September Events at Pinnacle Mountain

Sep 5th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

Friday, September 6

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS.  Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd- 6th grade. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The theme for this week will be the scientific method. Pre-registration is required.  20 students will be the maximum for a class.  To register, please call Maryanne Stansbury at (501)367-0408- leave a message and you will be added on.  A confirmation return call will secure your spot.  Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Saturday, September 7

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., BIG MAUMELLE CANOE FLOAT. Paddle your way through Pinnacle’s majestic lowland river with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) while viewing cypress trees and a variety of wildlife.  Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Big Maumelle Boat Launch

Admission: $35

2 p.m. - 3 p.m., GEOCACHING 101. Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) and learn about one of Arkansas fastest growing hobbies. We will go over an introduction to using a GPS unit and then you will try your hand at finding a cache. This sport is fun for people of all ages. By the end of the program, you will be hooked on geocaching. Be sure to bring GPS units and/or smartphones to use.

Meeting place: Kingfisher Trail Head. Admission: Free

8 p.m. - 10 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 p.m. For more information contact Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov). Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Sunday, September 8

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., OWL PROWL. Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls.  Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) on a guided hike along the Arboretum Trail in search of the elusive nocturnal hunters.  Advance payment and registration is required. Meeting place: Arboretum Trailhead. Admission: $5 per person.

Wednesday, September 11

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) and Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a two-option hike. One option is the Base Trail of 3-miles and low-moderate difficulty. The second option is to ascend the East summit Trail and descend the West Summit Trail and return on the Base Trail to the starting point. The second option is very strenuous and one should be in good physical condition for this hike. Sturdy shoes and water are necessary for the hike. This program is part of the women’s hiking summer session, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. through September 25th. Meeting place: East Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

Thursday, September 12

10 a.m. - 11 a.m., LITTLE WILD ONES. Young children and parents: 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. Topics change weekly and with the seasons. Pre-registration for all Little Wild Ones and Home School programs is mandatory. This allows us to be better prepared and for each student to have the optimal experience. The maximum for each class is 20 students unless otherwise specified. Register by calling Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov), PMSP Interpreter, at 501-367-0408 to register for a class. Leave a message and your phone number and you will be contacted. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., CREATURE FEATURE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) every Thursday for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun 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

5 p.m. - 7 p.m., PINNACLE MOUNTAIN SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES- MAP AND COMPASS WORKSHOP. Have you purchased a map and compass, but were unsure of how to properly use one?  Knowing how to properly use a map and compass may just save your life.  As part of the Pinnacle Mountain Summer Workshop Series, Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) will be showing the basics of how to use a map and compass.  Afterwards, we will be going out on the orienteering course to practice using a compass in the field.  This workshop will start an hour earlier than others in the series - at 5 p.m.  Be sure to bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes.  Program is open to all ages, but is better suited for people ages 18 and over.  Program is free, but pre-registration is required.

Meeting place: VisitorCenter. Admission: Free

Friday, September 13

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd- 6th grade.. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The theme for this week will be water testing. Pre-registration is required.  20 students will be the maximum for a class.  To register, please call Maryanne Stansbury at (501) 367-0408-leave a message and you will be added on.  A confirmation return call will secure your spot.  Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Sunday, September 15

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., FALL COLORS NATURE WALK. Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a nature walk on the Rocky Valley Trail. Enjoy the crisp fall air and discover the beautiful fall colors around Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This 2-mile trail is moderately strenuous so wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

3 p.m. - 4 p.m., OWL PELLET DISSECTION. Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a program on owl pellet dissection. You will receive an owl pellet and will be instructed on how to create a skeleton of the pellet’s contents. You will be able to take the skeleton with you and learn a quick lesson on owls, skeleton parts and names. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 10 visitors. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: $ 5 per person

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., OWL PROWL. Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls.  Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) on a guided hike along the Arboretum Trail in search of the elusive nocturnal hunters.  Advance payment and registration is required. Meeting place: Arboretum Trailhead. Admission: $5 per person

Wednesday, September 18

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY HIKE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a hike with two options. 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 summer series of ladies’ hikes is offered every Wednesday through September 25th at 6 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, location in the park varies week to week. Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead. Admission: Free

Thursday, September 19

10 a.m. - 11 a.m., LITTLE WILD ONES. Young children and parents: 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. Topics change weekly and with the seasons. Pre-registration for all Little Wild Ones and Home School programs is mandatory. This allows us to be better prepared and for each student to have the optimal experience. The maximum for each class is 20 students unless otherwise specified. Register by calling Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov), PMSP Interpreter, at 501-367-0408 to register for a class. Leave a message and your phone number and you will be contacted. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., CREATURE FEATURE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) every Thursday for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun 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, September 20

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS. Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3rd-6th. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The theme for this week will be map and compass.  Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes as we will be hiking on some hazardous terrain.  Pre-registration is required.  20 students will be the maximum for a class.  To register, please call Maryanne Stansbury at (501) 367-0408-leave a message and you will be added on.  A confirmation return call will secure your spot. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Saturday, September 21

9 a.m. - 12 p.m., GREAT ARKANSAS CLEANUP. Celebrate the beauty of the Natural State by joining volunteers all over Arkansas in cleaning up our green spaces.  Place your mark at Pinnacle Mountain State Park by helping to beautify the first and only park in Arkansas located next to a major metropolitan area.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Cale Davenport (joseph.davenport@arkansas.gov) at the park for more information. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS WORKSHOP. Learn traditional uses for some common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by local plant expert Mike Thennes which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information, contact Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at (501) 868-5806. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: $15 per person

Sunday, September 22

2 p.m. - 3 p.m., DUTCH OVEN COOKING. Many of us have cooked out before, but how many times have you cooked out in a Dutch oven? Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at the picnic area to learn the secrets of Dutch oven cooking and the history behind this unique cooking vessel. Afterwards, we will be eating some buttermilk biscuits cooked in a Dutch oven. Meeting place: Picnic Area at the West Summit Trail Entrance. Admission: Free

7 p.m. - 8 p.m., BAT WATCH. Will bats suck our blood and get caught in our hair?  Find out the answers to these questions and explore other bat myths as well. Come watch the bats emerge with Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) and learn why their airborne acrobatics are so beneficial to humans.  Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk through low brush and tall grass. Meeting place: Environmental Education Pond. Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 25

6 p.m. - 8 p.m., WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY HIKE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a 3-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. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Thursday, September 26

10 a.m. - 11 a.m., LITTLE WILD ONES. Young children and parents: 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. Topics change weekly and with the seasons. Pre-registration for all Little Wild Ones and Home School programs is mandatory. This allows us to be better prepared and for each student to have the optimal experience. The maximum for each class is 20 students unless otherwise specified. Register by calling Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov), PMSP Interpreter, at 501-367-0408 to register for a class. Leave a message and your phone number and you will be contacted. Meeting place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., CREATURE FEATURE. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) every Thursday for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun 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, September 27

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS. Meeting Place: Visitor Center. Admission: Free

Sunday, September 29

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., NATURE STORIES AND MARSHMALLOW ROAST. Why does the beaver have a paddle shaped tail? What is the Great Horned Owl trying to say when he makes his loud hooting call? What is the ghost story of the Butterfield house? Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at the picnic area in front of the West Summit Trail to hear some of the stories (and truths) of some of our local animals and history. We will also be having a fall marshmallow roast. Meeting place: Picnic Area at the West Summit Trail Entrance. Admission: Free

4 p.m. - 5 p.m., THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF WATER. Water can be found everywhere from the clouds in the skies to natural formations such as glaciers to hidden aquifers below the earth. Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) to learn about all the important uses of water before playing an entertaining game to discover a drop of water’s journey through life.

Meeting place: Playground

Admission: Free