1. Cache River National Wildlife Refuge
This trip will be a guided tour by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
employees on Cache River National Wildlife Refuge. Students will
experience bottomland ecosystems, moist-soil management, and wetland
ecosystem management. Students will also visit the Bayou DeView area
where the Ivory Billed-Woodpecker was reportedly discovered.
2. Law Enforcement
This trip will be led by both Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
conservation officers and federal law enforcement personnel. Students
will get exposure to job duties and responsibilities of conservation
officers in the natural resources law enforcement field.
3. Oak Savannah Restoration
This trip will be a guide tour by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
personnel on oak savannah restoration sites on Camp Robinson Wildlife
Management Area. Students will learn how oak savannah habitats are
managed, and they will get to experience areas that have been managed
and areas that have not. Students will also learn how wildlife
communities benefit from oak savannah restoration.
4. Environmental Education
This trip will include a tour of the new Witt Stephens, Jr. Central
Arkansas Nature Center, with a focus on the wide variety of outdoor
recreational opportunities that our state’s fish and wildlife resources
provide. Exhibits highlight the role of fish and wildlife management and
many of the projects conducted throughout the history of the Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission. The location along the Arkansas River allows
many watchable wildlife activities within an urban area. For more
information see the nature center website:
5. Wild Foods – Edible Trees and Plants
Many of our grandparents and parents used wild plants for food and
medicine. We all know about Sassafras tea and the glorious taste of
wild blackberries but we have perhaps forgotten how extensively wild
plants can be used. In this workshop participants will not only learn
to identify several species of Arkansas native vegetation but will also
learn how to prepare a few dishes. For example, acorns make great
flour you can incorporate into scones and biscuits. The course
incorporates concepts of conservation, history, culture, and plant
identification while learning to walk on the wild side.
6. Woodland Ecosystem Restoration
This trip will be led by the U.S. Forest service in the Ozark – St.
Francis National Forest. Students will examine the use of fire in the
Ozark Highlands, ecosystem restoration, wildlife and forest health, and
how the U.S. Forest Service plans to accomplish their goals. Students
will take a look at an unmanaged forest and forests that are in desired
condition post management.
7. Black Bear Management
This trip will expose students to bear management in Arkansas, including
ecology, biology, and nuisance bear trapping methods.
8. Mammal Trapping Techniques
This trip will expose students to a wide variety of mammal trapping
techniques. Students will learn trapping methods for fox, coyote, and
bobcat, beaver, small mammals, etc.
9. Wetland Ecology and Waterfowl Research
Students will join Arkansas Game & Fish Commission waterfowl and wetland
biologists for a tour of one of the state’s preeminent waterfowl rest
areas – Bayou Meta Wildlife Management Area. Topics discussed will
include wetland restoration, moist-soil management and managing for
10. Stream Restoration
This trip, led by the Arkansas Nature Conservancy, will expose students
to stream restoration in Arkansas. Students will examine management
practices related to restoration of streams.
11. Black Bass Program & Fish Diseases
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission biologists will discuss habitat
managment and various pathogens for Arkansas black bass populations.
Tour the premier Arkansas aquaculture facility and learn the principles
of fish husbandry.
13. Bobwhite Bonanza
Visit restored bobwhite quail habitat in northern Arkansas and learn
about capture, research, and management techniques.
14. Bottomland Hardwood Management
Tour 5 Oaks near Stuttgart, 10,000 acres of privately owned, flooded
timber and rice fields, managed for wintering waterfowl. Principles of
bottomland hardwood restoration, green-tree reservoir management and
winter waterfowl nutritional requirements will be discussed.
15. Chemical Immobilization of Large Mammals
Use of drugs to chemically immobilize large mammals is important in
large mammal research and management. Therefore, appropriate knowledge
and use of injectable anesthetics is important, especially from a
safety, ethical, and legal standpoint. During this field trip, the
basics of large mammal chemical immobilization will be discussed and
demonstrated, including ethical, safety, and legal issues, as well as
drugs and dosages and the correct use of drug delivery equipment.
Students will have the opportunity to shoot several different types of
dart rifles and pistols.