January Pinnacle Mountain State Park Programs

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

By Maryanne D. Stansbury

Park Interpreter, CIG

Welcome to Pinnacle Mountain State Park! 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.

Saturday, January 5

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1 pm- 2:30 pm; 3 pm- 4:30 pm - EAGLE LAKE CRUISE - Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment is required. Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12

Sunday, January 6

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - TO THE HILL & BACK - Experience the adventure of an interpreter-guided hike to a nearby peak without a trail to mark the way. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. This hike will be a moderately strenuous activity. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 9

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY - Join Park Interpreter Maryanne 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 27th, 2013 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

Thursday, January 10

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - LITTLE WILD ONES - Join us every Thursday 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

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - CREATURE FEATURE - Join us every Thursday 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

Friday, January 11

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - FRIDAY HOME SCHOOL - Join a park interpreter for a home school class based on life and physical sciences. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class topics. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Please call (501) 868-5806 for any additional information. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Saturday, January 12

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1 pm- 2:30 pm; 3 pm- 4:30 pm. EAGLE LAKE CRUISE - Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment is required. Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina

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

Sunday, January 13

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  HOW TALL IS THE MOUNTAIN? Every year, visitors love to come to Pinnacle Mountain to claim victory to hiking one of the highest points in Pulaski County.  But, when they hike Pinnacle Mountain, just how far have they climbed?  Meet a park interpreter at the West Summit Trail Head today to take the trek to the top.  Along the way, we will stop to compare the size of Pinnacle Mountain to other local buildings in Little Rock.  You may be surprised at how large Pinnacle Mountain really is. Meeting place: West Summit Trail Head. Admission: Free

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EAST QUARRY HIKING ADVENTURE. Often overlooked, the East Quarry peak is an interesting area for unique rocks, plants, history, and amazing landscape views. Join us for a mildly strenuous 2.5-mile hike.  Please bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes.  Binoculars and camera are recommended. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 16

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.- WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY-The Rocky Valley Trail is a gorgeous trail and one of the best kept secrets of Pinnacle. 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 will be offered every Wednesday through March 27th at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, location varies week to week. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Thursday, January 17

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - LITTLE WILD ONES. Join us every Thursday 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

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CREATURE FEATURE - Join us every Thursday 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

Friday, January 18

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. FRIDAY HOME SCHOOL. Join a park interpreter for a home school class based on life and physical sciences. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class topics. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Please call (501) 868-5806 for any additional information.  Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Saturday, January 19

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1 pm- 2:30 pm; 3 pm- 4:30 pm. EAGLE LAKE CRUISE - Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment is required. Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina

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

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. BIRDS OF PREY- A very special program by local wildlife rehabilitator Rodney Paul and friends will be presented in the park’s visitor center conference room. Several live birds will be featured such as hawks and owls. Discussion will involve how injured birds are cared for and released back into the wild if possible. Admission is free however seating is limited to the first 50 guests. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Sunday, January 20

8 a.m. - 11 a.m., LADIES HIKE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne for a challenging hike on Pinnacle Mountain. The hike begins at the West Summit trailhead and takes the Base Trail (counter-clockwise, counting the markers down) to the East Summit trail. The hike then goes up the East Trail and down the West Trail ending at the West Summit trailhead. This is a challenging hike because of the length of almost 3 miles and the incline of the East Summit’s boulder field. Dress accordingly for the elements and bring water for the trek. Hope to see you out there!

Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ARKANSAS MAMMALS- Arkansas is home to a wide variety of different fur-bearers, but if you saw these pelts would you be able to recognize them?  Meet a park interpreter at the Visitor Center today as we view a variety of different mammal pelts and skulls.  You may be surprised at the animals you may see in Arkansas. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - THE BUSY BEAVER. Stop by the West Summit trailhead to learn about the American beaver. See skulls and skins of this amazing rodent, while learning about this mammal’s habitat and behavior. Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. TO HILL & BACK - Experience the adventure of an interpreter-guided hike to a nearby peak without a trail to mark the way. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. This hike will be a moderately strenuous activity. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 23

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY - Join Park Interpreter Maryanne for a 2-option hike. One group is headed up the mountain, the West Summit, and for an easier trail option, another group is going around the Base Trail. This gives the hiker two possibilities. Remember to dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water. The Winter series of  ladies’ hikes will be offered every Wednesday through March 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, location in the park varies week to week. Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

Thursday, January 24

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. LITTLE WILD ONES - Join us every Thursday 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

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CREATURE FEATURE - Join us every Thursday 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

Friday, January 25

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. FRIDAY HOME SCHOOL  - Join a park interpreter for a home school class based on life and physical sciences. Topics change weekly; please call the park for specific class topics. Home school classes follow the same yearly schedule as public school classes. Please call (501) 868-5806 for any additional information. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Saturday, January 26

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1 pm- 2:30 pm; 3 pm- 4:30 pm. EAGLE LAKE CRUISE - Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment is required.

Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12

Sunday, January 27

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1 pm- 2: 30 pm; 3 pm- 4:30 pm. EAGLE LAKE CRUISE - Join Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters for a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek wintering bald eagles. We often see several eagles and migratory waterfowl. Dress in layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather. Advance payment is required.

Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12

Wednesday, January 30

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY - On this weekly outing, join Park Interpreter Maryanne for a two option hike: either up the East Summit Trail or around the Base Trail of Pinnacle Mountain. One group is headed up the toughest trail on the mountain, the East Summit, and for an easier trail option another group is going around the base of the mountain. Remember to dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water. The winter series of ladies’ hikes will be offered every Wednesday through March 27 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Meeting place: East Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

Thursday, January 31

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. LITTLE WILD ONES - Join us every Thursday 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

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CREATURE FEATURE - Join us every Thursday 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