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February programs at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

February programs at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Saturday, February 1 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop
Ever noticed that all food tastes better cooked outside and over a fire? It's a longstanding tradition in the State Parks of Arkansas. Here is your chance to learn to cook tasty meals in the great outdoors and discover the secrets of successful Dutch oven cooking with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov). Spaces are limited; advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $15 per person

Sunday, February 2 - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 3 pm- 4:30 pm

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (LCSP) - If your spine tingles at the sight of an eagle soaring majestically, then you’re aware of the unique combination of beauty and efficient design that sets these birds apart from other winged creatures. While soaring at 500ft, it can spot a fish from a mile away, and then swoop down to it at 100 miles per hour. Don’t think it’s necessary to travel to far-off places to see an eagle in the wild. Arkansas is a favorite wintering ground for bald eagles, and they are seen in nearly every part of the Natural State.

Lake Catherine State Park celebrates their arrival with the Bald Eagle Bonanza Event. This will be your chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert Rangers, Naturalists, and Park Interpreters take you within viewing distance. Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife. 

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Sunday, December 1

  • Fall hayride and campfire

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information contact Park Interpreters Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) or Richard Spilman(richard.spilman@arkansas.gov).

Meeting place: field by Highway 300 and Pinnacle Valley Road
Admission:$12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Wednesday, December 4

Arkansas Mycological Society to host Mushroom Mania Workshop

Arkansas Mycological Society to host Mushroom Mania Workshop

Join field mycologist Jay Justice and other members of the Arkansas Mycological Society for a day of immersion to macrofungi, the largest members of the fifth kingdom. 

The day events include interpretive hikes to observe mushrooms and fungi, opportunities to consume wild mushroom soup, and lectures on edible and poisonous mushrooms.

This will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Contact the park for more information.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $15 adults; 17and younger free

Home School Program at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Home School Program at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd- 6th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The topic for this week will be astronomy.

Pre-registration is required.  20 students will be the maximum for a class. 

To register, please call Maryanne Stansbury at (501) 367-0408- leave a message and you will be added on.  A confirmation return call will secure your spot.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Outdoor Expo offers life-long opportunities

Outdoor Expo offers life-long opportunities

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Arkansas students will learn about nature, wildlife and conservation at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Youth Outdoor Expo, Oct. 29-30, at Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.

Fifth-graders from several counties in central Arkansas will experience the outdoors and outdoor skills in the Ouachita National Forest, about 30 miles west of Little Rock.

Events start at 8:45 a.m. and run until 2:15 p.m. each day. Stations feature instructors who teach about biology, archery, BB guns, fishing and many other topics. The biology station, for instance, focuses on scientific management of wildlife. Groups of students stop at each station for 45 minutes.

Benton mayor issues stance on trash pickup

Benton mayor issues stance on trash pickup

From the office of Benton mayor David Mattingly:

I, like the vast majority of the city council, have been receiving emails and phone calls from concerned citizens about the recent announcement by the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District (SCRSWMD) regarding mandatory curbside recycling and trash pickup.  The majority of messages received were favorable to recycling, but very troubled by the methods they had been hearing and reading about as to the execution of this program.  I have now talked to all members of the City Council, as well as the City Attorney, regarding the implementation of this program, and we are united in our response as outlined in this letter.