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April Events Taking Place in the Arkansas Ouachitas

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Zoie Clift, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
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Experience the variety of wildflowers found on Rich Mountain in Mena during an April in Bloom Hike April 2. Spring decorates the park with wildflowers and butterflies and songbirds are also present.  A park interpreter leads the hike which starts at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge. For more information visit or call 479-394-2863.


Introduce the kids to the great outdoors during Lake Ouachita State Park’s newest overnight adventure: Ouachita Nature Experience (O.N.E.). The family-friendly campout is April 2-3 and is designed for those who have never camped before or haven’t camped in a long time. Campers learn how to pick a campsite, set up camp, get a roaring campfire going. Campers take a boat ride with park interpreters out to one of Lake Ouachita’s numerous islands for an overnight camping trip. For more information visit or call 501-767-9366.


Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area in Wickes hosts the annual Wickes Community Cleanup Day April 9. Volunteers help plant trees, flowers, and pick up trash. Volunteers meet at the Wickes Fire Station and lunch is provided. For more details visit or call 870-385-2201.

An Intro to Kayaking Course is April 23 at Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine.  The course introduces basic paddling techniques and paddling safety. Types of kayaks, personal equipment and gear, strokes, maneuvers, and basic rescue techniques are taught. The course includes classroom instruction and on-the-water practice with a kayak instructor certified by the American Canoe Association. The $50 course fee includes use of a recreational kayak, paddle and PFD. If you have your own kayak and gear the course is $30.  Registration and a deposit are required. Call the park for more information or to register. For more information visit or call 501-767-9366.

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area hosts the Little Rock Zoo Birds of Prey program April 23 in Wickes. Docents and staff from the Little Rock Zoo present several species of live birds that live in the wild in the area. See for yourself how magnificent these beautiful creatures are. Admission is $4. For more information visit or call 870-385-2201.


Explore the outdoor world through photography April 30 during Outdoor Adventure Series-Outdoor Photography Workshop in Hot Springs at Lake Catherine State Park. Join interpretive staff for a basic class, taking photographs of the park's trails, flowers, trees, waterfall, and leaves. Participants start off in the classroom and then head for the trails. Cost of the workshop is $20. For more information visit or call  501-844-4176.

Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
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