Volunteers Needed for HIKE Retreat, Friday, May 3, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Camp Orr
HIKE (Healthy Incentives for Kids Enrichment) is a project in conjunction with North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education, Buffalo National River, Buffalo National River Partners, Jasper School District, Newton county Hometown Health Improvement Coalition, Forest Service, and the Arkansas Department of Health, Newton County. The HIKE project promotes outdoor recreation as a health and well-being resource by promoting community involvement and support through healthy, nature-based programs and activities.
HIKE participants are in 10th, 11th and 12th grade and have earned the privilege of attending the Retreat by one or more of the following activities: 1) hiking BNR trail(s), photographing and writing a report about their hike, 2) clearing trails, 3) clearing out invasive species at Pruitt, 4) writing a report about the history, geology or other aspect of the BNR. We anticipate around 50 students at the retreat.
The day's activities will include the following stations: outdoor cooking demonstration, Leave No Trace, cross-cutting, Search and Rescue knots, and flint/knapping, Lets Move. We'll begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome and intro by Kevin Cheri, superintendent of BNR and students will rotate through the stations during the day. At the end of the day, students will evaluate the events of the day, sign up for summer activities and receive t-shirts and give-aways.
If you can assist with this volunteer effort, please contact Sybil Craig at
or phone 870-704-9114
. It should be a fun day working with these students and, maybe even learning a thing or two at some of these stations. Lunch is provided for all students and volunteers.
Volunteers Needed for Day by the Buffalo
Each spring schools within the Buffalo National River area bring 4th, 5th and 6th graders to the Buffalo for a day-long field trip. With the cuts in the park’s budget (no seasonal rangers hired), the rangers at Buffalo Point, Tyler Bend and Pruitt, could use some volunteer help at the Day by the Buffalo events. Below are the days scheduled for students and the ranger to contact if you can help. Hours would be approximately 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The rangers can give you more detailed information as to your role as a volunteer at their site. If you can spend a day as a volunteer, it would be greatly appreciated.
April 16 - Buffalo Point, Mike Simpson, 870-449-4311
April 18 - Tyler Bend, Joyce Umbach. 870439-2502
April 25 – Rush, Mike Simpson, 870-449-4311
April 26 - Lost Valley, Linda Bishop, 870-446-5373
April 30 - Lost Valley, Linda Bishop, 870-446-5373
May 2 - Buffalo Point. Mike Simpson, 870-449-4311
May 17 - Lost Valley, Linda Bishop, 870-446-5373
May 20 - Lost Valley, Linda Bishop-870-446-5373