|Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center|
The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee. The building overlooks Wells Lake, a popular local fishing and picnicking destination!
Built in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the center focuse...
Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center
|Description: Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center features a three-story education, exhibit. The center adjoins the southern boundary of Craighead Forest Park. The nature center grounds include a 5.5-acre prairie, 2.5-acre pond and approximately 100 acres in woodlands.
The education complex features an exhibit area, observation tower, meeting rooms, Discovery room, auditorium, gift shop and offices. The focus of Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center is the natural history and wildlife of Crowley’s Ridge as well as its contrast to the surrounding Delta.
Wildlife to Watch: Inside the center, exhibits reveal the natural forces that formed the 200-mile-long ridge and native wildlife, ranging from large game animals to small insects.
Special Tips: Closed Mondays
In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center offers many activities and nature education programs.
Other Activities: The Habitats Trail, a universally accessible trail and boardwalk about a quarter-mile long, can be entered from either the main or lower levels. This trail loops around Willow Pond, taking visitors across a ridge top and man-made levee to the edge of the prairie and back above a seasonally flooded bottomland forest.
Size: 160 acres
Closest Town: Jonesboro
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: