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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  • September 27, 2017
    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 »
  • July 15, 2017
    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 »
  • April 23, 2017
    Loved the collection of fishing lures they had displayed! They also had some nice activities for the kids and good information about Arkansas wildlife.  more »
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  • September 16, 2016
    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.
  • March 20, 2017
    Very cute little place to visit in Little Rock. Great for small kids!
  • May 9, 2017
    A nice place to take family
  • October 24, 2016
    Very nice. Kids love it and best part is, It's Free
  • April 24, 2016
    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!

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