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


Jan 13, 2021

 
FCRA Office Closed - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 & Wednesday, January 1, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE FCRA STAFF!
 

Western AR Runners - Frozen Bun 10K - New Year's Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Noon, WAR Bldg, Ellis St., Chaffee Crossing Historic District

 

FCRA Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, January 23, 2020

3:30 p.m.

Media Center

7801 Ellis St., Fort Smith

 

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center Event Schedule
Click here for the Nature Center's event schedule.  


Nov 23, 2020

With hearts full of thanks, we share the latest from Chaffee Crossing. The November 2020 newsletter is full of stories about people and their accomplishments. We hope you enjoy the articles and recognize we are thankful for each and every person behind them. 

 


Nov 5, 2020

Building activity in the Fort Smith region declined in October, but the industry is still on pace for annual growth. For the first 10 months of the year, permitted building in the region is up 34.7% from the same period in 2019.

 


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