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Little Rock - Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

602 President Clinton Avenue

About the Center:

The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center opened December 17, 2008. The 16,232 square foot building on 3.4 acres in Little Rock, overlooks the Arkansas River and is within the Julius Breckling Riverfront Park. The site is a part of the River Market District, and is adjacent to the Museum of Discovery, Clinton Foundation Store and the Clinton Presidential Library. Visitors to the State House Convention Center may access the grounds by choosing one of several walking routes.

The center focuses on the wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities that our state’s fish and wildlife resources provide. Exhibits highlight the role of fish and wildlife management and many of the projects conducted throughout the history of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The location along the Arkansas River allows many watchable wildlife activities within an urban area. Basking water turtles, butterflies and migrating pelicans are common sights. A portion of the Arkansas River Trail crosses the site, offering more options for exploration. The grounds of the center include beds of native plants found throughout the state, while the main building includes an exhibit hall, aquariums, gift shop, theater and special educational programs.


Crystal Schmidt

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
My kids love nature and museums and spent a long time at the exhibits. It is small but has a very nice collection of animals and huge aquarium featuring native fish. We were also allowed to pet a snake during an animal encounter. The "show" in the back was just a video that promotes AR outdoors. We were not impressed although it does only last a few minutes. If you go to the Museum of Discovery this is right next door and defintely worth the walk over!

Megan Joelle

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
A local treasure that is a great place to explore, learn, and take a rest from the urban downtown area of Little Rock. Great programs for adults and children.

Jennifer N. Adams, Author

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017
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.

Steve Manatt

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Amazing educational facility for learning about the Natural State. Live animal displays and a huge fish lure collection.

Dan Rorie

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Great place for the whole family to visit.

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