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Jun 20
- THRU - Oct 05

Dinosaurs:Fossils Exposed

Jun 20
- 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...

Jun 20
- THRU - Jun 30

Great Outdoors Month

Jun 20
- 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 20
- THRU - Jun 21

Adventure Day Camp

Jun 20
- 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

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...

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 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

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 15
- THRU - Feb 17

Hikes, Hearts, and Hugs Weekend 2019

Feb 15
- Feb 17
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Enjoy historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend. Activities such as guided trail hikes are geared toward couples. Enjoy a Sweethea...

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 01

Territorial Bicentennial Celebration: School Day

Mar 01
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Town Site
A celebration of living history, craft demonstration, and multi-cultural learning. Students will interact with territorial settlers, native cultures, and people of color ...

Mar 02

Archeology Day at Petit Jean 2019

Mar 02
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 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 15
- THRU - Mar 18

Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean 2019

Mar 15
- Mar 18
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
March 18 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 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...

Mar 18
- THRU - Mar 22

Arkansas Spring Break 2019

Mar 18
- Mar 22
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...

Apr 12

OWLS - Fishing

Apr 12
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 ...

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...

May 11

Arkansas Heritage Day 2019

May 11
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 ...

Jun 11
- THRU - Jun 14

Petit Jean State Park Summer Day Camp 2019

Jun 11
- Jun 14
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Kids ages 8-12 are invited to join in the summer fun at Petit Jean, discovering outdoor skills and experiencing adventures in the park. Activities and programs include hi...

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...

Jul 10
- THRU - Jul 12

Outdoor Exploration Day Camp

Jul 10
- Jul 12
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Lake Dardanelle State Park is the perfect place to explore some of what Arkansas has to offer. Our days will be filled with adventure as we discover the fun of the area&r...

Jul 20

River Cleanup

Jul 20
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle provide a spectacular setting for both wildlife and people to live in and enjoy. Volunteers are needed to clean our local waterways...

Aug 17

Cultural Celebration

Aug 17
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
History shapes the culture of an area, 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 will...

Aug 28
- THRU - Sep 02

Legacy Week

Aug 28
- Sep 02
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Join park staff as we share the history of Lake Dardanelle to preserve our past while strengthening our appreciation of the park for future generations. Check with the pa...

Sep 28

National Public Lands Day

Sep 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
National Public Lands Day unites people across the nation as they care for the public lands which are used for recreation, education, and enjoyment. Join us at Lake Darda...

Oct 15
- THRU - Oct 17

Senior American Special 2019

Oct 15
- Oct 17
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 26

Fall Fun Fest at Petit Jean State Park 2019

Oct 26
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 02

Autumn in Arkansas

Nov 02
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
The changing of the seasons creates a special and unique time to enjoy Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join us for programs and activities throughout the day as we celebrate ...

Nov 16

Williamsburg Basket Weaving Workshop

Nov 16
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Basket making using oak and river cane splits, was an important task for early inhabitants of the river valley. Weave your own Williamsburg Basket in this hands-on class ...

Nov 29

Green Friday

Nov 29
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Avoid the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, go Green at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Spend this holiday season connecting with your family and friends in the great outdoo...

Nov 29
- THRU - Dec 01

22nd Annual Mountain Rendezvous

Nov 29
- Dec 01
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 07

Christmas Open House 2019

Dec 07
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Mather Lodge Fireplace Lobby
See the park’s historic Mather Lodge dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Santa Claus is scheduled f...

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...

Dec 13

O.W.L.S. – Nature Explorations

Dec 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), a program ...

Dec 14

Winter at the Lake

Dec 14
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Although the weather has turned cooler and the leaves have fallen, Lake Dardanelle State Park is teeming with wildlife. Discover the abundance of wildlife through program...