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Nature Center hosting spring break events

Archery, fly fishing, a Scavenger Hunt Hike, frog-watching sessions and “Meet the Snake” are guaranteed to make Spring Break a memorable, educational week.

These and many more programs will comprise the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center’s Spring Break 2014 schedule, which happens Saturday through March 30 at the center, 8300 Wells Lake Road. All events are free, come-and-go type activities for all ages, said Chad Lowe, JHARVNC education program specialist.

“We’re trying to get some educational, fun events for people to enjoy,” he said. “We’re having great things, like James Barker coming out to teach about turkey biology and other subjects.”

Other scheduled activities include “Critter Crunch” sessions, bracelet-making, the Duck Dog Demonstration, a Nature Music Hour, “Turtles of Arkansas,” a BB Gun competition, T-shirt bleaching and the “brand-new” Scales of Justice trailer, Lowe said.

“The Scales of Justice trailer is something that is exciting,” he said. “It’s an enforcement trailer, and they have different equipment displayed such as night vision and scuba gear.

“On the other side of the trailer, there will be things used to hunt deer illegally,” Lowe added. “People can see different kinds of guns and bows people use for poaching, and the trailer shows what people have done and how they got in trouble.”

The center’s FrogWatch USA Workshop will be held in two sessions, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 28 and from 10 a.m. to noon March 29. Those attending will learn how to identify all regional frogs and toads by their calls, why frogs are important, the importance of wetlands, frog monitoring and training and more.

“The FrogWatch event is another new thing we’re doing, and we think it’s something a lot of people will find fun and interesting,” Lowe said. “We’re not sure how many people to expect, but we’re hoping for lots and lots of individuals to take part in this. There will be something going on, pretty much, every hour, and there’s no registration. People can just show up and do different things when they like.”

Fast Facts

Spring Break 2014 Events

at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road near the Fort Smith-Barling city line.

Saturday

• 10 a.m. – Guided Hike

• Noon to 2 p.m. – Canoes and Kayaks

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

Sunday

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 2:30 p.m. – Archery

Monday – Nature Center is Closed

Tuesday

• 9:30 a.m. – Instructional Kayaking (ages 12 and older)

• 11 a.m. – Scavenger Hunt Hike

• Noon to 2 p.m. – Canoes and Kayaks

• 1 p.m. – Nature Music Hour

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 3 p.m. Paracord Bracelets: Make and Take

Tuesday through Friday

• 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Scales of Justice Trailer

Wednesday

• 10 a.m. – Duck Dog Demonstration

• 11 a.m. – Upcycling: Make and Take

• Noon to 2 p.m. – Canoes and Kayaks

• Noon to 4 p.m. – Rock Climbing Wall

• 1 p.m. – Turtles of Arkansas

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 3 p.m. – Fishing

March 27

• 10 a.m. – Fly Fishing

• 11 a.m. – Living History

• Noon to 2 p.m. – Canoes and Kayaks

• 1 p.m. – Birdwatching for Youth

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 3 p.m. – Backyard Birds and Hummingbirds: Make and Take

March 28

• 10 a.m. – T-Shirt Bleaching (Bring dark shirt)

• 11 a.m. – BB Gun Competition

• Noon to 2 p.m. – Canoes and Kayaks

• 1 p.m. – Turkey Calls: Make and Take

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 3 p.m. – Meet a Snake

• 3:45 p.m. – Nature Break

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. – FrogWatch USA Workshop Part 1

March 29

• 10 a.m. – Guided Hike

• 10 a.m. to Noon – FrogWatch USA Workshop Part 2

• Noon to 2 p.m. – Canoes and Kayaks

• 1 p.m. – What’s in the Woods

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 3 p.m. – Laser Shot

March 30

• 2 p.m. – Critter Crunch

• 2:30 p.m. – Archery

The events are and sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. No registration is required.

For information, call 452-3993 or visit www.rivervalleynaturecenter.com and www.arkansasfrogsandtoads.org.

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