Nature Center Receives Tourism Award

March 9, 2005 -- Posted at 7:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- A Jonesboro tourist attraction has received a tourism award.   The Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center received one of eight Henry Awards at the 31st annual Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism.  The conference was held March 6-8 in Little Rock.

The Nature Center opened in August 2004.   It features several interactive displays, outdoor programs and walking trails.   There are also several gardens, including one full of plants native to Arkansas.    Jodi Morris is the Facility Director of the Nature Center.

The annual Henry Awards honor individuals and organizations which have made important contributions to the state's tourism industry in the preceding year.   The awards are named for Henri de Tonti, founder of Arkansas Post in 1686 and who is often hailed as the first "Arkansas Traveler."

Also during the ceremony, the Tourism Person of the Year award went to Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Jonesboro.