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Beans Are the Best: Taking Literacy to the Garden – “Blueberry’s Clubhouse”

Do you like stories? Ms. Mary – our friend from the Faulkner County Library – loves stories! This summer, she’s been sharing lots of fairy tales, and one of her favorites is the story of Jack & the Beanstalk because the beans are the star of the story. Although lots of people may say it’s Jack, Ms. Mary is sharing why she think the beans are just a little bit more interesting after the jump!

“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” — Exploring Arkansas as a Family

This summer in “Trails Less Traveled” and in every “Exploring Arkansas” episode, Chuck Dovish gives us great ideas for getting outside and taking a closer look at The Natural State. But what are some of his favorite places to visit as a family? Check out his top five suggestions after the jump.

Arkansas PBS Receives Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant

We’re proud to share that Arkansas PBS is among a select group of regional artists and organizations to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance grant. This award, under literature, will support our Say My Piece Slam Poetry Camp in June 2021. Learn more about the grant and our planned events for next summer after the jump.

Chuck’s Blog— “Trails Less Traveled: Ravenden Springs”

This week on “Trails Less Traveled,” we’re visiting a Northeast Arkansas and what was once a spa town with five “healing” springs. See what they can do for you and dive into the many surrounding caves and sights available along the trail in this week’s blog ahead of our digital episode, premiering Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m.

“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” – Exploring Arkansas State Parks With Your Family

Your Arkansas State Parks are free to enjoy, and your entire family is welcome! With 52 state parks all across The Natural State, every Arkansan has at least one state park within an hour’s drive from your home. Find family-friendly ways to make the most of your state parks – from the Arkansas State Parks Explorer program and “Find a Trail” aids to “Digital Discovery” options you can enjoy from home – in their guest post after the jump!

“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” – Explore the Amazon With Little Rock Zoo’s Chris Teem

On “Blueberry’s Clubhouse,” Little Rock Zoo Reptile Keeper Chris Teem introduced us to his favorite type of animal, poison dart frogs. Learn a little bit more about these amazing creatures as Chris shares about how he got to see them in their native habitat – and they help that they and the Amazon need – after the jump. 

“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” – Give Your Brain a Boost With UAMS STAR

The UAMS STAR team is here to give your brain a boost with a physical activity memory game that will help Blueberry, Max, and YOU remember where her caterpillar is! Did you know that our brains love when we are physically active? Whether you’re playing catch with a family member, riding your bicycle, putting on your favorite tune and dancing, or taking in the views while hiking through nature, there are countless ways to stay active while having fun! 

“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” — Letter-Writing Book List

We learned that — even when our friends and family aren’t close by — we can write them a letter to share special news, send drawings and feel a little closer together! Keep building on what you learned today from “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” and CALS Children’s Library and Learning Center with a special book list. From practical hints to letters that changed kids’ lives, there are lots of great options to choose from after the jump.

Chuck’s Blog— “Trails Less Traveled: Kings River Overlook”

Floating the Kings River in Northwest Arkansas is always a wonderful adventure! But, if you’ve never seen this river from an eagle’s vantage point, then you’re missing out on one of the most scenic overlooks in the state. Get the scoop on how to reach it in Chuck Dovish’s latest blog post ahead of this week’s “Trails Less Traveled” episode premiering Wednesday, July 29, at 2 p.m.

The Making of Blueberry – Behind the Scenes of “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” With Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

This summer, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre team has been working with Arkansas PBS behind-the-scenes to create “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” from sets to Blueberry herself! Read on to learn more about their work moving from the stage to television in their guest post from Liz McMath.

Elderberry’s Book List : When Things Change — “Blueberry’s Clubhouse”

What happens when plans changes or things even go a little bit wrong? Changes can be fun and exciting! But, they can also be scary or make us feel sad or angry. Find suggested books from “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” that talk about change — from everyday changes all children face to big life changes — after the jump.

Colors Are Cool! ... and Warm! – “Blueberry’s Clubhouse”

Colors really are cool! Did you know that they can be warm, too? Artists, like “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” friends at Zig Zag in Little Rock, use colors to make their artwork beautiful. Learn how the color wheel helps them use the colors they create with in Zig Zag’s guest blog post after the jump!

Chuck’s Blog- “Trails Less Traveled: Round Top Mountain”

Round Top Mountain, like Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock, is one of those types of mountains that just juts out at you amidst the surrounding countryside. Learn about the many trail options it offers and its bittersweet history in Chuck Dovish’s latest “Trails Less Traveled” blog after the jump.

“Sublimation Station: Discovering Gases with Museum of Discovery – Blueberry’s Clubhouse”

Solids, liquids and gases … oh, my! You’re probably familiar with these natural states of matter (plasma is the lesser known state.) Matter can change from one state to another. For example, when the temperature of water is lowered to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it changes from a liquid to a solid. This is called “freezing.” Today, your friends from Museum of Discovery are going to explore a phase change that occurs when a solid turns into a gas using a fun and hands-on bubble activity!

CARES Act Steering Committee Awards $5.18 million to Expand AR PBS Broadcast Coverage

Find out how this grant to replace aging infrastructure and add transmitter towers will improve coverage of 31 counties that previously received a very weak or no signal after the jump.

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