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

(4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff, and an awesome Geocaching Scavenger Hunt made this one of the highlights of our trip to Little Rock!  more »
  • This is fun place for the family, and it's free! The displays with fish and turtles are great for the kids and educational. There's also a wildflower and butterfly garden.  more »
  • I live in Little Rock. I work in Little Rock. I have never before today strolled down to the Nature Center to take look. Glad I did. Hands on exhibits, bird watching, educational films, classes, tours...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Wonderful and free educational center about Arkansas and local wildlife. Take your kids.
  • Very nice. Kids love it and best part is, It's Free
  • This nature center is small, but it is a great place downtown for kids. They have fish, turtles, bird watching, and even a little alligator. Best of all, it's free!
  • Best kept secret in LR. Noone leaves disappointed