May Happenings at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

May 2nd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

Thursday, May 2- Friday, May 3

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., DISCOVERY DAYS. This program is designed especially for school field trips. Park interpreters and trained volunteers lead programs in the picnic area that include hikes around the Kingfisher Trail, interactive Native American History, animal programs, and viewing of native wildlife. Reservations are required. Contact the park for more details. Meeting place: West Summit Picnic Area. Admission: Free

Saturday, May 4

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., SPRING KAYAK FLOAT, Explore the Little Maumelle River in springtime from one of the park’s kayaks with Park Interpreter Maryanne. This guided 4.5-mile float will provide an opportunity to see otherwise hidden sections of Pinnacle Mountain State Park! Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, and lifejacket. Advance payment required. Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch. Admission: $35

Sunday, May 5

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., WILD TURKEY. When many people think of turkeys, they often think of the domestic turkey that can be found around the dinner table during holiday time. However, the common wild turkey is a completely different animal with different features and personalities. Discover the world of the wild turkey today as Park Interpreter Richard will discuss the importance of these animals and the best possible places to see them. You will see turkey pictures and hear turkey sounds and afterwards try to use some of the turkey callers that the interpreter will bring. Meeting place: Playground. Admission: Free

4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., WHO WANTS TO BE AN ORNITHOLOGIST? Spring is here and several of our migratory birds have returned to Arkansas. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at Visitor Center today to test your knowledge of many of our Arkansas birds based on the popular TV show “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” Do you think you know the 1 million point answer is? Test your bird brains at today’s program to find out.

Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Wednesday, May 8

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne for a hike of the Base Trail of Pinnacle Mountain. Length is 3-miles and the degree is moderately strenuous due to uneven terrain. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Ladies’ hikes are offered every Wednesday through September 25th at 6 p.m., location varies week to week. Please check for location.

Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

Thursday, May 9- Friday, May 10

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., DISCOVERY DAYS. This program is designed especially for school field trips. Park interpreters and trained volunteers lead programs in the picnic area that include hikes around the Kingfisher Trail, interactive Native American History, animal programs, and viewing of native wildlife. Reservations are required. Contact the park for more details. Meeting place: West Summit Picnic Area Admission: Free

Saturday, May 11

1 pm- 2:30 pm, 3 pm- 4:30 pm, 5 pm- 6:30 pm, MOTHER’S DAY LAKE CRUISE. Treat your Mom to a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain with Park Interpreter Maryanne. Advance payment required. Meeting place: Jolly Roger Marina. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12.

Sunday, May 12

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., LADIES HIKE. Ladies do you want to learn more about the Ouachita Trail and Pinnacle Mountain but don’t want to hike alone? Join Interpreter Maryanne for a hike that is longer in length, with less vertical challenges. This scenic hike will begin at the Ouachita Trail (OT) head, and travel down the OT around the base of Pinnacle Mountain and return back to the OT trail head. This will be a moderately strenuous hike that will be more of an endurance hike than the usual hikes up Pinnacle Mountain. The length of the hike will be around 5 miles. Dress accordingly for the weather and bring water.

Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

1 pm- 2:30 pm, 3 pm- 4:30 pm, 5 pm- 6:30 pm. MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE

Treat your Mom to a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain with Park Interpreter Richard. Advance payment required. Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12.

Wednesday, May 15

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY: PRINCIPLES AND TACTICS OF SELF DEFENSE PART I. Wild Women must be smart and aware women! Pinnacle’s Superintendent and lifelong student of martial arts, Ron Salley, will be offering a self-defense class from 6-8pm on Wednesday May 15th. This is the first class in a three class series. The class is free and will take the place of the evening’s hike. The program will be a hands-on class with demonstration and participation, so you will get a workout! Bring a yoga mat, wear clothing that is comfortable and allows for movement and bring water for hydration. Look for more women’s summer programming that offers both learning and movement, at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Meeting place: West Summit Field. Admission: Free

Thursday, May 16

10 a.m. - 11 a.m., LITTLE WILD ONES. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne 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 am, CREATURE FEATURE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne 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

Saturday, May 18

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., GEOLOGY OF THE STATE LECTURE AND HIKE. Special guest presenter Sandra Chandler, geologist of the Arkansas Geological Survey, presents a special program on the unique geological formations of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Afterwards, we will go on a guided hike to identify some of the different formations found at the park. Bring sturdy shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty as we will be out on the trails today. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

9 p.m. - 11 p.m., STAR PARTY. Join amateur astronomers at the Visitor Center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena.  As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky.  If cloudy skies prevent observation with telescopes, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 9 pm. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free