ROCK (AGFC) – It's not only Spring Break for most schools in Arkansas, but
March 19-25 is celebrated as National Wildlife Week. Since 1938,
National Wildlife Week has been a time to learn about wildlife and
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be sponsoring several
programs at its education centers and nature centers to help Arkansans
understand wildlife, conservation and the outdoors.
The programs include:
• "Meet the Creature"
• "The Bear Facts"
• "Bats of Arkansas"
• "Animal Camouflage"
The programs include:
• "Wildlife Rehabilitation"
• "Critter crunch"
• "Nature Music Hour"
• "Snake Show"
During the same period, the AGFC's Family and Community Fisheries
Program will be presenting some unique angling opportunities at each of
the four AGFC nature centers around the state. Hundreds of rainbow trout
and channel catfish are being stocked to provide some exciting
opportunities for families during spring break.
As an added incentive, 25 fish at each nature center location will be
tagged for special prizes that can be claimed at the centers. The fish
are being provided by the AGFC's hatchery system. Each of the
uniquely-themed nature centers presents a great opportunity to get
hands-on learning about science in the outdoors.
The fish will be stocked at the MacArthur Park Pond in Little Rock, MLK
Park Pond in Pine Bluff, Craighead Forest Park Pond in Jonesboro and
Well's Lake in Fort Smith.
Basic fishing classes also will be held at each of the centers.
Children 15 years of age and younger will learn about basic fishing
skills. Youngsters at each of the classes will get the opportunity to
win one of 15 new rod-n-reel combos, just in time for spring break.
The fishing classes and the stocked fish offer a great low-cost
recreational opportunity at locations that are convenient for many
Arkansans. Catching a tagged fish is not only an added incentive for
kids to go fishing, information provided by the tags also helps to
provide some great information on angling pressure and success for
The tagged and stocked fish offer a unique complement to the great
educational opportunities at each of the nature centers, according to
the AGFC's Family and Community Fisheries Biologist Clifton Jackson. "I
hope that families will take advantage of this free spring break outing
and fish and visit at least one of the four locations around the state,"
The National Wildlife Federation is providing a host of resources to
explore various wildlife species, including individual species trading
cards, lessons and activities, videos, articles and webinars. Visit
www.nwf.org/nationalwildlifeweek to learn more and explore the resources
available to help plan your adventure with wildlife. While not everyone
has a rhinoceros beetle in their backyard, NWF encourages everyone to
check out the wildlife in their community. NWF's Wildlife Watch can help
you identify the wildlife that calls your neck of the woods home. You
can even share pictures of the wildlife you spot at