Events Current and upcoming HIKE! activities

Subject: Buffalo National River Press Release: Trail Maintenance Opportunity this Friday


National Park Service US Department of the Interior

Buffalo National River

402 N Walnut

Harrison, AR 72601

 870-365-2700 phone

Release Date:  7/15/13

Contact: Caven Clark, 870/365-2790


 Buffalo National River News Release: Trailwork Opportunity

HIKE! invites participants to learn about  trail construction and maintenance  with a monthly program located in the Newton County portion of Buffalo National River. The program began with a “how to” session on trails at the Lost Valley amphitheater. Eleven people attended this workshop.

There is an opportunity to put these skills to work on the Mill Creek trail this Friday, July 19th.  The Mill Creek Trailhead is located at the downstream end of the Pruitt Launch area off Highway 7, north side of the bridge.  The Mill Creek trail is badly overgrown and needs to be brushed clear before becoming inviting to hikers.  Participants do not need to have  been at the June 21st workshop.

Trail maintenance skills will be put into action with professional direction.  Although tools will be provided, participants are requested to bring their own lunches and gloves.  Footwear should be sturdy boots or shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).  Long pants are strongly recommended.  Participants should also take care of their own insect repellant needs.


This opportunity is free and open to the public, high school-age and over, by registration.  Please call Caven Clark at 870/365-2790 for further information or to register three days prior to each event.  All participants will be registered in Buffalo National River’s Volunteer-In-Parks program; minors are required to have a signed Volunteer Agreement form in order to participate (forms supplied via email or in paper copy at the time of registration). There will be additional opportunities through the summer and into the fall, all scheduled on the third Friday of each month. Youth with an interest in possible careers with state or federal land management agencies should take this opportunity to add to their resume of experience and knowledge.

HIKE! (Healthy Incentives for Kids Enjoyment), is an outgrowth of the national Active Trails program from the National Parks Foundation,  and kicked off this year with the removal of invasive plant species from the upper Pruitt area and a retreat held at Camp Orr for 76 high school students from the Jasper, Kingston, and Oark schools. Other HIKE! activities are planned throughout the summer and will be announced as scheduled.









WHEN:   FRIDAY, JUNE 21 starting at 9:30am (ending when finished-around 4 hours)


·         Long pants

·         Hiking boots or close-toed shoes


·         Work gloves

·         Bug spray

·         sunscreen

·         Sack lunch (we will provide water)


·         Park staff will provide a detailed “how to” session that will help you to become skilled in trail management and therefore, a better steward of the environment and a better hiker!

·         Some trail work

·         Refreshments and fun!


Don’t forget to “like” the Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks page on Facebook so you can get more information over the summer.


If you want to come but do not have transportation, please notify me immediately by email, facebook or call 501-253-0643 so we can arrange a ride for you!  We would not want you to miss out!  J


Cindy A. Miller, MSCED

Community Health

Program Coordinator


Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks