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Author: Monika Rued

What is Music Roots? The Music Roots Program in Stone County provides traditional folk music instruction in local schools. Skilled musicians provide youth with classes in traditional folk instruments: guitar, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin and fiddle. Classes are held during the school day to ensure participation. And instruments are provided for the students to use as long as they are in the Music Roots program. This program represents the very…

Way Out Yonder Diamond 2nd Largest Find in 2017 Ever since he was a child growing up in Arkansas, Wendell Fox has wanted to search for diamonds in The Natural State. Now retired and living in Joliet, Montana, the 70-year-old got his chance when he and his wife Jennifer visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park for the first time. On their second day at the park, the couple were…

Gem found on surface in less than 10 minutes Victoria Brodski visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park for a special birthday celebration. The 25-year-old had known about the unique park for years and finally decided to visit after hearing about a 7.44-carat diamond found in March. Brodski and her family drove in from Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, May 6 and bought tickets to enter the diamond field at 9:00…

While in southern Arkansas for a baseball tournament, 14-year-old Kalel Langford, of Centerton, Arkansas, fulfilled a longtime dream of visiting Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Kalel and his parents arrived at Arkansas’s diamond site on the afternoon of Saturday, March 11. By the end of the day, he had registered the 7th-largest diamond found at the Arkansas State Park since 1972. Kalel was walking near the East…

  White Oak Lake State Park in Bluff City, Ark., is hosting the Seventh Annual French Colonial Day free event Saturday, March 4, 2017. Discover our rich history by meeting reenactors representing French and other European colonials, giving insight into life in the Camden area during the 1780s. Background In 1783, a French trader named Fabre settled on a bluff above the Ouachita River and called the settlement Ecore Fabre…

Top 10 Ideas for Winter Fun in Arkansas State Parks If you’re looking for ways to come out of hibernation this winter, we have plenty of fun things to do. Here are 10 ideas we rounded up from our Arkansas State Parks team: Hiking Winter is a wonderful time to hike. You don’t have to worry about snakes, chiggers, ticks, and sweltering heat. The views go on for miles, which…

If you’re looking for the perfect gifts, even for that hard to buy for person on your list, we have you covered. The Ozark Holidays Craft Show is Dec. 9-10, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Ozark Folk Center State Park. This is an opportunity to buy heirloom quality gifts from the person who made them right here in Arkansas. If you’ve been to Ozark Folk Center, you…

Christmas and Candlelight at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Ark., is a delightful time to connect with our rich Arkansas history and experience Historic Washington at its finest. This year’s 30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight is Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10th. Historian Chris Adams says, “Even if you have toured the park before, you’re in for a special treat. You can tour homes and buildings that were unavailable throughout…

Nov. 25 is Green Friday, an alternative to the crowds by choosing to #OptOutside and get outdoors. While Arkansas State Parks has been offering Green Friday events for about seven years now, our friends at REI began their #OptOutside campaign last year. The response has been incredible. “More than 1.8 million (That number is nearly 4 million as of this post) people are planning to #OptOutside with us on Black…

Whether you’re in town for the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) World Summit, passing through Northwest Arkansas (NWA), or an Arkansan looking for an adventure, Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area mountain biking trails are must-rides. Meg Matthews with Arkansas State Parks gives you a look into Arkansas mountain biking in her video blog. Devil’s Den is considered the birthplace of mountain biking in Arkansas. Check out…