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June, 2024

Saturday
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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
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What is BioBlast?

BioBlast is the Arkansas Master Naturalists’ annual statewide learning event. In this revival of the event, AMN is sponsoring BioBlast `24, and the event is being planned by a committee comprised of members from across the state. The Planning Committee decided to make this year’s event a “Member Retreat” as well as a learning event…an opportunity for members to take a break from their daily lives and to connect or reconnect with other AMN members in a socially conducive environment, as well as giving members the chance to learn from presenters they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn from otherwise.

Location

BioBlast `24 is being held at the beautiful Winthrop Rockefeller Institute located adjacent Petit Jean State Park outside of Morrilton. The location was chosen for its statewide centrality, and its beautiful all-in-one-spot capability.


Sunday
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Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
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What is BioBlast?

BioBlast is the Arkansas Master Naturalists’ annual statewide learning event. In this revival of the event, AMN is sponsoring BioBlast `24, and the event is being planned by a committee comprised of members from across the state. The Planning Committee decided to make this year’s event a “Member Retreat” as well as a learning event…an opportunity for members to take a break from their daily lives and to connect or reconnect with other AMN members in a socially conducive environment, as well as giving members the chance to learn from presenters they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn from otherwise.

Location

BioBlast `24 is being held at the beautiful Winthrop Rockefeller Institute located adjacent Petit Jean State Park outside of Morrilton. The location was chosen for its statewide centrality, and its beautiful all-in-one-spot capability.


Monday
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When: Monday, June 03, 10:00 – 12:00 - Registration Recommended (Weather permitting) Where: Russellville Larry Price’s House: 1298 Old Cove Road, Russellville - 2nd Driveway through the barn gate; parking by Barn. 35.278763,-93.063873 (copy and paste coordinates into Google Earth for parking area by the Barn). Type of Project: Native seed collection - the main target species is Lance Leaved Coreopsis. Please bring small loppers or rose snips and a small bucket or bag. No experience is necessary. Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists are invited. Tick repellent is advised. The beneficiary of this project is the seeding of the old baseball field at Dardanelle Lock and Dam with locally accessed native wildflowers. This project will be a joint endeavor of Foothills Master Naturalist, Pope County Master Gardeners and The US Army Corps of Engineers. This sort of activity is weather dependent, so cancellation and rescheduling could be necessary. NiTs are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!!!!! General Directions: From Conway, take I-40 West to Exit 84 and turn right on Bradley Cove Road (you will pass a large Flying J truck-stop on the right), approximately 1.5 miles, turn right on Old Cove Road and travel 0.3 miles and Larry’s place will be on the left. Larry has 2 entries. We will be using the 2nd entry. -The Pollinator Habitat sign marks the first entry. The 2nd entry is about 300ft farther and leads to the barn. Carpool/caravan from Conway is available. Please contact Robert the previous evening to coordinate. Questions: Email Larry at: dixielarry@gmail.com or Call or Text: Robert Fuhler at 501.733.4019
Friday
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AGFC Office - Camp Robinson SUA
10:00 AM
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When: Friday, June 7 2024, 10:00- 12:00 Where: Meet at the parking lot of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area (CRSUA): 34.992258, -92.358964 (copy and paste coordinates into Google Maps/Earth). Type of Project: Seed collection targeting Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) and Carolina Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum). Other species of opportunity as well. Learn more about our target species by copying and pasting the links below: Lanceleaf Coreopsis: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=cola5 Carolina larkspur: https://anps.org/2019/02/22/know-your-natives-carolina-larkspur/ General Directions: Take Exit 135 off I-40 in Mayflower, go east on Hwy 89 (towards Lake Conway) for approximately 4.5 miles to Clinton Road (on left); go down Clinton Road for approx 2.6 miles; go left on Nursery Pond Road; parking area will be 180 feet on the right (across from the AGFC maintenance offices). What to Bring/Wear: * Appropriate Clothing for weather and environment (long pants, hat, etc.) preferably with boots. * Insect Spray with DEET * Water * One more time: Insect Spray with DEET - Chiggers and Tics are definitely out. Questions: Email Larry at: dixielarry@gmail.com or Call or Text: Robert Fuhler at 501.733.4019
Saturday
8
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Planning for future of the meadow Your thoughts and ideas are welcome Weed and invasive Removal Trash pick up Bring bug spray gloves tools and water
Saturday
8
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We will gather at Entergy Park pavilion at 9am for a relatively easy walk/talk hike identifying the diversity of the park. After the hike, we‘ll have our chapter meeting and graduation of our members who have qualified. Then we‘ll have a picnic lunch - the chapter will provide burgers - both veggie and beef. Please bring a dish or dessert to pass. Also, bring your own utensils and plate, we will do our best to make this a waste free event. Also, in addition to registering yourself, please register your guests if any are attending so we can get an accurate count for lunch.
Saturday
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2nd Saturday of every month trash boom and landscape trash extraction at Benny Craig Park, Little Rock, Gum Springs Road (34.7008091,-92.3298191). Bring your own watercraft (canoe/kayak), if you have one.
Saturday
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Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule for Lake Ouachita State Park (LOSP):
Tuesday
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Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule for Lake Ouachita State Park (LOSP):
Wednesday
12
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Details: This outing will involve maintenance and invasive removal (Chinese Sumac - see link below) at Sid Vogelpohl’s property and off the Magazine Mountain Scenic Byway southeast of Paris, AR. Sid is a long-time member of the Arkansas Native Plant Society (ANPS), author of the “Know Your Natives” articles and host for FAMN educational outings; Sid has written hundreds of detailed write-ups describing native plants of Arkansas, nearly all of which are from his property. Please wear good walking/hiking shoes, long pants, leather gloves, bring water and bug repellent. Chinese Sumac/Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima): https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/indiana/stories-in-indiana/journey-with-nature--tree-of-heaven/ ANPS Know Your Natives (KYN) Articles: https://anps.org/know-your-natives-archive/know-your-native-articles/ Where? Sid Vogelpohl’s Property south of Paris, AR (GPS Coordinates: 35.275276,-93.694530); physical address is: 2480 South Highway 309, Paris. It is a pretty good haul, but well worth the trip and a beautiful drive! Carpool/caravan: Carpool/caravan is recommended; parking is limited. Meet at Robert‘s house no later than 0720; please contact Robert the previous evening to coordinate. Andrea Peterka is offering carpool for the Russellville area: coordinate by the evening before, Andrea‘s contact information is in the membership directory. Questions: Contact Robert at rafuhler@gmail.com or text/call: 501.733.4019
Wednesday
12
Gaston Wildflower Meadow, Bull Shoals - White River State Park
9:00 AM
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The NCAMN Wildflower Meadow Team maintains the Gaston Wildflower Meadow at Bull Shoals-White River State Park from March through December. Team members will work for 2 or 3 hours from 8:00 to 11:00, choose your time, on scheduled Wednesdays.
The workday email will suggest additional tools if any are needed. Always wear gloves and sturdy garden shoes, dress comfortably and expect to get dirty. Insect spray and water are a must!
Please log your volunteer hours as follows: Activity - Volunteer - Natural Area Maintenance, Sponsor: State Park: Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
Thursday
13
Heading to the State Park turn left at the Yellow sign for Camp Yorktown Bay on Lake Ouachita Trail.
9:00 AM
Thursday
13
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Monthly meeting on 2nd Thursday
Friday
14
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Grab your clippers and snippers for garden day at Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point! Volunteers will meet at Tyler Bend Visitors Center at 9:00 a.m. to spruce up the gardens. To carpool or caravan meet at Flippin Walmart to leave by 8:00 a.m. We will leave Tyler Bend before noon and those who wish can continue to Buffalo Point Ranger Station for a brief clean up there. What to bring: Work gloves, your favorite weeding tools, leaf rakes, tubs for weeds and debris. Native plant swap: If you have native plants that have spread, pot them up and bring to trade along with seeds and root cuttings of native shrubs. Lunch: Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic in the park. ACTIVITY: Garden Maintenance - NCAMN SPONSER: National Park Service - Buffalo National River - NCAMN
Saturday
15
Hindman Park
9:00 AM
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Be prepared for the weather! Katie Mann, instructor Hindman Park
Saturday
15
Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule:
Tuesday
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RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, 21 JUNE (BLUFFTON HOUSE WILL BE OCCUPIED). ============================== TNC has given permission to install a weather station at Bluffton House to monitor weather conditions on-line for the Chinquapin Project. The weather station will allow real-time weather monitoring and data collection for the area. We will also check the Native Plots by the river and possibly go on a trail hike after. Meet at Bluffton House at 10:00 AM; across the street from Double-Drop Falls Trailhead. If interested in carpooling, meet at Robert’s house at 0900. Coordinate the night before. Contact Robert with any questions at 501.733.4019
Tuesday
18
Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule for Lake Ouachita State Park (LOSP): June – The watering schedule for the month of June will be every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. July, August, September - The watering schedule for the hot months of July, August, and September will be every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. General Information: Check in at the Visitors Center between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. It will require approximately 2 hours for a 2-person team to complete the watering process. Each date requires and is limited to one 2-person team All teams will follow the same Standard Operating Procedure that will be covered at the initial training session. Should you need to cancel your participation, please call LOSP at 501.767.9366 and leave a message for Emily Stubblefield and Susan Giovengo. Dress appropriately and bring insect repellant! Details are covered at the mandatory training session Important!!! Attendance at an initial training session is required before you can participate.
Wednesday
19
Robinson Point trailhead
8:30 AM
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chainsaw blowdowns David‘s Trail, certified sawyers & helpers needed. Will deploy 2-3 side-by-side utility vehicles. Plan to clear 9 miles, backup dates June 22&23 if rain or unable to finish June 19.
Thursday
20
Fred Berry Crooked Creek Nature Center
7:00 AM
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Maintenance of wildflower demonstration gardens. Assist staff with special projects and educational programs. General light maintenance and other duties as needed, in a multi-use natural area managed by AGFC.
Thursday
20
Mount Nebo State Park Visitor Center
9:00 AM
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As part of our project at Mount Nebo State Park, we will be having a monthly workday to help the park out with whatever they need. This month‘s activities will include: Painting rocks to identify the species of wildflowers planted in the flowerbeds behind the visitor center (materials will be provided) Building birdhouses to install around the park (DIY Build-a-Birdhouse kits and tools will be provided) Both of these activities are sedentary and will allow us to stay in the shade and not overheat! Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the visitor center, but if you want to eat lunch on the mountain, please bring your own sack lunch. Carpooling is available from Larry Price‘s house at 1298 Old Cove Rd. in Russellville. Contact him at dixielarry@gmail.com for details.
Thursday
20
Witt Stephens Jr, Central AR Nature Center --
6:00 PM
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Monthly meeting on 3rd Thursday of every month at Witt Stephens Jr. Central AR Nature Center - Pizza at 6:00 for a donation . $1 a slice; program at 6:30 Speaker is Dr. Janet Lanza - topic is various aspects of speciation in the Galapagos Islands, where Dr. Lanza recently traveled Also - miscellaneous leftover CAMN T-shirts will be available to buy for $5 cash each - different colors, styles, generations, assorted sizes (do not have ALL sizes and ALL colors - selection is what it is!)
Friday
21
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During this field trip, we will learn what we can do to protect cave and karst resources. A half day will be spent on the surface discovering how it relates to the cave and the karst groundwater system. The second half of the day will be spent in the cave. COST FOR THE FIELD TRIP IS $20.00 PER PERSON, cash or check, payable when we arrive. Minimum group size is 10 participants.
Friday
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Bluffton House Bluffton Nature Preserve
10:00 AM
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TNC has given permission to install a weather station at Bluffton House to monitor weather conditions on-line for the Chinquapin Project. The weather station will allow real-time weather monitoring and data collection for the area. We will also check the Native Plots by the river and possibly go on a trail hike after. Meet at Bluffton House at 10:00 AM; across the street from Double-Drop Falls Trailhead. If interested in carpooling, meet at Robert’s house at 0900. Coordinate the night before. This is a rescheduled event that originally was to take place Tuesday, 17 June. Contact Robert with any questions at 501.733.4019
Saturday
22
Robinson Point trailhead
8:30 AM
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rain date for June 19 Trail Patrol, or if unable to finish June 19.
Saturday
22
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Novaculite has been a long sought after mineral as a hone to sharpen cutting tools. Garland County produces some of the finest whet stones in the world and is home to several whet stone quarries and the companies that market those stones worldwide. However, it is not as well known that the native peoples of the southeast United States and beyond prized Arkansas novaculite for making blades and arrowheads. In fact, there are still remains of these Native American quarries in Garland County. Dr. Mary Beth Trubit, of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will lead a class on early novaculite quarries in Garland County. Dr. Trubit is the director of the Caddo Center, located on the campus of Henderson State University. Following the class presentation, we will have the opportunity to hike to one of the Native American quarries located in Gulpha Gorge, weather permitting.
Saturday
22
Camp Robinson Special Use Area Multi-Purpose Building
9:00 AM
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We are pleased to bring back Pollinator Palooza for 2024! Please come celebrate our native pollinators and their habitats with the Big Rock Chapter of Quail Forever and Quail Forever Staff! The event will take place at the Multipurpose Building on Camp Robinson Special Use Area in Mayflower Arkansas (Coordinates for the Multipurpose Building: 34.992709, -92.359872). You are welcome to join us anytime between 9:00am - 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE EVENT! We are going to have guided habitat hikes around Camp Robinson Special Use Area, a native plant vendor will be onsite, kid friendly activities, and much more! If you are interested in the guided habitat hikes, just make sure you are onsite either at 9:30am or 11:30am. Both hikes will last approximately an hour to an hour and a half. If you want to walk in the prairie, please make sure you wear appropriate clothing and shoes. We will provide water and snacks for participants! We will be having DOOR PRIZES! If you visit us on Saturday, you will be in the running to win a door prize! If you have any questions about this event, please contact Morgan Meador (mmeador@quailforever.org) or Katie Sakevicius (katie.rose.w@gmail.com).
Saturday
22
Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule for Lake Ouachita State Park (LOSP): June – The watering schedule for the month of June will be every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. July, August, September - The watering schedule for the hot months of July, August, and September will be every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. General Information: Check in at the Visitors Center between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. It will require approximately 2 hours for a 2-person team to complete the watering process. Each date requires and is limited to one 2-person team All teams will follow the same Standard Operating Procedure that will be covered at the initial training session. Should you need to cancel your participation, please call LOSP at 501.767.9366 and leave a message for Emily Stubblefield and Susan Giovengo. Dress appropriately and bring insect repellant! Details are covered at the mandatory training session Important!!! Attendance at an initial training session is required before you can participate.
Tuesday
25
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NCAMN State Park Team Last Tuesday of the month, 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Give a helping hand to Bull Shoals White River State Park. Gather to help out with a variety of easy maintenance chores, often easy painting of fences and signs. A specific chore list will be sent about one week ahead of the work date. We‘ll volunteer 8:00-10:00, subject to change with the weather. Category: Volunteer, Natural Area Maintenance; Location: BSWRSP; Contact: Karen Tietmeyer. tietka8@gmail.com; 209-834-7969.
Tuesday
25
Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule for Lake Ouachita State Park (LOSP): June – The watering schedule for the month of June will be every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. July, August, September - The watering schedule for the hot months of July, August, and September will be every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. General Information: Check in at the Visitors Center between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. It will require approximately 2 hours for a 2-person team to complete the watering process. Each date requires and is limited to one 2-person team All teams will follow the same Standard Operating Procedure that will be covered at the initial training session. Should you need to cancel your participation, please call LOSP at 501.767.9366 and leave a message for Emily Stubblefield and Susan Giovengo. Dress appropriately and bring insect repellant! Details are covered at the mandatory training session Important!!! Attendance at an initial training session is required before you can participate.
Wednesday
26
Gaston Wildflower Meadow, Bull Shoals - White River State Park
9:00 AM
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The NCAMN Wildflower Meadow Team maintains the Gaston Wildflower Meadow at Bull Shoals-White River State Park from March through December. Team members will work for 2 or 3 hours from 8:00 to 11:00, choose your time, on scheduled Wednesdays.
The workday email will suggest additional tools if any are needed. Always wear gloves and sturdy garden shoes, dress comfortably and expect to get dirty. Insect spray and water are a must!
Please log your volunteer hours as follows: Activity - Volunteer - Natural Area Maintenance, Sponsor: State Park: Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
Friday
28
Green Parking Lot on Rodman Ave. one block west of Main St., Calico Rock
9:00 AM
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Members attending will be working on weed pulling, watering, possibly planting new seedling. We also will remove Tree of Heaven sprouts. Be prepared for red bugs with spray and long pants. Snacks will be provided. Charge hours to Garden Maintence-NCAMN, Calico Rock Pollinator Garden
Saturday
29
Lab Sciences Building, Room 118, National Park College
9:00 AM
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Alex Barnard, PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Associate Professor at National Park College, and Certified Arkansas Master Naturalist will present a class on Odonates, specifically the dragonflies and damselflies of Arkansas. Topics will include an introduction to the life cycles of odonates, ecology, behavior, and identification of species found in Arkansas. The classroom presentation will be held at the National Park College Lab Sciences building, Room 118, from 9:00 AM to noonish. Weather permitting, after class we will have lunch in the picnic area. We will then spend the afternoon looking for and identifying adult and larval odonates. Wear shoes that you don‘t mind getting wet. Several aerial capture nets will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring it. Also bring binoculars because many dragonflies can be observed that way. You will need to bring a lunch, water, insect repellant, and appropriate shoes.
Saturday
29
Lake Ouachita State Park
4:00 PM
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Project Ozark Chinquapin watering schedule for Lake Ouachita State Park (LOSP): June – The watering schedule for the month of June will be every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. July, August, September - The watering schedule for the hot months of July, August, and September will be every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. General Information: Check in at the Visitors Center between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. It will require approximately 2 hours for a 2-person team to complete the watering process. Each date requires and is limited to one 2-person team All teams will follow the same Standard Operating Procedure that will be covered at the initial training session. Should you need to cancel your participation, please call LOSP at 501.767.9366 and leave a message for Emily Stubblefield and Susan Giovengo. Dress appropriately and bring insect repellant! Details are covered at the mandatory training session Important!!! Attendance at an initial training session is required before you can participate.
Sunday
30
Mtn. View School Solar Panels
8:30 AM
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Volunteers will spray areas that the 4-wheeler sprayer cannot reach. Participants are encouraged to bring hand or backpack sprayers to work corners and under panels. Please wear long pants and be prepared for bugs with Deet or Permitheryn spray. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Charge hours to Natural Area Maintenance-NCAMN. Sponsor Mtn. View School Pollinator Meadow-NCAMN.

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