COPY-Nature center at Jonesboro popular spot

Associated Press - October 11, 2008 9:54 AM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - State officials say the 4-year-old Crowley's Ridge Nature Center at Jonesboro has become a popular spot and they expect a record number of visitors this year.

Officials estimate more than 64,000 visitors will view the exhibits, take free classes or walk the trails by the end of the year.

Center director Shaun Merrell says the main objective is to teach people about hunting, fishing and the outdoors. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission operates the center and three others like it elsewhere in the state. The state nature centers were funded by a one-eighth cent conservation sales tax passed in 1996.

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