Arkansas State Parks Calendar of Events
Are you looking for fun activities during your visit to an Arkansas State Park? Our park interpreters routinely schedule fun, family-friendly programs that are designed to help you have a more meaningful park experience and make memories of a lifetime. We offer more than 50,000 activities each year, including guided hikes, lake tours on park boats, birding adventures, kayak tours, living history demonstrations, nature games, historic site tours, bald eagle watches, spring wildflower walks, campfires, outdoor skills workshops, A.D.E.-accredited teacher professional development, and much more — there’s something going on all the time.
- Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
- Arkansas Post Museum
- Bull Shoals-White River State Park
- Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
- Crater of Diamonds State Park
- Crowley's Ridge State Park
- Davidsonville Historic State Park
- DeGray Lake Resort State Park
- Delta Heritage Trail State Park
- Devil's Den State Park
- Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
- Historic Washington State Park
- Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
- Lake Charles State Park
- Lake Chicot State Park
- Lake Dardanelle State Park
- Lake Fort Smith State Park
- Lake Frierson State Park
- Lake Ouachita State Park
- Lake Poinsett State Park
- Logoly State Park
- Mammoth Spring State Park
- Mississippi River State Park
- Mount Nebo State Park
- Ozark Folk Center State Park
- Parkin Archeological State Park
- Petit Jean State Park
- Pinnacle Mountain State Park
- Plum Bayou Mounds Archeological State Park
- Powhatan Historic State Park
- Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
- Queen Wilhelmina State Park
- White Oak Lake State Park
- Woolly Hollow State Park
The dates, details, and admission prices in this calendar of events were submitted to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and are accurate to the best of our knowledge. We recommend that you check with local sponsors before making a trip to any event.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - Saturday, September 16, 2023 / 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Throughout history, every generation has had traditions of how they lay their loved ones to rest after they have died. The way people laid their loved ones to rest in the 19th century…
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Join a park interpreter to receive a crash course in this sport that is sweeping across the nation, from city parks to college campuses. You will learn the basics and then put them to practice on the…
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Meet Park Interpreter Reana to learn about some of the birds we have here at Petit Jean State Park and why they are important to our ecosystem. Bring a bird guidebook if you have…
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Imagine you are lost and stranded in the wilderness without food or gear. What will it take to survive? Join a park interpreter to learn the basics of survival while making your own survival keychain…
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
There are many plants and animals in nature that are helpful to humans. Join Park Interpreter Terry to discover some of them.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Terry to play a fun game of bird bingo. As we play, we will discover more about the beautiful birds at Devil's Den State Park and around the country.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter BT to hear the legend of Petit Jean’s pirate. After the story, we will be going on a treasure hunt. If you have a compass, please bring it. A few compasses will be…
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise on DeGray Lake! Discover the history of the lake, wildlife, view rock outcrops and unique islands. Seating is limited—reservations can be made beginning noon the day…
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lake Ouachita's immense size, pristine shoreline, and numerous islands offer breathtaking scenery that is unparalleled in the state. Enjoy a tour with a park interpreter as you explore the wildlife,…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - Saturday, April 01, 2023 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Guests will join interpretive staff for a guided tour around the museum grounds and exhibits. Take a look into the world of early Arkansas settlers and lives they lived.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Join a park interpreter as we search for signs of spring. We will see if we can find the answer to what causes the trees to start budding and seedlings to start growing this time of year. In addition,…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join a park interpreter to discover the woodpeckers that inhabit Petit Jean State Park and some of the roles they play here. We will take a short walk to see some of these birds…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Here’s your chance to make a bandana that you can keep and wear! Turn a plain, boring bandana into a fun, park-themed one in no time! Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
One of the many wild animals that makes Lake Fort Smith State Park its home is the Eastern cottontail rabbit. Did you know there are also rabbits that live in the sky? Meet Park Interpreter…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Meet Park Interpreter BT to guess which mammal the furs and skulls belong to. You will also discover some interesting features about these animals.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Join a park interpreter to observe, study, and explore the natural environments of Storm Creek Lake. We will be nature detectives, using our senses to investigate the plants, animals, and habitats…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lightning bugs or fireflies? Whatever you call them, these little insects have delighted people for generations with their glow. Join Park Interpreter Kara to learn how they glow and why it's so…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Jake to discover what pollinates trees and wildflowers at Petit Jean State Park. We will go on a short walk to learn and potentially see some pollinators first-hand!
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet Park Interpreter BT to discover more about the nocturnal birds of prey called owls that make Petit Jean State Park their home. Before the evening is over, we will invite a few owls…
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Spring is the time to see pink spring beauties, yellow creeping lady’s sorrel, and purple spiderwort. Join a park interpreter to search for these and other colorful splashes of spring during an easy…