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Peg Brazelton Nature Center

Peg Brazelton Girl Scout

Nature Center at Burnham Woods

 The Peg Brazelton Girl Scout Nature Center is now open for programs!

Located on thirteen wooded acres in the heart of Fort Smith, the nature center at Burnham Woods houses several native species and offers a self-guided trail experience troops can schedule at their convenience. Look for more program opportunities as we continue to make improvements to the center.


Fall Programs

Nature Nights

September 24, October 8, October 22 and October 29

Join us at the nature center for Nature Nights this fall. We’ll get to spend some time getting up close with a few of the critters who call Arkansas home, work on legacy naturalist badges, and explore the It’s Your Planet –Love It! Girl Scout Journey. You’ll also discover ways you can Take Action and make your world a better place.

Nature Nights

October 1, October 15 and October 29

Discover how nature has helped us engineer everything from clothes and camping gear to helicopters and 360 degree lenses. Learn about careers in conservation and discover ways you can Take Action and make your world a better place. Don’t worry; you’ll still have plenty of time for some good old fashioned critter fun as well.

Passport to the Past: 

October 25

Grab your passport as we journey through layers of time to discover what life was like thousands and even millions of years ago.  Unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the stories fossils leave behind. Explore the science behind fossilization and find out why fossils matter to us today.  Staff from the Arkansas Geological Society will be our guide the layers of rock beneath our feet.

Older girls will dive into what fossils tell us about climate science and how we can make our world a better place. You’ll also have the chance to talk to an Arkansas State Geologist about careers in the field of Geology and Paleontology.

Nocturnal Nature: 

November 7- November 9

Take a walk on the wild side –after dark! You’ll sleep in and stay up late just like many of the animals who call Arkansas home.  Come discover the sounds of the forest at night, learn how to identify animals looking only at their eyes, and go on a night hike. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to see some of these critters up close.

Day Camps 

New this year! The Peg Brazelton Girl Scout Nature Center will offer Spring Break and Summer Day Camp Experiences for girls of all ages. Day Camps will focus on a wide variety of topics and help girls discover the natural world, connect with how nature affects their everyday lives, and take action to make their world a better place. Classic camp activities such as hiking, outdoor cooking, and crafts will round out the day camp experience. Lunch and snacks are included in the cost of registration.  Look for more information closer to the dates.

  • Oklahoma Spring Break:  March 18, 2015
  • Arkansas Spring Break:  March 24 – 26, 2015
  • Summer 2015:  June 15 – 19, 2015 
For more information about Nature Center Programs visit the Program Calendar
Program Aides and Volunteers

Programs Aides and Volunteers are welcome to assist with any Nature Center Event. Contact Adrianne Johnson, Nature Center Specialist at or (479) 452-1290 ext. 4024 for more info.

Service Projects

Troop and individual service projects are available year round. Contact Adrianne Johnson, Nature Center Specialist at or (479) 452-1290 ext. 4024 for more info.