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If you’ve heard it once, you have probably heard it a thousand times. “Everything that’s there during the day is there at night.” Not so quick, though. A whole new world awakens as the sun goes down, and it is quite magical. Take some time to explore the nighttime world to find out that nature can be even neater at night! Not everyone lives where they can see the brilliant…

Read More Awaken Your Nocturnal Nature

The prognosis was not good for Timothy Benusic.  “The doctors told us he would live for a year,” said his father Nathan Benusic.  Timothy was born with a genetic disorder called Alagille Syndrome, which is a disorder associated with liver, heart, eye, and skeletal abnormalities. However with lots of love, care and an unqualified will to live, Timothy is now 12 years old. “It’s a miracle he’s still with us,”…

Read More Wishes Come True at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Since I became director of Arkansas State Parks, one activity seems to have been dominating our efforts to connect with a unique and growing demographic.  Bicycle tourism has hit Arkansas like a tornado, getting everyone’s attention, as well as requiring a lot of attention. Like many of you, I rode bikes as a kid.  We went everywhere on a bike, that was our means of transportation, our recreation.  We spent…

Read More Rocks, Roots and Whoop de Dos!

Birding is a weird and wonderful hobby to get into. You start out with an old beat up bird guide and a cheap pair of binoculars, figuring you would just give it a shot. Before you know it your taking vacations just to add a new species to your life list, and learning bird calls like it’s your second language. It is oddly addictive and very satisfying. Somewhere between the…

Read More Bird Nerds Part of Flock for Life

As the superintendent of Pinnacle Mountain State Park it is my responsibility to inform our team, guests and residents of the area about anything that may affect their ability to have the highest level of safety, security and service. The time has come for all the reasons above to “head for the hills.” There is a rumbling that is taking place along the slopes, around the base, within the forest,…

Read More Is Pinnacle Mountain a Volcano?

Autumn starts in 37 days! While we wait for cooler temperatures to come to The Natural State, here are the top ten ways to stay cool at Arkansas State Parks during the dog days of summer (in no particular order).   1. The Magnolia Tree at Historic Washington State Park Planted in 1836, this tree has created its own micro-climate. Walk through an opening in the huge branches and all…

Read More Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool at Arkansas State Parks