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Ranger Guided Activities

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Attending a ranger-led interpretive program can increase your understanding and appreciation of Buffalo National River.

During the busy season, Park Rangers lead activities throughout the park free of charge and program schedules are available at the contact stations and visitor center and on bulletin boards around the park.

Throughout the year groups may arrange programs as staffing permits. Please call or email the park if you would like a park ranger to present a program for your group.

 
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Programs with ** are provided by funding from the National Park Foundation Active Trails grant. Now in its sixth year, The Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks.

 


Upper District
- Boxley Valley, Ponca, & Pruitt areas

Sunday July 20, 2014
9:30 am
Lost Valley Hike **
Meet at the Lost Valley trailhead for a guided hike along Clark Creek to the waterfall.

11am - 1 pm
You Can Take It With You

Gather your friends and family and head to the Lost Valley Day Use Area approximately 2 miles south of Ponca on Hwy 43. While there you can take a hike, picnic at the free pavilion and the kids will get to participate in a water-color activity at the pavilion. The ranger will provide everything so children can make a masterpiece and take it home with them.

 

Middle District - Tyler Bend area
Call Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502 to register for cave tours. Tours are free, equipment is provided, but participant number is limited so you must sign up prior to tour.

Guided Cave Tours are available again this year. Back O' Beyond and Silver Hill Caves provide the opportunity for visitors to experience a wild cave, see the underground beauty of the Ozarks, learn how caves form and understand their unique ecosystem. All equipment is furnished. A limited number of participants is permitted on each tour to preserve and protect the cave environment. A tour for your group may be arranged.

Thursday July 24, 2014
9:30 am and 1:30 pm
Silver Hill Cave Tours**
Meet at Tyler Bend Visitor Center to get gear and carpool to trailhead. Participants must be 6 years or older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Each tour limited to 18 participants. Call the visitor center at 870-439-2502 to sign up.

Friday July 25, 2014
9:30 am
Back O' Beyond Cave Tour **

Join a park Ranger for a guided tour into Back O' Beyond Cave. Come and learn more about how caves form, the animals that live in them, and see the underground beauty of the Ozarks. All equipment will be furnished but you will need to sign up by calling the Visitor Center at 870-439-2502 for this cave adventure. Tour limit 12 people maximum. Must be 12 years old or older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Tyler Bend Visitor Center to get caving gear. You will need to drive to cave access. 3 Hours

 

Lower District - Buffalo Point & Rush areas
Check posted schedules or call Buffalo Point Ranger Station at 870-449-4311 for more information.

Friday July 18, 2014
Learning Tree Programs
2-2:30 pm
Join a Ranger at the Learning Tree by the Lower Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects.

Saturday July 19, 2014
3 - 3:30 pm
Learning Tree Programs

Join a Ranger at the Learning Tree by the Upper Visitor Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects.

Sunday July 20, 2014
9 - 10 am
Colors of Water
Meet at the Floater Parking Area for a short walk to the picnic area where we will express our creativity in water colors. Art supplies provided.

3 - 3:30 pm
Learning Tree Programs
Join a Ranger at the Learning Tree by the Upper Visitor Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects.

Friday July 25, 2014
2:00 pm
Water Walk – Join a Ranger at the D-Loop Restroom at for a short walk to the river's edge and a discussion and activity on water quality and the different neighborhoods that make up the river community. Duration is 1hour.

3:00 pm
Learning Tree Programs - Join a Ranger at the LearningTree by the Lower Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects. 30 minutes.

Saturday July 26, 2014
10:00 am
CCC for You and Me – Come for a walking tour of the rustic cabin area and an engaging presentation about the history and contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Buffalo Point. Meet at the Indian Rockhouse and Overlook Trailhead parking lot. 1 hour

3:00 pm
Learning Tree Programs - Join a Ranger at the Learning Tree by the Lower Visitor Contact Station at 3 pm for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects. Duration is 30 minutes.

4:00 pm
Learning Tree Programs - Join a Ranger at the LearningTree by the Upper Visitor Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects. 30 minutes

Sunday July 27, 2014
9:00 am
Colors of Water – Meet at the Floater Parking Area for a short walk tothe picnic area, where we will express our creativity in water colors. Art supplies provided. 1 hour

3:00 pm
Learning Tree Programs - Join a Ranger at the LearningTree by the Upper Visitor Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects. 30 minutes

Did You Know?

The front of the Tyler Bend Visitor Center.

Did you know that the Tyler Bend Visitor Center is a great place to receive information about Buffalo National River? The center offers exhibits, books, films, and park information.