School students in Arkansas are on spring break this week and Mount Magazine State Park has scheduled a full slate of activities to keep them busy.
Here’s the schedule of events for the remainder of this week:
Bear Hollow Watch: From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Benefield Picnic Area. You will be able to scan the northern slope of Bear Hollow from overlooks on its southern rim for wildlife. You never know what we might discover. Deer, turkeys, even bears are possibilities. Admission is free.
Wagon Road Wander: From 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Will Apple’s Road Trailhead near the Visitor Center in the spring begins to show itself with the slightest drop in elevation. Search for butterflies, birds, and flowers along an old wagon road with a park interpreter. Admission is free.
Bluff View: From 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Brown Springs Picnic Area. The western parts of Mount Magazine State Park are rimmed with high bluffs that provide fantastic scenery and easy hiking. See a landslide which changed the shape of the mountain. Admission is free.
Ross Hollow Watch: From 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Meet at the first parking area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. Forests on Mount Magazine’s slopes are still dormant, making it easy to see details of its rugged surface. Using high powered optics, scan Ross Hollow for wildlife from Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. You never know what we might discover. Admission is free.
Pine Cone Bird Feeders: From 4 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Make a simple but effective bird feeder you can take home with you. Using completely biodegradable materials, make a craft that you and the animals in your yard can appreciate. This will involve peanut butter. Admission is free.
Night Sounds Hike: From 8 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Meet at the Benefield Picnic Area. Spring is right around the corner here on Mount Magazine. Warm weather has brought out many of the animals that fill the night with sounds and song. Join a park interpreter to try and hear spring peepers, Cajun chorus frogs, and more on this short hike. Admission is free.
Bear Gap Expedition: From 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Meet at the Brown Springs Picnic Area. Explore a seldom visited area of Mount Magazine State Park today with a park interpreter. Investigate interesting geological, historical, and legendary features of this unique place. This area is not in our park brochures. Wear hiking boots and carry water. Admission is free
Chalk Walk: From 2 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Meet in the lodge lobby. Make tracks and take an artistic approach to learning about animal signs and the creatures that leave them. Join a park interpreter to decorate the path (with chalk) behind the lodge with animal tracks. Admission is free.
Seasons: From 3 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.Meet at the Visitor Center. Relax and enjoy a short music video of images taken and presented by a noted local naturalist. This program encourages viewers to visit throughout the year and experience many resources, scenic views, and wildlife that make Mount Magazine special. Admission is free.
Bears: From 3 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Meet in the Visitor Center classroom. Important to Mount Magazine’s heritage, bears capture our attention with fascination or fear. Let a park naturalist share his bear encounters with images and video. Meet in the visitor center for the latest information about black bears on Mount Magazine. Admission is free.
Snake ID: From 4 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. Meet in the Visitor Center. Snakes are found all over the state of Arkansas, but very few people can tell one snake from another. Learn to tell the difference between snakes with some handy tips, tricks, and pics. Admission is free.
Night Sky Exploration:From 8 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Meet at Cameron Bluff Overlook. Mount Magazine is located far away from any cities, giving it unparalleled night sky viewing. Weather permitting, explore the night sky with a park interpreter for an excellent observation of stars, constellations, and planets. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, telescopes, blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free.
Wildflower Field Book: From 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Spring has sprung. The park has begun to come out of winter and work into spring. Prepare for the season’s blooms by making a handy pocket guide to the flowers in our park. Admission is free
Wildflower Walk: From 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Mount Magazine State Park’s roadsides and trail sides are awash with color. Learn to identify many of the beautiful wildflowers that give Mount Magazine State Park its beautiful colors on a guided hike with a park interpreter. Admission is free.
High Point Hike: From 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Meet in the lodge lobby. Join a park interpreter on a short guided hike to the top of Signal Hill. Learn about the park’s history, habitat, and creatures as you climb to the highest point in the state. Admission is free.
For more information about these and other programs offered at the park, call 963-8502.