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May 27
- THRU - Oct 05

Dinosaurs:Fossils Exposed

May 27
- 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 27
- THRU - May 28

Memorial Day Celebration Weekend

May 27
- 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 27
- THRU - May 28

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27
- May 28
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Join us for a weekend filled with activities for the entire family as we remember and honor those who gave their lives protecting America's freedom. Interpretive programs...

May 28

Sunrise at the Summit

May 28
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Trailhead
Join a park interpreter for a trip to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain to see the sun rise over the Arkansas River. Grab your shoes, water, and maybe a flashlight and prep...

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...

May 29

Full Moon Kayak Tour

May 29
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
Join a park interpreter for a moon-lit tour on Lake Catherine. Our stable, flat-water kayaks are easy to navigate and are incredibly relaxing. No experience is required, ...

May 30

Wild Women Wednesday

May 30
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBD
Join a park interpreter for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for location. This hike is part of the Women’s Summer Hikin...

Jun 01

1st Friday Crafts

Jun 01
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott
Visitor Center
Join us on the 1st Friday of June, July, and August to explore American Indian crafts. In June, we will make a spear in o...

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 02

National Trails Day at Petit Jean 2018

Jun 02
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide

Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean’s 20-plus miles of trails! The day is complete with hikes and hiking programs for all ages. This event corresponds with American H...


Jun 02

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 02
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Kick off the summer season with an outdoor hiking adventure in Arkansas State Parks! What better way to embark on your next hiking adventure after creating your own hikin...

Jun 02

War Eagle Appreciation Day

Jun 02
Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville
Keith Ham Pavilion
Join park staff and community organizations as we celebrate the beauty and importance of the War Eagle Creek during the Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day. To celebrate th...

Jun 02

National Trails Day

Jun 02
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Devil's Den State Park is a great place to enjoy a trail! Come join park staff for guided hikes on some of your favorite park trails!...

Jun 02

Peak to Peak

Jun 02
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Queen Wilhelmina Lodge
Join us for our annual poker run from Arkansas’s second tallest peak to the tallest peak! Register in the Hearth Room from 8-10 a.m. Along the way you will have fou...

Jun 02

Kids' Fishing Derby

Jun 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Environmental Education Pond
Hey Kids! Our pond has been stocked and the fish are ready to be caught! Bring your parents down to the pond for a free fishing derby. There will be a casting contest, fr...

Jun 02

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Jun 02
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Marina
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so make your reservation...

Jun 02

National Trails Day

Jun 02
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Huckleberry Trailhead

Let's celebrate National Trails Day with a hike of the entire Huckleberry Trail. Lace up your hiking boots and bring your water bottle and enjoy the scenery. This 3.5 ...


Jun 02
- THRU - Jun 10

National Boating and Fishing Week

Jun 02
- Jun 10
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration of fishing and boating, highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing qualit...

Jun 04

Boater Education Class

Jun 04
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat must ha...

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 04
- THRU - Jun 06

Explorers' Nature Camp

Jun 04
- Jun 06
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Pavilion I in the Park
This three-day, one-night experience is designed to introduce kids ages 7-9 to the wonders of our natural world. Children are carefully supervised by the park interpre...

Jun 05

Boater Education Class

Jun 05
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat must ha...

Jun 06

Wild Women Wednesday

Jun 06
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBD
Join a park interpreter for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for location. This hike is part of the Women’s Summer Hikin...

Jun 07

33rd Annual Fun Day

Jun 07
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow
It's summertime and we are ready to celebrate! Bring your family and friends to Woolly Hollow State Park for a day of games and contests on...

Jun 07
- THRU - Jun 28

Great Outdoors Month

Jun 07
- Jun 28
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Join park staff in celebrating National Great Outdoors Month hands-on activities every Thursday in June. Contact the park for details. #greatoutdoors...

Jun 08
- THRU - Jun 09

29th Annual Bat-O-Rama

Jun 08
- Jun 09
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Park staff and special guests will be on hand for some great family fun as we celebrate one of the most beneficial but misunderstood creatures in the world … BATS!...

Jun 08
- THRU - Jun 10

Free Fishing Weekend

Jun 08
- Jun 10
5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend from Friday at noon until midnight Sunday without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters appl...

Jun 09

Annual Kid's Fishing Derby

Jun 09
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
TBD
Our Annual Kid's Fishing Derby is a free event for kids 15 and under. Gifts, prizes, and family fun await. Prize entry must be turned in by 10 a.m. Try to catch...

Jun 09

Mountain Fishin' Derby 2018

Jun 09
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Boathouse
Hook, line, and sinker! See if you can catch a fish at Petit Jean State Park. This derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents may help, but the kids must do the...

Jun 09

2nd Annual Reel-em-in Fishing Derby

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

Jun 10

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jun 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

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
- THRU - Jun 14

SWAT Overnight Camp (9-13 year olds)

Jun 12
- Jun 14
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Wickes
TBD
Join park interpreters as we discover Southwest Arkansas’s State Parks. Campers ages 9-13 will participate in many outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, swimm...

Jun 13

Wild Women Wednesday

Jun 13
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBD
Join a park interpreter for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for location. This hike is part of the Women’s Summer Hikin...

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

Annual Lake Greeson Days

Jun 15
- Jun 16
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Join us for Lake Greeson Days! This event will include our 29th Annual Kid's Fishing Derby as well as a variety of contests, programs, and tours. There will be prizes plu...

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

Junior Fishing Derby

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

Jun 16

Introduction to Kayaking

Jun 16
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Learn how to kayak with an American Canoe Association certified instructor. No experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable around water. Kayak, life jacket, an...

Jun 16

Kayak Day Trip

Jun 16
5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine
Marina Boat Ramp
Paddle the shorelines of Lake Ouachita with a park interpreter as your guide. No prior paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable around water and fit...

Jun 17

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jun 17
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

Jun 17

Father's Day Fishing Tournament

Jun 17
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Trout Dock Amphitheater
This just-for-fun trout fishing tournament is designed for children and their fathers, grandfathers, or guardians. Door prizes will be given as well as certificates fo...

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
- 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

Wild Women Wednesday

Jun 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBD
Join a park interpreter for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for location. This hike is part of the Women’s Summer Hikin...

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

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jun 23
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
 Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. This is wea...

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

Camping 101

Jun 23
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
Farmer's Market
Would you love to go camp but lack of experience is holding you back? Join us for instruction and practice in setting up a tent, learn about sleeping equipment options, a...

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 23

Great American Campout

Jun 23
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Build your outdoor living skills and learn to make natural insect repellent from American beautyberry, a native plant. ...

Jun 24

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jun 24
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

Jun 25

Wetlands Discovery One Day Camp

Jun 25
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us for a thrilling day of discovery on the water! We take our kayaks out on the lake to observe aquatic birds and animals and use our dip nets to find and observe ma...

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 27

Wild Women Wednesday

Jun 27
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBD
Join a park interpreter for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. Please call for location. This hike is part of the Women’s Summer Hikin...

Jun 28

Moonrise Kayaking

Jun 28
5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine
Marina Boat Ramp
Enjoy a relaxing evening paddle on Lake Ouachita to watch the full moon rise. Scan the shoreline for wildlife sightings and listen to the natural sounds as the nocturnal ...

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

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jun 30
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. This is...

Jun 30
- THRU - Jul 04

Fourth of July Weekend

Jun 30
- Jul 04
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Lake Catherine State Park
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Lake Catherine State Park. Recreational activities and lake tours are scheduled throughout the holiday....

Jul 01

Kayak Adventure

Jul 01
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Kayaking is a great way to experience the sights of Lake Fort Smith and a fun way to exercise. Whether you are a beginner or have a bit more experience, this kayak tour i...

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 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

Freedom 5K Fun Run

Jul 04
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge Island

Celebrate our sweet land of liberty and Arkansas State Parks with friends and family at DeGray Lake Resort State Park’s fourth annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Join us...


Jul 04

Fun on the Fourth

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

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 04

July 4th Games Day

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

Jul 04

July 4th Fun and Games Day 2018

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

Jul 04

43rd Annual Devil's Den Games

Jul 04
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Enjoy a fun-filled family day of horseshoes, egg toss, sack races, bike parade, and of course softball tournaments. ….. all topped off with homemade ice cream! It ...

Jul 04
- THRU - Jul 08

Celebrate Independence

Jul 04
- Jul 08
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village
Visitor Center
Join a park interpreter for exciting programs and activities for all ages. Programs and tours will focus on our nation's history as well as native wildlife. Contact the p...

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

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 07
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

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

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 14
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Jul 14

20th Annual Butterfly Count

Jul 14
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
Amphitheater
Right about peak butterfly season, Queen Wilhelmina State Park holds a butterfly count. If you would like to participate in the annual butterfly count, here is your chanc...

Jul 14

Birds of Prey

Jul 14
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Depot Museum
Learn about some of the predatory birds that call our area home. Get a chance to feel their sharp talons or maybe hear one calling to us! Meet the park interpreter at the...

Jul 14

Introduction to Kayaking Workshop

Jul 14
5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Kayaking is an enjoyable way to explore Lake Ouachita. This 4-hour class will provide you with a foundation of kayaking skills and tips to get you started. Duri...

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 15

Nature Painting Workshop

Jul 15
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Rogers
Visitor Center
Whether you've painted in the past, or if you've never held a paint brush, this is the nature painting workshop for you. Lyshell Reann Hiatt-Blech, your instructor, comes...

Jul 16

Wetlands Discovery Day Camp

Jul 16
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
Join us for a thrilling day of discovery on the water! We take our kayaks out on the lake to observe aquatic birds and animals and use our dip nets to find and observe ma...

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
- 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 21

Introduction to Kayaking

Jul 21
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Learn to kayak with an American Canoe Association instructor. No experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable around water. Kayak, life jacket, and paddle are p...

Jul 21

Junior Fishing Derby

Jul 21
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Jul 21

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 21
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Jul 21
- THRU - Jul 22

Inspect an Insect Weekend

Jul 21
- Jul 22
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Area
Ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects! Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one! Contact...

Jul 22

Summer Breeze Lake Tour

Jul 22
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Enjoy the calming summer breeze aboard our tour boat as we cruise the emerald waters of Lake Fort Smith. This is a weather dependent event and subject to cancellation. Re...

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 28

Twilight Kayak Adventure

Jul 28
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join the park interpreters for an evening kayak adventure! Reservations are required and are taken at the marina, call (479) 369-1018. Space is limited. Th...

Aug 04

Kayak Adventure

Aug 04
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Kayaking is a great way to experience the sights of Lake Fort Smith and a fun way to exercise. Whether you are a beginner or have a bit more experience, this kayak tour i...

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 10

National S'mores Day

Aug 10
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center Fireplace
What better way to celebrate National S’mores Day than to make s’mores?! Join us as we make our own delicious s’mores desserts and learn a bit about the...

Aug 11

Meteor Shower Mania

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

Aug 12

Meteor Shower Mania

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

Aug 18

Hooray for Herps Weekend

Aug 18
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Spend this weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park to discover this group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will host hikes, crafts, games, and talks about...

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

Big Maumelle Canoe Float

Aug 25
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
There's no better way to spend the day than out on the water! Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a vari...

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 28
- THRU - Sep 03

Legacy Week White River Days

Aug 28
- Sep 03
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Celebrate the history of the White River! Events focus on the ecology and history of this beautiful area. Enjoy a multimedia presentation of the history of the White Ri...

Aug 29

Legacy of the Spring

Aug 29
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Almost 10 million gallons of water flow from Arkansas's largest spring. Why and from where? Would Mammoth Spring State Park exist without this natural wonder? Meet at the...

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 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...

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

Junior Fishing Derby

Sep 01
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Sep 02

Geocaching Weekend

Sep 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Immerse you and your family into the world of geocaching. Learn about Arkansas State Park’s geocache tour and geocaches found right here at Pinnacle Mountain State ...

Sep 03

Labor Day Kayak Float

Sep 03
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Boat Ramp
There's no better way to spend Labor Day than out on the water! Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and a va...

Sep 08

Great Spring River Cleanup

Sep 08
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Summer is almost over and we need to do a little fun cleaning on Spring River! Join park staff and volunteers for this annual cleanup. Not for beginners! Canoes provided ...

Sep 08

12th Annual Lee Creek Clean Up

Sep 08
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
This is the day park staff, area agencies and individuals come together to clean up the beautiful creek that flows through the park. Cleaner water means a cleaner park fo...

Sep 08

Lock, Stock, and Barrel

Sep 08
Historic Washington State Park, Washington
1874 Courthouse
Black powder gun use can extend your hunting year by using a black powder/muzzle loading rifle, during the appropriate season. This training covers the selection of hunti...

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 08

Hunter Education Course

Sep 08
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Interpretive Center
This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's preferred hunter education class. It is a 10-hour instructor-led classroom and hands-on demonstration. The final class con...

Sep 08

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 08
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
During the 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup, volunteers collected 210,582 pounds of litter from our state's roadways, waterways, and parks. We invite you to join our staff to ...

Sep 14
- THRU - Sep 15

30th Annual Mountain Bike Race

Sep 14
- Sep 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
What’s a mountain bike race without the trails at Devil’s Den State Park? Come and ride in the race or just enjoy watching all the levels of riders compete....

Sep 15

The Great Bull Shoals-White River Cleanup

Sep 15
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
James A. Gaston Visitor Center
Help beautify Bull Shoals Lake and surrounding area trails, with National Public Lands Day and the Great Arkansas Cleanup. This event welcomes hikers, kayakers, canoei...

Sep 15

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 15
Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan
Nature Center
The Great Arkansas Cleanup is a state-wide community improvement effort aimed at removing trash and debris from our parks, roadsides, and waterways. Meet us at the nature...

Sep 15

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 15
White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City
Visitor Center
Join park staff as we do our part to keep the park beautiful so that all of us can enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing here at White Oak Lake State Park! We in...

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 15

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Sep 15
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Learn traditional uses for some common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Rose Marie which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions.  Advance reg...

Sep 15

Daisy State Park Cleanup

Sep 15
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Join us for a cleanup event at Daisy State Park. This year we will work to clean up the shoreline around the park, the nature hiking trail, and the first 2.5 miles of the...

Sep 15

Kayaking 101

Sep 15
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Boat Dock
Spend some time on the lake learning the basic paddling and kayaking maneuvers and then move to the Spring River after lunch. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided. ...

Sep 20
- THRU - Sep 23

Hawk Watch

Sep 20
- Sep 23
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Third Parking Area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive
Many animals migrate southward over Mount Magazine in September. Join a park naturalist and other bird enthusiasts to watch from high cliffs of Cameron Bluff for birds of...

Sep 22

Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 22
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center
The Great Arkansas Cleanup is a state-wide community improvement effort aimed at removing trash and debris from our parks, roadsides, and waterways. Help keep Lake Fort S...

Sep 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

Great Arkansas Cleanup - National Public Lands Day

Sep 22
Jacksonport State Park, Newport
Visitor Center
Let's keep Jacksonport State Park beautiful. Nature is an important part of our lives from the air we breathe to the food we eat, and even in recreation. Let's give back ...

Sep 22

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Cleanup

Sep 22
3877 Highway 88 West, Mena
Amphitheater
Help keep your state park beautiful today! Volunteers are invited to help pick up trash along the beautiful Talimena Scenic Drive, around the Wonder House, along the trai...

Sep 22

Ozarka Sprint at the Spring

Sep 22
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Welcome Center
Ozarka College has chosen Mammoth Spring State Park to host their annual 5K walk/run. Registration fee and start time TBA. Please contact the park for more information.&n...

Sep 23

First Day of Fall Kayak Tour of Storm Creek Lake

Sep 23
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Swim Beach
The leaves might not be changing yet, but the temperatures should be a little cooler. So join a park interpreter for a casual paddle around Storm Creek Lake. We have se...

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...

Sep 28

Kayak and Dinner Cruise

Sep 28
Village Creek State Park, Wynne
Marina
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour of Lake Dunn. We will have dinner on the shore of the lake and finish the night with star gazing. Space is limited, so make your reservation...

Sep 29

Great Arkansas Cleanup 2018

Sep 29
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Pavilion A
Help keep Petit Jean State Park clean and litter free! Join us for a few hours of litter pickup and be rewarded with a free cookout lunch, followed by a door prize giveaw...

Sep 29

National Public Lands Day and Great Arkansas Cleanup

Sep 29
5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center

Celebrate the public lands available for your enjoyment by spending the day at Lake Ouachita State Park! This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy your park and leave it a...


Sep 29

Backpacking 101

Sep 29
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Join avid hiker, Justine Baker, from Ozark Outdoor Supply to discover all the bare necessities for backpacking. She will share basic skills, water purification, fire buil...

Oct 05
- THRU - Oct 07

Women's Outdoor Weekend

Oct 05
- Oct 07
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Bull Shoals
Pavilion I in the Park
Ladies, open the door to all of your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During this 3-day, 2-night adventure, we will offer sessions on basic camping...

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 07

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 07
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on the...

Oct 07

Kayak Tour of Hornor Neck Lake

Oct 07
2955 Highway 44, Marianna
Hornor Neck Lake
Hornor Neck Lake is a wetland lake teeming with wildlife, making it a perfect place to go kayaking. There is usually something to see flying in the air, swimming thr...

Oct 12
- THRU - Oct 14

Women Outdoors Weekend

Oct 12
- Oct 14
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Ladies, open the door to all your senses by getting away and reconnecting with nature. During this three-day, two-night adventure, we will offer sessions on basic camping...

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

Ghost of Davidsonville 2018

Oct 13
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Davidsonville
There's a chill in the air, color in the trees, pumpkins abound and what's that? Do you hear the whispering of ghosts down at Davidsonville State Park? Gather u...

Oct 13

Junior Fishing Derby

Oct 13
50 State Park Road, Star City
Visitor Center
Parents, spend the morning relaxing while watching your junior anglers compete for the biggest stringer in this informal fishing derby. Bring your pole, bait, and fishing...

Oct 13

Firing up the Old Dutch Oven

Oct 13
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg
Visitor Center Back Porch Fire Place
Ever wanted to fire up a cast iron Dutch oven and do some pioneer-fashion cooking?  Here’s your chance! Join us for an afternoon of fireside cooking as we prep...

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 13

Kayak Tour of Bear Creek Lake

Oct 13
2955 Highway 44, Marianna
Bear Creek Swim Beach
Kayaking is a great way to experience Bear Creek Lake. You can check out little coves for wildlife, or just enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of Crowley’s Ridge. ...

Oct 14

Fall Canoe Float

Oct 14
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Enjoy the crisp cool air of fall on this canoeing journey through Pinnacle Mountain’s lowlands. If we are lucky, we will see the start of fall’s colors on the...

Oct 20

Canoe Races

Oct 20
P.O. Box 4, Mountainburg
Marina
Join in on this family-friendly and informal race day at the lake. Within the day there are several sub-events which include a long-distance race, sprint race, beach ball...

Oct 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

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

Woolly Halloween

Oct 20
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Snack Bar
It is time for our 6th Annual Woolly Holloween! The park will be offering games, hot chocolate, hayrides, a costume contest, and a haunted trail. If camping with us, be s...

Oct 20

Dutch Oven Workshop

Oct 20
Plantation Agriculture Museum, Scott
Heritage Resource Center
If you have never cooked in a Dutch oven, this workshop is for you. Learn how to care for cast iron cookware, how to control the temperature, and spend some hands-on time...

Oct 20

Paws on Pinnacle

Oct 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Area
Do you love dogs? Do you want to learn more about enjoying the outdoors with your dogs? The day will showcase informative programs about caring for your dog, getting outs...

Oct 21

National Reptile Awareness Day

Oct 21
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Visitor Center
Stop by at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to meet our reptile ambassadors and to hear all about their everyday lives and how important they are to ours. Interpreters will be...

Oct 27

Fall Fun Festival at Petit Jean State Park 2018

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

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

Great Arkansas Clean-Up at Davidsonville

Nov 03
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center
Roll up your sleeves, grab some friends, and head on out to Davidsonville for a morning of service and fellowship. We'll hit the hard to reach spots of the park in the hu...

Nov 03

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 03
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget yo...

Nov 03

Fall Color Kayak Tour of Storm Creek Lake

Nov 03
Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
Storm Creek Swim Beach
Mother Nature knows how to dress for any occasion, but she often saves her most stunning colors for fall. Of course the scene is always different from year to year and i...

Nov 04

Fall Foliage Lake Cruise

Nov 04
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget yo...

Nov 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

Fall Star Party

Nov 10
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
The beautifully dark night skies of Woolly Hollow State Park are a fantastic background for the Fall Star Party. Bring your family and friends for an evening of stargazin...

Nov 10
- THRU - Nov 11

Survival Skills Weekend

Nov 10
- Nov 11
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skills workshops such as map and compass, fire starting, shel...

Nov 15

America Recycles Day

Nov 15
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Help keep your park beautiful! Join park staff for some fun activities about litter and discover more about what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint!...

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

National Take a Hike Day

Nov 17
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit
Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations than to observe Take a Hike Da...

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 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
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Go green, not black! Mammoth Spring State Park is the perfect place to avoid the stress of the holiday season and make lifelong memories. Come out and hike Spring Lake Tr...

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

Green Friday

Nov 23
Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas
Visitor Center

Nov. 23rd is Green Friday, an alternative to the shopping crowds by choosing to #OptOutside and get outdoors. Thanksgiving is an Ameri...


Nov 23

Green Friday Tinkering-Cardboard Construction

Nov 23
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover
Museum
You've heard of Black Friday shopping? Well the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources invites you to our fun Green Friday break from shopping. The day after Thanksgiving, ...

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 Hike-Kingfisher Trail

Nov 23
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Kingfisher Trail
A park interpreter will lead you around this beautiful, half-mile paved trail featuring 500-600 year old bald cypress trees along the Little Maumelle River. This trail is...

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

Turkey Trot 5K

Nov 24
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Visitor Center
Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and turkey...oh my! Need to burn off those Thanksgiving Day calories? Or maybe you just want an excuse to get the family outside. Join us for...

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

Winter Discovery Lake Cruise

Dec 01
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 water bodies host thousands of ani...

Dec 01

Paper Quilling Workshop

Dec 01
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 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
- 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

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 14

OWLS - Nature Explorations

Dec 14
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 15

Christmas Bird Count

Dec 15
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
Visitor Center
Join us for the 119th annual Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers and staff will scatter across the park and lake in order to count and observe bird populations. Individuals ...

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 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 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 01

First Day Hikes

Jan 01
Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier
Visitor Center
Start your new year by reconnecting with nature on a guided hike of  the entire length of the Huckleberry Trail. This beautiful 3.5-mile hike around the lake fo...

Jan 01

Slunger Creek First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Slunger Creek Nature Trail
Following your New Year's Day feast, join a park interpreter for a chance to enjoy an outing on the Slunger Creek Nature Trail. Starting at 2 p.m., this hike is a good ac...

Jan 01

First Day Hikes

Jan 01
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Start the new year off with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. You can explore nature and engage in physical activity while taking family-friendly hikes through th...

Jan 01

First Day Hike to the Waterfall

Jan 01
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Trailhead
Start the new year with a personal resolution to keep in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle. Join a park interpreter for an admission-free guided walk to the Falls Branch...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Amphitheater
Start off the new year with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. First Day Hikes will take place in parks across the nation, so this is the perfect opportunity to sp...

Jan 01

First Day Hike at West Summit Trail

Jan 01
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
West Summit Trailhead
Start off your New Year's resolutions right by joining a park interpreter for a guided New Year's hike on the beautiful West Summit Trail up Pinnacle Mountain! Be prepare...

Jan 01

First Day Hike at Rocky Valley Trail

Jan 01
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Rocky Valley Trailhead
Start off your New Year's resolutions right by joining a park interpreter for a guided New Year's hike on the beautiful and least well-known trail at Pinnacle Mountain St...

Jan 01

First Day Hike

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

Jan 01

First Day Hike

Jan 01
Daisy State Park, Kirby
Visitor Center
Celebrate 2019 with a “First Day Hike!” Bring your family and friends to get started on your resolution for spending more time outside. You can explore nature...

Jan 01

First Day Hikes 2019

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 connecting ...

Jan 05

National Bird Day

Jan 05
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
TBA
Calling all bird brains! Join our interpretive staff for crafts, activities, and programs focused on our feathered friends. Can you name that bird? Think you can spot a f...

Jan 12

Eagle Bonanza Tour

Jan 12
Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs
Marina
There are few moments in nature more awe inspiring than seeing a bald eagle in the wild. Take a boat tour for a chance to see this memorable sight. Sign-up sheets are ava...

Jan 12

Eagle Lake Cruise

Jan 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold ...

Jan 12

Eagle Lake Cruise

Jan 12
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold ...

Jan 12
- THRU - Jan 13

Eagle Awareness Weekend 2019

Jan 12
- Jan 13
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Two days are devoted to our national symbol: the bald eagle. A variety of programs are planned including field trips to nearby Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge to watc...

Jan 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 25
- THRU - Jan 27

40th Annual Eagles Et Cetera Festival

Jan 25
- Jan 27
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck
Lodge
Join us for the 40th 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 pressin...

Jan 26

Eagle Lake Cruise

Jan 26
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Jolly Rogers Marina
Join park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold ...

Feb 02

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Feb 02
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock
Big Maumelle Pavilion
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 09

Vulture Venue

Feb 09
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Discover more about one of nature’s most misunderstood creatures...the vulture. Meet “Igor” the turkey vulture and discover why these birds are so impor...

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

Backpacking Adventure Workshop - Part 1

Feb 15
- Feb 17
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Have you wanted to try backpacking, but don’t know where to start? Are you a veteran backpacker needing new ideas on techniques and equipment? Or are you interested...

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

Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb 16
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
TBA
Become a citizen scientist as you join bird enthusiasts and park staff as we count the winter resident birds throughout the park....

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 09
- THRU - Mar 10

Backpacking Adventure Workshop - Part 2

Mar 09
- Mar 10
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork
Visitor Center
Have you wanted to try backpacking, but don’t know where to start? Are you a veteran backpacker needing new ideas on techniques and equipment? Or are you interested...

Mar 11
- THRU - Mar 12

Boater Education Class

Mar 11
- Mar 12
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Mar 15

OWLS - Camping 101

Mar 15
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 ...

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 05
- THRU - Apr 07

Wildflower Weekend 2019

Apr 05
- Apr 07
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Discover a host of colorful wildflowers that make Petit Jean State Park their home! Family-friendly wildflower talks, guided walks, and other programs are offered. Contac...

Apr 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 ...

Apr 13

Beeswax Skincare Workshop

Apr 13
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 products....

Apr 19
- THRU - Apr 21

Great Escape Weekend 2019

Apr 19
- Apr 21
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Celebrate spring and the great outdoors at our Great Escape Weekend! Enjoy free nature programs and family activities. The celebration concludes with an “Easter Egg...

Apr 27

Girl Scout Workshop - Wonders of Water

Apr 27
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join us for a day all about the wonders of water at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Preregistration is required....

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 ...

May 17

OWLS - Kayaking and SUP

May 17
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 18

Kids to Parks Day

May 18
2009 Main Street, Des Arc
Museum
Celebrate Kids to Parks Day, the national day of play created by the National Park Trust, at a state park. Join us for kid-friendly programming. Contact the park for more...

Jun 01

Hiking Stick Workshop

Jun 01
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Kick off your summer by taking a hiking adventure in Lake Dardanelle State Park. The day will begin by picking the “perfect” hiking stick and making it your v...

Jun 01

National Trails Day 2019

Jun 01
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Various Sites Parkwide
Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean’s 20-plus miles of trails! The day is complete with hikes and hiking programs for all ages. This event corresponds with American Hiki...

Jun 03
- THRU - Jun 04

Boater Education Class

Jun 03
- Jun 04
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Visitor Center
Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must h...

Jun 08

Rope Making Workshop

Jun 08
Lower White River Museum State Park, Des Arc
Museum
Rope was essential for commerce and travel along the river. Learn to make your own rope using a simple rope twister and twine....

Jun 08

Mountain Fishin' Derby 2019

Jun 08
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Boathouse
Hook, line, and sinker! See if you can catch a fish at Petit Jean State Park. This derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents may help, but the kids must do the...

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...

Jun 22

Milkweed and Monarchs Workshop

Jun 22
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Lakeview Room
Join us in celebrating National Pollinator Week at Lake Dardanelle State Park. This is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protec...

Jul 04

July 4th Fun and Games Day 2019

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

Sep 28

Great Arkansas Cleanup 2019

Sep 28
Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton
Pavilion A
Help keep Petit Jean State Park clean and litter free! Join us for a few hours of litter pickup and be rewarded with a free cookout lunch, followed by a door prize giveaw...

Oct 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 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 ...