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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


Saturday, August 23, 2014
10am - 12 noon
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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
10am - 12 noon
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.

Sunday August 31, 2014
9:30 am
Lost Valley Hike **
Meet at the Lost Valley trailhead for a guided hike along Clark Creek to the waterfall.

 

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.

Friday, August 29, 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.

Saturday, August 30, 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 August 22, 2014
Learning Tree Programs
2-2:30 pm
Join a Ranger at the Learning Tree by the Upper Contact Station for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects.

Saturday August 23, 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 August 24, 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 August 29, 2014
2:00 pm
Learning Tree Programs - 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. 30 minutes.

8:30 pm
Evening Program
–Join our Fire Management Officer for an engaging and informative presentation on fire management in the National Parks. Meet in the campground amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. 1 hour

Saturday August 30, 2014
3:00 pm
Learning Tree Programs - Join a Ranger at the Learning Tree by the Upper Visitor Contact Station at 3 pm for a discussion and activity on a wide range of resource-based subjects. Duration is 30 minutes.

8:30 pm
Evening Program –Join a Ranger in the campground amphitheater at for a presentation on why we celebrate Labor Day and a showing of The Buffalo Flows. 1 ½ hours

Sunday August 31, 2014
9:00 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. 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?

Cabin 2, constructed by the CCC in the 1930s, is available for rental through the park concessioner.

Did you know that Buffalo National River has housekeeping cabins that were constructed in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps? These rustic cabins are available for lodging at Buffalo Point.