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“Very entertaining”

Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Jonesboro
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Kids loved the program explaining Crowley's Ridge. They also loved looking at the various snakes and other creatures. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Nice and surprisingly good experience.

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Reviewed June 8, 2012

On the south side of Jonesboro, Ark., you'll find one of the city's few attractions, and it is a nice one. This nature center is complete with live animals, nature trails, hands-on things to do, a nice boardwalk and trail system around a lake, a crow's nest viewing area and more. Even the average tourist should find something of interest here.

The center sits on Crowley's Ridge, a natural land formation that runs through much of eastern Arkansas, and parallels the Mississippi River, several miles to the east. Here you will see what wildlife and plantlife can be found on the ridge.

Just inside the center, the first thing you see is a large plant and animal diorama, which if you stand there and wait for a few minutes, you'll see it start to rain, and see how water affects the land. This diorama is viewable on both the main floor, and on the floor below. Other exhibits inside include a virtual skeet shooting practice zone, areas where you lift pieces of wood, or look into plants, to see what lives and hides inside. There's also duck calls and turkey calls, an aquarium, a duck blind mockup, along with a diorama of topography of the area, and much more.

Outdoors, you'll find a nice boardwalk-paved trail combo that leads you around a lake, with markers along the way talking about animal and plant life found. For the more adventuresome, there are longer, more rustic trails. The short boardwalk and paved trail circles around the lake leads to the lower floor of the center, where you will find live snakes and alligators, and a large area for children to be creative. The top floor of the center features a lookout area, and photos made of another Arkansas piece of nature...tornadoes. On the center floor, there is also a relaxing viewing area, with comfortable chairs, and a display letting you hear what area birds sound like.

All of this is free of charge. This center is one of four centers Arkansas has built (others are in Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Fort Smith), all highlighting nature in the areas where they exist. It's a very relaxing and informative way to spend an afternoon in Jonesboro.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

My daughter loves to visit here. The exhibits are interesting, staff are friendly. Open year round. The film is very well made.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

The Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center on the city's south side is an ideal place for newcomers to northeast Arkansas, as well as visitors, to be introduced to the area's unique topography, geological history, and animal and plant life. The free movie is a must-see and you might even want your own DVD copy of it from the gift shop. There are lots of activities for kids, including a walking path through the woods. Be sure to notice the animal footprints embedded in the sidewalk as you enter the building.

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