Pinnacle Mountain State Park offers regularly scheduled interpretive programs. All programs are free unless otherwise stated. Children 7-14 years old should ask at one of the programs on how to become a State Park Explorer.

Program schedule through Aug. 11:

Hooray for Herps Weekend, Saturday, Aug. 3 - Sunday, Aug. 4: Spend the weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park learning about amphibians and reptiles, a group of very misunderstood animals. Park interpreters will host hikes, crafts, games, and talks about Arkansas’s native reptiles and amphibians; get to meet live animals. Contact the park for a detailed program schedule - Admission: Free

Saturday, Aug. 3

Snakes - Venomous vs. Non-Venomous, 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: Many people often fear snakes because snakes are considered as deadly and/or venomous. However snakes are positively integral to their ecosystem. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne at the playground today to learn about some of the key characteristics to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes and the benefits that all snakes provide. Pictures and replicas will also be included at this program.

Meeting place: Visitor Center; Admission: Free

Arkansas’ Largest Reptile, 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Reptiles are found everywhere at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: snakes, lizards, turtles. But, are any of these the largest reptile found in Arkansas? Discover the largest reptile in Arkansas with Interpreter Maryanne.

Meeting place: Visitor Center; Admission: Free

Star Party, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Join amateur astronomers at the Visitor Center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena.

The Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky. If cloudy skies prevent observation with telescopes, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 9 pm.

Meeting place: Visitor Center; Admission: Free

Sunday, Aug. 4

Water Snakes, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Join park interpreter Maryanne and Jeremy Chamberlain, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, to learn about water snakes. Several live specimens of beautiful of these often-misunderstood snakes will be featured.

Meeting place: West Summit Picnic Area; Admission: Free

Amazing Amphibians, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: last session of Hooray for Herps weekend. Learn about amphibians and their interesting life cycles. Ideal program for young learners, will include a booklet on the life cycle of frogs.

Meeting place: West Summit Picnic Area; Admission: Free

Tuesday, Aug. 6- Thursday, Aug. 8

Hunters Education Course, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.: mandatory for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1968 to get a hunting license.

Pre-registration by Aug. 2 is required; space is limited.

Meeting place: Visitor Center; Admission: Free

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Wild Women Wednesday Hike, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: ladies’ hike along the Rocky Valley Trail. The Rocky Valley Trail is three miles of moderately strenuous, uneven terrain and moderate incline. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Ladies’ Summer Series hikes are offered every Wednesday through Sept. 25, location in the park varies week to week. Meeting place: Visitor Center; admission: Free

Meteor Shower Mania (Boat Cruise), Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11; 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. each night: guided boat cruise to learn about stars and constellations, and to watch part of the Perseid meteor shower.

Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina

Admission: $12 adults, $6 children 6-12.