The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock invites you to bring the little ones to the program series Lil' Wild Ones on the second Saturday at 2 p.m. every month for hands-on, nature-related activities for kids 4-8 years old.
May 11, 2013 Best Nest
Spring is a great time to be outside, especially if you’re a bird. Learn how our little feathered friends use grass, twigs and other bits to create a home for their eggs and newborn chicks. We’ll also teach you what you can do to help them.
June 8 Know Fish, Go Fish
There’s more to fish than just red ones and blue ones. Take time to learn more about fish and their underwater world, and you’re sure to increase your chances at catching the big one.
July 13 Chalk the Walk With Habitat
It may look like a pile of sticks, but that little hut is all a beaver needs to hang his hat. Learn about all the cool places animals call home, then we’ll cover the Nature Center sidewalk with habitat chalk art.
Aug. 10 Wildlife Water Safari
Snakes and turtles aren’t the only thing living in the swamp. Take a trip with us to the William E. "Bill" Clark Presidential Park Wetlands, and we’ll discover all sorts of wildlife, right here in downtown Little Rock.
Sept. 14 Something to Bugle About: Elk in Arkansas
No, it’s not a supersized deer, it’s an elk. It’s also Arkansas’s largest big game animal. Sit in on an exciting class about these huge creatures and get a chance to hear the booming call bull elk make to attract the girls.
Oct. 12 First Impressions: Bats
Bats aren’t the evil bloodsuckers you see in the movies. In fact, bats are extremely helpful in ridding us of pesky insects. Come learn how Arkansas just wouldn’t be the same without these winged wonders.
Nov. 9 Talkin’ Turkey
Everyone loves a little turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving, but did you ever think about where those Butterballs came from? Learn about their wild cousin, the eastern wild turkey, and join in on some turkey talk as we break out the calls and see who’s got their gobble on.
Dec. 14 Encounter an Eagle
Some bald eagles can be found in Arkansas all year long, but many more pay Arkansas a visit during winter. Learn how to identify a bald eagle in flight, so you can keep your eyes on the sky all winter long.
Jan. 11, 2014 Go Nuts for Squirrels
Tag along with Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel as they scurry through their daily routine. These nervous nutcrackers are known to stash hundreds of acorns in secret hidey holes for later. How do they remember where they put them all? We’ll save that secret for the class.
Feb. 8 Going on a Bear Hunt
Arkansas used to have so many bears, that it was nicknamed the Bear State. Learn what happened to all those bears and how we helped them come back to The Natural State. Listen in as we explore all about these magnificent animals.
March 8 First Impressions: Simply Snakes
Slithery, sneaky snakes can be scary, but after you take a close look, you’ll see that they’re beautiful in their own way. Come with us as we show you a glimpse of the world from these bellycrawlers’ point of view.
April 12 Plants for Wildlife: Make a Butterfly Bomb
Butterflies love certain flowers. Help bring a little color to your yard by making mud bombs filled with native wildflower seeds. Take them home and toss them out wherever you want your butterfly garden to grow.
May 10 Bird Beak Buffet
Ever notice all the different kinds of beaks birds have? Come on out to learn what purpose these different sizes and shapes serve. After our discussion, we’ll all join in a fun activity to give kids a shot at eating like a bird.