programming

Mar 17
- Mar 26
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBA
Enjoy primitive camping, daily and evening programming. Learn about nature and enjoy hikes, campfire cooking workshops, and many other topics. Contact the park closer to ...

Mar 18

Meet at the Peak!

Mar 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Top of Pinnacle Mountain
Meet a park interpreter at the top of Pinnacle Mountain for short presentations on sights, geology, wildlife, and more! This is a great chance to take a breather and disc...

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

Spring Star Party

Mar 18
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have...

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

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 20
- Mar 24
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 20
- THRU - Mar 24

Spring Break

Mar 20
- Mar 24
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 int...


Mar 22

Wild Women Wednesday

Mar 22
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. This hike is part o...


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 24
- THRU - Mar 26

Devil's Den Rocks

Mar 24
- Mar 26
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
It’s time to celebrate what makes this park special! Join State Geologist Angela Chandler and park staff for a fun weekend as you learn about the special features t...

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

Junior Fishing Derby

Mar 25
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Mar 29

Wild Women Wednesday

Mar 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. This hike is part o...


Mar 31
- THRU - Apr 02

Ozark Mountain Bike Fest

Mar 31
- Apr 02
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Spring time in the Ozarks means it’s time to hit the bike trails. Join the park staff for a fun weekend on the two-wheel trails. There’s fun to be discovered ...

Apr 01

Youth Fishing Derby

Apr 01
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Marina
A great time will be had by the whole family as young anglers (15 and under) participate in this annual event. Prizes and giveaways will occur throughout the derby. Bring...

Apr 01
- THRU - Apr 02

Feathered Flyers Weekend

Apr 01
- Apr 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA

Calling all bird brains! Programs this weekend will feature our feathered friends, including hummingbirds, raptors, waterfowl, backyard birds, and more! Contact the pa...


Apr 05

Wild Women Wednesday

Apr 05
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for loc...


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

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 12

Wild Women Wednesday

Apr 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for loc...


Apr 14
- THRU - Apr 16

Great Escape Weekend and Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 14
- Apr 16
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate spring and the great outdoors at our Great Escape Weekend! Enjoy free nature programs and family activities. The celebration concludes with an “Easter Egg...

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 14
- THRU - Apr 16

1800s Mountain Man Rendezvous

Apr 14
- Apr 16
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 as reenactors dress in traditional period attire a...


Apr 19

Wild Women Wednesday

Apr 19
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for loc...


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 22

Scalies and Slimies

Apr 22
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 our planet with! Frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, snakes, turtle...

Apr 26

Wild Women Wednesday

Apr 26
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Call for Location

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for loc...


Apr 28
- THRU - Apr 30

Feathers Over Lake Chicot

Apr 28
- Apr 30
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Birding and bird feeding are popular hobbies, especially during spring migration. Learn more about wild birds and what they need to survive by spending the weekend at Lak...

May 06

Safety Expo

May 06
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead
Lake Catherine State Park will team with sponsors and representatives from Hot Spring and Garland Counties to host a safety exposition. The event offers a relaxed setting...

May 06

Pickin' in the Park

May 06
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Frisco Depot Museum
Bring your chair, and come play or just listen to a little gospel, old-time country, and bluegrass music at the Depot. Professionals and amateurs are invited to bring ins...

May 06

Kids' Fishing Derby

May 06
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar

Calling all kids ages 2 to 15, 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. Tro...


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

Herb and Plant Sale

May 13
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 tha...

May 13

Tourism Day

May 13
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, refreshments, and more! The event las...

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

Spring Kayak Float

May 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch

Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5 – 5 mile sit-on-top kayak float. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable aroun...


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...

May 20

Spring Music in the Park

May 20
Cane Creek State Park, Star City
Carnival Tent in the Campground Area
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this relaxing, spring evening of live music! Please contact the park for more detail as the event draws near.     ...

May 27

Junior Fishing Derby

May 27
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

May 27

Lake Charles 50th Anniversary Celebration

May 27
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Celebrate Lake Charles State Park's 50th anniversary with us! There will be food, entertainment, and special programs. Learn about the park over the years, how it has cha...

May 27
- THRU - May 29

Memorial Weekend

May 27
- May 29
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Let's remember and honor those who gave their lives protecting the freedom of our country. Bring the entire family to Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a weekend of interpr...

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

Annual Children's Fishing Derby

Jun 03
Logoly State Park, McNeil
Visitor Center
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 03

Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 03
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 a casting contest, free snacks, and lots of prizes. Prizes will be given away t...


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 03

National Trails Day

Jun 03
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Stop by the welcome center and sign up as a registered walker and walk at least one lap (6/10 mile). The walker with the most laps wins a prize! Registration begins at 8 ...

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 08

32nd Annual Fun Day

Jun 08
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow

Bring your family and friends for a day of games and contests! Sack races, pedal boat races, watermelon seed spitting, and a water balloon toss are a few of the fun ev...


Jun 10

Mountain Fishin' Derby

Jun 10
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
The 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 10

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us as we celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, where we encourage everyone to bring a kid out to the park for a great experience exploring some of the trails her...

Jun 10

Storm Creek Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Day Use Area
Anglers ages 6-12 are invited to bring a cane fishing pole and participate in the Storm Creek Lake Fishing Derby. Tadpoles age 3-5 are also welcome. Registration starts...

Jun 10

Storm Creek Youth Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Day Use Area
Anglers ages 6-12 are invited to bring a cane fishing pole and participate in the Storm Creek Lake Fishing Derby. Tadpoles age 3-5 are also welcome. Registration starts...

Jun 10

National Get Outdoors Day

Jun 10
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Go outside and explore Queen Wilhelmina State Park! Not sure what to do? Take a hike, and join Park Interpreter Melissa for some fun outdoor interpretive programs and ac...

Jun 10

Annual Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 10
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Our Annual Kid's Fishing Derby is a free event for kids 15 and under. Gifts, prizes, and family fun await. Try to catch the big one during this fun event. For more detail...

Jun 16
- THRU - Jun 17

Trout Days

Jun 16
- Jun 17
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Days
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

Junior Fishing Derby

Jun 17
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 18

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Dock
This just-for-fun trout fishing tournament is designed for children and their fathers, grandfathers, or guardians. You might win prizes and certificates for a variety of ...

Jun 21
- THRU - Jun 23

Lake Life Day Camp

Jun 21
- Jun 23
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for “Lake Life” as we explore the life in and around Lake Dardanelle. We will kayak, fish, and explore the environment around the lake, and much more....

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

Owl Prowl

Jul 01
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Arboretum Trail
Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Join a park interpreter on a guided hike along the Arkansas Arboretum Trail in search of the elusive noctur...

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

Fun on the Fourth

Jul 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Picnic Area
Celebrate and cool off this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join park interpreters for a day full of old-fashioned games for the whole family. There will b...

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

Independence Day Celebration

Jul 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Enjoy all-American fun for the entire family!  Activities are scheduled at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center. Fireworks at dark with shuttles available from the par...

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 08

Arkansas River Clean-up

Jul 08
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Lake Dardanelle State Park is providing an opportunity on National River Cleanup Day for people to come together to make a big impact. Volunteers are needed for our Annua...

Jul 08

Picnic in the Park

Jul 08
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring State Park
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 08

Picnic In The Park

Jul 08
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Sandbar Picnic Area

It’s summertime and the great outdoors beckons. That’s why it makes sense to take every opportunity to relax and entertain outside. Join park interpreters ...


Jul 12
- THRU - Jul 14

Nature’s Navigators Day Camp

Jul 12
- Jul 14
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
At Lake Dardanelle State Park, things are always in motion. Jump into action with us as we discover how people, plants, and animals navigate nature. This camp is open to ...

Jul 15

Birds of Prey

Jul 15
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Learn some of the predatory birds that call our area home. Get a chance to feel their sharp talons or maybe hear one calling to us! Meet the park interpreter at the pavil...

Jul 15

Summer Star Party

Jul 15
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have...

Jul 22

Junior Fishing Derby

Jul 22
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Jul 22
- THRU - Jul 23

Inspect an Insect Weekend

Jul 22
- Jul 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects! Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one! Contact...

Aug 05
- THRU - Aug 06

Hooray for Herps Weekend

Aug 05
- Aug 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Spend this weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park to discover this group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will host hikes, crafts, games, and talks abou...

Aug 17

Junior Fishing Derby

Aug 17
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Aug 19

Cultural Celebration

Aug 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
History shapes the culture of an area and that is true of the River Valley as well. We will have programming and activities all day to share the history of the area. We w...

Aug 19
- THRU - Aug 20

Geocaching Weekend

Aug 19
- Aug 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Immerse you and your family into the world of geocaching. Learn about Arkansas State Park’s geocache tour and geocaches found right here at Pinnacle Mountain State ...

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

34th Antique & Classic Car Show

Sep 02
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Ball Field
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 02

7th Annual Watermelon Weigh-Off

Sep 02
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Old Washington Farmers Market
Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park and other county residents to see who has the largest watermelon in the region. The event is a sanctioned event of the Gr...

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

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 16
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 16

Junior Fishing Derby

Sep 16
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

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

Cossatot River Fall Clean-Up

Oct 07
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Please join the staff at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area and members of the Arkansas Canoe Club for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event. A clean, beautiful park is some...

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 17

Geocaching 101

Oct 17
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Frisco Depot Museum
Have you ever wondered how to get started with geocaching? Well, here's your chance to learn the basics of this fun and engaging hobby! Space is limited and reservations ...

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 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 18

Fall Star Party

Nov 18
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Swim Beach
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have...

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 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,...