• 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?

Gulpha Creek in fall, below campground amphitheater, with bridge over Gorge Road in right background

The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.