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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008


Natural and cultural interpretation as a component of the new Arkansas Water Trails Program.

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Paddling on the Little Maumelle River

Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 (includes box lunch)

The Little Maumelle River mobile workshop will focus on natural and cultural interpretation as a component of the new Arkansas Water Trails Program and provide participants an opportunity to take in some great Central Arkansas scenery during an easy 2.5-mile float through the cypress-lined stream. The float will take approximately 3 hours. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather likely to be in the mid-40s to mid-50s and bring an additional change of clothing in a dry bag.

Leaders: James Mullins, Park Interpreter, Pinnacle Mountain State Park; Kristina Root, Park Interpreter, Pinnacle Mountain State Park; Kirsten Bartlow, Watchable Wildlife Coordinator, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; John Beneke, State Trails Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Workshops leaders:
James Mullins has been a Park Interpreter for Pinnacle Mountain State Park since 1987 and is a 32 year veteran of Arkansas State Parks. Among various pursuits, he enjoys canoeing, hunting, historical research, and genealogy. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a B.A. in Anthropology/Archeology. Phone: (501) 868-5806, E-mail:

Kristina Root is a Park Interpreter for Pinnacle Mountain State Park and a strong advocate of environmental education for urban children. Before her career with Arkansas State Parks, Kristina worked in South America teaching children the relationship between their environment and their health for a nongovernmental organization. Kristina has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Central Arkansas. Phone: (501) 868-5806, E-mail:

Kirsten Bartlow is the Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. As an avid outdoorswoman—canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, fishing and hunting, to name a few—work and pleasure blur together. Current job endeavors include developing wildlife viewing opportunities throughout Arkansas via hiking trails, water trails, and driving tours. A B.A. in Middle/Secondary Education and a M.A. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management have been a part of her life’s journey. Previous employment includes the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park and North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain. Phone: (501) 225-8544, E-mail:

John Beneke is the State Trails Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and serves as Project Officer for the Department’s LWCF Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. Previous employment includes Chief Land Steward for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and Park Planner for Arkansas State Parks. John has a B.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas. Phone: (501) 682-1227, E-mail:


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