Fort Smith nature center receives award

FORT SMITH (AGFC) – The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center's butterfly garden has received an award from the Master Gardeners River Valley Chapter. The garden was chosen Project of the Year by the chapter. Throughout the year, Master Gardners will come to the nature center to mulch, weed and plant.

Built in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the nature center overlooks Wells Lake, a popular local fishing and picnicking destination. The center focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, just as many find the trails, native plants, canoeing and fishing Wells Lake just as enjoyable. It sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee.

For more information on the nature center, go to or call 479-452-3993.