Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center 

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Programming List

(off-site programs are approved on a case-by-case basis by the Facility Manager)

A Sneak Peek at Game and Fish: In this lesson, participants are given an overview of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). They are introduced to the AGFC’s major divisions, support divisions, and the various programs and resources offered. Then, the class will focus more on the Education and Outreach Division.

Blackland Biography: This lesson gives an overall view of the Blackland Ecosystem of Arkansas and Rick Evans Grandview Prairie (REGP). It addresses the historical, cultural and ecological characteristics of the prairie. Participants are introduced to the agencies dedicated to preserving the ecosystem and current restoration methods.

Grandview at a Glance: This lesson is designed to give a broad view of the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center (CEC) and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) past and present.

Wildlife Adventure: After determining the difference between domestic and non-domestic animals, participants will learn about wildlife. They will identify species of animals native to Arkansas. Next, connections will be made to tracks, scat, fur, sounds, and/or other clues. Discussion will also involve a variety of ways to continue a study of wildlife.

Hook, Line, and Sinker: Participants are introduced to fishing in this activity. They will learn about different types of fish found in Arkansas, their habitats, eating habits and what baits are used to catch them. Training also includes proper knot tying, basic fishing instruction and important safety tips. If time permits, participants will get to fish.

The Danger Zone: In this activity, participants are introduced to common “outdoor dangers” that can be found in Arkansas. They will learn how to identify the animals and plants which can cause harm, and how to successfully handle exposure or encounters with them. Finally, participants will learn how these “dangers” are a vital part of the ecosystems in which they live.

It’s for the Birds: This program focuses on birding basics and commonly occurring Arkansas species. Participants will learn the proper use of common birding tools, such as field guides and binoculars. Included will be an overview of “Wings Over Arkansas,” an interactive AGFC sponsored program. After establishing the “basics,” participants can put their newly acquired skills to use on a prairie birding expedition.

Target Tactics: This lesson teaches proper handling techniques when using shotguns. It is an introduction to the basic characteristics of a shotgun. Participants will learn safety tips and proper carrying positions. It can be taught in the classroom, or as a “hands on” lesson that includes live firing.

Let’s Take a Ride: This interpretive area tour gives participants the opportunity to experience the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA first hand. It allows them to see, hear, smell and feel various aspects of the prairie. While on the tour, participants will make several stops and discuss key points of interest.

A Painted Prairie: In this lesson, participants are introduced to the vast array of wildflowers found on site. Basics of plant anatomy and how to use this information to identify different species will be discussed. Discover the importance of biodiversity. Finally, suggested field guides and their use will be presented. Test your knowledge on an area tour or hike!

Survival Sense: Participants will discuss the rules of survival related to planning, food, water, clothing, etc. An introduction to basic first aid and first aid kits will be offered. Information will be presented by using current events or hypothetical situations.

Hunter Education: Call to set up a Hunter Education class at REGPCEC. This is a ten-hour course. We must have at least ten students. Ask about our overnight accommodations. Ensure that the young sportsman in your family is safe, legal, and ethical. More about Hunter Education.

Note: Ask about the home study course or internet course!

Boating Education: Call to set up a Boating Education class at REGPCEC. This is a six-hour course. We must have at least ten students. Ask about our overnight accommodations. Please call to get information for all the young mariners in your life. More about Boating Education.

Note: Ask about the home study course or internet course!

Special Request: If the topics above are not exactly what you are looking for, give us your request. We will research your topic and present it. Please give us two weeks to research the subject before presentation, and please make sure it is outdoors related.

The size of your group, weather, time limitations, and other conditions may be a factor for some of our programming.

Please call ahead so we can work out the logistics.

These subjects can be presented on kindergarten or collegiate levels. But, please specify ahead of time.

The service area for REGPCEC includes the following counties: Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Miller, Lafayette, Nevada, Pike, and Sevier.

Please be prepared to provide us with the following information:

  • Name of Group
  • Contact person
  • Address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Date(s) requested
  • Number in your group
  • Type of program needed
  • Arrival time
  • Departure time
  • Number of chaperons and/or helpers available

Note to educators: Ask about HOFNOD  (Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs), Project WILD, our Conservation Scholarship, and other programs offered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Also, visit the Educator Training classes that are currently scheduled at different locations around the state.