Upcoming Events: Environmental Workshops & More
ANHC's staff is active in the Arkansas conservation
community. As part of our mission to increase the ecoliteracy of Arkansans, we participate in a variety of events, programs, and professional meetings. Our state-wide outreach programming includes workshops, hands-on presentations and field trips for students, teachers, scout groups, libraries, and conservation organizations. Our Calendar of Events features educational presentations such as teacher workshops, commission meetings, environmental education programs, conferences, and special events from ANHC and our partners.
Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair
The Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the University of Central Arkansas Farris Center on April 3 and 4, 2015. The fair is open to students in grades 9-12 who have placed in the top 4 in their respective categories at one of Arkansas’ regional science fairs. The recognition banquet for the State Science Fair attendees will in McCastlain Hall at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 3 . The awards ceremony will be held at Ida Waldran Auditorium, Old Main Hall, on Saturday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://uca.edu/cnsm/ar-science-fair/
Endangered Species Day Art Contest
The 6th Annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art Contest provides students with an opportunity to learn about endangered and threatened species, as well as species that are listed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, the AGFC, and the ANHC. Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to learn about endangered species and the art contest is an integral part of celebrating Endangered Species Day, May 15, 2015. Art contest entries must be postmarked by Saturday, April 4, 2015. For more information visit http://www.fws.gov/arkansas-es/esdaycontest.html or email Melissa Lombardi at [email protected] .
Arkansas Trails Council Quarterly Meeting
The Arkansas Trails Council is holding its quarterly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center. The meeting is open to the public.
Dardanelle Rock Volunteer Clean-Up
Volunteers are needed for a clean-up day at Dardanelle Rock Natural Area from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants need to wear sturdy work boots and clothing that can get dirty and will protect from scratches. Volunteers will also need to bring a sack lunch. Drinking water, work equipment, and insect repellent will be provided. For more information, contact Toby Von Rembow at [email protected] or 501.683.4084.
Hosted by the University of the Ozarks and Western Arkansas Education Service Co-op (WAESC), the first annual STEM Olympiad gives students in grades 2-4 the opportunity to design, construct, and compete with other WAESC students. Registration is due March 11, 2015 and the competition is April 14 and 15 at the University of the Ozarks. Medals will be awarded for individual competitions and a starter science kit will be given to the school with the most team wins. For more information, email Amber Cobb.
Volunteer Clean Up at Slippery Hollow
Volunteers are needed for a clean-up event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18 at Slippery Hollow Natural Area. Participants need to wear sturdy work boots and clothing that can get dirty and will protect from scratches. For more information, contact Toby Von Rembow at 501.683.4084 or email [email protected] .
The Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC), located on Bear Hollow Natural Area near Huntsville, is hosting a dawn to dusk BioBlitz. Please email [email protected] or call 479.202.8340 for more information.
Arkansas Earth Day Festival
Held at Heifer International in Little Rock, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Arkansas Earth Day Festival "Let's Get Back to Our Roots" offers interactive fun for families that encourage positive action in their communities. For more information visit http://www.arkansasearthday.org/ .
Arkansas Audubon Society Spring Convention
The 2015 Spring Convention of the Arkansas Audubon Society is May 1-3 at the Fort Smith Holiday Inn Civic Center, 700 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith. Visit the Arkansas Audubon Society website for more information.
Cossatot River Spring Festival
The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is hosting a Cossatot River Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes exhibits, a Dutch oven outdoor cooking demonstration, water activities, a Monarch butterfly release, hay rides, dunking booth, and other games. There is a $5 parking fee that includes admittance to the games and a ticket for the grand prize drawing of a one night cabin stay at an Arkansas State Park. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission will have a booth at the event. For more information, email [email protected] or call 870.385.2201.
The Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC) is hosting its annual "un-gala" event from 7 to 10 p.m. at the 21c Hotel, 200 NE A St., Bentonville. The event features live music, a live auction, and a special presentation about ONSC. All net proceeds go to support tuition assistance for Northwest Arkansas students at ONSC programs. Visit https://onsc.us/gala.php for more information.
Crystal Bridges National Public Gardening Day event
Come celebrate National Public Garden Day at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. Visit the trails and participate in fun-filled outdoor activities for the whole family, including a Chalk Festival, live music, and an illustrated talk by award-winning garden writer Amy Stewart on her popular book Wicked Plants. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission will have a table and activity focusing on Helen Beatrix Potter, the author, illustrator, and conservationist. Visit the Crystal Bridges calendar page for event information or call 479-657-2335.
ONSC Fledgling Naturalist Camp
This Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC) camp is designed for the young and curious naturalist, ages 8-9. This camp experience is packed with activities led by ONSC naturalists that focus on introducing campers to the outdoor world of the Ozarks. Visit ONSC's summer programming web page for more information or to register for this camp.
This Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC) camp is designed for families with children ages 6 and older. Enjoy a family retreat with all the amenities including air-conditioned lodges, prepared meals, a campfire and ice cream social. Let ONSC naturalists be your guides on the trails, for astronomy and family creek exploration, tie-dyeing, and making brick oven pizza. Visit ONSC's summer programming web page for more information or to register for this camp.
Campers will scout for animal tracks, search for fossils, explore creeks and forest trails plus astronomy, cookouts and campfires at this Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC) summer camp for ages 10-12. Learn primitive skills, Leave No Trace ethics, and camping basics while having a blast. ONSC naturalists will lead campers on activities designed for exploration, fun, and learning about the Ozark natural environment and all its living organisms. There will be turtle tracking, nature games, crafts, and swimming too. Visit ONSC's summer programming web page for more information or to register for this camp.
Halberg Ecology Camp Session 1
The Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp Session 1 is from June 14-19, at Camp Clearfork, a U.S. Forest Service camp between Hot Springs and Mt. Ida. Camp Clearfork gets rave reviews from camp staff and others for its biological diversity that allows the staff to show campers a variety of habitats and natural disciplines- aquatic biology, botany, entomology, geology, ornithology, mammalogy and herpetology. For more information, visit http://www.arbirds.org/halberg_ecology_camp.html or email the camp's executive director, Elizabeth Fulton, at [email protected] .
Halberg Ecology Camp Session 2
The Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp Session 2 is from June 21-26, at Camp Clearfork, a U.S. Forest Service camp between Hot Springs and Mt. Ida. Camp Clearfork gets rave reviews from camp staff and others for its biological diversity that allows the staff to show campers a variety of habitats and natural disciplines- aquatic biology, botany, entomology, geology, ornithology, mammalogy and herpetology. For more information, visit http://www.arbirds.org/halberg_ecology_camp.html or email the camp's executive director, Elizabeth Fulton, at [email protected] .