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.

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.
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Friday, October 26, 2018 / 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
What this landscape has seen throughout the years is quite the tale. The story of the lake is evident all around us if we know what to look for. Join Park Interpreter Heather to hear the tales of the…
Friday, October 26, 2018 / 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Join Park Interpreter Heather to discover the snakes of Lake Fort Smith State Park and their importance in our environment. During the program we test our skills on snake identification. You’ll even…
Friday, October 26, 2018 / 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Our natural world is full of beauty, and our world needs our help in order to stay that way. Join Park Interpreter Courtney to see how we can make a positive impact on our world by practicing good…
Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
How well do you know the creatures of Lake Fort Smith State Park? Meet Park Interpreter Courtney to take the “creature challenge.” We identify photos, objects, and sounds from the park. You may know…
Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Not all animals are the cute and cuddly type, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy crawlies are any less important in the environment. Join a park interpreter to uncover the world of the creepy…
Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Meet Park Interpreter Heather to discover owls, the nocturnal birds of prey who make Lake Fort Smith State Park their home. We even invite a few owls to come in for a visit and perhaps catch a glimpse…
Sunday, October 28, 2018 / 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Nature is splashed with color, if we just take time to notice. Meet Park Interpreter Heather to take part in this fun, relatively easy hike and game wrapped up in one. This hike covers a distance of…
Sunday, October 28, 2018 / 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Turtles and snakes, oh my! Join a park interpreter as we feed the reptiles that live in the exhibits here at Lake Fort Smith State Park. This program is not for those with weak stomachs!
Friday, November 23, 2018
Crowded stores, short tempers, and congested traffic…sounds lovely, right? Avoid the headaches of Black Friday and instead create enjoyable memories by spending your day at Lake Fort Smith…
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 / 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join the park interpreters at the visitor center fireplace to enjoy some hot chocolate and fellowship time by the crackling fire. While we’re enjoying the fire, we share the stories of the first days…
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 / 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Bring the first day of the new year to an end with a First Night Hike! Join the park interpreters for a hike through the wilderness as the light begins to fade into the first night of 2019. This…