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State Park schedules special events

Mount Magazine State Park has released its schedule of Thanksgiving holiday activities, Christmas holiday events and other activities planned for the next few weeks.

Here’s a list and description of activities:

Thanksgiving Day Nature Challenge, Thursday Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.: Explore your Arkansas nature knowledge while trying for a chance to win a prize. From animal tracks to wildflowers, this come-and-go nature quiz will involve multiple stations testing your nature savvy on a variety of topics. Everything will be provided in the room, including some reference materials. The challenge ends at 3 p.m. Meets in the lodge Sparrow Room.

A Very Merry Green Holiday, Friday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.: Winter holidays are known for using an abundance of paper. Join us in the lodge Sparrow Room to learn fun, low cost and environmentally friendly ways to share in holiday cheer. From sharing crafts, like plant-able gift tags from recycled paper, to discussing ideas on wrapping paper alternatives, we’ll offer a variety of choices for cutting out some of the holiday waste. Workshop will last approximately one hour.

Late Season Butterflies, Friday Nov. 29 at 11 a.m.: Did you know there are a lot of butterflies that are still active? This is also a good time to begin planning next year’s garden to attract them and other wildlife. Discover the possibilities with Lori Spencer, author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, in the visitor center classroom. A book signing follows this program. The workshop lasts 30 minutes.

Wayside Walk, Friday, Nov 29 at 2 p.m.: The heritage of the lodge site is revealed during this easy, guided walk. See the grotto, Chimney Rock, the famous tree and more. Meet on the lodge back patio. Walk lasts one hour.

This for the Birds, Friday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m.: Do you enjoy feeding your feathered friends? Join us in the lodge Sparrow Room to learn about a variety of recipes and crafts to keep the birds in your life satisfied. Workshop lasts about 45 minutes.

Dutch Oven Demonstration, Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.: Have a tasty treat cooked before your eyes while discussing some of the uses and care of a cast iron Dutch oven, sharing recipes and chatting about the park. Questions and appetites are welcome. Bring a bowl and spoon to sample afterwards. Meet in the lodge Hearth Room. Workshop lasts about one hour.

Build-A-Black Bear, Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.: Mount Magazine State Park is home to many amazing wild animals. Come learn about one of the most fascinating and create your very own not-so-wild critter to take home. We will build and dress a stuffed bear for you to take home. Tickets are $19.95 per bear built. Purchase tickets at the front desk. Meet in the lodge Hearth Room.

Friday, Dec. 6, Wayside Walk 3 p.m.: Heritage of the lodge site is revealed during this easy, guided walk. See the grotto, Chimney Rock, the famous tree and more. Meet on the lodge back patio. Walk lasts 30 minutes.

Saturday, Dec. 7, Christmas Open House at 10 a.m.: Enjoy a festive atmosphere and light refreshments. Start your holiday shopping for unique items and support the park’s volunteer organization, the Mount Magazine Action Group (MtMAG). Learn how to become a park volunteer from members eager to share their stories and love of the park. Free and open to the public. 1 p.m. The Art of Old Time Toys: Before video games, smart phones, and even electricity, many families made their own toys. These handmade toys provided hours of fun and lasting memories for both the creator and recipient. Join us at Mount Magazine State Park to experience the joy of creating and sharing old time toys, just in time to make a few holiday gifts. Participants will make a no-sew rag doll, a Jacob’s ladder and learn about toys and games to share with the young people in their lives. Cost is $20 per participant and includes hands-on instruction, supplies and use of tools. E-mail brandy.oliver@arkansas.gov for more information or to sign up.

Sunday, Dec. 8 Dutch Oven Demonstration at 1 p.m.: Have a tasty treat cooked before your eyes while discussing some of the uses and care of a cast iron Dutch oven, sharing recipes and chatting about the park. Bring a cup or bowl to sample afterwards. Meet in the lodge Hearth Room. Lasts about one hour.

Monday, Dec. 9 Exploring Mount Magazine at 10 a.m.: Enjoy a guided tour of the park while riding in comfort as we visit much of the park and take a peek beyond some closed gates on this hour long adventure. Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased at the lodge front desk. Admission is $1

E-mail brandy.oliver@arkansas.gov for more information or to sign up.

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