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Upcoming events at Crowley's Ridge State Park

(Source: Arkansas State Parks) (Source: Arkansas State Parks)

Spring Gourd Birdhouse Workshop

Come out to Crowley’s Ridge State Park on Saturday, March 24th to make something your backyard birds are sure to enjoy. This Spring Gourd Birdhouse Workshop is perfect for all ages and allows you to give a personalized touch to your yard, as well as a cozy home for your local feathered friends.

Gourds are a fruit, similar to a pumpkin, which have a hard outer shell. Pioneers would have used gourds for many different purposes, but they were mainly used as a water holding container. Today, people generally use gourds for decoration. However, gourds make perfect birdhouses. They are natural, can be designed to accommodate a variety of bird species, and the seeds inside of the gourd make great nesting and bedding material. They can be used as homes for Eastern Bluebirds, Purple Martins, Carolina Chickadees, Eastern Screech Owls, as well as other songbirds and small birds of prey.

Guests will get the full experience of gourd birdhouses, from washing the gourds to hanging the completed gourd for all to see. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing, as you may get wet and a bit messy while washing the gourds. 

The workshop will take place in the Group Lodging Area Dining Hall from 1:30-4:00 pm and will cost $10 per person per gourd. Registration is required.

For more information about activities or to register, contact:

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

2092 Hwy. 168 N.

Paragould, AR 72450

Phone:  (870) 573-6751

Canning Workshop at Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Since the invention of canning, it has been one of the most popular, healthiest, and safest ways to preserve food. Join us on April 14th to learn a little about the history, get a hands on experience, and take home recipes to try on your own. The workshop will be from 9 am-3 pm in the Park Annex and everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch. Participants will be able to come back a few days later and pick up their canned goods after they have cooled off and are ready to be moved. Cost for this workshop is $20 and registration is required. We will be canning strawberry jam and carrots during this workshop.

Crowley’s Ridge State Park Organizing The Great American Cleanup for April 21st, 2018

Volunteers are needed to participate in Crowley’s Ridge State Park’s annual spring litter pickup April 21st, 2018 from 9:30am-11:30am. This cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, which is an annual spring statewide litter-pickup campaign by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB).  

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter-pickup effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in.

Volunteers will meet at Pavilion 3 to receive direction and supplies. Supplies such as safety vests, trash bags, and work gloves will be provided to the volunteers; however, you are welcome to bring your own as well. Around 11:00, volunteers will turn in the trash bags and supplies and get ready for a free pizza lunch donated by local businesses in the area.

If you wish to participate, you must register. The first 30 people to register will receive a free t-shirt and you must register to enjoy the pizza lunch. To register, you can call 870-573-6751 or email crowleysridge@arkansas.com.

Wild About Wildlife School Days at Crowley’s Ridge State Park

School field trip season is about to start and Crowley’s Ridge State Park will once again be offering Wild About Wildlife School Days for area schools.  This year’s event will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 9:30 am to noon.  Individual schools or classes will choose the day that works best for them, subject to availability.  Students are welcome to bring sack lunches to enjoy at the park after programming.

Visiting park interpreters will also join in the fun to present programs all about Arkansas’s wildlife and habitats. Students will rotate through 6 stations and all programs are designed to be educational and entertaining for students in grades K-6th.

The cost for attending school days is only $2 per student payable on the day of the event. There will also be the opportunity for grab bags. Grab bags are pre-made bags full of souvenirs from the Visitor Center. Teachers are encouraged to contact Elizabeth, Park Interpreter, as soon as possible to reserve their space.  For more information or to register, call (870)573-6751 or       e-mail elizabeth.kimble@arkansas.gov.  Private field trips and in-school visits are also available.

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