Free things to do this summer in Fort Smith

Despite a lifeguard shortage in Fort Smith, a lot is ahead for Memorial Day weekend and this summer.

Creekmore Pool has had to shorten its hours due to a lifeguard shortage, but the city has contacted local swim teams to recruit additional guards.

Sara Deuster, Deputy Director for Fort Smith Parks & Recreation said the city is advertising for the openings as much as possible.

“Apart from advertising open positions, there is not much more we can do,” she said. “We appreciate our citizens sharing our job posting because it helps reach a greater audience.”

Visit the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center

This nature center is built on 170 acres of land that was part of Fort Chaffee.

Their regularly scheduled activities are daily “Critter Crunch” animal feeding at 2 pm

On Fridays the center has snake feeding and on Saturdays fish feeding is available in the large aquarium.

On Saturdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am staff members assist boaters on Wells Lake for their canoe and kayak program. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Participants are required to wear a life jacket, which is provided.

Janet Huckabee Nature Center's summer program flyer.

Every Saturday at 2 pm people can watch the fish chow down on their food in the large aquarium. At 2:30 pm get ready for beginner’s archery. Bows and arrows, safety and basic instruction provided.

The center is hosting an Arkansas Boating Education Course Saturday, May 21 that will teach the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. It’s free and open to all ages.

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