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Heritage Month to Kick Off at New Natural Area

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, April 26, 2018 2018 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

A May 2 opening with Gov. Asa Hutchinson is planned for Rattlesnake Ridge, the newest addition to Arkansas’s system of natural areas, managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH).

The dedication will take place at 2 p.m. at Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area, located in Pulaski County just west of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Parking is across the street from the state park: 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR 72223. Shuttle service to and from the natural area will begin at 1 p.m.

The land was recently acquired by The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas (TNC). The 373-acre tract will serve a dual purpose: the conservation of rare plant and animal species, and low-impact, rugged use such as hiking, mountain biking and climbing.

The May 2 event will serve as a kickoff for Heritage Month 2018. This year's Heritage Month theme, “Off the Beaten Path: Explore and Enjoy Arkansas’s Natural Heritage,” will highlight the work of ANHC to conserve the state’s natural landscape and biological diversity through research, stewardship of public lands and educational outreach.

Each year, an original poster celebrating Arkansas Heritage Month is made available to the public. This year’s poster depicts Cherokee Prairie Natural Area. To receive your free copy, call 501-324-9150 or click here.

Since 1982, Arkansans have celebrated Heritage Month each May with festivals, special studies, concerts, nature walks, tours and much more! Arkansans host scores of events in communities across the state, all proudly proclaiming the message that Arkansas heritage is worth knowing and celebrating. The Department of Arkansas Heritage sponsors annual Heritage Month Grants to help communities and organizations develop meaningful Heritage Month events and programs in their areas.

For a full calendar of Heritage Month events happening in May, click here.