COPY-Nature center to open in Little Rock

Associated Press - December 3, 2008 3:14 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is to open a new nature center next week in Little Rock, the last of 4 of the centers that were built with money from a 1/8-cent sales tax approved in 1996.

The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center at 602 President Clinton Ave. is to open December 17th. The center is along the Arkansas River in the downtown River Market District and is a short walk from the Clinton Presidential Library, which is to the east.

The facility occupies 16,232 square feet on 3.4 acres along the river. The focus of the center's exhibits are the diversity of Arkansas's natural landscape, habitats and wildlife. The center will feature six natural regions of the state: Ozark Plateau, Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas River Valley, Coastal Plain, Mississippi Delta and Crowley's Ridge.

The center will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. There is no admission charge.

The other three Game and Fish nature centers are the Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center, which opened in 2001 in Pine Bluff; the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, which opened in 2004 in Jonesboro, and the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, which opened in 2006 near Fort Smith.

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