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Unique Ways to Support your Arkansas State Parks

The Coca-Cola Company and its subsidiary, Odwalla have created some exciting ways to support both state and national parks. Vote for Your Favorite Park From the Live Positively Website: “For over 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported America’s national parks. Through our support of individual parks and the National Park Foundation, we’ve helped maintain and rebuild 260 miles of trails so families can be...

Night Lights

Recently, I had an eye opening experience.  It was when my back sliding glass doors were replaced.  You see, the old ones had clouded over to the point that you couldn’t really see out of them into my backyard.  I had lived with it that way for a few years and had gotten used to it.  However, when the new doors were put in, my eyes were opened up to all of the things I had been missing over the last couple of years. ...

Connecting Kids’ Minds and Hearts to State Parks&#...

…Announcing the State Park Explorer Program “Throwing rocks in the river Is oh so very fun Rocks splashing in the water The fun has just begun! Hiking along the many trails Are fun things to do here too! But throwing rocks in the river Is my favorite thing to do!” –Poem by Linda S., Arkansas State Parks’ first official State Park Explorer, May 30, 2010 On May 30, 2010, ten year old Linda S. wrote this...

The Mighty Mississippi River – Up Close

When I was asked if I was interested in going out on the Mississippi River to see the river firsthand, I said absolutely.  When I was told I had to meet in Helena at 4:30AM to make the trip, I didn’t hesitate.  When they said, “by the way, you will be in a canoe” I immediately thought of quiet stillness of a non-motorized vessel, slipping stealthily through the trees.   Okay, so maybe I thought that traveling on the...

Petit Jean State Park’s Archeological Treasures

Most visitors to Petit Jean State Park in the Arkansas River Valley remember it as a place of majestic scenery, beautiful trails, and hospitable, friendly people at the park’s visitor center or historic Mather Lodge.  But those interested in the distant past will also remember fascinating geology, as well as rare rock art found in the park’s primary archeological site: the Rock House Cave.  Petit Jean State Park holds a...