The Potlatch Conservation Education Center will offer free outdoor educational activities, including a toad lesson for youngsters

The Potlatch Conservation Education Center is hosting several free activities this month. (Image source: PCEC Facebook page)

The Potlatch Conservation Education Center (PCEC) at Cook’s Lake near Casscoe will host several interpretive programs this month.

toad abode

PCEC will be hosting a beginner’s class for kids called “Toad Abode” on Saturday, May 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Lori Bailey, PCEC educator, said the class was for children aged five and up.

“We’ll go over some of the basic differences between toads and frogs and the benefits of having toads in your garden. Then we’ll make a little toad house to take home and put in your garden,” said Bailey said.

Participation is free, but prior registration is required.

Cooking Wild with Wil – Upgrade Your Wild Game Grilling

PCEC Facilities Manager William Hafner will host a program called “Up your Wild Game Grilling” on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 28 at noon.

“A lot of people are familiar with his cooking with wild game workshops,” Bailey said. “This one is sort of in conjunction with Memorial Day.”

Canoe fishing

Bailey will lead a canoe fishing lesson on Saturday May 28 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“Actually, we’re going to take our canoes out and go canoe fishing. If you have a partner you want to take with you, you can. Or we’ll pair you up with someone, and that’ll be a great way to meet a new friend,” Bailey said.

Participants can bring their own equipment or use the center’s equipment.

Fishing 101

PCEC will be holding Fishing 101 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This is an introductory course where participants can learn everything they need to know to start fishing.


Participants must register in advance for the activities offered by PCEC. Registration is available on the Arkansas Outdoor Skills Network webpage.

Anyone seeking help can contact the center by calling 870-241-3373.


The PCEC is open again for school outings.

“We have programs that we can actually bring to the classroom, or you can bring your students here for field trips. We have a lot of different programs, and we generally try to meet the needs of teachers,” Bailey said.

For more information, residents can visit the Potlatch Cook’s Lake Nature Center Facebook page.


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