Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature CenterPrograms

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.

Refer to this schedule when you plan your next trip to the nature center. One of our many fun and informative sessions is sure to interest you.

Regularly Scheduled Programs


2 p.m.

"Critter Crunch" Animal Feeding

Friday Snake feeding
Saturday Fish feeding in the large aquarium
For the rest of the week, stop by to see which surprise critter is having lunch.


Friday 3:45 p.m. Nature Break - Join the nature center staff for a 30-minute nature break activity designed for 3- to 7-year-olds.
Saturday 9 a.m. Guided Hike - A member of the education staff will lead a hike. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera.
10 a.m.-Noon Canoe/Kayak Program - Staff members will assist boaters on Wells Lake. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Participants are required to wear life jackets, which will be 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.
Sunday 2:30 p.m. Archery - A beginner’s guide to archery. We provide bows and arrows, safety and instruction.

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

Other Programs

Quarterly Program Schedule

Youth Programs

Teacher Resources and Programs

Available for Check-out

Binoculars - Daily until 4 p.m.
Hiking Bags - Daily until 4 p.m.
Canoe/Kayaks - Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Loaner Tackle - Daily until 4 p.m.

Boating Education Classes

Mandatory Boating Education Began January 1, 2001. This law affects operators of sailboats and motor-powered craft.

Effective January 1, 2001, anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. The law also affects operators of sailboats.

The Arkansas Boating Education Course teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. This is necessary to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage while increasing boating enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts. The basic six hour boating course includes:

  • Arkansas Boating Law

  • Boat Classification

  • Registration and Trailering

  • Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets, etc.)

  • Rules of the Road

  • Maintenance

  • Boating Accidents

Check the calendar for Boating Education Classes scheduled at the nature center.

For more information about Boating Education or to find a scheduled class at another location, visit the AGFC Boating Education website.

Hunter Education Classes

The Arkansas Hunter Education Program is dedicated to the sportsmen of Arkansas with a central theme of safety and sportsmanship. The program is structured to acquaint students with the many wildlife oriented recreational opportunities and recreational shooting sports available to them. The program is administered through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and taught through a corps of trained volunteer and professional instructors on a statewide basis.

Hunters born after 1968 must carry a valid Hunter Education card. A card is also required of youth applicants for permit hunts. Youngsters (under 16 years) under the direct supervision of a licensed adult (over 21 years) do not need to have a card. Call 1-800-482-5795 to find out about Hunter Education classes. Arkansas honors the home state Hunter Education cards of nonresidents.

The Arkansas Hunter Education course is also available on-line. On-line students can take their final exam at the nature center. Call (479)452-3993 for the next scheduled exam date.

Check the calendar for Hunter Education Classes scheduled at the nature center.

For more information about Hunter Education or to find a scheduled class at another location, visit the AGFC Hunter Education website.

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