PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Situated in the Arkansas Delta, the Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff allows visitors to become one with nature.
"When you come into the nature center we're going to teach you about the different kinds of wildlife that's in the area, what to expect," says Facility Director Eric Maynard.
The center, owned by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, houses a 20,000 gallon tank stocked full of fish native to the Delta region.
"We have a lot of fishing in this area with the rivers and streams, so we have a big aquarium. We're trying to teach people how to not only identify game fish and non-game fish, but also how to fish," explains Maynard.
Jackson also helps visitors learn how to fish with more skill. The center is a resource full of information, including on what fish are biting, which bait to use, and where to cast a line.
The center features a variety of hands-on exhibits, ranging from flying through the Delta's farm land on a crop duster to driving a boat on the Arkansas River.
A crop duster adventure allows visitors to get a bird's eye view of the nature center and shows how much of an impact agriculture has on the region.
"In East Arkansas, for example, we have a lot of bean fields and rice fields," said Maynard. "And the way those farmers and landowners take care of their land and manage their land will impact the kind of hunting season we may have for ducks and geese."
"We do have activities here to get you in the mood to go hunting or fishing. We have an archery program, where we teach people how to shoot bow and arrows or we may shoot bb guns," Maynard said."(There's) just a number of activities to get people outdoors."
For those who just want to enjoy the scenery, there are plenty of ways to do that.
"It's just not hunting," Maynard stresses. " We want people to get outside and go canoeing and go hiking, bird watching. You know set up bird feeders in your backyard, any way you can enjoy Arkansas wildlife more."
It's just one more place that will leave you Amazed By Arkansas.
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