Meet Me in the Park in Hot Springs National Park is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Activities include Junior Ranger programs, a hands-on look at National Park Service jobs, and living history. Additional activities include a nature hike with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovish, old time games of croquet and badminton, climbing wall and photo opportunities with Smokey Bear, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Bobber the Water Safety Dog.
The hot springs found in Hot Springs National Park have attracted visitors for hundreds of years. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Hot Springs became a bustling resort town for those seeking relaxation and rehabilitation. Hot Springs National Park is the oldest National Park Service site.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic and sunscreen and also enjoy hiking and nature walks in the park. 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 has planned 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 in the Superior Bathhouse throughout the day of Sept. 19.
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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