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Kids: Fort Smith National Historic Site

Kids: Fort Smith National Historic Site

The Fort Smith National Historic Site will offer a number of free special programs this summer focusing on local history and nature. 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith, 479-783-3961 nps.gov/fosm

Traveling with the Deputy Marshals
What: Program will focus on the life and duties of a Deputy U.S. Marshal, including what it took to do their jobs, weapons, tack, equipment, rules and regulations. Kids will be able to make their own log book and badge.
When: 10 a.m. June 4

Civil War Artillery
What: Park staff and volunteers will be firing a cannon and teaching about Civil War artillery. Learn about how the gun was fired, why artillery was so dangerous and how the Civil War affected Fort Smith.
When: 2 p.m. June 18 and Aug. 20

Tree Leaf Shape Walk
What: Nature is filled with trees that have many shapes, colors and sizes. By learning various shapes leaves can have, children can begin to discover the difference between trees. Children will go on a walk to discover various shapes in nature then finish by making their own artwork from leaves. Group size is limited. Reservations required. When: 10 a.m. July 2

Fur Trapping on the Frontier
What: Trapping and hunting animal furs was a major occupation in Arkansas for much of its history. In the 1700s, French fur trappers met at Belle Point to sell furs collected each year. People continued to hunt and trap through the 1800s and early 1900s for money. In this program, children will get to see and handle actual furs while learning about the different kinds of animals that were hunted in early Arkansas. Group size is limited. Reservations required.
When: 10 a.m. Aug. 6

This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.
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