This Week at Petit Jean State Park (June 23-29, 2014)

Enjoy the many opportunities of Petit Jean State Park, north of Morrilton, Arkansas, atop beautiful Petit Jean Mountain! Here is a list of events planned for June 23rd through the 29th, 2014. (As always, be sure to call ahead at (501) 727-5441 to make sure the schedule hasn’t changed.)

Monday, June 23, 2014

2:30pm – 3:00pm
“Old as a Tree” — Are you as old as a tree? Join Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room in Mather Lodge to discover how to tell the age of a tree. You will also have the opportunity to create your own “tree cookie.”

7:30pm – 8:15pm
“Evening Bear Cave Hike” — Join Park Interpreter Mystina at the Bear Cave parking area for a fascinating walk through a maze of giant sandstone boulders as the sun sets. This relatively easy hike is approximately ¼-mile long and will take about 45 minutes. Please bring plenty of water and a flashlight.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

9:00am – 9:30am
“What Animal Left That Behind?” — Meet Park Interpreter Mystina at the tennis court parking area for an easy stroll to see some of the signs that let us know that animals have been in the area.

11:00am – 11:30am
“The Weird and Unusual” — Many things can be found in nature that are weird and unusual. Some even look alien! Join Park Interpreter Mystina at the demonstration area and stretch your imagination to guess what these strange things are.

3:00pm – 3:45pm
“Petit jean Nature Bingo” — Join Park Interpreter BT for a fun game of Nature Bingo in the Historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge. As we play the game, we will learn more about the natural side of Petit Jean State Park.

8:30pm – 9:15pm
“Is There a Bear Out There?” — Arkansas was originally known as the Bear State. By 1836, American Indians who farmed and hunted the land were driven westward, and the black bears were disappearing too—along with once-abundant bison, mountain lions, and wolves. Today, numerous bears again roam the forested hills of Arkansas and leave their tracks on the landscape. Are there bears in or around Petit Jean State Park? Meet Park Interpreter BT at the Amphitheater to find out.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

11:00am – 11:30am
“Story Time – The Lorax” — Join Park Interpreter BT in the Historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge to hear Dr. Seuss’s classic story The Lorax. “You have to toss in fifteen cents and a nail and the shell of a great-great-great grandfather snail.” This story is great for all ages.

2:00pm – 2:30pm
“The Rock Art of Petit Jean State Park” — Meet Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room of Mather Lodge to explore the possible history and meanings of the rock art that adorns the cliffs and bluff shelters of the park. Our park’s archeological site, the Rock House Cave, is featured through photographs.

3:00pm – 3:45pm
“Rock House Cave Tour” — Meet Park Interpreter Mystina at the Rock House Cave parking area for a hike down to the park’s archeology site: Rock House Cave. View ancient, mysterious rock art and try to imagine what life was like for the American Indians who created it. This hike is ¼-mile long and will take about 45 minutes.

8:30pm – 9:00pm
“Calling All Petit Jean Frogs” — While spending time at Petit Jean State Park at night, you may hear a world of frogs out there – all making music. Join Park Interpreter BT at the Amphitheater to get to know some different frogs and the music each one makes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

8:30am – 9:00am
“Cedar Falls Overlook Stroll” — Join Park Interpreter BT at the Cedar Falls Overlook Parking Area for this easy, handicap accessible, ¼-mile stroll. We will talk about some of the things that make Petit Jean a special place, as well as enjoy the view of Cedar Falls from the overlook. Please bring water to drink.

2:00pm – 2:30pm
“Diary of a Spider” — Meet Park Interpreter Rachel at the boathouse to enjoy a children’s story about funny events in the life of a spider. We will also talk about real spiders and why they are helpful to have around, plus see if we can find any spiders or spider webs nearby.

8:30pm – 9:00pm
“Marshmallows and Tall Tales” — Join Park Interpreter Rachel at the amphitheater for a fun evening beside a traditional campfire. Bring your own marshmallow toasting stick if you have one, or a few will be on hand to borrow if you don’t. And get ready to hear about the legendary “hoop snake”, plus a few other stories!

Friday June 27,2014

9:00am – 9:30am
“Wings Over the Lower Canyon” — Meet Park Interpreter BT at the Palisades Overlook to see what takes flight over Petit Jean State Park’s lower canyon. We may see vultures, hawks, swallows or other birds, and it’s all a fun learning experience. The scenery is great too. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have a few on hand.

2:00pm – 2:45pm
“Mather Lodge Tour” — Join Park Interpreter BT in the breezeway at Historic Mather Lodge for a tour of this architectural park gem. Discover some secrets of the past and gain insight into the undergone changes of one of Arkansas’s most treasured landmarks.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
“Meet a Tree” — Join Park Interpreter Rachel at the ball field to experience trees and connect with nature in what may be a whole new way for you!

8:30pm – 9:15pm
“Unsolved Mysteries of Petit Jean” — Who was the original “Petit Jean”? Which American Indian tribe decorated Rock House Cave? Is treasure buried on the mountain? Join Park Interpreter Rachel at the amphitheater to explore these and other questions about this mysterious place called “Petit Jean”.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

9:00am – 9:45am
“Rock House Cave Hike” — Meet Park Interpreter BT at the Rock House Cave Parking Area for a hike down to the park’s archeology site: Rock House Cave. We will view ancient, mysterious rock art and try to imagine what life was like for the American Indians who created it. This hike is ¼-mile long and covers uneven terrain.

11:00am – 11:30am
“Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Stroll” — Meet Park Interpreter Rachel at Stout’s Point (Petit Jean’s Gravesite Overlook) to look for colorful signs of early summer – songbirds, wildflowers, and fluttering butterflies. Feel free to bring binoculars if you have them.

2:00pm – 2:45pm
“Nature Sense” — Join Park Interpreter Mystina in the CCC Room in Mather Lodge to put your sense of sight, touch, smell, and hearing to the test as you try to guess what are some of the natural things found in Petit Jean State Park. This is a fun activity for the whole family that will last about 30-45 minutes.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
“Petit Jean Softball” — Meet the park interpreters at the ball field next to the old chimney for a fun, family game of softball – Petit Jean style. We have all the equipment, so bring your family out and join us.

8:00pm – 9:00pm
“Night Hike on the Seven Hollows Trail” — Meet Park Interpreter Mystina at the Seven Hollows trailhead for a special night hiking experience along a short section of the Seven Hollows Trail. We will explore a part of the area that inspired the creation of Petit Jean State Park and a few other stories!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

10:30am – 11:00am
“Lessons From the Lorax” — Meet Park Interpreter Rachel at the boathouse to hear one of Dr. Suess’s classic works, The Lorax. This story is great for all ages and helps us appreciate the value of special places like Petit Jean State Park.

11:00am – 11:30am
“Trees with Knees” — Kids, their families, and the young at heart are invited to meet Park Interpreter Rachel in the picnic area near the boathouse for a fun nature activity beside Lake Bailey. Get ready to use your sense of touch!

3:00pm – 3:30pm
“A Bird’s Buffet” — Which bird eats what? Join Park Interpreter Mystina at the demonstration area to play a fun activity while discovering how different birds use their specialized beaks to eat certain foods. This program will last about 20 minutes.

8:30pm – 9:00pm
“Night Symphony” — There are many sounds that liven up the night here at Petit Jean State Park. Join Park Interpreter Mystina at the visitor center parking area for an easy stroll to listen to the sounds that make up nature’s night symphony.