Frequently Asked Questions


Education
How many students can be in one in one presentation at a time?

We like to keep it to one or two classroom sizes for a presentation, if possible. Time restriction and schedule don’t always allow the presentations to be small but the smaller the group the better attention is paid during the program. We are able to do bigger groups in one presentation and just give us a call to explore all the possibilities that we can provide for you.

Is there a cost with any of the presentations?

There is absoultey no cost to you. All travel expences will be cover even if we have to stay overnight.

How far are you able to travel?

We are able to travel anywhere within the State of Arkansas.

Do you have civics resources?

Yes, we have several different downloadable and printable activities, games, and presentations that pertain to civics education. Please visit the civics section in educational resources.

What is the Young Voter Workshop? And can any student attend?

The young voter workshop is a day long workshop that stresses the importance of voting and understanding the voting process. Unfortunately the workshop is only for high school students, we do have sections of the workshop that are not suitable for younger students. We do offer other programs and presentations about voting for our youngest voters.

The online order form doesn’t have the amount of items I need, how can I get the number of materials I need?

The drop-down amounts only go to 100 per item, if you require more than that please fill out and submit the request again or have another teacher/co-worker fill out the form for your school.

Do you provide Professional Development?

Yes, we do! We provide a 2 hour Arkansas history credit with our workshop titled “Using the State Capitol to Teach.” The workshop will cover what kinds of educational resources, materials, and programs the Secretary of State’s office provides to educators all over the state. We have partnered in the past with other wonderful Arkansas History credit providers, like The Old State House Museum, The Clinton Presidental Library, and Economics Arkansas. For more information on Professional Development please visit the teacher workshop page.

Is there other digital materials that might be useful to my classroom?

Yes, we have several different downloadable and printable activities, games and presentations. Look through the educational resources and videos and games for more fun materials.

How do I order classroom materials?

We have an online order form for our educational materials. Please click the link to access the order form. www.sos.arkansas.gov/education/classroom-presentations/ordering-information

How many presentations can you do in one day?

We can do more than one presentation in a day. The best is to call to schedule and talk about what will work best for your school. We can be somewhat flexible with some of our presentations, so give us a call and we will get the best schedule done for you.

What kinds of presentations does your office provide?

We have four main traveling presentations; Little Golden Books, The Arkansas Traveler, State Symbols and How a Bill becomes Law. Please click the link for more information and to schedule.

How do I book a guided tour for my students?

Call the Tour Desk at 501-682-5080 to reserve a guided tour.


Voting
What is the Young Voter Workshop? And can any student attend?

The young voter workshop is a day long workshop that stresses the importance of voting and understanding the voting process. Unfortunately the workshop is only for high school students, we do have sections of the workshop that are not suitable for younger students. We do offer other programs and presentations about voting for our youngest voters.


Visit the Capitol
Is the Capitol wheelchair accessible?

Yes, ramps are available to enter on the front and back entrance of the capitol and we have 2 public elevators on the east side. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Where is the Public entrance into the Capitol?

The front East entrance is under the steps below the bronze doors through the tunnel. You may also enter through the Back west side entrance.

How can I watch the House or Senate in session?

The Senate and House galleries are open to visitors whenever either legislative body is in session however, the galleries are not included as part of the Capitol tour. For more information, visit www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

Do you offer a self-guided tour of the State Capitol?

Yes, the Visitor Center offers self-guided tour books or you may choose to view them on your mobile device: www.sos.arkansas.gov/state-capitol/state-capitol-tour-information.

Can we bring pets inside the Capitol?

Only Official certified service dogs are allowed to enter.

How do I cancel my tour reservation?

Please let us know if you must cancel or change your scheduled tour by calling 501-682-5080 or by the email used on your tour confirmation. All changes must be made through the Tour Guide Office.

What time are the tours?

Tours begin on the hour and are scheduled at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

How long do tours last?

Approximately 45 minutes depending on the size of the group and what rooms are available.

If I have a tour reservation, when should I plan to arrive at the Visitor Center?

Due to the required security and screening process, we recommend that you plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour.

Is there a fee to enter the Capitol or to take a tour of the Capitol?

No, there is no fee to enter the Capitol Visitor Center or to take a tour of the Capitol

Where do buses drop off visitors who wish to tour the Capitol?

Please pull into the drop-off area located at the base of the front walkway at the intersection of Capitol Avenue & Woodlane to unload passengers. Bus parking is available in state parking lots at Schiller and 7th streets. Call 501-682-5173 Capitol Police Dispatch if you need assistance. For people with mobility issues, please contact the tour desk for assistance in advance.

Where do Visiting Guests Park?

Visitors can meter park along the street of Capitol Avenue and 4th Street. Visitors can also park in spaces that are signed with “Reserved Capitol Parking” only, please do not park in numbered and Reserved spots. Additional parking is available at the Department of Finance and Administration building on 7th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard parking lot.

What rooms are available to see in the Capitol?

Typically, we will see the Main Rotunda, Senate Gallery, House of Representatives Gallery, Old Supreme Court, Bronze Doors, Governor’s Reception Room and The State Treasury. This is always subject to change. When the rooms are in use, availability may be limited with little or no notice in advance.

How do I book a guided tour for my students?

Call the Tour Desk at 501-682-5080 to reserve a guided tour.