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Ponca Elk Education Center, Ponca

#40 of 102 in Museums in Arkansas
Specialty Museum · Museum
The Ponca Elk Education center opened its doors in 2002 as part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in an effort to provide the public education about the sizeable elk herd that lives here in the Buffalo River area. Admission to all AGFC nature centers and education centers is free thanks to the 1/8th-cent Conservation Sales Tax. The center features a fun, interactive exhibit room, gift shop, visitor information, a wraparound deck overlooking Ponca creek, picnic tables and a pavilion, and meeting space. The facility is available for group programs scheduled in advance, as well. The Ponca Elk Education Center is situated conveniently off of Highway 43 in Ponca, Arkansas. Elk are frequently seen year-round grazing in the grassy fields along Highways 43 and 21 South in Boxley Valley. Dawn and dusk are the best times for viewing.
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  • Great place for kids to learn all about Arkansas wildlife. Some hands on activities were sectioned off due to covid. Staff was very friendly and gave us pointers to see the elk...which we saw that...  more »
  • We visited Ponca recently and the people at BOC recommended the Elk Education Center. My young children had a wonderful time with the interactive exhibits. The deck overlooking the creek was very...  more »
  • Absolutely fascinating! For a small center, it is loaded with information and displays. The staff is very helpful. There are limited snacks, souvenirs, relevant books, free literature. You can buy hiking sticks, pins... We have been fortunate to have seen elk most trips. The drive from most anywhere is Ozark scenery at it's best. Autum leaves = breathtaking.
  • Such a fun little stop kids and adults alike and a friendly and knowledgeable staff ready to make your visit to this part of the Buffalo National River a real treat

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