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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

 

Winter Discovery Lake Cruises
Discover Lake Maumelle as it springs to life in the middle of winter! Each year, this area hosts thousands of birds that have migrated south for the winter. Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) will guide the way as we take a boat on the lake to search for critters, maybe even a few lingering bald eagles. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Jolly Roger's Marina
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12

Wednesday, February 5 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Wild Women Wednesday
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a 3-mile hike around the Base Trail. This is a moderately strenuous hike and is great for someone who is new to Pinnacle Mountain. Please dress for the expected weather and bring water for hydration. The winter series of ladies' hikes is offered every Wednesday through March 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead
Admission: Free

Thursday, February 6 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

 

Little Wild Ones
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) the first Thursday of the month for a program suited for children ages 3-7, better known as "Our Little Wild Ones!" These programs include story time, a craft activity, and some hands-on fun with a nature theme. The program is followed by animal feeding time at 11 a.m.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

 

 - 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

Creature Feature
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun for all ages experience allows you to learn about these beautiful creatures, and where they can be discovered in Arkansas. This program can be a complementary program to the Little Wild Ones early learning program that starts an hour earlier.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Friday, February 7 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Home School Programs
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd and higher. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class information. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Registration is required. Please call (501) 367-0408 to speak with Park Interpreter Maryanne to register.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 8 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Sweetheart Hayride and Campfire
Take your sweetheart on a romantic hayride through fields and woods followed by a cozy campfire with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov). Blankets and snuggling recommended. Advance reservations and payment required.

Meeting place: Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile East of Hwy 300
Admission: $12 adults; $ 6 children ages 6-12

Sunday, February 9 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Sweetheart Hayride and Campfire
Take your sweetheart on a romantic hayride through fields and woods followed by a cozy campfire with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov). Blankets and snuggling recommended. Advance reservations and payment required.

Meeting place: Pinnacle Valley Road, 1/4 mile East of Hwy 300
Admission: $12 adults, $ 6 children ages 6-12

Tuesday, February 11- Thursday, February 13 - 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

 

Hunters Education Workshop
Pinnacle Mountain State Park is hosting its second Hunters Education Course this winter. If you were born after December 31, 1968, it is mandatory that you complete the Hunters Education training course to receive your Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunters Education card.  Presenters from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas State Parks cover important topics to first time hunters such as basic hunting skills, basic shooting skills, hunter ethics and firearms safety. Pre-registration is required by January 28 and space is limited. For more information, contact Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at (501) 868-5806.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Wednesday, February 12 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Wild Women Wednesday
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a 3.5-mile hike on the Ouachita Trail (OT). The hike begins at the Ouachita trailhead by the visitor center, heads towards the East Summit trailhead and continues on the East Summit trail stopping at marker #6. The group then doubles back to the starting OT trailhead. The degree is moderate to very strenuous due to uneven terrain and steep incline. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Ladies' hikes are offered every Wednesday through March 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Starting location in the park varies week to week. Contact the park for further information.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Friday, February 14 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Home School Programs
Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd and higher. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class information. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Registration is required. Please call (501) 367-0408 to speak with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) to register. 

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 15 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Dutch Oven Cooking
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 Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov). Spaces are limited; advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $15 per person

Sunday, February 16 - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 3 pm- 4: 30 pm

 

Winter Discovery Lake Cruises
Discover Lake Maumelle as it springs to life in the middle of winter! Each year, this area hosts thousands of birds that have migrated south for the winter. Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) will guide the way as we take a boat on the lake to search for critters, maybe even a few lingering bald eagles. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Jolly Roger's Marina
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12

Wednesday, February 19 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Wild Women Wednesday
The Rocky Valley Trail is a gorgeous trail and one of the best kept secrets of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The length is 3 miles and the degree is moderately strenuous due to uneven terrain and moderate incline. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. The winter series of ladies' hikes is offered every Wednesday through March 26th, 2014 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, location varies week to week. For more information, contact Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) at (501) 868-5806.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Friday, February 21 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Home School Programs
Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd and higher. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class information. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Registration is required. Please call (501) 367-0408 to speak with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) to register.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 22- Sunday, February 23

 

Survival Skills Weekend
Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great Outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skill workshops such as map and compass, fire building and shelter building and more! Contact the park for a specific workshop schedule as the event draws near. Advance payment required for in-depth workshops, other programs will be free.

Meeting Place: Call for location

Admission: TBA

Saturday, February 22 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Backpacking/Water Purification Demonstration
Are you a beginner backpacker?  If so, then this class might be the one for you.  Join Justine Baker of Ozark Outdoors as she demonstrates some backpacking techniques and shows some equipment you could use for survival on a backpacking trip.  Afterwards, she will demonstrate some of the best methods and equipment used for water purification.

Meeting place: Big Maumelle Pavilion
Admission: $ 10 or $ 20 with Sunday's Orienteering and Knot-tying/Survival Bracelet Workshops

 

 - 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Shelter Building
Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov)  to learn the basics of building a shelter out of natural materials.  Afterwards, we will try our hand at building a natural shelter on an off-trail site.

Meeting place: Big Maumelle Pavilion
Admission: Free

 

Sunday, February 23 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Compass and Orienteering Workshop
Before you take your first backpacking trip or hiking excursion into the deep woods, learn the basics of using a map and compass.  Meet Park Interpreters Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) and other park staff at the Visitor Center today as we demonstrate the basics of using a compass.  Afterwards, we are going out on the orienteering course to use what we learned.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $10 or $20 with Saturday's Backpacking/Water Purification Workshop and Sunday's Knot-tying/Survival Bracelet Workshops

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 - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

Survival Bracelet Workshop
Meet Park Interpreters Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) to  make a survival bracelet which is a handy way to carry some cord with you whenever travelling in the great outdoors.  Afterwards, we will be trying some knot-tying basics.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $ 10 or $20 with Saturday's Backpacking/Water Purification Demonstration and Sunday's Orienteering Workshop

 

Wednesday, February 26 - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m

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Wild Women Wednesday
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for an East Summit hike. This is a very strenuous boulder climbing hike. It is a very beautiful hike, however not for the beginning hiker. Remember to dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water. The Winter series of ladies’ hikes are offered every Wednesday through the end of March 2014, at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, location in the park varies week to week.

Meeting place: East Summit Trailhead
Admission: Free

Friday, February 28 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Home School Programs
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd and higher. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class information. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Registration is required. Please call (501) 367-0408 to speak with Park Interpreter Maryanne to register.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free