Art & Nature in Chaffee

 

Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center

The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee. The building overlooks Wells Lake, a popular local fishing and picnicking destination.

 

Built in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the center focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home. In addition to resident Canada geese and small mammals and turtles calling the center home, many colorful songbirds stop by on their journeys to and from wintering grounds farther south. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, just as many find the trails, native plants on the grounds and canoeing or fishing in the lake just as enjoyable.

www.rivervalleynaturecenter.com


 

AR Game & Fish Commission

Well-known by the locals for family-friendly fishing and canoeing, Wells Lake is located adjacent to the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center which offers canoe rentals. Wildlife abounds in the water and the surrounding woods. A walking trail circles the lake, providing plenty of opportunities to spend a full day enjoying nature.

 


Cre8ive Arts Network

CAN is a 501(c) 3 Public Charity that creates a spirit of cooperation amongst the members of the arts community. Located in the historic district of Chaffee Crossing, CAN provides studio space, classes, art parties and basic pottery classes. They provide hands-on learning and creating to all, with special emphasis toward the children and the elderly. CAN is located at 7408 Buckthorn, Fort Smith, AR. To learn more, visit their website http://www.canvasar.com/

 

Recent News


Oct 31, 2019

The eighth annual Regional Veterans Day Parade and Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Chaffee Crossing Historic District and will attract longtime supporters and new faces via a veteran’s parade, food trucks, a children’s area, the Medals Presentation and Veterans Honors Ceremony, musical performances, vintage military vehicles, free flu shots and more.


Oct 18, 2019

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority met Thursday for its monthly meeting. Here are three things to know about what’s happening in the southern portion of Fort Smith:


Oct 17, 2019

The Fort Smith Board of Directors passed resolutions Tuesday night approving participation in the Arkansas Tax Back program for Twin Rivers Foods and Nidec Motor Corp. Nidec will be locating a new office of 24 professionals in the Chaffee Crossing HIstoric District. 


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