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MEDICAL MILE & NATURE CENTER INTERPRETIVE URBAN HIKE
Learn about a unique health and trails partnership that created the nation's first outdoor linear health museum along the Arkansas River Trail.
Along accessible city sidewalks over flat terrain, you will learn how the medical community was engaged for private fundraising for the Medical Mile section of the Arkansas River Trail. You will also look at developing nature trails in an urban environment.
Leave your stress behind as you step out onto the Medical Mile. This part of the Arkansas River Trail features a fantastic partnership with the local medical community that has received national recognition for educating the public on improving their overall health by incorporating recreation on trails. A blend of artwork, landscaping and interpretive panels leads to the heart of Riverfront Park. Side trips lead to the new adventure playground, the “little rock,” and lunch like a lizard on beautiful lichen covered boulders.
A hike to the Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will follow. The center is on the bank of the Arkansas River and is a portal to a variety of wildlife recreational opportunities. Two wetland trail projects are being developed to compliment the nature center and the adjacent Clinton Presidential Center. Bring along binoculars for birding! The center is bordered by the Arkansas River Trail and the city’s statue promenade.
Leaders: Terry Eastin, Co-Owner, Eastin Outdoors and Medical Mile Project Coordinator; Neil Curry, Director, Witts Stephen, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
Workshop Leader Bios:
Neil Curry is Director of the Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. He has supervised Youth Conservation Corp crews, interned with the Student Conservation Association in Glacier National Park, and graduated from their Wilderness Work Skills program. He worked as an interpretive naturalist for Arkansas State Parks for 22 years and maintained over 40 miles of trail including two National Recreation Trails. At the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, he has been involved with development of numerous nature and education centers and watchable wildlife sites. Neil can be contacted at (501) 907-0636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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