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Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Diane Brownlee   
On a beautiful, sun-filled Saturday following two days of storms and more rain than the city streets could comfortably handle, a troop of Master Naturalists came to assist John Bierman and the staff of the Children's Library in making gardens and greenhouse walks accessible to children.  A path was cleared to the Bee Hives and lots of invasive privet at the fence-line was removed.
Because of the very soggy soil, new plantings for the latest-formed, large garden on the 6 acre site at the Clinton Children's Library were postponed until another day upcoming in the next two weeks.  If other Master Naturalists would like to assist in the planting project, please watch for the calendar to announce the last minute, weather-related opportunity to put seedlings in the ground.
The garden serves the community south of I-630 by providing produce and opportunities for learning and garden work for families.  The city and county's newest library also offers lots of opportunities for Master Naturalist involvement.
Photo1 Dede Rhodes, Dave and Jane Schroeder work on the path outside the Greenhouse
Photo 2 The Master Naturalists joined John Bierman by preparing access to the raised beds and bee hives for the children who-would-be gardeners/outdoor persons.  It was a great day to be on-site doing this work.
Thanks to Frank Otto, John Mize, Dede Rhodes, NIT Judy Cumming, Dave Schroeder, Jane Schroeder, Monica Mabry, and Tom Neale.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:23
 
Naturalists Dig in to Toltec Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Eileen Oldag   

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park hosted training for the Central Arkansas chapter, providing hands-on experience in techniques for artifact collection and cleaning.

The How-To's of Digging for Artifacts CAMN’ers got to practice (okay…it was really ‘play’) with weapons and skill-games of the Plum Creek Culture that built and occupied this unique mound site. The park/site is cooperatively managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey. Lectures and training by park interpreters Amy Griffin and Casey Marshall and by Dr. Liz Horton of the Archeological Survey explained the purpose, construction and solar-orientation of the 1,000-year-old mounds, as well as the life and activities of the Plum Bayou people. Already, Naturalists are adding value to archeological efforts through citizen science:

 

Monica Mabry brought family-collected artifacts that were identified as cultivation and hunting aids of interest to those studying Arkansas’s pre-historic people. Great training, exciting contribution, and—let’s not forget—a mighty fine, on-site potluck.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 07:10
 
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