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News Release: Buffalo National River announces 50th anniversary celebrations in 2022

The winning logo from Buffalo National River Partners’ 50th anniversary logo contest created by Ana Laura Salinas of Rogers, AR.

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News Release Date: November 16, 2021

Contact: Cassie Branstetter, 870-365-2744

Harrison, Ark. – Buffalo National River invites all to join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the designation of Buffalo National River, America’s First National River. To celebrate this historic milestone, the park is planning a series of event weekends throughout 2022. Preparation for and presentation of these events are made possible by the hard work and volunteerism of many park and community partners, including Buffalo National River Partners, Buffalo River Historic Jail and Museum, Arkansas Master Naturalists, and Lucky Star Farm.  

Buffalo National River superintendent Mark Foust says, “The creation of Buffalo National River was the first of its kind. We would love for our communities and park visitors to come celebrate this incredible park and what it has been, is, and will be. Please join us as we share the river, its resources, and history throughout the year. Just like the park itself, the celebrations offer a little bit of everything for all to enjoy.”  

Buffalo National River was originally designated by Congress as a public park in 1972 to conserve the unique scenic and scientific features of the area, while preserving as free flowing an important segment of the Buffalo River for the enjoyment of future generations. The planned events weekends in 2022 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Buffalo National River are as follows:   
  • History Weekend February 26th - March 1st, 2022, celebrating the rich cultural history of the area and the creation of the park.  
  • Art in the Park Weekend June 9th-12th, 2022, celebrating the ways in which Buffalo National River inspires artistic endeavors.   
  • Park RX Weekend October 8th - 9th, 2022, celebrating the natural resources at Buffalo National River and the health benefits they provide. 
    • All weekend, throughout the park there will be a photo geocaching scavenger hunt.  
    • Saturday, October 8th, 2022: “Yoga in the Park” with yoga instructors at the Steel Creek and the Buffalo Point campgrounds.   
    • Saturday, October 8th”, 2022: Moon Party at the Tyler Bend pavilion, a program to view the moon with telescopes and discuss the importance of the night sky.  
    • Sunday, October 9th, 2022: Naturalization Ceremony held at the Ozark Campground Pavilion, naturalizing 15 new United Stated Citizens.  
Please note that events are subject to change due to COVID-related requirements or weather. Buffalo National River encourages everyone to visit the park’s website and calendar of events for the most up-to-date information.   
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Last updated: May 13, 2022

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