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Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s nature and education centers have reopened their doors with limited public access. The buildings will be open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, however, some facilities may have outdoor activities on other dates and times. Visitors are encouraged to call their destination before visiting to learn of any delays or extra precautions required for their visit. The public will be required to abide by social-distancing protocols in AGFC buildings and events, such as wearing masks while indoors. 


About Us

The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center is built on 170 acres of land that was part of Fort Chaffee. In addition to the spacious building surrounded by hickory and oak trees, the grounds are home to a series of trails and Wells Lake, a popular fishing destination. The rear deck overlooking Wells Lake is an excellent place to take in the view and enjoy a quiet moment outdoors. The trails around the lake feature exhibit signs highlighting the lake, grounds and animals using the area. Visitors also can watch for wildlife attracted to feeders and a circulating stream near the corner of the building.

Exhibits play a large part in the nature center. Visitors will discover representations of the Ouachita and Ozark mountains, a life-sized oak tree exhibit crawling with game and nongame animal displays and a 1,200-gallon aquarium with native Arkansas fish. In addition to the interactive displays and exhibits, the center houses a classroom for educational programs such as the Hunter’s Safety and Boating Safety courses and a multipurpose room for community events.

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Admission to the nature center is free thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Fund.