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Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro offers visitors the chance to experience and explore a unique piece of North America and its wildlife.

Inside the center, exhibits reveal the natural forces that formed the 200-mile-long ridge and native wildlife, ranging from large game animals to small insects.

Outside, visitors may stroll the quarter-mile, fully accessible Habitats Trail to watch for animals that live in uplands, wetlands, ponds and prairies. Other trails take hikers across ridgetops and into deep ravines. Wildlife gardens and native plants are featured, too.

In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center offers many activities and nature education programs.

Additional programs and activities may be scheduled. Call (870)933-6787 for specific times and up-to-date offerings. Groups may request special programs or specific activities with advance reservations. Many opportunities are available for volunteers who would like to assist with programs, landscaping and trails.

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center has a multipurpose meeting room that is free to education and nonprofit conservation groups with advance reservations. The nature center also has a gift shop offering outdoor and wildlife books, toys and novelties.

Regularly Scheduled Programs


Every 30 minutes

Crowley's Ridge Movie (every 30 minutes)

   3:30 p.m. Feeding Frenzy


 Saturday 10 a.m. Creature Feature


 First Saturday 10:30 a.m. Tales and Trails Nature Stories and Crafts

We offer many special events, workshops, and special programs as well. Please go to our calendar for more information.

Other Programs

Outdoor Skills Workshops

Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center hosts a variety of outdoor skills workshops each year. These workshops are designed to inform those who enjoy the outdoors of our state about opportunities, techniques and skills that will help them be more successful.

Scheduled on a monthly basis, these workshops cover a wide range of topics including all types of fishing, trapping, hunting, and profiles of some of our large game species like black bears. The entertaining presentations are done by a wide variety of individuals including AGFC biologists, outdoor personalities and professionals with the outdoor industry. Door prizes relating to the topic and snacks are typically provided. These workshops are in high demand and seating is limited so pre-registration is required.

Please call the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center at (870)933-6787 to find out more about these popular workshops.

Youth Programs

Teacher Resources and Programs


Boating Education Classes

Mandatory Boating Education Began January 1, 2001. This law affects operators of sailboats and motor-powered craft.

Effective January 1, 2001, anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. The law also affects operators of sailboats.

The Arkansas Boating Education Course teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. This is necessary to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage while increasing boating enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts. The basic six hour boating course includes:

  • Arkansas Boating Law

  • Boat Classification

  • Registration and Trailering

  • Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets, etc.)

  • Rules of the Road

  • Maintenance

  • Boating Accidents

Check the calendar for Boating Education Classes scheduled at the nature center.

For more information about Boating Education or to find a scheduled class at another location, visit the AGFC Boating Education website.


Hunter Education Classes

The Arkansas Hunter Education Program is dedicated to the sportsmen of Arkansas with a central theme of safety and sportsmanship. The program is structured to acquaint students with the many wildlife oriented recreational opportunities and recreational shooting sports available to them. The program is administered through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and taught through a corps of trained volunteer and professional instructors on a statewide basis.

Hunters born after 1968 must carry a valid Hunter Education card. A card is also required of youth applicants for permit hunts. Youngsters (under 16 years) under the direct supervision of a licensed adult (over 21 years) do not need to have a card. Call 1-800-482-5795 to find out about Hunter Education classes. Arkansas honors the home state Hunter Education cards of nonresidents. 

The Arkansas Hunter Education course is also available on-line. On-line students can take their final exam at the nature center. Call (870)933-6787 for the next scheduled exam date. 

Check the calendar for Hunter Education Classes scheduled at the nature center.

For more information about Hunter Education or to find a scheduled class at another location, visit the AGFC Hunter Education website.

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