Tyler Bend Garden Cleanup and Plant Swap

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November 7, 2017 was cloudy and chilly, however nine volunteers appeared with rakes and digging tools to remove weeds and lay a blanket of mulch on the Tyler Bend native gardens. Formations of geese flew southward overhead indicating winter’s approach. The leaf bin had been filled by the Tyler Bend Maintenance crew, and Joyce Umbach, Ranger/Interpreter donated her leaf shredder … Read More

Opening Weekend at Boxley Valley (October 7 and 8)

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Each October thousands of visitors come to Boxley Valley to see the fall spectacular of changing leaves, elk bugling, tour the historic Boxley Mill and hike the trails.  Such was the case on October 7 and 8 as hundreds of people flooded the Valley Opening weekend for Boxley Valley programming was a great success with more than 1,000 interpretive contacts … Read More

Buffalo Point Christmas Bird Count

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The smell of coffee woke us early.  After a quick few sips and before the sun had crept over the ridge of hills, Patty Horner, Marie and Jerry Swenson, CD Scott,  Pam and Jack Stewart wrapped in coats and scarves, ventured out to begin the 2016 Buffalo Point Christmas Bird Count.  Small birds fluttered in the shrubbery close to the … Read More

Tyler Bend Garden Clean Up

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On the bright sunny morning of November 5th, BNRP and NCAMN volunteers met at Tyler Bend Visitor Center to prepare the native flower and shrub gardens for winter.   Clusters of Beauty Berries were still glowing purple in spite of a general lack of autumn color.  The volunteers weeded, then mulched the beds with leaves from the bin that the maintenance … Read More

Looking for a Reason to Join BNRP?

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Is the Buffalo River important to you?  Do you like to hike, float, swim, camp, or just relax along America’s First National River?   If you enjoy any of these, if any of these activities are important to you, we need you in the Buffalo National River Partners (BNRP),  Consider joining an organization whose goals are to protect and preserve the … Read More

Buffalo National River Partners and Back Country Horsemen Work Together, Spotting Invasive Plant Species by Horseback

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Friday morning June 24, 2016, was the first day of the third annual Back Country Horsemen Kid’s Weekend. While ten or twelve adults looked on, the kids sorted through plant samples (not gathered in the Park) to find those described and diagrammed on a list they were given. (see photo below) Terms such as simple, compound, lobed, pinnately, palmately or … Read More

Particiipants Enjoy Special Olympics Fun Day at Tyler Bend

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Many events have taken place along the Buffalo National River this spring. But the big event in May was the park’s first Special Olympics Fun Day at Tyler Bend on Friday, May 6   Centered around the pavilion was a variety of events including bocce ball, Frisbee golf, shot put, a scavenger hunt/nature hike, and a softball throw. Participants, including volunteers, … Read More

National Trails Day

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On Saturday, June 4, National Trails Day was celebrated at Tyler Bend in an event co-sponsored by Buffalo National River and the Ozark Highlands Trail Association. Also represented were the Buffalo National River Partners , Buffalo River Back Country Horsemen of America, and the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce. Superintendent Kevin Cheri started the event with a discussion of the … Read More

National Park Radio Draws Huge Crowd to Steel Creek

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On a sunny and warm afternoon around 600 people arrived at Steel Creek on April 23 to hear the ballads, folk, country, bluegrass and rock music of National Park Radio.  The event drew listeners from the surrounding area as well as from other parts of the state and even Missouri.   Many people arrived early and hiked or took a short … Read More

Stand Up Paddle Board Gives New Meaning to “Float the River”

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Over 50 folks attended a workshop held at Ozark Campground on April 16 about how to float the Buffalo National River using a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)!  The afternoon was divided into two sessions so that participants could have special attention.  Gabriel Gray, a SUP expert from Panama City, Florida, provided a 1.5 hour lecture and in water demonstration of using a SUP. Attendees practiced SUP turns, maneuvering and … Read More