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ASP Named in Top Ranks of Park Law Enforcement Units in the U.S. The law enforcement arm of the Arkansas State Parks has been singled out as one of the finest of its kind in the country. The Park Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) presented the President’s Award to the ASP Emergency Services Program at their recent annual conference. “We are extremely honored to be recognized on a national level,” said…

“Kids to Parks Day” is a nation-wide call for parents and grandparents to engage their children in outdoor living. This is an opportunity to be nature mentors to children or grandchildren so they can experience first-hand how inspiring the natural world can be, as well as connecting them to the heart-healthy activities in Arkansas state parks. The natural world is a world of wonder, and the Arkansas state park system…

Now that spring is upon us, it’s a perfect time for a field trip. Unfortunately, some schools have lacked the travel funds needed to provide this special experience for their students and teachers. Now those schools can receive up to $1,000 specifically for that purpose thanks to the Arkansas State Parks Field Trip Grant Program. The grants focus on a classroom visiting the park during the school year. Money for…

It’s no secret that students love spring break. How can a week away from school be anything but good? However, adults also need a break from their weekly routines and spring break is a great time to do it. Unfortunately, grownups have become too good at making excuses not to take time off. Lack of time and money are the top two reasons that are offered up as immovable blockades…

What better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them than to snuggle up in front of a fire inside a cozy cabin. Or perhaps watch a sunset from the perfect location? These are just two of the ways that Arkansas State Parks can help make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Arkansas State Parks have planned events that will make your valentine swoon! Also, state parks provide…

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at an Arkansas State Park. Free, guided hikes will be offered on January 1st at 33 parks throughout the state. Arkansas State Parks are doing this in conjunction with a national First Day Hike initiative sponsored by the National Association of State Park Directors. “America’s State Parks provide havens for young and old alike to explore the beauty and serenity…

After nearly a year of searching the field at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park as a team, two regular visitors discovered this year’s third-largest diamond found at the park. Jack Pearadin, of Murfreesboro, Ark., and Doug Nelsen, of Winneconne, Wis., found a 1.73-carat diamond on Sunday, December 11. According to park interpreter Betty Coors, Pearadin first saw the diamond while in the mining process of washing gravel. “He says…

The popularity of mountain biking has exploded in Arkansas. With mild fall temperatures and beautiful autumn color, now is the time to get on your bike and ride. Meg Matthews found out you might get more than you bargained for in her video blog!

Fall is a fantastic time to see fall color in our state parks. Arkansas State Parks Public Information Coordinator Meg Matthews takes a look at the fall foliage process. Check out our fall events and fall foliage reporting so you can see which areas are showing the most color in Arkansas. www.arkansasstateparks.com/fall-color

  Fall officially started on September 22 this year. We know that by simply looking at a calendar on our wall. But the people who lived here in Arkansas a thousand years ago didn’t have that modern convenience. Instead, their calendar was the landscape.  It’s really interesting how they did it, and without any modern tools. At Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, there are the remains of ancient earthworks that are…