JONESBORO, ARKANSAS CITY GUIDE 2018 : 37 Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro offers visitors the chance to experience and explore a unique piece of North America and its wildlife. Inside the center, exhibits reveal the natural forces that formed the 200-mile-long ridge and native wildlife, ranging from large game animals to small insects. Outside, visitors may stroll the quarter-mile, fully accessible Habitats Trail to watch for animals that live in uplands, wetlands, ponds and prairies. Other trails take hikers across ridge tops and into deep ravines. Wildlife gardens and native plants are featured, too. The nature center grounds include a 5.5-acre prairie, 2.5-acre pond and approximately 100 acres in woodlands. This diverse site offers trails through wetlands, forest and prairie. The Habitats Trail, a universally accessible trail and boardwalk about a quarter-mile long, can be entered from either the main or lower levels. This trail loops around Willow Pond, taking visitors across a ridge top and man-made levee to the edge of the prairie and back above a seasonally flooded bottomland forest. For those who like to venture farther, trails through the woods connect to Craighead Forest Park. Colorful blooming gardens in front of the center attract butterflies and other insects. Of course, educational programs – from animal feedings to wildlife walks – happen every day; check the schedule to see what’s going on. Keep your eyes open for amphibians, reptiles, birds and maybe a mammal or two. In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center offers many activities and nature education programs. Additional programs and activities may be scheduled. Call (870)933- 6787 for specific times and up-to-date offerings. Groups may request special programs or specific activities with advance reservations. Many opportunities are available for volunteers who would like to assist with programs, landscaping and trails. Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center has a multipurpose meeting room that is free to education and nonprofit conservation groups with advance reservations. The nature center also has a gift shop offering outdoor and wildlife books, toys and novelties. Larks