May at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

May 9th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

Sunday, May 19

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. SUNSET LAKE CRUISE. Experience the vibrant colors of the setting sun while cruising over the calm waters of Lake Maumelle near the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Park Interpreter Richard will serve as your pilot and guide on this boat tour. Dress in layers for cool evening temperatures. Advance payment required. Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12

Wednesday, May 22

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY. Come to Pinnacle Mountain for a ladies’ hike along the Rocky Valley Trail led by Park Interpreter Maryanne. The Rocky Valley Trail is a gorgeous trail and one of the best kept secrets of the 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. Ladies’ Summer Series hikes are offered every Wednesday through September 25th at 6 p.m.; location varies week to week. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Thursday, May 23

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

Friday, May 24

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., FRIDAY HOME SCHOOL Join Park Interpreter Richard 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, May 25

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 River. Admission: $35

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. WILDFLOWER WALK. Spring is here and wildflowers are in bloom. Meet a park interpreter Richard at the Arboretum Trail Head to take a leisurely 3/4-mile hike as we explore the budding wildflowers found here. Along the way, the park interpreter will also discuss what makes these flowers so important as a food source to wildlife. This trail is handicapped accessible, but bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes as some of the hike may be off the beaten path. Meeting place: Arboretum Trail Head

Admission: Free

2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., HOW MANY BEARS LIVE IN THE FOREST? Bears are found just about anywhere in the U.S., but not all bears are the same. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the playground to discover the unique characteristics of our native black bear and how they are different from other bears. Black bear pictures and an actual bear pelt will be included at today’s program. Afterwards, we will be playing the highly entertaining “How many bears live in the forest? “Activity recommended for children 12 years and younger. Meeting place: Playground. Admission: Free

4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., ARKANSAS LARGEST REPTILE. It is not uncommon to walk the trails of Pinnacle Mountain to see a fence lizard, an anole or other Arkansas reptile. But, what exactly is Arkansas’ largest reptile and just how big can it get? Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the playground today to discover the answer to this question. We will learn about its habitat, its feeding habits and if it can really be seen at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Afterwards, we may even be able to see a live animal. Meeting place: Playground

Admission: Free

Sunday, May 26

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., LADIES HIKE. Hey gals are you ready for a hike up the mountain? Meet interpreter Maryanne at the East Summit trailhead for a hike up the mountain on the East Trail, down the mountain on the West Trail and finally around the Base Trail back to the East Summit trailhead. This will be a strenuous hike that will be very challenging and very beautiful! The hike will be around 3 miles long. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the expected weather. Let’s Go Girls! Meeting place: East Summit trailhead. Admission: Free

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., SPRING CANOE FLOAT. Take off from the Little Maumelle boat launch with Park Interpreter Richard and experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5-mile float. No paddling experience is required, but you should be comfortable around water. Wear shoes that can get wet. Fee includes use of canoe, paddles, and life jackets. Bring a lunch and water. Advance payment required. Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch. Admission: $35 per canoe

Monday, May 27

9 a.m. - 10 a.m., COLOR HIKE. Spring is a beautiful time of year and no better way to spend a spring morning than with a leisurely hike with Park Interpreter Richard.  We will be hiking a short 3/4-mile hike along the paved Arboretum Trail as we explore some of the many colors that Pinnacle Mountain State Park has to offer.  This trail is moderately easy and paved and is open to all ages. Meeting place: Arboretum Trail Head

Admission: Free

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. WATER GAMES. Come celebrate Memorial Day with a series of water games with Park Interpreter Richard.  Have you ever played water balloon volleyball or The Long Haul water game?  Come to the playground today to play these water games and more. Meeting place: Playground. Admission: Free

Thursday, May 30

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. LITTLE WILD ONES- LAST ONE THIS SPRING. 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