Meet Me in the Park at Little Rock Central High is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Activities include tours of Central High School, a bike safety training course, a junior ranger scavenger hunt and a film presentation of Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic, sunscreen and their bicycles. 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.
Little Rock Central High was pushed to the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement on Sept. 23, 1957, when nine African American teenagers stood up to protestors and entered the newly integrated school for the first time. This event marked the first important test of the U.S. Supreme Courts historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.
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 September 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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