Habitats and Ecology
Arkansas is a mosaic of different habitats and diverse ecology, including mountains, prairies, rivers, caves, swamps, and forests. This section
includes information about some of these habitats, including both current ecological issues and examples of how we are tied to the land. This
section also includes special ANHC projects that highlight aspects of Arkansas's ecology:
Natural Communities Poster Series - this is a collection of posters with unique illustrations and information the plants and animals that live in six of Arkansas's chief natural communities or habitats.
Bill Clark Presidential Park Wetlands - this is a special outdoor interpretive project in downtown Little Rock that tells the story in text and pictures of a restored urban wetland on the Arkansas River. Panels on the site contain QR codes that link to information in the Education section of this site.
Bio-dilemmas (242 KB)
Fire Ecology (1646 KB)
Headwater Swamps (282 KB)
The booklet details the region's natural history, the current status of its natural communities, and new information about prairie restoration activities. A unique map detailing the presettlement vegetation of the Grand Prairie is also included. Hard copies of this booklet are available in limited quantities.
The workshop is an extension of the information in the booklet and takes a broader look at prairies as a habitat.
Grand Prairie Geography (1238 KB)
Arkansas Blackland Prairies (3071 KB)
Tallgrass Prairie Word Search (589 KB)
Ozark Karst: A Fragile Landform (117 KB)
Karst in the Arkansas Ozarks (1945 KB)
People and Ecology
Beatrix Potter -- Scientist, Artist, and Author
Helen Beatrix Potter is well-known for her children's books (with characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck), but few know that the acclaimed children's book author was also a mycologist and conservationist.This program uses the story of Potter’s life to introduce facts about the mushrooms and lichens she illustrated, the struggles of women to be recognized in science and publishing, links to art and nature, and the importance of safeguarding public lands.
Beatrix Potter Complete Educator's Guide (2529 KB)
She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head
Using the illustrations and text from the book of the same title by Kathryn Lasky (author of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series) this program introduces the participants to early members of the Audubon Society and the conservation issues of the day that lead to the society’s creation
This program leads participants through a series of writing and drawing activities that help them learn about the natural world through their own direct experience. By recording their observations, creative ideas, thoughts, and feelings in writing and art, participants will be able to explore their awareness of the natural world. For students, nature journaling helps develop their skills of observation, description, and reflection.