Conservation Appreciation Week
Oct. 8, 2022 at midnight – Oct. 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
9 a.m. - noon
Join us for donuts and coffee for all who come with a license or purchase a license that day. For each license held, attendees can complete one free round of trap.
1 - 3 p.m.
Participate in a venison chili and cheese dip cook off and tasting. Participants have to compete in both categories to be eligible for the grand prize. The grand prize winner will receive an elevated ladder stand. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each event (chili and cheese dip). While supplies last, purchase a hunting or fishing license to receive a small soft-side AGFC cooler and a copy of the Grand Prairie book.
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
At Trimble Lock and Dam #13 @ Springhill Park (Off of Hwy 59N in Barling)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening cruise and barge tour on the Arkansas River and watch the sunset. Refreshments will be provided for participants. Life jackets will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own. Fall colors should be starting to show! Dress appropriately for the weather. Please call the Nature Center to reserve your seat, participation is limited. Center phone number is (479)-452-3993.
5 - 7 p.m.
AGFC Wildlife Management staff will be doing a hog trap demo, while an enforcement officer will be present for any questions you may have. Food will be served and the exhibit hall will be open. All participants will be entered to win a door prize. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/187051 to register.
5 - 7:30 p.m.
If you possess a current Arkansas hunting or fishing license, join us for a members-only evening focused on those that have a passion for conservation. Stop in and enjoy several booths set up around the facility. Anyone over the age of 15 must be a hunting or fishing license holder to enter.
- “Arkansas On the Wild Side” Showing with Popcorn
- Turkey Call Craft
- Duck Decoy Painting
- Wild Game Appetizers
- Photos with an American Alligator
Noon - 8 p.m.
If you hold a current Arkansas hunting or fishing license, we want to take this day and say thank you for supporting conservation in the Natural State. From noon to 6:30 p.m., our trap range will be open to one free round of trap for showing your hunting license and one free round for showing your fishing license, or two rounds if you hold a combination license. Two rounds of trap max, please bring your own guns and shells. Call the center at (501) 404-2321 to reserve your time slot. From 6:30 - 8 p.m., there will be a Conservation Social and wild game appetizer potluck and cook-off. Mingle with other hunters and anglers, share some stories and sample some delicious wild game. Bring your favorite wild game appetizer to share! Appetizers will be judged by a panel, and the winner will be given an opportunity to share and demonstrate their recipe in a future 'Cooking Wild with Wil' class at the nature center.
6 - 8 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of fresh chili and all the fixings with Nature Center staff. There will be demonstrations and a drawing for door prizes. Register to attend at https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/187384.
9 a.m. - noon
Hunting or fishing license holders can participate in a 50-bird trap competition and a last man standing event. Winners of each will receive a case of shotgun shells.