Explore the outdoors on your own and in great books with this AETN KIDS Club feature! From learning about the author of “The Case of the Missing Mountain” to facts about spiders and more, we have some great ideas to get your adventure started.
MEET ARKANSAS AUTHOR KIM JONES
From hiking and camping to kayaking and animal watching all over the great state of Arkansas, author Kim Jones loves all the different ways she can explore the Natural State outdoors - especially when her husband, Darian, and doggies, Little Bit and Cubby, join in on the fun.
Kim Jones has had lots of exciting adventures and done all sorts of interesting jobs — like being Girl Scout camp counselor; a teacher in Ashdown, Arkansas; a teacher and guide at Mt. St. Helen’s Seven Wonders Creation Museum in Washington state, a park ranger at Millwood State Park and a park ranger at Lake Catherine State Park.
Mrs. Jones’ favorite part of being a park ranger was teaching visitors about the alligators at Millwood State Park — especially calling the gators up during tours!
Kim Jones especially enjoys teaching others about the great outdoors and interpreting the mysteries of science and history. Her passion for teaching children about nature through hands-on experiential, fun-filled activities is easy to see in her first book in the Mystery Ranger Series, “Mystery Rangers: The Case of the Missing Mountain.” In it, your mission is to find out how that tricky mountain could have disappeared so that you can earn a Mystery Ranger Badge.
Want to learn more about Kim Jones and her fantastic nature mysteries? Visit her website, thenaturetour.com.
Grab your caps and team up with rangers Jack and Jen to solve “The Case of the Missing Mountain.” Complete the puzzles, master the mazes, and secure the secret codes. Solve all eight mysteries to become an official Mystery Mountain Ranger. Your personalized badge and certificate are waiting.
Do you like creepy, crawly things? If so, this book is perfect for you. Full-color photos and illustrations that show you a spider that flings its own poisonous hairs at its enemies, and others that are as large as dinner plates!
A salute to Mother Earth and all her beauty, the "good morning message" bears witness to the Native American reverence for the natural world and sense of unity with all living things – water, grass, fruits, animals, wind, rain, sun, moon, stars, and to the Great Spirit, giver of all.
Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now, his younger sister Alice has joined him. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam’s falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the far side of the mountain may lead Sam into great danger.
“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.
AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.
Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.