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Nature and Education Centers
Nature and Education Centers

In 1996, Arkansas voters passed a 1/8th cent Conservation Sales Tax to help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in its mission of managing fish and wildlife resources. One of the promises made in 1996 was the construction of nature centers across the state to teach about the outdoors. These centers are an outlet the Education Division uses for hands-on experience and education. Each center focuses on the natural elements and ecosystems found in its region of the state. Education Centers are part classroom, part museum and part playground, the centers help people of all ages better understand their natural surroundings.

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  • Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek

    Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek is one of four Arkansas Game and Fish Education Centers. The 421 Ozark acres that comprise lie in a 2.75-mile “crook” of Crooked Creek just above Kelley’s access. The property, a former dairy farm, is now the site of a joint conservation education project between the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. A very generous donation by retired Yellville-Summit school-teacher and counselor, Fred Berry, set the project in motion in 1999. Donations from Berry, and others, provided the land, education building, pavilion and other improvements. The center was opened and dedicated on June 17, 2005.

    851 Conservation Lane, Yellville, AR 72687
    870-449-3484
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  • Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center

    Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center is located in the rural Hempstead County town of Columbus. Our vision is to provide everyone with diverse interactive opportunities to experience and enjoy the rare blackland prairie and its associated resources. Visitors may participate in annual special events, learn area history, fish (under 16 or 65 and over), reserve public-use facilities, shoot sporting clays, enjoy an outdoor program, take a field trip, drive, walk or picnic. The adjacent 4,885-acre wildlife management area also has opportunities available to the public that include watchable wildlife and wildflower viewing, and hunting and fishing opportunities for all ages. Archeology and paleontology are also key points of interest.

    1685 CR35 North, Columbus AR 71831
    870-983-4219
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  • Ponca Elk Education Center

    Want to find out about the largest mammal in Arkansas? Where can you view herds of elk along the Buffalo River Valley? These questions can be answered at the Ponca Elk Education Center. The center houses an exhibit area focusing on elk ecology, wildlife and area information. The building also contains classrooms for school and civic group use. It is an excellent Watchable Wildlife area with large shaded decks with birdfeeders and an Ozark stream behind the center.

    Hwy 43, Ponca, AR 72670
    870-861-2432
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  • Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook’s Lake

    If you’re looking for a field trip to an area with plenty of opportunity for spending time in the outdoors observing and sampling both aquatic and terrestrial life, Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook’s Lake near Casscoe is a perfect destination for you and your students. This conservation education facility operates under a joint agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. It is 20 miles southeast of Stuttgart on the White River National Wildlife Refuge. The 72-acre facility is surrounded by 1,800 acres of upland and bottomland hardwood forest that includes a 3-mile long oxbow lake and a 40-acre green timber reservoir.

    625 Cooks Lake Road, Casscoe, AR 72026
    870-241-3373
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