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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

My heart is beating fast. My hands are sweaty. I’m wondering if all the chalk in the world can save me. I’ve heard about the technical climbing in the dramatic setting of Arkansas’s highest peak, Mount Magazine State Park, but one previous attempt ended in a rain out after hiking down to the crag. It’s a beautiful hike with playful streams and an incredible view. Today we are climbing “Pepsi…

Read More Video Blog: Chalk Up Buttercup, We’re Climbing at Mount Magazine

For Orion Buster, this was not a typical Friday night. “I’d probably be in my room,” said the 15-year- old. Instead, he was outside, setting up a tent, playing Frisbee and eating hamburgers hot off the grill. Welcome to the Governor’s Capital Campout – an overnight event celebrating National Great Outdoors Month.  These special events are held by State Parks agencies across the country in an effort to encourage families…

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June has brought the first wave of hot summer temperatures, which has many Arkansans heading indoors for relief.  However, Arkansas State Parks wants to remind folks that one can safely enjoy the outdoors even during the heat of the summer.  Here are some handy tips and precautions when outside in the heat:   Planning is key.  Consider the heat before you go.  Do you know how to handle an emergency…

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As summer draws near and the temperature starts to rise, people start to look for other activities to stay cool and still enjoy nature. While Cane Creek State Park boasts over 20 miles of trail, the park has another unique feature to its name. The park offers kayaking, for rent or guided. While during the day, you can only rent kayaks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the night offers…

Read More Take a Journey to Another World