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Events at Pinnacle Mountain for Spring Break
Events at Pinnacle Mountain for Spring Break

WEST LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (PMSP) - We invite you and your family to attend one of our regularly scheduled interpretive programs. All programs are FREE unless otherwise stated. Children 7-14 should ask at one of the programs on how to become a State Park Explorer.

MARCH 2

  • Morning Birding - 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a morning of birding with assistance from Central Arkansas Master Naturalists.  Please bring your binoculars and any field guides you find helpful.  We will walk a half-mile paved trail looking for the first signs of spring arrivals.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water to hydrate. Meeting place: Arboretum Trailhead
Admission: Free

  • Ladies Rocky Valley Trail Hike - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ladies join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a spring hike on the Rocky Valley Trail. This is a moderately difficult hike, with uneven terrain and moderate incline. Length is close to 3 miles. Please dress accordingly for the weather, and bring water.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

MARCH 5

  • Wild Women Wednesday - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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

MARCH 6

  • Little Wild Ones - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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

  • Creature Feature - 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) the first Thursday of the month 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

MARCH 7

  • Home School Programs - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd and higher. Classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. Topics change weekly and registration is required.  To register, call Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) at (501) 367-0408.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

MARCH 8

  • Boater's Education Course - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everyone born after 1985 must complete an approved boating education course to legally operate a boat in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s course is a minimum of six hours. There is no minimum age to take the course. Students receive a "Boat Arkansas" booklet and other free materials upon arriving to take the course. At the end of the class, students take a 50-question multiple choice test. Those who score at least 80% pass the course and receive a temporary boating education certification card on site while the permanent card is processed and mailed to them. Pre-registration is required to save a place, no walk-ins please. Call (501) 367-0408 to register or email maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov to register.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

  • Backyard Birds - 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Spring has arrived at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and soon many migratory birds will be flying back to Arkansas to enjoy the days of summer. There is nothing better than enjoyed a spring day watching birds from your back porch. Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at the playground today to learn about the four things that are needed to make a beautiful bird garden and some of the best foods and bird houses to use to attract birds. Afterwards, we will be making a simple bird feeder from a pine cone and peanut butter.

Meeting place: Playground
Admission: Free

  • Arboretum Night Hike - 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

A whole new world emerges as nighttime falls in the forest. Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) will help you explore how both human and animal senses adapt to low light levels. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Meeting place: Arboretum Trail Head
Admission: Free

MARCH 9

  • Twilight Hayride - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) will lead a hayride through fields and woods followed by a cozy campfire. Blankets and snuggling recommended. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Call for Location
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12

MARCH 12

  • Wild Women Wednesday - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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

MARCH 14

  • Home School Programs - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd and higher. 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 information. 

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

MARCH 15

  • Spring Canoe Float - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take off from the Little Maumelle boat launch and experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4-½ mile float with Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov). Advanced payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Admission: $40 per canoe

  • Packing For Hiking 101 - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn what to pack in your backpack for safe and enjoyable hikes along Arkansas’s trails. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $5 per person

MARCH 16

  • Spring Time Lake Cruises - 1 pm- 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m.- 6: 30 p.m.

Spring is a great season to take a boat cruise on Lake Maumelle! Many migrating animals are arriving from the south to nest for the summer, while the rest are preparing for the long journey up north to Canada. Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) will serve as your guide and help you to discover ways the animals change to get ready for summer. Three cruises are scheduled today; advance payment and registration is required. Contact the park for more information and cruise departure schedule.

Meeting place: Jolly Roger's Marina
Admission: $15 adults, $8 children ages 6-12

  • Ouachita Trail Hiking Workshop - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to hike the Ouachita Trail or any of Arkansas’s other backpacking trails? Join us as we cover advanced hiking information for those who wish to hike long stretches of trail. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $5 per person

MARCH 19      

  • Wild Women Wednesday - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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

MARCH 21

  • Home School Programs - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3 and higher. Classes are focused 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 information. 

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

MARCH 22

  • Spring Canoe Float - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take off from the Little Maumelle boat launch with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5-mile paddling adventure. Prior experience is not required, but participants should be comfortable around water. Advance payment and registration required.

Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Admission: $40 per canoe

  • Meet At The Peak - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Climb the mountain, and then meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at the top for short presentations on sights, geology, wildlife, and more!

Meeting place: Pinnacle Mountain Summit
Admission: Free

MARCH 23

  • Kite-Flying Competition - Sunday, March 23

Do you have a kite that flies high? Bring your kite out for some fun competition in the park. For more information, contact Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov).

Meeting place: Overflow Parking Area
Admission: Free

MARCH 24

  • Spring Canoe Float - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take off from the Little Maumelle boat launch with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5-mile paddling adventure. Prior experience is not required, but participants should be comfortable around water. Advance payment and registration required.

Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Admission: $40 per canoe

MARCH 25

  • Sunset Canoe Float - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Take off from the Big Maumelle boat launch with Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) and experience the beauty of spring on this guided evening canoe float. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Big Maumelle Boat Launch
Admission: $40 per canoe

MARCH 26

  • Mini Day Camp - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Come and try a Pinnacle Mountain day camp for a day with Park Interpreters Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov). This is a good preview to see if your child would like to spend a full day or week with us in one of the spring or summer day camps. Activities include nature programs and a guided hike on a park trail. Advanced payment and registration is required. Camp is for children ages 7-10.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $15 per child

  • Wild Women Wednesday - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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

MARCH 27

  • Mini Day Camp - 9 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Come and try a Pinnacle Mountain day camp for a day with Park Interpreters Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov). This is a good preview to see if your child would like to spend a full day or week with us in one of the spring or summer day camps. Activities will include nature programs and a guided hike on a park trail. Advanced payment and registration is required. Camp is for children ages 11-13.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $15 per child

MARCH 28

  • Twilight Hayride - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Park Interpreters Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov and Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) will lead a  hayride through fields and woods followed by a cozy campfire. Blankets and snuggling recommended. Advance payment and registration is required. Contact the park for more information.

Meeting Place: Call for Location

Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12

MARCH 29

  • Indian Tool Chest - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Come celebrate Arkansas Archeology Month with this special program dedicated to Native American culture. Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at the Visitor Center this afternoon as he will be showing some of the basic tools that Native Americans used to survive. How did Native Americans make food, fires or clothing? How were arrowheads made? Discover the answers to these questions and more at this interactive and highly entertaining program.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

MARCH 30

  • Easter Canoe Float - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take off from the Little Maumelle boat launch and experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5-mile paddling adventure with Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov). Prior experience is not required, but participants should be comfortable around water. Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch
Admission: $40 per canoe

(Source: Pinnacle Mountain State Park)