Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Fort Smith

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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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  • This is a cool little place that is completely free (paid for by tax dollars). My husband and I strolled through here one Saturday to check things out. The indoor learning activities were interesting ...  more »
  • I am a teacher and just visited this place for the first time. It is amazing and it's all free!! The nature center has a hands on museum and tons of exhibits that are super cool! There's a ton of thin...  more »
  • A diamond in the rough is what you will find here. Bring the Kiddos and enjoy it all at a low price.  more »
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  • Clean lots of people. Nice exhibitions , interactive for the kids. Trail have not been maintained well in past month. Maybe all the rain has impacted their efforts.
  • Love taking the kids here. Lots to see and learn. Also a great venue for class field trips.
  • Walking trails and canoe and kayaks to use plus the interactive displays at the center are great for kids. Fishing can be tough at the lake.
  • Well maintained trails, nice lake. The nature center is interesting and fun for kids. Everything is free except the gift shop.
  • Outstanding nature center