Restricted Access to Central High School
All park visitors, including tour buses, must park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Street parking is reserved for Little Rock School District buses and parents. Visitors may enter the school only on guided tours.
The National Historic Site Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. The Visitor Center may close at 2:30 PM on the day before each of these federal holidays. The Visitor Center number is 501.374.1957.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is committed to meeting the demands from schools for National Park Service-sponsored professional development workshops. We offer the following workshops throughout the year, subject to staff availability. To register for a workshop contact a park ranger at 501.374.1957 or email us for more information. All workshops correlate to the Arkansas' Social Studies Frameworks and /or the National Educational Technology Standards and have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.
The 2014 Civil Rights Teachers' Institute is scheduled for July 20-25. For an announcement and application, email Park Ranger Jodi Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review and acceptance of applications will begin May 7 and continue until the workshop is full.
Below are Professional Development trainings that NPS staff can provide for school districts or education cooperatives:
Explore Civil Rights through Service Learning and Oral History with the Little Rock Central High School Memory Project Griots.
Exploring Arkansas History with the National Park Service Online and On Foot! (Arkansas History)Discover online resources from the National Park Service for exploring history from the Civil War to Civil Rights with digital technology. Learn how to plan a meaningful field trip to the places where history happened. Suggested for grades 5-12.
Slavery and Slave Resistance in Arkansas (Arkansas History)
Arkansas's Trail of Tears Legacy (Arkansas History)
This is a six hour workshop using online, mutli-media resources to explore the impact of the Trail of Tears on Arkansas and the rights of American Indians and African Americans (freedmen) who were relocated as part of the 1830 Indian Removal Act. Indian Removal had a tremendous economic and social impact on Arkansas. This workshop includes Arkansas history and technology integration.
Theatre Arts and Social Justice using the Central High Story
Did You Know?
Central High School NHS's former visitor center was located in a restored service station across the street from the high school. The building is under renovation to become an education center. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site