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“In the end we will conserve only what we love;

we will love only what we understand;

and we will understand only what we have been taught.”

– Baba Dioum, 1968


The Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom and Nature Center is a community collaborative effort coordinated by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. The mission is to raise the next generation of conservationists through research, outreach and education.

This unique program provides an outdoor learning experience for students of all ages, with a vision of teaching K-Ph.D. learners. Facilities include a ½-mile interpretive loop trail, native plant and rain garden, and a 1,500-square foot indoor nature center. The interpretive trail is open to the public sunrise to sunset daily. The nature center is available to schools and community groups through scheduled programs.

The Outdoor Classroom, located at the former Ozark Mountain Smokehouse off MLK in Fayetteville, provides environmental education programs for all ages, including guided field trips, open-house family events, the Kessler Speaker Series featuring local experts and other community programs. Field trip activities are designed to meet current Next-Gen Science standards.

For more information or to schedule a visit, email Evan Johnson at

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