NWA outdoors: Help at science center; learn to trap - all in the outdoors

Hikers cross a creek. (Contributed photo by Getty Images)
Hikers cross a creek. (Contributed photo by Getty Images)

Science center spruce up

Ozark Natural Science Center in Madison County seeks volunteers for a work day Saturday at the center. There are two sessions: from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Bring water, work gloves and tools, though some tools will be provided. Tools needed include chain saws, rakes and loppers. Chores include firewood cutting, trail maintenance, mulching and raking. Go to onsc.us/events to volunteer.

Learn furbearer trapping

A free class on trapping will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center. Registration is not required.

Expert trappers will show and demonstrate various kinds of traps and teach field techniques to target various furbearers from raccoons to coyotes. Trapping regulations will be discussed.

Register for duck hunt

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission invites families to register for a mentored waterfowl hunt Dec. 8-10 on private land near Grady, southeast of Pine Bluff.

The hunt is designed for youngsters and their parents or guardians who have never been on a waterfowl hunt. Families selected for the hunt should bring weather appropriate clothing. Hunters 16 or older must have an Arkansas hunting license, state duck stamp and federal duck stamp and be registered in the free Harvest Information Program. Shotguns and ammunition can be provided if needed. Go to agfc.com to register.

Identify animal tracks

Ozark Natural Science Center north of Huntsville offers guided nature hikes from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month around the center grounds and Madison County Wildlife Management Area. Cost is by donation.

The hike Dec. 9 will focus on identifying animal tracks and scat , winter tree identification and other activities. Call the center at (479) 202-8340 for details.

Camp welcomes families

A three-day nature and science camp for families will be held Dec. 15-17 at the Ozark Natural Science Center in Madison County. All ages are welcome. Go to onsc.us/events for details and registration.

Trails temporarily close

Hobbs State Park-Conservation area will hold two firearms deer hunts in December. Most of the park's trails will be closed during these hunts. All hunts require a special permit.

A modern gun hunt will be Dec. 8-11. Youth modern gun hunt will be Dec. 16-17.

Archery deer hunting is allowed without a special permit during the statewide archery deer season that opened Sept. 23 and closes Feb. 29.

Hiking focus of program

Buffalo River Partners will host the free program, "Hiking in the Ozarks and the Buffalo National River" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at North Arkansas College, room M145. Kevin Middleton is the speaker.

Sites open for eclipse

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open campgrounds earlier than usual at Greers Ferry Lake and Clearwater Lake in southeast Missouri to accommodate visitors traveling to see the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse.

Thirteen campgrounds at Greers Ferry will open March 15. Three campgrounds at Clearwater Lake will open April 1. The move opens 430 additional campsites to accommodate eclipse visitors.

Sites may be reserved at recreation.gov. Reservations by phone or email are not accepted.