Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Open Year Round
Mondays and major holidays

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1 - 5 p.m.

Holiday Closures
The center closes for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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

Regularly Scheduled Programs


2 p.m. "Critter Crunch" Animal Feeding


3:45 p.m. Nature Break
(3-7 year olds)


9 a.m. Guided Hike
10 a.m.-Noon Canoe/Kayak Program
3 p.m. Laser Shot


2:30 p.m. Archery

Go to the calendar for more details.

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 focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home. In addition to resident Canada geese and small mammals and turtles calling the center home, many colorful songbirds stop by on their journeys to and from wintering grounds farther south. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, just as many find the trails, native plants on the grounds and canoeing or fishing in the lake just as enjoyable.

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