The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center offers recreational and educational programming for people of all ages. Along with daily, weekly and monthly events, the center offers specialized programs suitable for any nature enthusiast. One of many fun and informative sessions is sure to interest you.
Regularly Scheduled Programs
DAILY AND WEEKLY PROGRAMS ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. CALL AHEAD FOR PROGRAMMING OPTIONS.
"Critter Crunch" Animal Feeding
|Fish feeding in the large aquarium|
|For the rest of the week, stop by to see which surprise critter is having lunch.|
Weekly - PROGRAMMING SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19. CALL AHEAD FOR PROGRAMMING OPTIONS.
|3:45 p.m.||Nature Break - Join the nature center staff for a 30-minute nature activity for 3- to 7-year-olds.|
|10 a.m.||Guided Hike - A member of the education staff will lead a hike. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera.|
|Canoe/Kayak Program - Staff members will assist boaters on Wells Lake. It’s a great family activity. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Participants are required to wear life jackets, which are provided. This activity is weather permitting and will not be available December-February. (Canoe and kayak check-outs, on your own, are available Tuesday-Thursday during summer, from 8:30 until 3 p.m.)|
|3 p.m.||Laser Shot - Think you’re a deadeye? Sharpen your hunting skills with a computer program similar to a video game, complete with laser gun. This activity is dependent on the availability of the multipurpose room.|
|2:30 p.m.||Archery - A beginner’s guide to archery. We provide bows, arrows, safety tips and instruction.|
We offer many special events, workshops, and special programs as well. Please go to our calendar for more information.
Available for Check-out
Binoculars - Daily until 3 p.m.
Hiking Bags - Daily until 3 p.m.
Canoe/Kayaks - Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Loaner Tackle - Daily until 3 p.m.
Scheduling a Field Trip
Conservation education comes easy at Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. Programs in these six themes or “tracks” are offered to teachers and students.
- Water Conservation
- Geology/Natural History
- Outdoors Skills
For detailed information about the programs in each track, open the Teacher Program Guide.
To schedule a field trip, you need to send in the school group reservation request form. Please save the blank reservation form to your computer, fill it out, then send via email to Kendra Ingle.
Alternative Teacher Activities
Teachers, are you looking for something to do on your own at the nature center? Take a look below or ask the Education Staff for more suggestions.
Take a Hike
We have six different trails, each having a unique theme or focus. Our two most popular right now are the Field and Forest Trail and the Oak Savannah Trail. Click on the links below for scripts that include detailed educational information for each of these two trails, to enhance your visit to our site. We recommend 45 minutes for each hike.
Signs of Wildlife Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Print and make copies of our scavenger hunt list, and bring them out to the nature center with you on your visit. Be sure to give your students plenty of time to search the trails on a hike, or nature center grounds for a variety of signs of wildlife. We recommend an hour for the scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt is suitable for most grade levels.
Exhibit Hall Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Print and make copies of our exhibit scavenger hunt, and bring them out to the nature center with you on your visit. Students can use this list as a guide through the exhibit hall, which should take about an hour. The education staff has created two scavenger hunts. One is a simple search and find the animal hunt for younger students, and the other is a more detailed hunt for older students to look for information about the Arkansas River Valley.
Teachers and educators, click on the link below for a list of professional development classes or workshops currently scheduled around the state.