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Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

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.      

We offer many special events, workshops, and special programs as well. Please go to our calendar for more information.

Teacher Resources

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
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Habitats/Adaptations
  • 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.

Professional Development

Teachers and educators, click on the link below for a list of professional development classes or workshops currently scheduled around the state.