By Tammy Reed
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Depending on who you ask, some may say there is nothing to do at Little Rock Air Force Base. Ask Nathan Koppersmith though, and you may be surprised at just how much there is available. He’s Outdoor Recreation’s new Outdoor Adventure program coordinator, and the list of events and activities he’s planning is extensive for both on-base and off-base adventure.
Under his direction, there are two zombie hunts available Friday and Nov. 6, trips to a trampoline park and a Christmas tree farm in the works, as well as day hikes, kayak trips and more. To celebrate the cooler weather, there will be a Family Fun Night Oct. 30 behind Outdoor Recreation’s building 656 on 6th Street that will be reminiscent of fall festivals.
“We’ll have bouncy houses, hay rides, free hamburgers and hot dogs, apple cider and hot cocoa, and do our best to get candy for the kids as well,” Koppersmith said. “It’s a free event all around.
“There’s a trampoline park in downtown Little Rock; you can go there and jump on trampolines, play dodgeball, basketball, jump in the foam pit, do flips – all kinds of crazy stuff,” he added. “Adults can bring their kids and have all kinds of fun.”
Planning these trips since he first reported on the job in August, Koppersmith’s goal is to get people out of the dorms and off the base to see the sights and activities of the Natural State.
“We got some good feedback from the surveys we sent out recently,” he said, “And we are trying to revamp things now. We are trying to find as many new things as we can and jam pack them into our schedule. Our goal is to have two trips a month, but in the spring or summer we might have more than that.
“We are doing a day hike to Mount Magazine Nov. 14; then we are doing a trip to a Christmas tree farm Nov. 28,” he added. “There’s a petting zoo and train rides for the kids, so your whole family can go. We will actually bring your tree back to base on a trailer, then you can take it home from there.”
In January he’s planning a geocaching – treasure hunting with a GPS – trip; in February he is coordinating a “Breakout and Escape” event where participants are locked in a room with a set of clues to help them get out before the time’s up.
Some other highlights of what’s to come include the Warrior Dash, a 5k Mud Run in the summer; a guided fishing trip; and a two-day hog hunt when it’s warmer outside.
Anyone with suggestions for trips or activities can post them on Outdoor Recreation’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/19FSSODR. Koppersmith suggested participants give them likes and comments on Outdoor Recreation activities they’ve done and would like to do again.