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.
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
Cre8ive Arts Network (CAN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates a spirit of cooperation amongst the members of the arts community. Located in the Chaffee Crossing Historic and Entertainment District, CAN provides studio space, classes, art parties, and basic pottery classes. Its members offer hands-on learning and creating to all, with special emphasis on teaching children and the elderly. CAN is located at 7408 Buckthorn, Fort Smith, AR. To learn more, visit their website http://www.canvasar.com/