Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

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.



Distance from Convention Center:

7.2 mi.
  1. Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Regularly Scheduled Programs:

2 p.m. "Critter Crunch" Animal Feeding

3:45 p.m. Nature Break (3-7 year olds)

10 a.m. Guided Hike
Noon-2 p.m. Canoe/Kayak Program
3 p.m. Laser Shot

2:30 p.m. Archery


Follow Us:

Handicap Accessible
Free Admission
Group Tours
Gift Store
Free Parking

Free parking is available at the location.