More than 100 young artists ages 6 – 18 participated in the launch of WAMA, the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts, which provided 2 months of in-depth arts training, 13 performances at Wildwood and across central Arkansas, 22 guest artists and professional instructors from across the U.S., 4 master classes, and dozens of scholarships

More than 2000 students from Chenal, Baker, Roberts and Robinson Elementary Schools participated in Wildwood’s artist-in-residency program

John Corigliano, one of America’s most prolific composers, provided a master class to students from Little Rock and Conway

Wildwood Jr. Naturalists were inaugurated during spring break camp with Central Arkansas Master Naturalists and Arkansas artists, and young chefs in training stirred up culinary goodness during WILDKidsCook! classes


The largest collection of native woodland azaleas in the region bloomed alongside more than 5000 daffodils and tulips in the Butler Arboretum

Aleksander and Isabella Swan greeted thousands of guests (and photographers!) to enjoy gardens, paved walkways and woodland trails surrounding Swan Lake

A new sculpture, Middle Kingdom, was installed in the award-winning Asian Woodland Garden, joined by sculptures from the estate of Arkansas artist, Finton J. Shaw, in other areas throughout the Park

The Park celebrated National Public Gardens Day, Father’s Day with fishing, and autumnal Hay Days with hundreds of children

Thousands celebrated brides and their grooms during weddings at the Gazebo, on the Green, and indoors at Wildwood


Wildwood launched LIVE! at Wildwood in Cabe Theatre and a series of intimate house concerts in the Pavilion outdoors

6500 of you celebrated cultures around the world during the LANTERNS! Festival made possible by the Park’s corps of 250+ WildMen & WildWomen volunteers

The Art in the Park gallery program featuring local visual artists debuted in October

Wildwood hosted the Metropolitan Opera National Conference Audition performance of Souvenir, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Rock Camp featuring Rachel Barton Pine, the National Daffodil Society, and the Acansa Festival

The culinary arts were a feast for the eyes, too, during the Wine & Food Festival and the Vine & Dine Wine Reserve Dinner which – more successful than ever before – brought in more than $100,000 for the Park’s programs

The Holiday Tour of Homes and Designer Breakfast re-emerged to blue skies, beautifully decorated homes, inspiring designers and a delectable feast.

Many more opportunities to create, recreate and celebrate are coming in 2015. We hope you’ll join us!