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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

A Belle, A Bandit & A Badge: Law and Disorder in Arkansas

Jun 01
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Oil Field Park
Listen to notorious Jesse James tell about his life and adventures in Arkansas and the surrounding states. Chautauqua is a first person living history program where the c...

Jun 02

A Belle, A Bandit & A Badge: Law and Disorder in Arkansas

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 tell...

Jun 02
- THRU - Jun 04

Kayak Tours

Jun 02
- Jun 04
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Sign up now for a guided kayak tour on the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River.  Beginners and hobbyists alike can enjoy viewing portions of this river that can ...

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

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 03
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 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 03

Peak to Peak

Jun 03
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Join us for our annual Peak to Peak Poker Run. Contact the park for a more detailed schedule for the poker run route....

Jun 03

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Jun 03
153 Dam Overlook Lane, Bull Shoals
Pavilion #1
This workshop explores the rich history of the cast iron Dutch oven and gives participants the opportunity to prepare recipes using this time-honored cooking method. Even...

Jun 03

National Trails Day

Jun 03
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Come celebrate and experience the fantastic hiking and biking trails of Lake Fort Smith! This day will be full of guided hikes and hiking programs which are great for ...


Jun 03

Ornamental Gardening

Jun 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Ornamentals aren’t just flowers anymore. Join our park gardener for a discussion and hands-on workshop with plants that may be grown for the aesthetic value of thei...

Jun 03

A Belle, A Bandit & A Badge: Law and Disorder in Arkansas

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 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 09
- THRU - Jun 10

Kayak Tours

Jun 09
- Jun 10
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Sign up now for a guided kayak tour on the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River.  Beginners and hobbyists alike can enjoy viewing portions of this river that can ...

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. Prize entry must be turned in by 10 a.m. Try to catch...

Jun 10

Sunset Kayak Tour

Jun 10
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter for this guided paddling tour on the lake. Enjoy the Delta sky being painted with sunset before your very eyes while you watch egrets, h...

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

Morning Lake Cruise

Jun 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Morning is the perfect time to cruise during summertime. Join a park interpreter for a relaxing cruise in the park’s pontoon boat to tour Lake Maumelle and view ...


Jun 10

Morning Lake Cruise

Jun 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

Morning is the perfect time to cruise during summertime. Join a park interpreter for a relaxing cruise in the park’s pontoon boat to tour Lake Maumelle and view ...


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

Bread and Butter Workshop

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

Jun 11

Sunset Canoe Float

Jun 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Launch

Explore the Big Maumelle River as nighttime unfolds. Possible sights and sounds for the night include bats, coyotes, deer, owls, and beavers. No prior paddling experie...


Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 14

Art in the Park Day Camp

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

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


Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 15

Nature Explorers Day Camp (Ages 7 - 10)

Jun 12
- Jun 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center

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


Jun 16
- THRU - Jun 18

Trout Days

Jun 16
- Jun 18
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...

Jun 17

Perch Jerk Classic

Jun 17
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 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 17

Fly Fishing Basics

Jun 17
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Playground
Learn the basics of fly fishing from a professional river guide! The class covers everything you need to get out and start your fishing adventures. Space is limited and r...

Jun 17

7th Annual Prospectors' Gemboree and Famous Crater Diamonds Exhibition

Jun 17
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro
Visitor Center
Enjoy games and activities for all ages during our annual celebration of diamond miners in Arkansas! Pick up a complete schedule at the visitor center during the event.

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 18

Father's Day Adventure Tour

Jun 17
- Jun 18
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, Du...

Jun 17
- THRU - Jun 18

Overnight Kayaking Adventure

Jun 17
- Jun 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Join us for an overnight kayaking adventure on Bull Shoals Lake. The trip includes meals and evening programs, as well as information on the natural history, and wildlife...

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. Door prizes will be given as well as certificates for a...

Jun 18

Father's Day Sunset Lake Cruise

Jun 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina

What better way to honor your father than to experience the vibrant colors of the setting sun while cruising over the calm waters of Lake Maumelle? Join a park interpr...


Jun 20

Kerry Grombacher Concert

Jun 20
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Amphitheater
Performing songwriter Kerry Grombacher will appear in a free concert at the amphitheater at Lake Catherine State Park on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. In the spirit of trouba...

Jun 24

Kayaking Workshop

Jun 24
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Learn the basics of kayaking; safety, gear, the different kayaking strokes, and how to make a wet exit (optional) and rescue. There will be two hours on dry land and thre...

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 02

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 02
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 guide to help you discover stars, cons...

Jul 02

CCC Reunion Day

Jul 02
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Put on your best 1930s style clothing and join Devil’s Den State Park staff as we honor the legacy, tradition, and hard work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC...

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

Fireworks Boat Tour

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Join us as we cruise to the end of Lake Fort Smith and watch the Mountainburg fireworks display from aboard our tour boat. Reservations are suggested and can be made by c...

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 park pavilion...

Jul 04

July 4th Game Day

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Day Use/Picnic Area
Join the park interpreters for a few hours of family-friendly outdoor games! Come ready to eat some watermelon and be ready for a water balloon battle! Even more games an...

Jul 04

42nd Annual Devil's Den Games

Jul 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Ball field in Camp Area E
Enjoy a fun filled family day of horseshoes, parades, and much more, all topped off with homemade ice cream! It will be a July 4th celebration your family won’t soo...

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

Evening Canoe Float

Jul 08
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 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 08

Picnic in the Park

Jul 08
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join the Devil’s Den State Park Interpreters for guided hikes this weekend to enjoy the spectacular landscape while getting in your exercise for the day! Or you cou...

Jul 08

Net Bag Workshop

Jul 08
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Fishing was a way of life for people along the lower White River, and making nets was a valuable skill. Learn the ropes of tying knots using a net needle and block as you...

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

19th Annual Butterfly Count

Jul 15
3877 Highway 88 West, 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 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 16

Sunset Lake Cruise

Jul 16
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 a...

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...

Jul 29

Star Gazing Cruise

Jul 29
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 guide to discover stars, constellations...

Aug 05

Candle Making Workshop

Aug 05
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Old 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...

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 07
- THRU - Aug 12

124th Old Soldiers Reunion

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

Aug 11

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise

Aug 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the ann...

Aug 12

Meteor Shower Mania Cruise

Aug 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
View shooting stars from the middle of Lake Maumelle! Join a park interpreter on this guided cruise to learn about stars and constellations then watch a slice of the ann...

Aug 12

American Indian Paints and Dyes Workshop

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

Aug 12

Photography Contest Judging

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

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


Aug 12

Black River Ramble

Aug 12
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Black River Boat Launch

Join park staff and explore the importance of rivers with a float on the Black River from Davidsonville to Powhatan. We will stop along the way for lunch and a tour of...


Aug 12

Kayaking Workshop

Aug 12
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Learn the basics of kayaking; learn about safety, the gear, the different kayaking strokes and how to make a wet exit (optional) and rescue. There will be two hours of dr...

Aug 12

American Indian Paints and Dyes Workshop

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

Aug 12

Soap Making Workshop

Aug 12
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Making soap is as easy as following a recipe! Learn the art and science of making lye soap using the cold-process method, and take home the soap you create. Please dress ...

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

Junior Fishing Derby

Aug 19
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
- 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 23

Starlight Program

Aug 23
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina
Join a park interpreter to explore Lake Ouachita State Park’s night sky. We will head out by boat to discover more about the twinkling world above our heads. Bring ...

Aug 27

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 27
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 guide your cruise on the park’s pontoon boat to view ...

Aug 27

Summertime Lake Cruise

Aug 27
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 guide your cruise on the park’s pontoon boat to view ...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 04

Uncover the Legacy: Legacy Week 2017

Aug 29
- Sep 04
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
The town site of Davidsonville has been preserved as a state park since 1957 when land was generously donated to the state by the Davis family. As part of the Arkansas St...

Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

The Arkansas State Parks system finds its roots all the way back to 1923. Come join us as we celebrate the lasting legacy of our State Parks as well as the rich h...


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...

Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge

The legacy of Arkansas State Parks is to preserve our state's diverse beauty and history, so that all Arkansans and visitors may find emotional and intellectual connec...


Aug 30
- THRU - Sep 04

Legacy Week

Aug 30
- Sep 04
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum

Join us in celebrating Arkansas State Parks! Activities will be held throughout the week to commemorate the history of the park and its mission. Contact the park for a...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 04

6th Annual Legacy - Think Like a Mountain Weekend

Aug 31
- Sep 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA

School may be back in session, but there is still time for fun, family activities as you join park staff and special speakers to get to know the park better. Discover ...


Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 04

White River Days

Aug 31
- Sep 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Celebrate the history of the White River! This weekend’s events focus on the ecology and history of this beautiful area. Enjoy a multimedia presentation of the hist...

Sep 02

Big Maumelle Canoe Float

Sep 02
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 required....

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 04

Labor Day Kayak Float

Sep 04
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 required....

Sep 08

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Sep 08
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 reservations are requir...

Sep 09

Lee Creek Clean-up

Sep 09
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join area groups and individuals as we clean up Lee Creek. Cleaner water means a cleaner park for everyone to enjoy. Come and help!...

Sep 09

Fly Tying Workshop

Sep 09
Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville
Pavilion

Join Park Volunteer Sallyann Brown at the Keith Ham Pavilion for a workshop on the different types of flies and how to tie your own for fly fishing. All materials will...


Sep 09

Star Party

Sep 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Soci...

Sep 15
- THRU - Sep 16

29th Annual Mountain Bike Race

Sep 15
- Sep 16
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
What’s a mountain bike race without the trails at Devil’s Den State Park? Come and ride in the race or just enjoy watching all the levels of riders compete....

Sep 16

Lake Greeson Cleanup

Sep 16
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Self Creek Boat Ramp & Bear Creek Cycle Trailhead
Join us for the annual cleanup event on Lake Greeson. This year we will be working to clean up the shoreline and the Bear Creek Cycle Trail. Life jackets, gloves, trash b...

Sep 16

Rope Whisk Workshop

Sep 16
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Riverboat crews made brooms and brushes by knotting a piece of old rope and fraying the ends. Join in the knot-tying fun and make a small rope brush perfect for dusting....

Sep 16

Arrowhead Wire Wrapping Workshop

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

Sep 16

Arrowhead Wire Wrapping Workshop

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

Sep 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

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Sep 16
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 16

Kayaking 101

Sep 16
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Marina
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.&...

Sep 19

Starlight Boat Tour

Sep 19
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Marina
Join a park interpreter to explore Lake Ouachita State Park’s night sky. We will head out by boat to discover more about the twinkling world above our heads. Bring ...

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...

Sep 23

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 23
P.O. Box 4, 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. Help keep Lake Fort S...

Sep 23

Junior Fishing Derby

Sep 23
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 24
- THRU - Sep 30

Take a Child Outside

Sep 24
- Sep 30
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is inviting the public to take part in connecting children to the natural world as part of a growing nationwide effort geared toward getting y...

Sep 30

National Public Lands Day

Sep 30
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center

Join Lake Dardanelle State Park as they host National Public Lands Day. This event brings together thousands of volunteers to improve and restore the lands and facilit...


Sep 30

Fall Fishing Derby

Sep 30
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Golf Course Pond #7 (Across From Horse Stables)
Fish ON! Catch your fill of fish at DeGray's annual fall fishing derby. This derby is open to all ages so kids, bring your parents, bring your grandparents and bring ...

Oct 07

Gardening Basics for the Fall

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

Oct 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 07

Hankie Sachet Workshop

Oct 07
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Sachets have been used for thousands of years for a variety of reasons, including insect repellent and to induce sleep. Join us in making a modern version filled with aro...

Oct 08

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on th...

Oct 09

Columbus Day Lake Tour

Oct 09
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Are you looking for a relaxing and entertaining way to spend your Columbus Day vacation? How about a trip to Pinnacle Mountain State Park for a relaxing afternoon boat r...

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 13

Camper's Reunion Chili Cook-off

Oct 13
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion
This fall join us for a cooking competition at Daisy State Park. Whether you are a master chef or you just enjoy eating delicious food, this is an event you won’t w...

Oct 14

Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival

Oct 14
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Historic State Park
There's a chill in the air, color in the trees, pumpkins abound and what's that? Do you hear the whispering of ghosts down at Davidsonville State Park? Gather u...

Oct 14

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Oct 14
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Pavilion #1
This workshop explores the rich history of the cast iron Dutch oven and gives participants the opportunity to prepare recipes using this time-honored cooking method. Work...

Oct 14

5th Annual Fall Fest

Oct 14
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Help us celebrate the coming of fall! Design a costume and join in the “walk around” trick or treating and lots more during this weekend of family fun....

Oct 14

Fall Festival

Oct 14
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Amphitheater
Join Queen Wilhelmina State Park for our annual wagon rides. Rides will start every hour on the hour. After the wagon ride, join us by the fire for storytelling, hot choc...

Oct 14

Kitchen Broomcorn Workshop

Oct 14
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Explore the world of broom making, starting in the kitchen! Learn the basics of plaiting and wire-wrapping as you make a traditional cake tester and pot scrubber from bro...

Oct 15

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on th...

Oct 15

Tombstones That Tell Tales

Oct 15
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Visitor Center

Tombstones don't just mark a burial site. According to graveyard researcher, Abby Burnett, "Epitaphs can be funny. Epitaphs can be serious. Epitaphs can be revealing. ...


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 20

Starlight Boat Tour

Oct 20
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center Picnic Tables
Join a park interpreter to explore Lake Ouachita State Park’s night sky. We will head out by boat to discover more about the twinkling world above our heads. Bring ...

Oct 21

Prehistoric Duck Decoy Workshop

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

Oct 21

Halloween in the Park

Oct 21
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead Fire Ring
Join the friends and staff of Lake Catherine State Park as we host a community fall festival. Featuring trick-or-treating in the campground, hay rides, a hot dog and mars...

Oct 21

Prehistoric Duck Decoy Workshop

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

Oct 21

Canoe Races

Oct 21
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Join in on this family-friendly and informal race day at the lake. Within the day there are several sub-events which include a long-distance race, sprint race, beach ball...

Oct 21

22nd Annual Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off and Festival

Oct 21
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Chili cooks compete for prize money, plaques, and people's choice awards. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, boat and car show, chili tasting and festival foods, ...

Oct 27

Haunted Waters Lake Tour

Oct 27
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The calm waters of Lake Fort Smith take on an ominous feel as we cruise the water at nightfall and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Costumes are welcome....

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...

Oct 28

Haunted Waters Lake Tour

Oct 28
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
The calm waters of Lake Fort Smith take on an ominous feel as we cruise the water at nightfall and tell authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Costumes are welcome....

Oct 28

Halloween in the Park

Oct 28
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Park Wide
Come join us for our 10th annual Halloween in the Park! Festivities include trick or treating throughout the campground for children 12 and under and a haunted...

Oct 28

Autumn Celebration

Oct 28
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Campground Pavilion
The Ozarks are beautiful this time of year with gorgeous weather, colorful scenery, and superb trout fishing. Join a park interpreter for nature programs, lake and river ...

Oct 28

Halloween Hayride

Oct 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
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 28

The peRSeverance Run 5K

Oct 28
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Pavilion
Join us for a major fund raising event designed to raise awareness about water safety and drowning prevention. This event is sponsored by Ryan’s Call Foundation an...

Oct 28

Devil's Den Haunted Trail Walk

Oct 28
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Relive a haunted Devil’s Den story as you make your way down the trail. There is a small fee for this haunted trail walk. Register at the visitor center. Light refr...

Oct 28

Autumn in Arkansas

Oct 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Come celebrate the changing seasons as we explore what makes this time of year special. There will be programs and activities throughout the day....

Oct 28

Star Party

Oct 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Cen...

Oct 29

Halloween Hayride

Oct 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
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
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
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 03

Eagle Tour

Nov 03
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 American Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular b...

Nov 04

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 04
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 04

Cast Iron Round Mini Servers Workshop

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

Nov 04

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 04
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Have you ever wondered how to use a cast iron Dutch oven? Join us for a Dutch oven demonstration to learn how to care for, and cook in a Dutch oven. Registration is requi...

Nov 04

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Picnic Hill Pavilion
Outdoor cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens is a longstanding tradition in Arkansas State Parks. Join us for a workshop to gain hands-on experience preparing food using this...

Nov 11

Dutch Oven Workshop: Veterans Day Celebration

Nov 11
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Fire Place

Pioneers relied heavily on Dutch ovens when they were traveling west to settle the frontier. Learn how to use and care for Dutch ovens as...


Nov 11

Fall Star Party

Nov 11
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar Parking Lot
Bring your family and friends to star gaze at Woolly  Hollow State Park! Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have telescopes available for you ...

Nov 11

Gourd Workshop

Nov 11
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Gourds have been used for centuries for both artistic and practical purposes. Join the fun and learn to shape and decorate these unusual plants. Please dress appropriatel...

Nov 11
- THRU - Nov 12

Survival Skills Weekend

Nov 11
- Nov 12
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 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

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 18
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 cas...

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 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 experience the ...

Nov 24

Green Friday Programming

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

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


Nov 24

Green Friday Shopping Event

Nov 24
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center

Turn Black Friday green and join us at Davidsonville Historic State Park for an opportunity you can’t pass up. Why go to the big box stores when you can take a h...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg

Crowded stores, short tempers, and congested traffic…sounds lovely, right? Avoid the headaches of Black Friday and instead create enjoyable memories by spending...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park

Avoid the crowds, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holidays, and visit Lake Catherine State Park instead of a shopping mall! We've got a beautiful waterfall, over five miles of ...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Instead of going shopping among huge crowds on Black Friday visit us at the museum for an alternative way to spend the day. We will have a make-and-take craft project tha...

Nov 24

Green Friday Initiative

Nov 24
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
TBA

Does black Friday make you feel blue? If so, it’s time to go green at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! The Green Friday initiative invites you to skip the c...


Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA

Go green NOT black! Forget the crowded malls and stores as you join park staff to ease into the holiday season by enjoying the great outdoors!

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Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
What better to spend “Black Friday” than outside with your family? Avoid all of those suffocating crowds by going on a hike, having a picnic in the&...

Nov 24

Green Friday

Nov 24
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum

Why spend Black Friday in crowded stores and long lines when you could be making memories with your family at the museum? Enjoy a green alternative to Black Friday and...


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 ...

Nov 25

Turkey Trot Fun 5K

Nov 25
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Come join us for our Turkey Trot 5K. This is a fun run; no time limit or first place medals. Meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m.; run begins at 9 a.m. In order to gua...

Dec 02

Christmas Open House 2017

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

Dec 02

Historic Handmade Holidays

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

Dec 02

31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Dec 02
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
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 02

Christmas Open House

Dec 02
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

It’s Christmastime at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—antebellum Ozark Christmastime, t...


Dec 02

Winter at the Lake

Dec 02
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event. There will be programs, crafts, and more throughout the day. Call for details....

Dec 02

Paper Quilling Workshop

Dec 02
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Quilling, the art of coiling strips of paper to create designs, was a popular ladies’ pastime until the late 19th century. Join park staff to learn this delicate cr...

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 03

Christmas Open House

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

It’s Christmastime at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—antebellum Ozark Christmastime, t...


Dec 08

O.W.L.S.

Dec 08
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills). This progr...

Dec 09

Mississippian Basket Weaving

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

Dec 09

Mississippian Basket Weaving

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

Dec 09

Pioneer Christmas Craft Workshop

Dec 09
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Latta Barn
Come craft the rustic Christmas charm that was part of the pioneer experience in the Ozarks. Crafts and decoration tutorials will include wreath, ornament, and fruit stri...

Dec 16

"Hands-On" Candle Making Workshop

Dec 16
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Candle Shop
Join us at  Historic Washington State Park’s Candle Shop and be part of a hands-on experience making candles and learning the history of candle making. No...

Dec 16

Holiday Crafts Open House

Dec 16
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Museum
Start some new holiday traditions to kick-off this Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open the grounds and building to the public for our 7th annual ope...

Dec 23

Holiday Open House

Dec 23
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Join the staff of Devil’s Den State Park for light refreshments and help us decorate our park Christmas Tree by making ornaments in the style of the Civilian Conser...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
P.O. Box 4, 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 Tr...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Amphitheater

Start off the new year with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. First Day Hikes will be taking place in parks across the nation, so this is the perfect opportuni...


Jan 01

First Day Hike 2018

Jan 01
3877 Highway 88 West, 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, joi...


Jan 01

First Day Highpoint Hike

Jan 01
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Lodge Lobby
Start your year off with a healthy hike to Arkansas’s highest point. This guided walk through winter woods is a good way to explore Mount Magazine....

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Battlefield Trailhead

Begin your new year surrounded by the beautiful, historic scenery of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! We will take a one-mile walk bac...


Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Battlefield Trailhead

Begin your new year surrounded by the beautiful, historic scenery of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park! We'll take a one-mile walk back ...


Jan 01

Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Church in the Ozark Village
The Emancipation Proclamation, originally issued on January 1st, 1863, is a powerful document that holds untold significance for our nation and our heritage. Join the par...

Jan 01

125-Mile Challenge

Jan 01
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Battlefield Trailhead

Union General Herron's men completed a forced-march of 125 miles in three days to get to the Battle of Prairie Grove on Decemeber 7th, 1862. If they can complete this ...


Jan 01

First Day Hikes 2018

Jan 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

Guided hikes on New Year’s Day are part of an annual First Day Hikes initiative in the state parks in all 50 states. Begin the new year rejuvenating and connecti...


Jan 13

Eagle Watch Lake Tour

Jan 13
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Embrace your inner birder and join us for this afternoon cruise. While on the lake we’ll be on the lookout for the eagles who make this lake their home. It may be c...

Jan 13

Rag Rug Workshop

Jan 13
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
The art of making rugs from scraps of old fabric has been handed down for generations. Become part of this tradition and learn a new skill as you weave a no-sew rag rug....

Jan 13
- THRU - Jan 14

Eagle Awareness Weekend

Jan 13
- Jan 14
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us for a weekend honoring our nation’s symbol; the mighty eagle. We will focus on these winged predators and offer eagle watch lake tours to hopefully get a gl...

Jan 13
- THRU - Jan 14

Eagle Awareness Weekend 2018

Jan 13
- Jan 14
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 14

Eagle Watch Lake Tour

Jan 14
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Embrace your inner birder and join us for this afternoon cruise. While on the lake we’ll be on the lookout for the eagles who make this lake their home. It may be c...

Jan 19

O.W.L.S.

Jan 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills). This progr...

Jan 26
- THRU - Jan 28

39th Annual Eagles Et Cetera

Jan 26
- Jan 28
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge

Join us for the 39th annual Eagles Et Cetera event where we will celebrate our nation's symbol and many of its counterparts, calling to light some of today's most pres...


Feb 11

Sandal Weaving Workshop

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

Feb 16

O.W.L.S.

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

Feb 17

Beeswax Skincare Workshop

Feb 17
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Beeswax is for more than just candles. Learn more about beeswax and natural skincare as you melt and pour your own lip balm, salve, and fixing wax....

Feb 17
- THRU - Feb 18

Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb 17
- Feb 18
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Embrace your inner birder! Join a park interpreter for a stroll around the park as we identify and count the many birds of the area. Our observations will help bird resea...

Feb 24

Basket Weaving Workshop

Feb 24
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center

The 1800’s brought many emigrants to the river valley; these pioneers had to learn to live off the land. Basket making, by using...


Mar 02

"Shakespeare in the Park" Performances and Workshops

Mar 02
P.O. Box 129, Washington
1940 WPA Gym

Enjoy an evening performance by the American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-show performance at 7 p.m. in th...


Mar 03

Archeology Day at Petit Jean 2018

Mar 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 03

"Shakespeare in the Park" Performances and Workshops

Mar 03
P.O. Box 129, Washington
1940 WPA Gym
Enjoy an evening performance by the American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-show performance at 7 p.m. in ...

Mar 09
- THRU - Mar 11

Cold-Blooded Critter Weekend

Mar 09
- Mar 11
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders, oh my! Come for a weekend of exploring the world of these cold-blooded critters of Lake Fort Smith State Park....

Mar 10

Yo-Yo Quilt Workshop

Mar 10
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Celebrate National Quilting Month with yo-yos! This easy introduction to quilting forms a puff that can be used in quilting and other crafts. Practice on your own yo-yo m...

Mar 16

O.W.L.S.

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

Mar 16
- THRU - Mar 18

50th Annual Jonquil Festival

Mar 16
- Mar 18
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Mar 16
- THRU - Mar 19

Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean 2018

Mar 16
- Mar 19
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
March 19 is Arbor Day in Arkansas. You are invited to enjoy park programs that celebrate our bounty and variety of trees and the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park. ...

Mar 19
- THRU - Mar 23

Arkansas Spring Break 2018

Mar 19
- Mar 23
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Looking for family-friendly spring break fun? Enjoy hands-on activities each day at 2 p.m. as you explore the past and make memories for the future. Contact the park for ...

Mar 30
- THRU - Apr 01

Great Escape Weekend & Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Mar 30
- Apr 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 06
- THRU - Apr 08

Wildflower Weekend 2018

Apr 06
- Apr 08
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 07

Coyote Challenge Trail Run

Apr 07
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Challenge your will. Challenge your strength. Challenge your determination. Channel your inner coyote as you choose a distance of 5, 10, or 16K and run through the B...

Apr 13

O.W.L.S.

Apr 13
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills). This progr...

Apr 14

Tin Punching Workshop

Apr 14
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
From lanterns to pie safes, punched tin raised the practical to an art form. Explore historical uses and designs as you create your own work of punched tin art. Tin and p...

May 11

O.W.L.S.

May 11
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills). This progr...

May 12

Wire Wrapped Ring Workshop

May 12
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Wire wrapping is one of oldest methods of making jewelry. Wrap your head around this simple technique as you make custom rings....

May 12

Arkansas Heritage Day at Petit Jean 2018

May 12
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 19

Kids to Parks Day

May 19
2009 Main Street, 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...

Jun 02

National Trails Day at Petit Jean 2018

Jun 02
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

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 H...


Jun 09

2nd Annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby

Jun 09
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
What better way to get a kid hooked on fishing than to fish in a friendly derby?! Lake Fort Smith State Park will host our 2nd annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby on June 9th...

Jun 09

English Paper Piecing Workshop

Jun 09
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
English paper piecing is a centuries-old form of quilt making in which fabric is wrapped around paper and hand sewn together. Join us to learn this easy, portable, and pr...

Jun 09

Mountain Fishin' Derby 2018

Jun 09
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...

Jul 04

July 4th Games Day

Jul 04
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Day Use/Picnic Area
Lake Fort Smith State Park is a wonderful place to make memories with your family and friends. Join the park interpreters for a few hours of family-friendly outdoor games...

Jul 04

July 4th Fun and Games Day 2018

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

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week 2018

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

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...


Sep 22

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 22
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. Help keep Lake Fort S...

Sep 29

Great Arkansas Cleanup 2018

Sep 29
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...

Oct 16
- THRU - Oct 18

Senior American Special 2018

Oct 16
- Oct 18
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
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 27

Fall Fun Festival at Petit Jean State Park 2018

Oct 27
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
TBA
Celebrate the autumn season on Petit Jean Mountain! Family-friendly, festival fun and nature-focused activities are provided. Costumes are welcome; dress up as your favor...

Nov 23

Green Friday

Nov 23
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

Crowded stores, short tempers, and congested traffic…sounds lovely, right? Avoid the headaches of Black Friday and instead create enjoyable memories by spending...


Nov 23
- THRU - Nov 25

21st Annual Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 23
- Nov 25
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 01

Christmas Open House 2018

Dec 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Historic Mather Lodge Lobby
See the park’s historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Santa Claus is scheduled f...