Arkansas Master Naturalists
CAMN Naturalists in Training visit Blanchard Springs Caverns Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Sharon Fergusson   


Since the weather was chilly, March first was a great day to be underground, so that’s where members of CAMN went.This year’s class of future Naturalists met that morning for a tour of Blanchard Springs Caverns. Afterwards our president/resident geologist, Darcia Routh led an exploration of the area around Blanchard SpringsDarcia discussed major geological features and the karst topography that allows the formation of caves and sinkholes throughout much of the Ozark Plateau. There was also a bit of roadside fossil hunting in a couple of different locations on the way home. This year’s Earth Science trainees first experienced some sandstone features on Petit Jean Mountain in the Arkansas Valley Province and are now familiar with the type of limestone bluffs that abound in northern Arkansas. This lively group was eager to learn and gathered a lot of good information during this field trip.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:43
Adopted Road Cleaned by RVAMN Print
River Valley Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Phil Wanzer   

On February 16, we had a successful day doing our adopted road clean-up on Sheppard Drive, (which was rescheduled due to weather.)  A beautiful winter’s day it was.  Some of us were even in T-shirts.



It is a funny feeling when planning this type of event.  On the one hand, you don’t, of course, want people to litter, but on the other hand you want bragging rights.

We collected around ten bags of trash, three car tires, one car battery and various car and truck parts.  (There is a joke in there somewhere.)





We split into two groups, I went with the up-the-hill group and what a hill it is.  We joke that the hill is why this road was never adopted and it is probably true.



This is our second clean-up on this road and this time we found some old steel beer cans from long ago, how did we miss them the first go round?  I found a large chrome license plate holder with lights on it, and the plate had “Don & Irene” on it, (I think.)


This was a very enjoyable day spent with great people and we accomplished a good deed in the process.



More pictures can be seen here.




Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:39

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