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Wildwood celebrates National Public Gardens Day with Chenal Elementary’s Green Team

Wildwood celebrates National Public Gardens Day with Chenal Elementary’s Green Team

Who:  Wildwood Park for the Arts

What:  Wildwood Park and Chenal Elementary’s Green Team Celebrate National Public Gardens Day 

When:  Thursday, May  9, 2013; 2-2:30pm

Where:  Wildwood Park for the Arts

20919 Denny Road

Little Rock, AR 72223

Description:  To celebrate National Public Gardens Day, Wildwood and Chenal Elementary’s Green Team will plant seeds for a vertical garden and go on a bird watching hike throughout the Park.  Each Chenal Elementary Green Team member will receive a Miracle-Gro Kids Vegetable Garden Kit as a gift from the Park.

Wildwood is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and we keep our gates open every day free of charge for the public to enjoy! Guests are welcome to stop in for a stroll any day of the week from Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from Noon-5pm.

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Geology of the State

Geology of the State

ROLAND, Ark. – On Saturday, May 18, Sandra Chandler from the Arkansas Geological Society will be presenting a special program on the unique geological formations of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This program will include a PowerPoint on some of the unique geological characteristics of Arkansas followed by a hike on the Rocky Valley Trail to view some of the geological formations found there. The presentation will begin at 1 pm in the Conference Room at Pinnacle Mountain State Park’s Visitor Center and will end at 3 pm. Bring sturdy shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty as part of this program takes place off some of the trails.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located in Pulaski County west of Little Rock. The park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Opportunity for electronics recycling and paper shredding

Opportunity for electronics recycling and paper shredding

UAMS employees and the public will be bringing papers for shredding and old electronics to be recycled as UAMS celebrates Earth Day. Exhibitors will have displays on recycling resources and environmentally friendly products. The Arkansas Forestry Commission will be giving away 200 trees for planting.

WHO: Robert Airo, director of the UAMS Office of Sustainability, and exhibitors including Allied Waste, Little Rock Recycling, Metroplan, Shred Smart, Entergy and the City of Little Rock.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013

WHERE: UAMS, outside the Shorey Building entrance and along Campus Drive,  4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock

Free parking is available on the Parking 2 deck.  In case of inclement weather, it will move to the concourse on the ground floor of the Education II building.   

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

Once again, the annual Earth Week observance at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will actually stretch over two full weeks this year in order to accommodate several large groups of visiting students from five different Arkansas schools. In addition, a presentation for grown-ups about green building construction is scheduled, and the observance will conclude with the annual presentation of the Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (ENVY Award), recognizing the efforts of an individual or organization to protect and enhance the state’s natural resources.

Pinnacle Mountain 35th Anniversary Celebration

Pinnacle Mountain 35th Anniversary Celebration

(ROLAND, Ark.) – On Saturday, June 29, Pinnacle Mountain State Park will be celebrating 35 years of its existence with this special anniversary celebration. Join the staff of Pinnacle Mountain State Park at the Pinnacle Pavilion at 11 am as several guest presenters will be discussing the beginnings of Pinnacle Mountain State Park and how this park has grown throughout the years. Among these guests presenters are State Parks Director Greg Butts, Former Coordinator of the YCC and YACC Jim Killer and former chief naturalist of Arkansas State Parks Larry Dablemont. Guests to this event are welcome to bring photos to share.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located in Pulaski County west of Little Rock. The park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Geology of the State News Release

Geology of the State News Release

(ROLAND, Ark.) – On Saturday, May 18, Sandra Chandler from the Arkansas Geological Society will be presenting a special program on the unique geological formations of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This program will include a PowerPoint on some of the unique geological characteristics of Arkansas followed by a hike on the Rocky Valley Trail to view some of the geological formations found there. The presentation will begin at 1 pm in the Conference Room at Pinnacle Mountain State Park’s Visitor Center and will end at 3 pm. Bring sturdy shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty as part of this program takes place off some of the trails.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located in Pulaski County west of Little Rock. The park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.