Is Pack Rat Outdoor Center the greenest outdoor shop in the country? – SNEWS

Another local outdoor shop makes the news. Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Northwest Arkansas is greener than we thought.   While lounging at a picnic table outside of Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I’m distracted by a woman tossing out a garbage bag. When I ask the store’s Sustainability Director, Faebyan Whittle, if it’s the day’s trash, she replies, “No, that’s the … [Read more...]

Boxley Valley Elk Viewing and Mill Tours Offered in October

(From Media Release) Buffalo National River staff and volunteers invite the public to Boxley Valley Historic District for weekend programming this fall. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday in October, visitors can step back in time and tour the historic Boxley Grist Mill, located just off of Highway 43 approximately 1 mile north of the Highway 21/43 intersection. The Gorgas … [Read more...]

Leave No Trace Hot Spot at Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Cossatot Falls, Cossatot River State Park (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism)The Hot Spot is a special event hosted by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the staff of Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area. This event includes training, clean up events, and school programs. With nearly 200 nationwide nominations, Cossatot River State Park– Natural Area is … [Read more...]

Sharing BikePed Trails | City of Little Rock

Some great advice no matter what trails you are enjoying. See the links at the bottom for specific rules for the Arkansas River Trail. Please share this post with other trail users and thanks to the City of Little Rock for reminding us to share the trails. BikePed trails, like the Arkansas River Trail, are a great local resource and are heavily used by different types of users (Fig. 1). … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Hosts National Park Radio Concert

(from media release) Approximately 1,300 people attended the 3rd annual National Park Radio concert at Steel Creek Campground on Saturday. National Park Radio, an Americana/folk/bluegrass band from Harrison, delighted concert-goers with more than 2 hours of live music among the unmatched natural beauty of Buffalo National River. Park personnel and event volunteers began directing traffic at … [Read more...]

Why Is It Healthy to Be Outside in Nature? – CityLab

Spending time by yourself in nature is good for mental health, and can make you a better leader. Today Americans live in a world that thrives on being busy, productive and overscheduled. Further, they have developed the technological means to be constantly connected to others and to vast options for information and entertainment through social media. For many, smartphones demand their attention … [Read more...]

Parent Tips: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults, says Bryant Physical Therapist

BRYANT, AR – With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Bryant physical therapist Adam Carson. And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Carson adds, is to be a good role model. “Kids are more … [Read more...]

It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter « Therapeutic Landscapes Network

I'm not much for gardening, I'm not sure what it is, maybe the years as a kid trying to make movie money by mowing lawns or pulling weeds or raking leaves for someone else. I'm just not super interested in doing it for me as can be proven by the state of my yard. But for some reason, I love working on trails, designing them, building them, maintaining them. At first, I thought it was just the … [Read more...]

Govt Data: Americans Love Outdoor Recreation – Outdoor Industry Association

Last year, the Outdoor Industry Association put out data on the economic impact of outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The numbers came in like this; 96,000 Direct Jobs, $9.7 BILLION In Consumer Spending, $2.5 BILLION In Wages and Salaries, and $698 MILLION In State and Local Tax Revenue. Since Outdoor Recreation is now considered part of the United States GDP thanks to legislation signed by President … [Read more...]

Top 10 Things to Do in Arkansas | National Geographic Travel

Sometimes media sources from outside the state get it totally wrong. Not this time. In this National Geographic Travel list of top 10 things to do in Arkansas, written in 2016, we don't think they were far off the mark. The only way we think it could have been improved would be to make it the top 20 things to do. Extraordinary experiences await in the Natural State—where you can dig for … [Read more...]