History of Burial in the Ozarks, Vicki Martin
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

History of Burial in the Ozarks, Vicki Martin

Vicki Martin is a retired Illinois land surveyor who made the move to Arkansas with her husband Kevin 18 Years ago. Being a avid reader, Vicki lost no time introducing herself to the staff of Searcy County Library. She started volunteering at the library and soon became President of the Friends of the Library group.  Having proven herself, she was offered a position working the library circulation desk, then promoted to head of the library genealogy department.  In this capacity, she became intrigued with the 2014 book “Gone to the Grave" By local author Abby Burnett. She became increasingly curious about the lives and deaths of the hill people of Searcy County and the Ozarks. From this love of the people and community came the program "Death and Dying in the Ozarks.

 

Death and Dying in the Ozarks is a glance back at death around the turn of the century involving religion, rituals, customs and superstitions.  This was a time when death was not just a family loss, but one that the whole community shared in and assisted with.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours


We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours


We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours


We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours


We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours


We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours


We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts.

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts

Volunteer times are Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours

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Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Boxley Valley Fall Volunteers

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and be sure to choose the location you prefer. Thanks! Sign Up

We are very thankful for the volunteers last year! Last October, here's what we accomplished together in Boxley Valley:

  • 5,633 visitor contacts

  • 20 individual volunteers (predominantly BNRP members, and many who volunteered on multiple days)

  • 201 volunteer hours

This fall is sure to be another doozy. It would be tremendous to have two volunteers per duty location (see below) per weekend day in October to best serve park visitors. We suspect that our busiest weekends will be October 19-20 and 26-27, so those dates are the top priority volunteer slots to fill.

As a reminder, here are the primary volunteer duties at each location:

  • Lost Valley: parking/traffic control, radio communications, providing trail maps and area information, keeping count of visitor contacts (using a clicker)

  • Elk Viewing Area: elk education, distributing park information (Junior Ranger books, river maps, Leave No Trace cards, hunting guidebooks), helping visitors with wayfinding and suggesting outdoor activities in the area, keeping count of visitor contacts

  • Boxley Mill: welcoming guests, providing information/answering questions about the mill, giving guided tours, distributing park information, keeping count of visitor contacts

Volunteer times are Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours

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River Cleanup
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

River Cleanup

The third public river cleanup is scheduled for Saturday Sept 28th for the lower river.  This is Public Lands Day, a day when volunteers from all over country work to make our public places more beautiful.  It will be a great opportunity to volunteer in the Park and be a part of a national movement while making our Park cleaner.

This cleanup will be on the lower river at Dillard’s Ferry to Rush Landing.  For more information contact Aletha at aletha.jasper@yahoo.com  .

Please let us know you are coming and thanks! Sign Up

Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours

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Ozark History through Song, Kathy Downs
Sep
24
5:30 PM17:30

Ozark History through Song, Kathy Downs

In 1992, Kathy Downs and her husband were ready to build on their land in Newton County. They had previously asked local realtors to look for land that was all trees and rocks (no lawn) and they wanted a stream, and it should be close to their favorite put-in and take-out spots on the Buffalo National River.  They found their spot on Mt. Sherman, 15 minutes from Ponca and 15 minutes from Kyles,  and they put down roots.  Loving the river, Kathy worked for eight seasons as an interpretive ranger.

In the meantime, Kathy also pursued her interest in folk music. She played with the local music group, “Jazzper”, in Jasper.  Kathy studied and gathered information about the Ozark mountain culture and songs, putting all that into programs. She will share interesting history about our American culture through the medium of Ozark mountain songs.

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Mix and Mingle
Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Mix and Mingle

BNRP Mix and Mingle September 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 at the home of Rick and Anne Milburn, 2533 Hwy 43 S in Harrison. BNRP hosts several Mix and Mingle events per year in a four county area as a means of increasing membership and raising money. Tickets are $20 with funds going toward a matching grant from National Park Foundation's Youth Explorers for Health. This initiative will provide opportunities for children to explore Buffalo National River with guided hikes, floats and educational opportunities. BNRP members are encouraged to attend and to sell tickets. To purchase tickets, contact us at bnrpinc@gmail.com. If you are interested in hosting a Mix and Mingle, please let us know.

Please let us know you are coming: RSVP

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Stilt Grass Removal Project
Sep
8
1:30 PM13:30

Stilt Grass Removal Project

Lost Valley Trail,  Boxley Valley

Volunteers will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the pavilion at Lost Valley Trail to pull and bag stilt grass, an invasive species of grass that smothers the native wild flowers, which have historically been prolific and beautiful along this trail. Stilt grass is easy to pull. Volunteers will need the following:

  • Work gloves

  • Personal water bottle for hydration

  • Bug spray

  • Clothing and shoes appropriate for work

At arrival, those participating will fill out required national park service volunteer paperwork, and then listen to a short explanation of the project and the process before pulling. This is an easy project and was well attended last year. Hope to see you there!

Learn More About Stilt Grass

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Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours

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Tyler Bend Clean-Up
Aug
30
8:30 AM08:30

Tyler Bend Clean-Up

It has been an excellent growing season—for weeds and grasses—in the gardens around the Tyler Bend visitor center. They need some serious attention.

What to bring: Bring your snippers, clippers and diggers! Sunscreen, work gloves, tubs for weeds. Bring whatever you would use in a garden that is overgrown.

Native plant swap: If you have native plants that have spread, pot them up and bring them along.

Where to meet for carpooling: Carpoolers meet at the Flippin Walmart to leave one hour (that’s 7:30 for the August 30th workday) before we begin work.

If it is a nice day we can picnic in the park, but if we need a cool break, we can stop for lunch on the way home. Big Springs is my personal favorite.

Please sign up to let us know you are coming and thanks! Sign Up

Log your hours: Please remember to log your hours afterwards. Log Hours

Questions: Contact Dwan at dwansbees@outlook.com or 870-688-0961 (cell/text).

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Wetland and Stream Mitigation Banking for ArDOT Projects, Kayti Ewing
Aug
27
5:30 PM17:30

Wetland and Stream Mitigation Banking for ArDOT Projects, Kayti Ewing

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) is federally mandated to comply with several environmental regulations prior to the construction of any highway project. In this presentation, I will mainly discuss Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and, specifically, I will explain Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources and the Final Mitigation Rule. I believe that this topic is relatively unknown by ArDOT owns approximately 6,000 acres of mitigation properties across the state. We will discuss how the sites are selected, restored, monitored, and maintained. Also, as we discuss potential restoration techniques, I will have information and pictures on some late summer/fall wildflowers that can be found in and around the Buffalo National River!

Kayti is a botanist with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Environmental Division. At AHTD, she oversees the Department’s several Wildflower Programs, consults with USFWS regarding endangered and threatened species (namely plants), and performs wetland and stream impact assessments in order to obtain the proper 404 permit. She was born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas. She has a B.S. in Botany and an M.A. in Geography, both from the University of Oklahoma. For her thesis, she developed a Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) for Oklahoma wetlands. An FQA is tool used to evaluate and determine the quality (or degree of pristineness) of wetland habitats based on the vegetation present at a site.

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Protecting Arkansas’ Aquatic Heritage | Stream Communities of the Ozark Highlands
May
28
5:30 PM17:30

Protecting Arkansas’ Aquatic Heritage | Stream Communities of the Ozark Highlands

Dr. Dustin Lynch, Aquatic Biologist, AR Natural Heritage Commission, will discuss the commission’s work to protect the plants and animals along Arkansas’s waterways.  His comments regarding the presentation:

“The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission has been working since 1973 to conserve Arkansas’s natural communities and the rare, threatened, and endangered species that comprise them. Out of the 972 rare species of plants and animals that ANHC currently tracks, 291 species (around 30%) are primarily aquatic for all or part of their life cycle. In the first part of my presentation, I will provide an overview of ANHC’s role in protection of our state’s aquatic resources, including examples of imperiled aquatic species in different ecoregions and the unique conservation challenges facing them. In the second part of my presentation, I will explore a variety of species from the major taxonomic groups that make up life in an Ozark Highland stream such as the Buffalo River. I will take the audience on a photographic tour of such groups as darters, madtoms, crayfish, salamanders, and mayflies as we learn about the unique and amazing species that call our Ozark streams home.”

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