• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

For Teachers

Hot Springs National Park with its hot springs, natural areas and historic use of the springs for medicine and recreation can provide extensions for your classroom materials. Park podcasts are now posted on iTunesU, Arkansas Department of Education section. These include short segments about the hot spring water as well as the bathhouses and trails. From this link, navigate to the history section on the categories menu on the right, then select Hot Springs National Park podcasts. Not all of the podcasts are history, but that will get you to the entire list.

The park has rangers available to lead groups on tours with reservations at least three weeks in advance.

We are working on more lesson plans that you will be able to download. Check with us periodically for updates.

Did You Know?

black and white photo of Rector's bathhouse, a small one story frame building near the edge of Hot Springs Creek

In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.