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Apr 28

Building an Earthen Oven

Apr 28
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Porch
Love fresh baked bread, just out of the oven? Join Davidsonville staff for part one of a two part program and help make the thing that makes the bread. Wear your 'mud' cl...

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 12

Tourism Day

May 12
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Join us to celebrate National Tourism week. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and includes free balloons, door prizes, refreshements, and more! The event lasts until 4 p.m....

May 12

Historic Women's Skills Workshop

May 12
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Girl power time! Come learn skills practiced by the past females of Parkin in this workshop tailored specifically for women. Activities will include fiber arts, fire star...

May 19

National Kids to Parks Day

May 19
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center

Bring the whole family to Lake Dardanelle State Park to celebrate National Kids to Parks Day. Park staff will offer a full schedule of programs and activities througho...


May 19

Pioneer Day

May 19
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 simil...

May 19

Armed Forces Honor Day

May 19
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Visitor Center
Join Historic Washington State Park as we honor those who serve and have served in ou...

May 19

Hope/Hempstead County Bluegrass Festival

May 19
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Historic Washington State Park serves as host for the Spring H...

May 21
- THRU - Oct 05

Dinosaurs:Fossils Exposed

May 21
- Oct 05
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Museum
Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed is an in-depth look at the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Earth. This exhibit makes sure to educate as well as excite visitors whil...

May 25
- THRU - May 28

Memorial Day Celebration Weekend

May 25
- May 28
5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Bring the entire family to Lake Ouachita State Park for a weekend of lake tours, interpretive programs, and activities. Come enjoy the lake as we remember and honor those...

May 28

Silent City Speaks "Cemetery Living History Tour"

May 28
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Go inside the gates of the historic cemeteries at Historic Washington State Park to “meet” the residents at their final resting place. Tours through the cemet...

Jun 01
- THRU - Jun 30

Great Outdoors Month

Jun 01
- Jun 30
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Join with other families across the nation in a celebration of the great outdoors at your Arkansas State Parks. Throughout the month, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Pa...

Jun 04

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Grown-ups take the day off and send your youngsters to Lake Catherine State Park's Adventure Day Camp. These one-day, themed adventures, will have your child experiencing...

Jun 04
- THRU - Jun 06

Art in the Park Day Camp

Jun 04
- Jun 06
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 types while also learning about the natu...

Jun 05

Tuesdays at Two

Jun 05
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!

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

Bread and Butter Workshop

Jun 09
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Visitor Center
There is more than one way to experience history. Come and hav...

Jun 11

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 11
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Grown-ups take the day off and send your youngsters to Lake Catherine State Park's Adventure Day Camp. These one-day, themed adventures, will have your child experiencing...

Jun 11
- THRU - Jun 13

Outdoor Adventure Day Camp

Jun 11
- Jun 13
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Sign your child up for an outdoor adventure! This session is for children ages 7-10. This camp includes a variety of educational and recreational programs designed to g...

Jun 11
- THRU - Jun 14

Nature Explorers Day Camp

Jun 11
- Jun 14
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, and ...

Jun 12

Tuesdays at Two

Jun 12
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Jun 12
- THRU - Jun 14

SWAT Overnight Camp

Jun 12
- Jun 14
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
TBA
Campers, ages 9-13, join park interpreters and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, campfire cooking, and more. Spend two nights...

Jun 13
- THRU - Jun 15

Explorers of the Past Daycamp

Jun 13
- Jun 15
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Campers ages 8-12 are invited to participate in archeological programs and dig into Arkansas’s past. Campers will participate in a mock archeological dig and learn ...

Jun 15
- THRU - Jun 16

Trout Days

Jun 15
- Jun 16
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
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 tr...

Jun 16

Music in the Park

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

Jun 18

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 18
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Grown-ups take the day off and send your youngsters to Lake Catherine State Park's Adventure Day Camp. These one-day, themed adventures, will have your child experiencing...

Jun 19

Tuesdays at Two

Jun 19
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Jun 19
- THRU - Jun 21

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 19
- Jun 21
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
This camp will introduce boys ages 7 – 11 to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, camping skills, kayaking, stargazi...

Jun 20
- THRU - Jun 22

Nature Encounters Day Camp

Jun 20
- Jun 22
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join us for “Nature Encounters” as we explore nature throughout Lake Dardanelle State Park. We will hike, kayak, fish, and much more. The camp is open to kids...

Jun 23

29th Anniversary Party

Jun 23
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum
Help us celebrate the 29th anniversary of the opening of Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park. Tour the exhibits and stay for free watermelon and homemade ice cream....

Jun 23

Summer Solstice Celebration

Jun 23
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
The Plum Bayou Culture built this unique mound complex over 1,000 years ago. Activities at this ceremonial center may have included games, feasts, and other special event...

Jun 25

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 25
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Nature Cabin
Grown-ups take the day off and send your youngsters to Adventure Day Camp. These one-day, themed adventures, will have your child experiencing the outdoors in a fun way. ...

Jun 25
- THRU - Jun 27

Wonders of Water Day Camp

Jun 25
- Jun 27
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Sign your child up for an outdoor adventure! This session is for children ages 7-10. Campers will have the chance to experience stream testing, find macroinvertebrates,...

Jun 26

Tuesdays at Two

Jun 26
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Jun 29
- THRU - Jul 02

Independence Day Celebration

Jun 29
- Jul 02
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Lake Ouachita State Park. Recreational activities, crafts, and lake tours will be scheduled all weekend. Be sure to reserve a spot...

Jun 30

The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Jun 30
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...

Jun 30
- THRU - Jul 04

Independence Weekend

Jun 30
- Jul 04
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Looking for something to do over this Independence weekend? Join the park interpreter for a fun holiday weekend and week of programs. We will have our annual watermelon a...

Jul 01

CCC Reunion Day

Jul 01
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Join park staff as we honor the legacy, tradition, and hard work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the group of young men who built your park in 1933 – 1942...

Jul 03

Tuesdays at Two

Jul 03
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

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

4th of July Island Festival

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island

Bring the whole family out to the park and make some great memories this 4th of July. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities lined up to help you e...


Jul 04

Independence Day Celebration

Jul 04
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
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 pavil...

Jul 04

Picnic in the Park

Jul 04
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Looking for some fun Wednesday, July 4th? Before the fireworks begin, stop by Davidsonville and join staff as we make and enjoy homemade ice cream the old fashioned way. ...

Jul 06
- THRU - Jul 07

Fourth of July Programs

Jul 06
- Jul 07
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Varies
Black powder demonstrations, hikes, archeology, and more await you this 4th of July weekend at Davidsonville. Stop by for a single program or stay the entire weekend! A f...

Jul 07

Tons of Fun

Jul 07
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Enjoy all-American fun for the entire family! Recreational activities are scheduled all day; the infamous watermelon eating contest, the seed spitting contest, plus a ...

Jul 10

Tuesdays at Two

Jul 10
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Jul 10
- THRU - Jul 12

Adventure Day Camp

Jul 10
- Jul 12
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
This camp will introduce girls ages 7 -11 to the wonders of the natural world. Through a variety of experiences including hiking, camping skills, kayaking, crafting, natu...

Jul 11
- THRU - Jul 13

Children's Day Camp

Jul 11
- Jul 13
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
At this camp, youngsters will join the staff from Parkin Archeological State Park for three days of fun and learning. Part of the camp will happen right here at Parkin Ar...

Jul 11
- THRU - Jul 13

Discovery Day Camp

Jul 11
- Jul 13
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Education Center
Extra! Extra! Davidsonville's silver artifacts have gone missing! Curious young day campers needed to help solve mysteries, engage in historic activities, and explore nat...

Jul 11
- THRU - Jul 13

Adventure Day Camp

Jul 11
- Jul 13
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Kids ages 8-12 who enjoy energetic outdoor adventures are invited to take part in this camp. Programs include fishing, canoeing, and exploring. A day trip to Pinnacle Mou...

Jul 14

Fourth Annual Homegoods Day

Jul 14
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum
Join the festivities while enjoying fresh homemade ice cream, demonstrations, and crafts. Craft supplies are limited. All activities will be held inside the air condition...

Jul 14

Summer Star Party

Jul 14
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
The beautifully dark night skies of Woolly Hollow State Park are a fantastic background for the summer Star Party. Bring your family and friends for an evening of stargaz...

Jul 16
- THRU - Jul 18

Adventures in History Day Camp

Jul 16
- Jul 18
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Sign your child up for an adventure through history! This session is for children ages 7-10 and will help them learn about the history that happened here including the ...

Jul 16
- THRU - Jul 18

Adventuer's Nature Camp

Jul 16
- Jul 18
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
This three-day, one-night camp is designed to introduce kids ages 10-12 to the wonders of our natural world. Children are carefully supervised by the park interpreters...

Jul 17

Tuesdays at Two

Jul 17
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Jul 17
- THRU - Jul 21

125th Old Soldiers' Reunion

Jul 17
- Jul 21
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Baseball Field
A week of fun starting nightly at 6 p.m. with carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post 7831....

Jul 18

Teacher Workshop

Jul 18
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Park interpreters are continually developing new and exciting educational programs for groups who visit Parkin Archeological State Park. Teachers, spend the day exploring...

Jul 24

Tuesdays at Two

Jul 24
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Jul 25
- THRU - Jul 27

Youth Day Camp

Jul 25
- Jul 27
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Teenagers will join the staff from Parkin Archeological State Park and tour the park and some of northeast Arkansas’s other unique sites. There will be activities l...

Jul 31

Tuesdays at Two

Jul 31
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Connect to the past at Parkin Archeological State Park. Join park interpreters for a fun and educational craft program!...

Aug 03

1st Friday Crafts

Aug 03
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Join us on the 1st Friday of August to create an American Indian craft. Everyone will make and take home a duck decoy ass...

Aug 04

Gardening Basics for the Fall

Aug 04
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Visitor Center
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...

Aug 11

Salve Workshop

Aug 11
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Latta Barn
Ozarkers have long believed in the wisdom of herbal remedies. Join Master Gardener Jane-Ellen Ross for hands-on tips, tricks, and techniques for making a "cure-all" yarro...

Aug 11

Gourd Craft Workshop

Aug 11
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Education Center
Gourds have been used for centuries for a variety of purposes. Join park staff for a creative afternoon and learn how to shape and decorate these unusual plants. Unleash ...

Aug 24
- THRU - Aug 26

Rod Run

Aug 24
- Aug 26
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Campground
This annual event, sponsored by Mena Chamber of Commerce, brings hot rodders and classic car owners from across the nation to our park. To register your hot rod, contact ...

Aug 25

Quilting for Beginners

Aug 25
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Quilting started as a way to reuse scraps of fabric to make something useful for the family. Today, quilt shows showcase intricate patterns and designs. Yet, it all start...

Aug 25

Sticks and Stones: A Spear and Atlatl Workshop

Aug 25
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
For thousands of years humans relied upon bows and arrows, spears, atlatls, and blowguns to survive. Join the park staff for a unique hands-on opportunity to learn how to...

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...


Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Arkansas State Parks Legacy Week

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center

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


Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Legacy Week

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Legacy Week is a time to reconnect with our roots and share what makes each park special, Arkansas’s legacy is in your hands. Join us for a week of fun hands on act...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Legacy Week

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
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 connectio...

Aug 29
- THRU - Sep 03

Legacy Week

Aug 29
- Sep 03
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Join us in celebrating Arkansas State Parks! Programs and activities will be held to commemorate our park’s history and mission. Contact the park for details. #lega...

Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 03

7th Annual Legacy - Think Like a Mountain Week

Aug 31
- Sep 03
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
School may be back in session, but there is still time for family activities as you join staff and special speakers and get to know your park better. Discover how you c...

Aug 31
- THRU - Sep 08

Legacy Week 2018

Aug 31
- Sep 08
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Varies
Round out the summer with a bang with activities at Davidsonville. Help make candles, explore cemeteries, learn about old time weather forecasting, bake bread, and much m...

Sep 01

35th Antique & Classic Car Show

Sep 01
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Baseball 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 01

Labor Day Weekend

Sep 01
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Lodge
Looking for something to do over this Labor Day weekend? Join the park interpreter for a fun holiday weekend of programs. Contact the park closer to time for a more detai...

Sep 01

Guided Tour of Mound Lake

Sep 01
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter at the visitor center for an introduction to canoeing and kayaking. Following the class, visitors will explore Mound Lake which was used by the Pl...

Sep 01

Photographs, “Window to the Past”

Sep 01
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Museum Entrance
The museum staff will digitize its extensive photograph collection and have it available to view as well as copy. If you have an interest in old photography, research, or...

Sep 08

Great Arkansas Clean-Up

Sep 08
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Let’s take action against littering by cleaning one of your Arkansas State Parks. The Toltec Mounds site has been used by mankind for over 1,300 years. Over that ti...

Sep 08

Tin Punching Workshop

Sep 08
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...

Sep 08

Historic Cooking Workshop

Sep 08
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Porch
Help cook up a historic meal and learn how territorial Arkansans did everything from gathering their ingredients to doing the dishes. This workshop will utilize historic ...

Sep 15

Pine Needle Basket Workshop

Sep 15
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
American Indians used all kinds of materials for containers, not just pottery. A lot of skill went into creating some containers, especially pine needle baskets. Create a...

Sep 15

Star Party

Sep 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join amateur astronomers for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide teles...

Sep 22

Outdoor Writing Workshop

Sep 22
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Education Center
There's no place quite like the outdoors to get creative. Grab your inspirational muse and join park staff for a seminar day of writing tips, ideas on how to approach the...

Sep 22

Fall Equinox Celebration

Sep 22
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
The Plum Bayou Culture built this unique mound complex over 1,000 years ago. Activities at this ceremonial center may have included games, feasts, and other special celeb...

Sep 22

Museum Day Live!

Sep 22
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Join this annual celebration of boundless curiosity created by Smithsonian magazine, as park staff offer a free photo conservation workshop. #MuseumDayLive...

Sep 26
- THRU - Sep 30

Take a Child Outside

Sep 26
- Sep 30
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Queen Wilhelmina Lodge
Unplug from technology and reconnect with nature with a trip to Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Take a drive across the Talimena Scenic Byway and stop at the beautiful overl...

Oct 06

Fall Fair

Oct 06
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Museum Entrance
Arkansas Post Museum State Park will be the setting for the autumn celebration called “Old Fashioned Fall Fair”. Activities include face painting, old ti...

Oct 06

Cobweb Broom Workshop

Oct 06
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Explore the world of broom-making with a traditional cobweb broom. This long-handled broom with a narrow, tapered end is perfect for sweeping high ceilings and hard-to-re...

Oct 11
- THRU - Oct 12

Homeschool Sawmill Days

Oct 11
- Oct 12
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
During the 1920s the lumbering industry was at its peak in Parkin. Homeschoolers will learn about the daily lives of children and adults who worked at the ...

Oct 13

6th Annual Fall Fest

Oct 13
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Celebrate the coming of fall at Devil’s Den! Design a homemade costume like the kids did when your park was being built and then join in the “walk around&rdqu...

Oct 13

Cast Iron Cooking - Wild Game

Oct 13
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse

By special request from area hunters and just in time for hunting season, this session of cast iron cooking will highlight recipes that can be used with wild game. Onl...


Oct 13

Dutch Oven Workshop

Oct 13
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Jim Parks Shelter

Join the park interpreter for a hands-on cooking class featuring Arkansa...


Oct 13

Star Party

Oct 13
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...

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 20

Primitive Pottery Workshop

Oct 20
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Come celebrate International Archeology Day by learning an ancient skill! A wide variety of pottery types were made at ancient Casqui from everyday bowls for drinking and...

Oct 20

Arkansas Chili Cook-Off

Oct 20
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Pavilion II in the Day Use Area
Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” Taste the chili and visit vendors as the cooks ...

Oct 20

Annual Fall Festival

Oct 20
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
Day Use Area
Bring the family out to Lake Charles State Park for an afternoon full of fun autumn activities! Not only will you enjoy the festivities, but also support a grea...

Oct 20

Night at the Museum

Oct 20
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum

Legend says that the exhibits at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park come to life after dark. This fa...


Oct 20

Fall Fest

Oct 20
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Museum
During the 1920s when south Arkansas was hustling and bustling with the activities of the oil boom, Halloween was a huge sensation. Community parties and parades were pla...

Oct 27

3rd Annual Devil's Den Haunting

Oct 27
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Re-live a haunted Devil’s Den story as you make your way through a ghostly part of the park. There is a small fee for this haunted adventure. Register at the visito...

Oct 27

Autumn Celebration

Oct 27
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
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 riv...

Oct 27

All Scouts Day

Oct 27
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
All scouts, boys and girls, are welcome to spend an evening earning their respective awards and patches. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts may earn their Indian Heritage Award, a...

Oct 27

Halloween Hayride

Oct 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
No tricks, only treats on this fun-filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and s’mores. Hear about the critters that inhabit the night and see the d...

Nov 01
- THRU - Nov 02

Casqui School Days

Nov 01
- Nov 02
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
During this event, students will learn about the American Indians who lived at the Parkin Site. They will receive a guided tour of the remains of the Casqui Village, lear...

Nov 03

Dutch Oven Workshop

Nov 03
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Pavilion
Join us for a workshop on the joys of cast iron Dutch oven cooking. We will make several dishes as we discuss the history and process of cooking over a fire with cast iro...

Nov 03

Fall Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 03
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Do you want to impress friends and family this holiday season? Learn a new skill, or rather, the tradition of cast iron Dutch oven cooking. Join us in learning the basics...

Nov 03

Civil War Weekend

Nov 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
The Civil War was one of the most trying times in our nation’s history. During Civil War Weekend, visitors will walk the streets of a town touched by the hand of wa...

Nov 03

Lye Soap Workshop

Nov 03
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own soap at home, but didn't know where to start? If so, this class is for you. Join us for this hands-on workshop and lear...

Nov 10

Casqui Foods

Nov 10
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 10

Native Foods: National Native American Heritage Month

Nov 10
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
The savory smell of supper cooking fills us with hunger and brings back warm memories of shared meals. Not only did European and African traditions shape many of the same...

Nov 16

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 16
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Nov 17

Davidsonville Thanksgiving Feast

Nov 17
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Porch
Come celebrate the holiday just a little early at Davidsonville Historic State Park. Join park staff and help cook up a Thanksgiving Feast using historic cookware. We'll ...

Nov 17

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 17
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Nov 17

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Nov 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Pavilion
Have you 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 succes...

Nov 17

Hand Knitting Workshop

Nov 17
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Intimidated by learning to knit with needles? Hand knitting is a simple alternative with no needle required! Discover the joy of making a homemade scarf or accessory in t...

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

Green Friday

Nov 23
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Avoid the crowds, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday, and visit Lake Catherine State Park instead of a shopping mall! We've got a beautiful waterfall, over ten miles of hikin...

Nov 23

Green Friday

Nov 23
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Go green NOT black! Forget the crowded malls and stores as you join park interpreters to ease into the holiday season by enjoying the great outdoors!...

Nov 23

Green Friday

Nov 23
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 simply enjoy ...

Nov 23

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 23
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Nov 23

Green Friday Hike-Arkansas Arboretum

Nov 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Arkansas Arboretum
Join park interpreters for a peaceful alternative to "Black Friday" and step onto the Arkansas Arboretum. This trail is designed to mimic the 6 natural divisions of the s...

Nov 23

Green Friday

Nov 23
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Enjoy a green alternative to Black Friday and learn more about the history of the lower White River. #GreenFriday...

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 ...

Nov 24

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 24
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Nov 30

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Nov 30
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

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...

Dec 01

Boy Scout Indian Lore Merit Badge Workshop

Dec 01
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders, we are offering to help you earn the Indian Lore Merit Badge. American Indians have many different cultures, languages, religions, styles of...

Dec 01

Victorian Style Christmas Ornament Workshop

Dec 01
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center

Nineteenth-century Christmas ornaments were handmade from natural items, cards, doilies, ribbons, and lace. Make three different historically authentic Victorian style...


Dec 01

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 01
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 01
- THRU - Dec 02

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment

Dec 01
- Dec 02
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

The park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The bat...


Dec 07

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 07
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 07
- THRU - Dec 08

Battle of Prairie Grove Anniversary Camp Out

Dec 07
- Dec 08
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Immerse yourself in the Civil War experience with a chilly camp out in the spiri...

Dec 08

Basket Weaving

Dec 08
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Over 1,000 years ago, the mounds at Toltec were built by the Plum Bayou people one basket of soil at a time. Join a park interpreter and learn to weave your own basket to...

Dec 08

Victorian Style Christmas Stocking Workshop

Dec 08
205 Avenue Street, Newport
Visitor Center

The stockings hung by the fire on Christmas Eve in the 1800s were the children's regular socks. Today, we make fancy stockings to hang on the fireplace mantle for St. ...


Dec 08

Holiday Open House

Dec 08
Arkansas Post Museum, Gillett
Museum Entrance
Join the museum staff for a holiday open house. There will be refreshments, crafts, and hourly interpretive tours. Self-guided tours are encouraged as well as family...

Dec 08

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 08
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 08

Christmas Open House

Dec 08
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Visitor Center
Join Mississippi River State Park and the Marianna Regional Chamber of Commerce for our annual open house at the Mississippi River State Park Visitor Center. Walk the gr...

Dec 08

Holiday Ornaments for All Ages

Dec 08
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 14

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 14
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 14

Geminid Meteor Shower Watch

Dec 14
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow Beach
Take time for reflection at this busy time of year. The dark night skies of Woolly Hollow are the backdrop for one of the most spectacular ...

Dec 15

No Christmas, No Problem

Dec 15
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Porch

No Christmas?! What a horrible thought! Come learn why Christmas wasn’t celebrated during (the town of) Davidsonville’s ti...


Dec 15

No Christmas, No Problem

Dec 15
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Porch

No Christmas?! What a horrible thought! Come learn why Christmas wasn’t celebrated during (the town of) Davidsonville’s ti...


Dec 15

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 15
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 15

Caroling in the Forest

Dec 15
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 15

Holiday Open House

Dec 15
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum
Start new holiday traditions to kick-off this Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open the grounds and building to the public for our 8th annu...

Dec 17
- THRU - Dec 23

Christmas in the Park

Dec 17
- Dec 23
3877 Highway 88 West, 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 detailed s...

Dec 21

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 21
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 22

Holiday Open House

Dec 22
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Join the staff of Devil’s Den State Park to help us decorate the park’s Christmas tree by making ornaments in the style of the Civilian Conservation Corps fro...

Dec 22

Winter Solstice Celebration

Dec 22
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Celebrate the longest night of the year by joining a park interpreter to learn about the prehistoric builders of this site and their earthen calendar. To people who relie...

Dec 22

Christmas Open House

Dec 22
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Looking for some fun family activities to brighten a brisk wintery day? Join us for our Annual Christmas Open House and enjoy some apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and...

Dec 22

Seasonal Music and Sing Along

Dec 22
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center Lobby
Join our park interpreter for a fun seasonal music session! Together we sing a few carols or you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the melodies of the season....

Dec 22

Holiday Light Extravaganza

Dec 22
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Gingerbread House

Dec 29

Holiday Hayride

Dec 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile east of Hwy 300
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm camp fire, stories, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Advance pa...

Jan 18

OWLS - Dutch Oven Cooking

Jan 18
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), a program ...

Jan 19

Inkle Weaving Workshop

Jan 19
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Inkle weaving produces narrow straps similar to those used by early explorers and settlers. Explore the world of weaving as you make your own table-top inkle loom and lea...

Feb 09

Rag Rug Workshop

Feb 09
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....

Feb 10

Sweetheart Lake Cruise

Feb 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Take your sweetheart on a romantic lake cruise of the gorgeous Lake Maumelle. Enjoy bald eagles, loons, and other lovely migratory birds while on the water. Blankets and ...

Feb 16

Basket Weaving

Feb 16
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The 1800s brought many emigrants to the river valley; these pioneers had to learn to live off the land. Basket making, by using oak splits, was an important task for ever...

Mar 09

Net Making Workshop

Mar 09
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Learn the ropes of tying knots as you use a net needle and gauge to make a fishing net project....

Mar 16
- THRU - Mar 23

Spring Break Programs

Mar 16
- Mar 23
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
School’s out, State Parks are in! Enjoy hands-on activities each day as you explore the past and make memories for the future. Contact the park for details. #ARspri...

May 04

Pearl Stringing Workshop

May 04
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Pearls were once part of a booming industry on the lower White River. Learn to make and care for jewelry made from real freshwater pearls. Please specify necklace, bracel...

Jun 22

Great American Campout: Dutch Oven

Jun 22
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Build your outdoor living skills...

Dec 07
- THRU - Dec 08

Christmas Open House

Dec 07
- Dec 08
506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
It’s antebellum Ozark Christmastime! Experience the merry traditions of pre-war Arkansas first-hand, as we give you a “taste” of the food, songs, decora...