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Across Arkansas, schedules have been shifted. Learning and working have moved home, and families are getting creative as they experience life together in a new way. For some, Spring Break trips were canceled, concerts postponed, and certification programs suspended. It’s not really business as usual. But, that doesn’t mean exploring the Natural State has to stop, or even slow down.
While most in-person education events at Nature Centers and Arkansas State Parks have been canceled, there is still so much learning to do. Arts Centers and concerts may have postponed, but many artists and theaters are providing online experiences to consume. Every children’s museum and various historical sites shut down visitor experiences. Still, many have turned to virtual resources to keep the fun going with bonus content many do not usually get to experience.
Museums, educational centers, and downtown networks across the state are establishing virtual experiences through mobile devices, apps, and videos.
Photo used with permission from the Arkansas Maritime Museum.
Museum Virtual Experiences
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is hosting virtual tours of different portions of their vessels, including spaces not offered in public tours.
Virtually tour the exhibits in the Esse Purse Museum, the only purse museum in the nation, located in our state’s capital city.
Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie has launched a distance learning blog to explore the women of the Grand Prairie.
Museum of Discovery is hosting an “at home discoveries” series for families as well as color pages and a construction project competition. Lots of fun supplemental activities for parents with items you already have at home.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site is hosting a “peeling back the layers” series with Ranger Rebecca and Facebook live events telling more about the stories behind the Little Rock Nine and reading time weekly in children’s books.
Arkansas Post National Memorial site is practicing digiscoping to bring virtual experiences with geese, red-bellied woodpeckers, and even some new photos of a group of 19 new baby alligators.
Crystal Bridges Museum mobile apps include – CBMuseum – audio tour of collection pieces and special architecture tour by Crystal Bridges renowned architect, Moshe Safdie and CBOutdoors – audio tour of the gardens and grounds around Crystal Bridges.
Arkansas Game and Fish has released a Virtual Nature Center, featuring scenic spotlights, outdoor skill development, and features on wildlife.
Fred Berry Conservation Education Center | Yellville – videos about snakes, touring their trails, tying a knot, and reading through nature.
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center – new videos each day exploring activities like bird watching binoculars, Tree stand fall safety, identifying the nocturnal animal activity, and firearm safety.
Witt Stephens Nature Center is hosting afternoon tea time with center officers learning about Arkansas Bats, opossum, and outdoor skills.
Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center is focusing many videos and teaching opportunities on fishing – how t filet a fish, tips for getting in the water, wild game recipes, and hunting for fungi.
Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Education Center – explore the Grandview Prairie ecosystem in an auto tour.
Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center has been hosting a “name that animal” contest to help with snake and wildlife identification.
Arkansas Historical Museum is hosting a Time Traveler Trivia series. Learn about the beginnings and original settlers of Arkansas, as well as hear the official Arkansas fiddlers tune and find worksheets to incorporate into AMI packets exploring fun facts about Arkansas history.
Old State House Museum is exploring a series with past Arkansas Governor’s through their Facebook page, and their permanent collections offer a tour through their website, including women’s history, Arkansas pottery, first families, and campaign collections.
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is hosting online workshops, including a 3D printer workshop, hand sew art, and building bridges in Minecraft, so many new and creative ideas for children and adults.
Local libraries across the state have online books to download as audio experiences for FREE and access to resources for child learning, including Tumble Book Library and brainfuse.
The Natural State is always at its best when we come together, and right now is no different. There are still so many great ways to explore Arkansas!
Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!