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. Registration is not required.
June 14, 2014 | 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. Includes a fun casting game activity.
July 12 | 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, and then we’ll cover the Nature Center sidewalk with habitat chalk art.
August 9 | A day in the life of a Box Turtle
Story time: Follow along as a Box Turtle stirs from her cozy bed of oak leaves and soil, and then makes her way across the road to find just the right spot to dig a nest and lay her eggs. In a few months baby box turtles will emerge from the carefully dug nest. We’ll get up-close and personal with our resident box turtle.
September 13 | 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. Help the educator put together a life size puzzle of an Elk!
October 11 |First Impressions: Spiders
When we learn new things about an animal the better we feel about it. Spiders are a very common form of wildlife and can be very beneficial to people and animals. Come hear a fun story about spiders, learn about their habitat, and create a spider web painting.
November 8 | 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.
December 13 | Deer Games
We may not play reindeer games but we will have fun learning all about the deer family in Arkansas. Let’s pretend we are a herd of deer and explore our habitat. From antlers to tracks we will get an up-close look of this favorite Arkansas mammal.
January 10, 2015 | Wood Duck Diaries
They may look like fluff balls when they hatch, but Wood Ducks grow into beautiful ducks. Discover the life of a Wood Duck through pictures, sound, and touch.
February 14 | 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 through story, art, and games.
March 14 | First Impressions: Alligators
Enjoy an exciting story of Alligator as she raises her young once they hatch from their eggs. Watch as they learn to hunt, swim, and evade danger. Learn about Arkansas’ largest reptile and its habitat. Meet our resident baby Alligator.
April 11 | Observing Nature
Watching wildlife and observing nature is a fun way to spend time outdoors. Make a nature journal then take a small stroll outdoors to observe nature. Then spend time recording what you see in your journal through art and writing.
May 9, 2015 | Best Nest
We care about birds. In the spring birds begin building their nests. What materials do they use, how do they build their nest, and how can we help? Take home your own bird nesting materials for your backyard.