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


Apr 23, 2020

Chaffee Crossing is featured in the April issue of Business In Focus, a North American site selection publication distributed to over 468,000 subscribers. Check out the gorgeous photography and the ads of local businesses supporting Chaffee Crossing development.


Apr 16, 2020

In a move they hope will allow speedier development, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Board has approved a new planned zoning development (PZD) for a portion of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District.


Apr 16, 2020

In spite of the current pandemic, there is a lot of positive momentum in the western Arkansas region. Chaffee Crossing is of course at the heart of this momentum and the FCRA Board of Trustees and staff are pleased to share information about our ongoing progress.


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