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 13, 2015 | Plants for Wildlife
Go on a color walk through the native plant garden and discover the many ways that plants help wildlife.
July 11 | First Impressions: Ants on Parade
When we learn about animals that we may think are “creepy,” we feel better about them. Ants are very beneficial to wildlife and people. Through observation, music, and art discover how cool Ants really are!
August 8 | Wildlife Water Safari
Snakes and turtles aren’t the only things living in the wetland. Make your own binoculars and then take a stroll with us to the Bill Clark Wetlands, and we’ll discover all sorts of wildlife, right here in downtown Little Rock.
September 12 | Tracks!
Wild animals are all around us but most of them hide when they hear or sense danger, making it hard to see them. Lucky for us they leave clues about who they are and what they have been up too! Come explore animal tracks through story and art. Make some tracks of your own and then go on a fun track hunt outside.
October 10 | First Impressions: Coyote
On calm, clear nights just after sunset, you’ll hear it: a lonesome howl ending in a bunch of yaps and barks. This is the call of the coyote, and though it sounds spooky, there’s nothing to fear. Howling is how coyotes talk to each other. Learn about coyotes in Arkansas through story, sound, and exploration.
November 14 | Talking 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.
December 12 | Winter Treats
The weather gets colder and the leaves fall off the trees. Then comes the winter. Learn about the many ways that animals adapt to the winter cold and then make a winter treat for wildlife.
January 9, 2016 | First Impressions: Owls
Explore the nighttime world and sounds of Owls. Learn about owls in Arkansas through story, science, and sound. Discover what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet.
February 13 | Otters Under Water
Follow along as we tell the tale of two otter pups that glide, dive, hunt and explore under the watchful eye of their mother on the shore. Learn about river otters through story, furs, video, and puppets.
March 12 | Chasing Rainbows: Trout
You may not find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow but you can see Rainbow Trout in Arkansas! See how colorful a rainbow trout is, discover where they live and what they like to eat, and then help feed our resident trout at the center.
April 9 | Wildlife is Everywhere
Watching wildlife and observing nature is a great way to spend time outdoors. Learn how to watch for wildlife and take a small stroll outdoors. Then make a nature journal to record what you saw through art and writing.
May 14, 2016 | Hummingbird Helpers
Every spring the Ruby-throated hummingbird comes to Arkansas for the summer. Learn all about this tiny bird and how you can be a hummingbird helper. Make-and-take a hummingbird feeder home!