From Old Fort Smith to the Winding Stairs: A Bicentennial Field Trip Celebrating Thomas Nuttall's Journal of Travels into the Arkansa Territory -
Explore the landscape of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma through the eyes of the first scientist to visit the area, on the 200th anniversary of his trip! On April 24, 1819, the English botanist Thomas Nuttall wrote, as he worked his way up the Arkansas River and passed the "hills of Lee's creek," he got his first glimpse of "the garrison" a few miles upstream, and at the same time could see in the distance "...a conic mountain nearly as blue as the sky, [and called] by the French traders, Point de Sucre, or the sugar loaf." We will retrace his steps and use his journal entries to fuel our ecological imaginations as we seek to envision what land and life was like in 1819, how it has changed, and perhaps, where we are going in the next 200 years. A box lunch and bus transportation will be provided. Even if you joined us in previous years, travel with us again as we include new stops and continue to explore the ecology and history of this beautiful region! To learn more about Thomas Nuttall and his journey up the Arkansas, check out the Facebook group: Thomas Nuttall Bicentennial.