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Nov 24

Green Friday Tinkering

Nov 24
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Museum

No need to fall into the commercial rat race of Black Friday shopping, join the museum staff at 10 a.m. for Green Friday tinkering. Join the museum educator to explore...


Nov 24

Green Friday Initiative

Nov 24
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

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


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

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 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

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

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 06

Fiber to Fabric: The Basics of Weaving

Jan 06
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Spend the day learning how to turn fiber into fabric with the ...

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 20

Gourd Craft Workshop

Jan 20
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 ...

Jan 20

Dancing with the Stars "Washington Style"

Jan 20
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Dance experience is not required for this fun evening of dance and fellowship! Join the staff of Historic Washington for an exciting class that will leave you with unforg...

Jan 20
- THRU - Jan 21

Introduction to Forging Workshop

Jan 20
- Jan 21
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Visitor Center
Join the park smiths at the forge for a hands-on class covering the basic operations of blacksmithing. Participants will make simple art objects and more functional objec...

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...


Jan 27

Beginning Crochet

Jan 27
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
This class is designed for those beginning crochet. Learn how to “cast on” as well as what a “single crochet” is, and we may move on to more ...

Jan 28

Winter Discovery Lake Cruise

Jan 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Come prepared to discover Lake Maumelle as it springs to life, in the middle of winter! Pinnacle Mountain State Park and its surrounding bodies of water ho...

Feb 03

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Feb 03
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 Dutc...

Feb 03

Selvedged Rug Workshop

Feb 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Learn to weave a rug on a lap loom. All supplies are provided in this easy, int...

Feb 10

Sandal Weaving Workshop

Feb 10
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 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

Soap Making Workshop

Feb 17
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own soap at home, but don't know where to start? If so, this class is for you. Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn...

Feb 17

Frontier Days at the Hill of Five Trails

Feb 17
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
The frontier spirit still lives on the Southwest Trail! Experience frontier life and learn what it took to survive as an early Arkansas settler. Join staff as they introd...

Feb 17

Bird and Bat House Workshop

Feb 17
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
Visitor Center
Join park interpreters at Cossatot River Sate Park-Natural Area to build and decorate your own birdhouse. Is there anything nicer than watching a family of birds flying i...

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...


Feb 24

Nature Crafts

Feb 24
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Education Center

Bored on a cold winter's day? Join park staff at Davidsonville and get creative with the art supplies that nature provides. We'll use ...


Feb 24

Knife Making Class

Feb 24
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Join the park smiths at the James Black Forge for a two day workshop on forging and finishing of knife blades. Students will forge and draw file/sand a small skinnin...

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 03

Gardening Basics for Spring

Mar 03
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
There are many reasons to garden. Some garden for self-sufficiency, some for health reasons, and others simply want to beautify their yard. Join our gardener for a hands-...

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 10

Bluebird Day

Mar 10
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Pavilion
Learn about bluebirds and become a "bluebird landlord" by building a bluebird box. Spring River Sportsman's Club helps sponsor the event and assists in putting the bluebi...

Mar 10

Backpacking 101 Workshop

Mar 10
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
New to hiking or backpacking? Discover what to pack in your backpack for safe and enjoyable hikes along Arkansas’s trails. Advance payment and registration required...

Mar 10

Cast Iron Cooking

Mar 10
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park to explore the world of cast iron and challenge your culinary skills, preparing recipes from the past and present. Space ...

Mar 10

Basket Weaving Workshop

Mar 10
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Meeting Room
Take some time to learn a new hobby based on an old necessity. Basket weaving has been around in our area for centuries, but is still a great way to make beautiful gifts ...

Mar 10
- THRU - Mar 25

Spring Breaks Begin

Mar 10
- Mar 25
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
It’s springtime in the Ozarks. Schools are out, state parks are in! Join park staff for special daily programs that every member of the family will enjoy! #arspring...

Mar 11

Backpacking the Ouachita Trail Workshop

Mar 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Have you ever wanted to hike the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, or any of Arkansas’s other backpacking trails? In this session, we will cover advanced hiking i...

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 17
- THRU - Mar 25

Spring Break

Mar 17
- Mar 25
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Bring the whole family and enjoy your spring break at Bull Shoals-White River State Park. There will be programs, lake and river cruises, as well as many other activit...


Mar 19
- THRU - Mar 23

Arkansas Spring Break

Mar 19
- Mar 23
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Main Museum
The museum offers special programs and activities throughout the week focusing on the history of Arkansas. Contact the park for specific times and programs. #arspringbrea...

Mar 20
- THRU - Mar 21

Spring Break Kids Camp

Mar 20
- Mar 21
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Education Center
Escape the classroom and come explore Davidsonville on a spring break adventure! This two day kid’s camp includes lunch, snacks, and is loaded with crafts and activ...

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 21

State Park Explorer Day Camp

Mar 21
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park's history is nestled in the rich landscape of the Ozark Plateau. Kids ages 7-12 are invited to explore and discover what makes this S...

Mar 21

Mini Day Camp (ages 7-10)

Mar 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Try a Pinnacle Mountain day camp for a day. See if your child would like to spend a full week with us in one of the summer day camps. Activities include nature programs a...

Mar 22
- THRU - Mar 24

Archeology for Everyone

Mar 22
- Mar 24
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Spend some quality family time at Parkin during spring break learning how archeological investigations really happen. No whips or pith helmets, just trowels and a lot of ...

Mar 23

Pioneer Craft Day Camp

Mar 23
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 8-12 are invited to experience pioneer life through hands-on pioneer "craft" activities. This camp will focus on the skills common to the Ozark Frontier, such a...

Mar 23
- THRU - Mar 25

Spring Break Weekend

Mar 23
- Mar 25
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Various
Black powder demonstrations, owl prowls, storytelling, candle making, and more await you this spring break at Davidsonville. Stop by for a single program or stay the enti...

Mar 24

Nature's Baskets

Mar 24
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
The art of basket making is a long tradition that can be as fun today as it was in the past. Join park interpreters for this one day creative and fun workshop. You will l...

Mar 24

Kids Campfire Cooking

Mar 24
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Visitor Center
Cooking over a campfire is part of the fun of camping. Join the park interpreter to learn how to make your own treats over the open fire, and then enjoy eating your crea...

Apr 07

Park Day

Apr 07
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Contribute to the future by protecting our past. Join park staff and volunteers as they work on cleanup and preservation projects throughout Washington. This is your chan...

Apr 12
- THRU - Apr 13

Homeschool Casqui Days

Apr 12
- Apr 13
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
This event is designed for homeschoolers to learn about the American Indians who lived at the Parkin Site. Students will receive a guided tour of the remains of the Casqu...

Apr 13
- THRU - Apr 14

Ozark Springtime Wildflower Weekend

Apr 13
- Apr 14
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Enjoy the beauty of springtime wildflowers in the Ozarks! Activities include guided wildflower walks, children’s programs, lake and river cruises, and other inte...

Apr 14

Harness & Driving Workshop

Apr 14
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Visitor Center
This course covers the basics of safe harnessing and driving mule teams. If you like hands-on learning opportunities and want to experience the fun of wagon and carriage ...

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...

Apr 14

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Apr 14
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Learn traditional uses for common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Mike Thennes, which will include both indoor and ou...

Apr 14

Dutch Oven Workshop

Apr 14
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center Porch
Bring your appetite and a willingness to learn as we prepare a Dutch oven dinner at Davidsonville. Participants will help prep, cook, and clean a three course meal that l...

Apr 14
- THRU - Apr 15

Signs of Spring

Apr 14
- Apr 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Discover more about wild edible plants with Dr. Tamara Walkingstick as you enjoy springtime hikes, crafts, and a whole lot more! Participants in the Wild Edibles workshop...

Apr 21

Arrow Workshop

Apr 21
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
So many people collect arrowheads without thinking about the rest of the tool: the arrow itself!! Learn how to make cane and dowel rod arrow shafts, attach stone points, ...

Apr 21

Basics of Knitting

Apr 21
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Visitor Center
During this workshop, you will be guided through the first ste...

Apr 22

Earth Day Celebration

Apr 22
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Our world today is one of rapid change. Growing energy demand and environmental issues like climate change have made it more important than ever for us to learn about our...

Apr 28

Wonders of Water Workshop

Apr 28
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
We will offer a fun day of water resource programming for girl scouts to earn a Wonders of Water patch from Lake Dardanelle State Park. Registration for the workshop will...

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 03
- THRU - May 04

Arkansas Heritage Month School Days

May 03
- May 04
Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
Visitor Center
Celebrate Arkansas History Month by bringing your students to Parkin to learn about a specific aspect of Arkansas History. School groups are encouraged to reserve a spot ...

May 04
- THRU - May 05

Ozark Birders' Springtime Retreat

May 04
- May 05
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
See springtime birds in action! Activities for beginner to advanced birders are available, including guest favorites such as Eagle Hikes, Beginning Birding Clinic, and...

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 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 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 Kids Adventure Day Camp. These one-day, themed adventures, will have your child experie...

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
- 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

Pioneer Life Day Camp

Jun 12
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 8-12 will participate in activities designed to introduce them to the skills and history of pioneers on the Ozark frontier. Our campers will be immersed in pion...

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 14

Pioneer Life Day Camp

Jun 14
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum

Kids ages 8-12 will participate in activities designed to introduce them to the skills and history of pioneers on the Oza...


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 16

Wildflower Shoot

Jun 16
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
A professional from the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas will lecture on how to photograph wildflowers followed by participants photographing the thousands of wildflow...

Jun 18

Kid's 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 Kid's Adventure Day Camp. These one-day, themed adventures, will have your child experi...

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 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 21

Civil War Day Camp

Jun 21
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to experience the Civil War through hands-on games, activities, and demonstrations! Featured themes will focus on soldier camp life, black powd...

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 25

Kid's 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 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 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 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 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 19

Civil War Day Camp

Jul 19
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to experience the Civil War through hands-on games, activities, and demonstrations! Featured themes will focus on soldier camp life, black powd...

Jul 19

Civil War Day Camp

Jul 19
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
Hindman Hall Museum
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to experience the Civil War through hands-on games, activities, and demonstrations! Featured themes will focus on soldier camp life, black powd...

Jul 21

12th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium

Jul 21
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Presenters from several organizations will be part of the prog...

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 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 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 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...

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
- THRU - Sep 02

YCC Reuion

Sep 01
- Sep 02
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris

During the 1970s, a summer work program called the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) offered teenagers on-the-job training in national forests across America. For se...


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...

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 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 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...

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 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 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
- 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...

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 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 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...