The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, Little Rock

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The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, whose mission is introducing the public to the importance of conservation education in Arkansas, is the fourth nature center established by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). The center opened on December 17, 2008, and is funded by the Amendment 75 Conservation Sales Tax, allowing the center to provide free admission.

Highlights of the center include:

• Large indoor aquariums filled with native fish from several of Arkansas’s natural divisions.

• An exhibit timeline sharing the natural resource history of Arkansas and the role of the Arkansas Game and Fish commission in 100 years of conservation success.

• An extensive collection of fishing lures and tackle showcasing many early Arkansas lure and tackle manufacturers.

• A theater presentation provides information on many areas of research and education with which the AGFC is involved.

• The center features sculptures, photography, and other pieces of art inside and outside the building.

• A geocache is also located on the grounds.

• More than 100 bird species have been seen along the riverfront nearby. A wildlife area provides excellent viewing from a glass wall within the building.

• The William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands, just east of the center, offer more fish and wildlife viewing opportunities.

• The center is surrounded by native plant beds featuring many plants that are beneficial to wildlife.

• Education staff provides specialized school field trips, teacher workshops, and public programs throughout the year. A classroom and administrative offices are located across a breezeway from the exhibit hall.

• Visitors may also purchase nature-themed items in the gift shop. Arkansas authors are featured, with subjects ranging from hiking trails to fishing.

• The center is one level, providing easy access for strollers or those with limited mobility. A shaded breezeway with picnic tables and benches offers a place for viewing the river.
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  • This place got my attention after walking by the gardens bordering the River Trail. The lobby has all sorts of pamphlets on state parks and things to do outdoors, if you want to explore the state afte...  more »
  • Tucked behind several restaurants just off the Riverfront Trail, this little Nature Center is worth a stop if you happen to be with children. They'll learn about local fish and wildlife, but it's real...  more »
  • The museum is nice to get out of the heat for awhile.Fish tank and turtles was nice to look at.restroom was very clean.  more »
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  • We always stop here every time we are in LR. Friendly staff and it is educational and fun for the kids. It also helps that it is free. My daughter loves it for the large aquarium.
  • Amazing educational facility for learning about the Natural State. Live animal displays and a huge fish lure collection.
  • Well done exhibits and very informative concerning wildlife and hunting in Arkansas. Well worth the trip to downtown Little Rock.
  • If you can find it, your spirit for nature will be dulled here compared to what the rest of the natural state has to offer. For real what format were they going for here? It's almost pointless other than to put Witt Stephen's name on something. I'm sure Jack would be proud, sarcasm.
  • Very cute little place to visit in Little Rock. Great for small kids!

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