Meet Me in the Park at Buffalo National River is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Tyler Bend Visitor Center area off Highway 65. Activities include: Jr. Ranger activities on the river; ranger-guided tours of the Sod Collier Farmstead; water safety and canoeing demonstrations with Lewis & Clark Outfitters; nature hikes with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovish; and tours of AETNs production truck.
The Buffalo National River became the first national river in the United States over 30 years ago. It is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. The Buffalo National River runs through Newton, Searcy, Marion and Baxter counties and encompasses 135 miles.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic, sunscreen, and bug spray and also enjoy swimming and nature walks along the river. This is also an opportunity for participants in AETNs Arkansas State & National Parks Passport program to receive a passport stamp from one of the 12 highlighted parks.
The Parks Passport is a colorful booklet designed by AETN intended to be a fun and educational way to learn about Arkansas parks and encourage people to visit them throughout the year. Six National Park Service sites in Arkansas and six Arkansas State Parks are featured in the passport. AETN encourages individuals to order a free passport and visit any of the 12 featured parks to receive a stamp at the visitors center. Participants can then receive prizes for visiting any four, eight or all 12 of the highlighted parks. Passports may be ordered by visiting www.aetn.org/parks or calling 800-662-2386.
AETN is planning Meet Me in the Park events as part of the Arkansas State & National Parks Initiative, which is being presented in conjunction with the latest Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: Americas Best Idea to air Sept. 27 only on AETN. Screenings of the film will be held throughout the day in the parks theater at the visitors center.
Other elements of the initiative are AETNs Arkansas State & National Parks Amateur Photo Contest, Story Share and online activities for kids.
The photo contest is open to all ages and requires photos taken in an Arkansas park between June 1, 2009, and Sept. 23, 2009. All submissions must be made online. Story Share invites visitors to parks to share their experiences and photos on AETNs Arkansas Parks Web site.
To order or print a passport, enter AETN's Arkansas Parks Amateur Photo Contest, and see a complete list of AETN's parks-related events, visit www.aetn.org/parks.
The National Parks: Americas Best Idea premieres on AETN Sunday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
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