Crowley's Ridge Film (FLWCRNC)


Crowley’s Ridge Film covers the formation and history of Crowley’s Ridge, a geological phenomenon. This film is included both in program visits and in self-guided tours.

Grade Level:

K - 12

Recommended Setting:

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center auditorium

Outdoor Activity:



Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, Jonesboro


Education Program Coordinator, 870-933-6787


16 minutes

Suggested Number of Participants:

Grades K - 3: 70; Grades 4 - 12: 60

Special Conditions:

Must have a minimum of 25 students


  • Locate Crowley’s Ridge on an Arkansas map.
  • Identify unique characteristics of Crowley’s Ridge.
  • Discover the geologic processes which created Crowley’s Ridge.
  • Learn about the history of humans and wildlife that have lived on Crowley’s Ridge

Key Terms*:



Mississippian culture

Parkin archaeological site


*See glossary for definations


Crowley’s Ridge film



The rich history of Crowley’s Ridge makes it unique. No other place else was formed in the same way, has supported the same wildlife, was settled by the same cultures or has experienced the same geologic change. This film takes an inside look at what makes this region of Arkansas special.


  1. If the film is shown in conjunction with a scheduled program, the audience will need an introduction. In the case of very young viewers, emphasize that the thunder, lightning and earthquake are not real.
  2. If the film is shown for visitors on a self-guided tour, just press play.


  • Name three unique features of Crowley’s Ridge.
  • Summarize the geologic processes that formed Crowley’s Ridge



Erosion – the natural process by which the surface of the earth is worn away by the action of water, glaciers, winds, waves, etc


Geology – science that deals with the dynamics and physical history of the earth, its rocks and the physical, chemical and biological changes of the earth


Mississippian culture – a mound-building Native American culture that flourished in what is now the Midwestern, Eastern and Southeastern United States from about A.D. 800 to 1500; one of the first groups to settle at Crowley’s Ridge


Parkin Archaeological Site – site on the St. Francis River where a 17-acre Mississippi Period American Indian village was located from A.D. 1000 to 1550 and where a large platform mound on the river bank remains


Sediment – mineral or organic matter deposited by water, air or ice