Saturday To-Do: Meet Me in the Park @ Central High School

ken_burns_national_parksThe Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), along with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, will host “Meet Me in the Park” on Saturday, August 1st from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to promote the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The film premieres on PBS September 27, 2009. It was filmed over six years in many of the most well known parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades, and Acadia.  The documentary is a 12-hour, six-part series, directed and co-produced by Burns along with his longtime colleague and the documentary’s writer Dayton Duncan. The film tells the story of a uniquely American idea. The most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

To promote the documentary, the park will offer a day full of fun activities including guided tours of Central High School, a junior ranger scavenger hunt for children ages 9-12, and a bike safety training course conducted by Willa Williams from Arkansas 4-H – STEM and the  League of American Bicyclists. A 20-minute preview of Burns’ film will be shown throughout the day.

The day`s events will conclude with a showing of the PBS documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes at 2:30 p.m. This film focuses on issues of sexism, masculinity, violence and homophobia in Hip-Hop culture. This film includes commentary from artists, industry executives, and fans, and explores the intersection of culture, commerce, and gender inherent in Hip-Hop.

As part of AETN’s National Parks promotion events, Chuck Dovish and Exploring Arkansas visited Little Rock Central High NHS and interviewed one of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown Trickey, and filmed a ranger-guided bicycle tour.  The special, which also includes segments from other parks in Arkansas, will air on August 2nd and again on September 27th. AETN also has developed a passport program for each of the National Park Sites in Arkansas and six featured state parks. Visitors can have their passport book stamped at each of the participating sites and become eligible for prizes. Visit AETN to find out more, and to receive your passport at

Fees: Free

Contact: Christian Davis at (501)374-1957


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