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Meg Matthews with Arkansas State Parks shows us how Ozark Folk Center State Park artisan Jeanette Larson goes from sheep to shawl. Watching the artisans in the craft village at Ozark State Park do their thing is like taking a ride in a time machine. There’s no app for any of this stuff. Jeanette’s specialty is fiber; she creates beautiful rugs and shawls by hand. But her involvement in weaving…

Connecting to Nature You don’t have to spend a copious amount of time outside to realize that there are plenty of benefits to some peaceful time hiking on your favorite Arkansas State Park trail. Research has proven in recent years what many historic conservationists have been telling us for hundreds of years: Time in a natural environment is necessary for a healthy mind and body. Sometimes, however, a hike does…

Arkansas’s First Governor James Conway James Sevier Conway (1796-1855), surveyor, planter, prominent and influential citizen of pioneer Arkansas, took office as Arkansas’s first governor when Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Dedicated to his memory, Conway Cemetery State Park preserves Governor Conway’s final resting place, the one-half acre family plot at what was once his cotton plantation, Walnut Hill. The cemetery lies…

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In honor of Black History Month, I decided to go a different way with this week’s blog. Here in Arkansas we have so much to celebrate, yet so few of us know about our rich, colorful history.  This has bothered me for years. Some time ago I asked my grandmother why I had to search so hard to find Arkansas history- why we didn’t have all the historical markers and…

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If you’re looking for some fun fall events and programs, we have you covered. We’ve hit some of the highlights, so check out some of our park interpreters’ suggestions they sent in and make your plans to come visit us. If you’re still hungry for more, browse our event calendar for full listings. And don’t forget that we offer Thanksgiving buffets at our lodge state parks. Give the park a…

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Minerals influence our lives in many ways that aren’t always obvious. Everything from cars to clean tap water exists because of our ability to extract and use minerals from the earth. Properties such as hardness, density, color, and luster help us to identify minerals. Some traits may indicate how certain minerals can be used, but their purposes are often more varied and significant…

Arkansans encouraged to volunteer in local cleanups Blog Contributor: Keep Arkansas Beautiful Each fall, Arkansans improve their communities by volunteering in the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission’s (KAB) annual litter pickup and community cleanup event. KAB cleanup efforts encourage Arkansans to take ownership of Arkansas’s scenic beauty, environmental health and quality of life. Our Arkansas State Parks are some of the most beautiful, well-loved areas in…

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Lake Ouachita, Woolly Hollow, Village Creek, Logoly and Petit Jean state parks were selected as the Park of the Year (POY) for the five regions in the parks system at the recently held annual Superintendents Conference. This is a coveted honor, as it is a peer selected accolade. “The way the awards work is that each park presents their yearly report to all their peers,” said Arkansas State Parks Director…

Billy Lindsey has been promoted to the role of superintendent of Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Billy has been the Assistant Superintendent at Mount Magazine State Park and officially began in his new capacity this month. Billy has previously served as owner/manager of Lindsey’s Trout Fishing Resort in Heber Springs for over 38 years and is a past State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commissioner for over 28 years. He brings…

Arkansas State Parks has been chosen from a field of 300,000 candidates to receive a Special Achievement Award. This comes from the internationally recognized Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) for innovative use of technology.   This specific technology combines something called a Geographic Information System (GIS) with the latest web technologies. At first glance it might sound complicated and not related to everyday use – but that couldn’t be farther…

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If you’re looking for some fun fall events and programs, we have you covered. We’ve hit some of the highlights, so check out some of our park interpreters’ suggestions they sent in and make your plans to come visit us. If you’re still hungry for more, browse our event calendar for full listings. And don’t forget that we offer Thanksgiving buffets at our lodge state parks. Give the park a…

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Minerals influence our lives in many ways that aren’t always obvious. Everything from cars to clean tap water exists because of our ability to extract and use minerals from the earth. Properties such as hardness, density, color, and luster help us to identify minerals. Some traits may indicate how certain minerals can be used, but their purposes are often more varied and significant…

Arkansas has some of the finest bird watching you will find. We have several birding opportunities in Arkansas state parks. Many of our parks have bird watching checklists, and many park interpreters are avid birders who will delight in helping guide you to view some of the many the birds of Arkansas. At Bull Shoals-White River State Park, kids got a unique understanding into the life of an eagle during…

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Whether you’re looking to hike a trail, journey through a moment of Arkansas’s history, muddy up the tires on your mountain bike, or just get away for the weekend, there is an Arkansas State Park waiting for you. There are 52 diverse parks scattered throughout this beautiful state so no matter where you find yourself in Arkansas, you’re sure to be near at least one Arkansas State Park. If you’re…

Ah to see the world through a child’s eyes – such innocence, such joy, such wonder! Today, take advantage of National S’more Day and let your taste buds take you back in time. Head out to an Arkansas State Park to enjoy this ooey, gooey campfire treat just like you did when you were a kid. The traditional recipe is so simple you never need to write it down. Toast…

The best use of my park is as a classroom.  The thing I love to see are young people using their senses to enjoy this place that I have loved all these years.  My greatest hope is that through this contact that they will learn more about their world and come to care for the park.  What could be a more important goal of this special place? The first school…