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Delta Rivers Nature Center to host outdoor programming for all ages and interests; educator workshop to take place in early August – Stuttgart Daily Leader

The Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff has a full list of free activities each month. Program director Jason Hooks said there are opportunities for Arkansans of all ages.
The center has a beekeeping club that meets every fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m.
“If you are interested in beekeeping and honeybees, then that is a great class for you,” Hooks said.
The center also hosts a plant swap every month from March to October.
“You can bring up to five plants or seeds. It can be vegetables, it can be house plants, or it can be small trees. You bring those plants, and you can swap with other individuals there. It is a long-running program that we have been doing here,” Hooks said.
The next plant swap will be held on Saturday, July 9.
For kids, the center is holding its Come Learn About Wildlife program on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Interpreters will talk about native animals each week and lead a craft.
“Kids are out of school, and we have tried to get some programs lined out for them to enjoy,” Hooks said. “Each week, we pick a different species of wildlife and talk about them.”
The next class will be held on Wednesday, July 13, and will focus on snakes. Come Learn About Wildlife will also be led on July 20 and Aug. 3.
Center staff members are also leading a campfire cooking series. Participants will meet in the park area at the center. No experience is required, and all supplies will be provided.
“Each week, they are cooking something different on the fire. During the last class, I believe they made breakfast foods,” Hooks said.
There will be campfire cooking classes on Thursday, June 30, and on Thursday, July 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Additionally, the center will host a fishing derby this Friday, July 1, at Martin Luther King Park in Pine Bluff.
The center will offer a boater education class on Friday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“That course is for anybody that was born after 1985 that wants to operate a motorboat in Arkansas. We recommend 12 and up for that class. We do several of those classes throughout the summer,” Hooks said.
The center is offering a professional development class for educators on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“They could be traditional classroom teachers or non-formal educators,” Hooks said. “Participants will get six hours of professional development credit.”
Participating educators will get trained in three award-winning programs: Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD. They will receive three curriculum guides and more knowledge about the natural world. The workshop costs $10 to attend.
Participants can visit register-ed.com to sign up for classes and to view future opportunities. For more information, residents can visit the Delta Rivers Nature Center Facebook page.
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