Arkansas Outdoor School

We offer hands-on learning adventures for all ages. Our "classrooms" are comprised of over 200 acres of forests, streams, fields and a 6 acre lake.

AOS is located west of Little Rock at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center. In this beautiful natural setting, we offer over 25 classes , from Archery to Stream Ecology; Birding and other field biology to Survival Skills. AOS can build the right program for your group or class, whether it is for the day, overnight or multi-day experience.

Mission: Our mission is to provide learners of all ages a positive outdoor education experience; to instill a lifelong appreciation, and sense of responsibility toward the natural world; and to assist participants in ultimately making informed environmental decisions. Through our experience-based activities, it is our intention to introduce participants to the 4-H Leadership Life Skills as interpreted through our mission: Learning about the natural world, communication through teamwork, conservation of our natural resources, exploring relationships to and within nature, understanding self, and decision making particularly with regard to understanding the environmental impact of our choices.

Fun-filled day with Pottsville 6th grade. We always enjoy our day with Pottsville each year. Oh, and we caught a few fish. 😉👍🏼

Ms. Brock and her students, with Atkins Elementary, showing us how it’s done in archery. Ms. Brock retires from teaching in a few days. Congratulations and enjoy your retirement!

Williams Magnet 5th graders got in some canoeing and fishing yesterday.

Day 2 with Mt. Vernon-Enola. I think their shirt says it all. 😊

Mt. Vernon-Enola 6th graders not letting the rain dampen their fun at the 4-H Center. Check out their canoe group photo.

Exploring for Insects with Bryant Elementary 2nd grade today.

Beautiful day for canoeing with Rose Bud 2nd graders and parents.

The rain stayed away:) I think Stagecoach Elementary May have set a record for most fish caught in a day. Arkansas 4-H

What a great crew! Thanks Northside Elementary for sharing the adventure at the Arkansas 4-H Center

Great time today spent with Pulaski Academy today!

Tomorrow Mr. Casey starts a new adventure. He will be a Museum Program Specialist at the Historic Arkansas Museum. We thank him for his time with the Arkansas 4-H Center Programs and AOS and wish him well in his new position.

Program Technician 4-H Programs

Ever think, "I'd love to work at the Arkansas 4-H Center?" Here's your chance. We have an opening.

Here’s the job posting:

Here’s a look at the job duties:

Primary roles include facilitation for 4-H Center Programs which include Arkansas Outdoor School (AOS), SEEK (a homeschool science program), AOS Summer Day Camp, ExCEL Leadership program, and 4-H Overnight Camps.

- Facilitating outdoor and science education with groups ranging in age from Pre-K to adult. Includes canoeing, archery, fishing, rock climbing, wilderness skills, astronomy, wildlife, forestry, water ecology. Includes working outdoors in all seasons.
- Facilitating leadership education with groups ranging in age from 8th grade to adult. Includes working with a high ropes/challenge course.
- Facilitating camp activities with our Summer Day Camp and some 4-H Overnight Camps.
- Plan and teach science classes with our home school science program. Age range from 1st grade to high school. Subjects range from life science to technology.
- Seasonal lifeguarding (currently certified or willing to get certification)
- Maintaining 4-H Center Programs equipment and care and upkeep of educational wildlife.
- Work with the programs team in creating, planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating the above mentioned 4-H Center Programs.
- Assisting with further development of outdoor education programs/camps at the Arkansas 4-H Center with the Arkansas 4-H State staff.
- Working with Extension staff in the development and implementation of 4-H State programs.
- Other duties as assigned.

Controlled burn today. Why?... prevent wildfires, put nutrients into the soil, and restore habitat.

AOS Summer Day Camp

Register your campers now! Head over to and clink on the "Register Now" link to begin your campers' summer adventures!

It's a beautiful spring day at the Arkansas 4-H Center. We hope you are all enjoying a restful Spring Break. Tell us what fun things you are doing this week.

The Power of an Outdoor Education Field Trip

Check out this article about the power of outdoor education. We appreciate all the school administrators and teachers who recognize this and allow us to be part of that experience with you and your students. Plant a group of kids in cabins in the mountains, and watch them grow.

Thank you for voting us Best Choice!

Arkansas 4-H Center

THE SECRET IS OUT! A big THANK YOU to all who voted for us - we're so proud to be Arkansas Business "Best of Biz 2018" in FIVE different categories!!!

Best Team-building Center
Best Place for a Business Conference/Retreat
Best Place for a Company Retreat
Best Place for a Special Event
Best Place for an Employee Outing

What a way to kick off 2019!

Kid’s Directory

We would appreciate your vote in the following categories:
• Summer Day Camp SOUTH: AOS Summer Day Camp
• Summer Overnight Camp SOUTH: Arkansas 4-H Camps
• Field Trip SOUTH: Arkansas Outdoor School (AOS)

Voting closes soon. Kid’s Directory: Moms’ Favorite Resource

The Kid's Directory Best Choice voting is OPEN and Arkansas Outdoor School and Arkansas 4-H Camps need your vote!

We hope you'll write us in for Best Field Trip, Best Day Camp and Best Overnight Camp by going to this link: - you must vote for at least 10 items for your ballot to be counted. THANK YOU in advance, everyone!

Check out these two bucks testing each other today at Arkansas 4-H Center. The video was captured by a teacher from Gosnell, Arkansas. The 5th grade has been coming to AOS every year for the past 20 years!

Looking for some help with your holiday cooking AND want to contribute to camp scholarships? Order your holiday meal (or part of your meal) from The Arkansas 4-H Center. Go to this link to order:

Nature Hike with Baptist Prep 4-6 year olds

Summer is Here and so was Baptist Prep. In all the years I have worked in Outdoor Education with kids i have never had a group so excited to see animals or be so quiet on a hike. It was so cool! Way to go Baptist Prep! We saw 3 Does and 2 Spotted Fawns :D

125 1st graders from Bryant Elementary PTO went canoeing, fishing, and hiking with AOS today at the Arkansas 4-H Center

What a day! Thanks Baker InterdistrictElementarySchool for bringing the whole school out to the Arkansas 4-H Center

Thank you Pulaski Academy 4th grade for spending the day outside with us.

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts that made Saturday such a great day! Come back soon.

We had a great time with RSD GT yesterday!

What an amazing day at the Arkansas Outdoor School at the 4-H Center in Little Rock!

Thanks Cabotschools Westside Elementary for all the thank you notes. We love them!

AOS Summer Day Camp

Camp registration is open! Click on this link to download your camper's registrations forms.

We were just voted Best Choice Field Trip Destination by Kid's Directory Readers!
Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Administrative Specialist II

Chris Russell, our Administrative Specialist II with 4-H Center Programs, will be retiring March 15.

If you know anyone who might be interested in working in this capacity with our programs, please share this link with them. The Administrative Specialist II is responsible for researching & preparing special reports, examining & verifying documents, & performing general office duties.

Kid’s Directory

We would appreciate your vote in the
Kid's Directory Best Choice - South Awards.
DEADLINE Dec. 15, 2017.

* Summer Day Camp SOUTH: Arkansas Outdoor School (AOS) Summer Day Camp
* Summer Overnight Camp SOUTH: Arkansas 4-H Camps
* Field Trip SOUTH: Arkansas Outdoor School (AOS)

Thank you, everyone! :-) Kid’s Directory: Moms’ Favorite Resource

Green County Tech Intermediate School played one last round of "King Snake" before heading home. Had a couple of fun busy days here at the Arkansas Four-H Center.

Check out what the students from Tyronza Elementary were up to this Fall. Thank you Leigh Helms-Blythe for being an Awesome 4H Agent and bringing these kids to the Arkansas 4H Center. The fun didn't stop even after they had loaded bus :)

A little rain never stopped the kids from Christ the King Lutheran Middle School from having fun with AOS. ;)

Check out the Beautiful Fall Colors here at the Arkansas Four-H Center. :)

Sunny cool day spent with Central Arkansas Christian Schools at the Arkansas 4-H Center.

A big thanks to all the Episcopal Collegiate School students and staff that took part in geocaching, canoeing, and rock climbing.

We hosted Little Rock Christian Academy Legacy & Encore Choirs's retreat today. Super weather for the team building, rock climbing, and canoeing.

We had a great time being a part of Christ the King Summer Camp Thanks for the invite!

It was a full day here at camp with the 4-H Center! We learned how to act like a team, about wild life of Arkansas, fish and their adaptations, archery, and star constellations!

We had a blast with Miss High School America yesterday! Great job rock climbing, shooting archery, and canoeing.

North Little Rock police helping build trust with summer camp

THV11 features North Little Rock Police Camp. 2nd year of the camp, here at the 4-H Center, with our Arkansas Outdoor School. NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- North Little Rock police officers are leading by example with a special summer camp at the Arkansas 4-H Center.

Exploring Arkansas June 2017

Check out Arkansas Outdoor School on Exploring Arkansas on AETN. Our segment begins at 11:54. Camden Daffodil Festival, Oldest U.S. Barbershop, AR Outdoor Classroom, Pickens Store-Restaurant

4-H Center Marketing Specialist

The 4-H Center is hiring a Marketing Specialist. Here is a link to the position description: This position will be responsible for marketing and communications for the Arkansas 4-H Center. Including but not limited to: Social media, covering trade shows and booths, contacting previous and potential clients, working with University of Arkansas Extension staff to hold events at the 4-H Center...

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