Living in Arkansas, there are endless options for outdoor adventures to get out and explore. But what if you could take an outdoor adventure right from inside your home? With the narrowing entertainment and education options brought on by COVID-19 right now, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is providing online edutainment for Arkansans. Stay involved in the outdoors today without even leaving your living room.
The commission’s Virtual Nature Center has a variety of content from creature features, outdoor skills training, behind the scenes of conservation work, recipes, scenic spotlights and more.
Especially on all of these rainy spring days stuck inside, there are some really great educational videos from experts in the field that can allow your kids some screen time without any of the guilt, including a fun storybook about a box turtle called Story with a Critter. They’ll also learn about the comeback of Arkansas’ black bears with research from a bear biologist right from a bear den in the Ozark National Forest. Or maybe you as an adult want to learn about the conservation milestones of the past 100 years in the state. There’s a video for that, too. The behind-the-scenes videos are truly a great way to really dive into the outdoors of Arkansas and the fish and wildlife resources the state offers.
Creature Features is a fascinating section focused on everything from hummingbirds to monarch butterflies to bats and more. It’s such a great way to learn more about the creatures of Arkansas and includes amazing visuals to go along with the whole virtual experience. If you can’t get out right now, go here to find nature at its best.
Or maybe you’re interested in trying a new skill. On the site, you learn all about hunting for morel mushrooms, catching crappie, kayak fishing, or even basics like how to fish, with all you need to know about fishing poles. Eventually, when you’re ready to put your skills into practice, you’ll be an expert! Scroll through the Scenic Spotlight section for inspiration on where you might want to go next, and enjoy the beautiful photography.
Once you’ve watched some videos, it’s time for a craft. Education Center Facility Manager, Lauren Cannon, includes how to make Easter egg bird feeders (with minimal supplies!) — a timely nature craft for the whole family this weekend.
And with so much time spent around the house, we’ve all been cooking nonstop. The virtual center includes several recipes where you can use your favorite game. Education Specialist, Cody Walker, demonstrates his favorite way to fry his catch and it looks like a definite recipe we’ll all wanna try. What’s more, if you’re looking for a local favorite, Flyway Brewing Co., in North Little Rock, shares the secret behind their delicious smoked trout nachos.
Time to get clicking and explore! Visit the AGFC Virtual Nature Center here.
Photo courtesy of AGFC.