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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas State Parks) - Below, you'll find some fun activities going on at Pinnacle Mountain in July.

    Wednesday, July 3
    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. at Pinnacle Mountain, location varies week to week. Please check for location.
    Meeting place: West Summit trailhead
    Admission: Free

    Thursday, July 4
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FUN ON THE FOURTH
    Celebrate and cool off on this 4th of July at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Join Park Interpreters Maryanne and Richard for a day full of wet and wild games for the whole family. There will be water balloon volleyball, tug-of-war, relay races and more! Contact the park for a detailed schedule.
    Meeting place: Playground
    Admission: Free

    Saturday, July 6
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m. HIKE TO THE QUARRY
    When many visitors come to Pinnacle Mountain State Park, they love a trip up to the top to see the beautiful view of Little Rock and some of the surrounding rivers and lakes. However, there are other beautiful views found in the park including one from the East Quarry. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the Visitor Center as we hike to the East Quarry to get a breathtaking view of the Arkansas river. Along the way, he will provide a history of this trail and how it came to be. This 2 ½-mile trail is moderately strenuous so bring proper footwear and plenty of water.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. WATER SEINING STREAM TEAM
    Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the Kingfisher Trail Head today to come explore the subsurface of the Little Maumelle River. We will be exploring the depths of the Little Maumelle River to see some of the insects, crustaceans and fish that call the Little Maumelle River their home. Afterwards, we will be determining if this is a healthy or unhealthy stream by the wildlife we find here. Be sure to bring waders as we will be walking in water.
    Meeting place: Kingfisher Trail Head
    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

    Sunday, July 7
    3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. PAPER PLATE OWLS
    Walk out your back door any night in Arkansas and it may be possible to hear a variety of sounds including that of the many owls found here. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the playground today to learn about some of the different owls we have here in Arkansas. You will be able to hear some of their sounds and see pictures of these different owls. Afterwards, we will be making an owl paper plate to take home.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. STAR-GAZING CRUISE
    View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. Park Interpreter Richard will serve as your pilot and guide to learn about stars, constellations, and satellites in the sky! Advance payment required.
    Meeting place: Jolly Roger's Marina
    Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12

    Tuesday, July 9-12
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m. NATURE EXPLORERS DAY CAMP II
    This "nature detective" camp is designed for kids ages 7-10. Park Interpreter Maryanne will host four whole days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, and more! Advance payment is required - space is limited to the first 10 campers registered.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: $75

    Wednesday, July 10
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY: PRINCIPLES AND TACTICS OF SELF DEFENSE PART III
    Wild Women must be smart and aware women! Pinnacle's Park Superintendent and lifelong student of martial arts, Ron Salley, will be offering a self-defense class from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday July 10. This is the last class in a three class series. It is not necessary to have attended previous classes to participate. The class is free and will take the place of the evening's usual Wild Women Wednesday hike. The program will be a hands-on class with demonstration and participation, so you will get a workout! Wear clothing that is comfortable and allows for movement, and water for hydration. Look for more women's summer programming that offers both learning and movement, at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    Thursday, July 11
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. PINNACLE MOUNTAIN SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES- WATER SNAKES
    The Big Maumelle and Little Maumelle Rivers are home to a wide variety of snakes including water snakes. Visitors to our State Parks often fear water snakes believing them to be the venomous cottonmouth. The herpetology staff from the University of Arkansas- Little Rock will be hosting this special presentation on water snakes, describing the differences between these snakes and the values of these misunderstood animals. Live water snakes may be included at this presentation today. All ages are welcome, but program is best suited for visitors 18 years of age and over.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    Saturday, July 13- Sunday, July 14

    INSPECT AN INSECT WEEKEND
    Ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects! Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one! Contact the park for a detailed program schedule.
    Admission: Free

    Saturday, July 13
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE OF INSECTS
    Join Interpreter Maryanne and Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Vera Bowie to look for insect evidence. The Arboretum is a great place to look for insect activity of all kinds. Vera Bowie is the parks first resource on insects especially dragonflies, moths and butterflies. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water for the half mile walk on the paved Arboretum trail.
    Meeting place: Arboretum
    Admission: Free

    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. DRAGONFLIES: THE JEWELES OF PINNACLE
    Join Interpreter Maryanne and Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Vera Bowie for a program on dragonflies that has something for all ages. Vera will present "Dragonflies: The Jewels of Pinnacle". This program is full of information and features many pictures of dragonflies taken by Vera here at the park. After the program Maryanne will have a dragonfly craft for the "Little Wild Ones" (ages 3-10) at the program.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. INSPECTOR INSECTOR
    Come celebrate Inspect an Insect Weekend with this special program with guest presenter Inspector Insector. Inspector Insector needs your help to solve the case of the insect that has been eating Mr. Jones prize rose bushes. Perhaps we will unveil some of our suspects' right there in front of your eyes. Do you think you know who the culprit is? Come to the West Summit Playground today to find out. Note: All ages are welcome, but program is recommended for children 12 and under.
    Meeting place: West Summit Play Ground Tent
    Admission: Free

    7 p.m. - 10 p.m. EVENING CANOE FLOAT
    Explore the Big Maumelle River with Park Interpreter Richard on this guided canoe float. Meet at the Big Maumelle Boat Launch area to experience the serenity of twilight as it slowly changes into a peaceful moonlit night. Advance payment required.
    Meeting place: Big Maumelle Boat Launch
    Admission: $35 per person

    Sunday, July 14
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. HONEY BEES!
    Join Interpreter Maryanne at the tent in the West Summit Picnic area for a program and craft for the "Little Wild Ones" (ages 3-10). The children will learn about the life cycle of honeybees and create a "bee-booklet" to take with them. Lastly we will play a game demonstrating how honey bees transfer pollen while looking for nectar. Stop by the tent and learn about these amazing insects!
    Meeting place: West Summit picnic area
    Admission: Free


    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES
    Join Interpreter Maryanne at the tent in the West Summit Picnic area for a program and craft for all ages! We will be learning about butterflies, their lifecycle and habits, and make a butterfly booklet and craft. Stop by the tent and learn about these beautiful insects!
    Meeting place: West Summit picnic area
    Admission: Free

    Tuesday, July 16
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m. WILDERNESS EXPLORERS DAY CAMP II
    Older children ages 11-13 will enjoy this chance to explore the wilderness at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Park Interpreter Richard will host camping activities that may include canoe/kayak floats, extensive hiking, and survival skills. Advance payment is required.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: $75

    Wednesday, July 17
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY
    Join Park Interpreter Maryanne 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

    Saturday, July 20
    3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. BACKYARD BIRDS
    In the middle of summer, sometimes there is no better way to spend a warm evening than to sit back and watch some of the summer birding residents. Several migratory birds are found here in Arkansas in both the summer and the winter months. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the playground today to learn about some of the best methods of attracting birds to your backyard. Afterwards, we will be making a simple bird feeder using peanut butter, a pine cone and some bird seed.
    Meeting place: Playground
    Admission: Free

    7 p.m. - 9 p.m. OWL PROWL
    Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Park Interpreter Richard on a guided hike along the Kingfisher Trail in search of the elusive nocturnal hunters. Advance payment is required.
    Meeting place: Kingfisher Trailhead
    Admission: $5

    Sunday, July 21
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CANE POLE FISHING
    Are you looking for a relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon? How about spending a day fishing the old-fashioned way with river cane poles? Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the Kingfisher Trail head as we go out to the river to see if we can catch some fish this afternoon. Bait and poles will be provided. All you need to bring is yourself. Note: People over 16 years old must have a valid fishing license.
    Meeting place: Kingfisher Trail Head
    Admission: Free

    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. Advance payment required.
    Meeting place: Jolly Roger's Marina
    Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12

    Wednesday, July 24
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY HIKE
    Join Park Interpreter Maryanne 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

    Friday, July 26
    3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    FILL THE BILL
    Why does the woodpecker have a pointed beak? Why is the beak of the owl curved? Why do bird's beaks look the way they do? Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the playground today to play this highly entertaining game to figure out why birds have different shaped beaks.
    Meeting place: Playground
    Admission: Free

    Saturday, July 27
    1 p.m. - 2 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

    9 p.m. - 11 p.m. OWL PROWL
    Peek into the darkness and discover a world filled with owls. Join Park Interpreter Richard on a guided hike through the Arboretum trail in search of these nocturnal hunters. Advance payment and registration is required.
    Meeting place: Arboretum Trail Head
    Admission: $ 5 per person

    Sunday, July 28
    7 a.m. - 9 a.m. MORNING BIRDING
    Join Interpreter Maryanne at the Arboretum for a morning of birding. Bring your binoculars and guides, and we will attempt to located and identify birds while they move and call. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water for the half mile walk on the paved Arboretum trail.
    Meeting place: Arboretum trailhead
    Admission: Free

    1 p.m. - 3 p.m. THE USUSAL SUSPECTS
    Join Interpreter Maryanne at the Visitor Center to see a display of Arkansas birds. These are preserved study-skins of what we call "the usual suspects", or most often observed Arkansas birds. Stop by to get a close up of migratory and year-round birds Arkansas birds. This program is great for all ages.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. WHO WANTS TO BE AN ORNITHOLOGIST?
    Do you love birds? Do you like the show Who wants to be a millionaire? If you do, come to the Visitor Center today to play the game based on the popular hit TV show. Park Interpreter Richard will test your knowledge on some of the facts of Arkansas birds. If you are really good, you could get up to 1,000,000 points.
    Meeting place: Visitor Center
    Admission: Free

    9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. STARGAZING CRUISE
    View the stars while we cruise aboard our tour boat on Lake Maumelle near Pinnacle Mountain. Park Interpreter Richard will serve as your pilot and guide to learn about stars, constellations and satellites in the sky! Advance payment required.
    Meeting place: Jolly Roger's Marina
    Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12.

    Monday, July 29
    9 a.m. - 10 a.m. LITTER-GITTER EXPLORER HIKE
    One of the prized places to fish at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the Environmental Education Pond. However, it is also a fun place to explore due to wide variety of plants and animals found here. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the Environmental Education Pond today as we explore the shores to locate some of the unique wildlife found here. Along the way, we will also be picking up trash found here. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. All you need to bring is yourself.
    Meeting place: Environmental Education Pond
    Admission: Free

    3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. QUICK-FROZEN CRITTERS
    Animals can protect themselves in different ways: camouflage, making loud noises, gathering in groups are just a few. One of the ways that animals protect themselves is by freezing. Meet Park Interpreter Richard at the playground to learn about the ways that animals protect themselves before playing the interactive Quick-Frozen Critters game.
    Meeting place: Playground
    Admission: Free

    Wednesday, July 31
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAY
    Join Park Interpreter Maryanne 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

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