Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism ​

Our mission is to protect and promote our state’s natural, cultural and historical assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life.

Secretary

Shea Lewis

Shea Lewis was appointed as Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism and Director of State Parks in August 2023 by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Our Vision

Establish The Natural State as a renowned destination for recreational and cultural experiences and an unparalleled place to live and work.

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We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff in ...
Oct
03
Lake Ouachita's immense size, pristine shoreline, and numerous islands offer breathtaking scenery that is unparallele ...

Shea Lewis

Secretary
shea.lewis@arkansas.gov | 501.324.9162
Shea Lewis was appointed as Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism and Director of State Parks in August 2023 by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The Governor appointed Lewis as Interim Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism in June. Shea was selected as the 10th director of Arkansas State Parks in 2022. In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of 52 state parks found in 48 counties, covering 55,000 acres across the state. With over 9 million visitors on an annual basis, his areas of responsibility ranged from operations, maintenance, planning, development, emergency and program services, marketing, promotion, revenue, sales, outdoor grants, and general administration. Shea started his career with Arkansas State Parks as a seasonal park interpreter in 1995. With nearly three decades under his belt, he has also served as a full-time interpreter, park superintendent, region supervisor, and deputy director for Arkansas State Parks. He received a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation, and leisure studies from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in educational/instructional media design from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.