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Bid For Big Cats

Two-Day Online Auction

August 5, 2020

Turpentine Creek is hosting a two-day online auction to support the animals that call turpentine Creek home.

Get ready to take home your own piece of TCWR or an awesome animal themed item! Our online auction will run for 36 hours! From August 7 at 8am until August 8 at 8pm, you can bid on your favorite items, including animal created artwork!

Mack Paw Painting

Since many of our in-person events had to be canceled this year, we are trying to offer more online opportunities to help our supporters still get to engage with and help the Refuge! We encourage our supporters to visit auction page to check out over 80 items that will be up for auction in the coming days!

Items up for auction include donated jewelry, handmade hair scrunchies, accessories, cookware, gift packages, lodging certificate, artwork, animal made artwork, animal toy holiday ornaments, animal destroyed toys, key chains, quilts, gift certificates, and more! There is a little for everyone at all price ranges. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping with amazing items that will help support the animals that call Turpentine Creek home.

Enrichment toy flower pot

Turpentine Creek has been hit hard by COVID-19, although we reopened to the public July 1, 2020, we have been trying to make up a deficit in income of over $593,000, in comparison to 2019, from lack of ticket sales, events, and lodging. Our most basic budget to run the Refuge while open to the public is $173,000 per month if we have no projects, repairs, rescues, or builds in the works.

As school starts back up, we typically see a drastic drop in visitors and our income shifts to a heavy reliance on donations. Approximately half of our annual income comes through in end-of-year giving. We are hopeful that our donors will continue to rally and support the Refuge, as usual, but are also cautious since many people and businesses have been hard hit by COVID closures. Your donations help us continue to provide quality care for our animals and rescue animals in need. Please join us for our auction and if you do not win your bid on item(s) please consider donating your bid amount to help the animals at TCWR.

Summer Fun Days

Educational Days for Kids at TCWR

June 4, 2019

Kids enjoying summer day camp at TCWR and learning about animal tracksFor the second year in a row, Turpentine Creek is excited to announce that we are hosting kids day camps in June. Our 9 to 12-year-old camp is full, but we still have plenty of spots open for our 6 to 8-year-old camp on June 12-14th!  We are also very excited to announce a new kids summer activity happening in July, our summer Fun Days!

We all love the fun that summer offers such as playing in the pool, fishing, and enjoying the sunshine. This summer, join TCWR’s Education Team for our Summer Fun Days in July.  Each day we will explore the refuge through fun activities, games, arts and crafts, and more. The summer fun days will each start with a tour of the refuge before diving into our learning activities.  TCWR is an amazing place for kids to enjoy their summer vacation, they will discover why Exotic Animals don’t make good pets and have fun while they learn. Our Summer Fun Days take place each Saturday in July at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Kids enjoying summer at TCWR's Summer Day CampHowever, if you live in the Rogers/Bentonville area and are unable to make a drive out to the refuge, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting Summer Fun Days on Fridays at the Center for Non-profits in Rogers Arkansas. We will have the same fun learning activities and crafts that participants will enjoy at the refuge. Each child that attends the event at the Rogers location will get a free admission ticket to the refuge as well.

Summer Fun Days will take place from 9am-1pm and costs $30 per child (please bring sack lunch and snack). We are looking forward to a summer full of fun learning about Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my! For more information and to register, please visit the summer day camp section on our website at . Please feel free to contact our Education Department at or at 479-253-5841 ext 3.

First Kids Day Camp

Introducing Kids To Conservation

June 4, 2018

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will be kicking off the busy summer season with our first day camp on Wednesday, June 6th. We are looking forward to 3 days of fun programs and activities with the kids. Throughout the week, the kids will discover the world of wildlife and how they can be the voice for animals everywhere. We will work together to create enrichment for the animals that call the Refuge home, explore animal senses, go on a nature hike to journal what we see and hear, and so much more.

Our goal is to help immerse children into the world of wildlife in order to help them understand why exotic animals do not make good pets. Through our summer day camps; the kids will see the animals every day and learn how dangerous it is to have a tiger, lion, bear, etc. as a pet. They will have a better connection to the animals that call Turpentine Creek home and will discover how to help advocate for wildlife everywhere. If you know any children that would love to participate in any of our day camps, we would love for them to attend. We do still have spots available for our camps in July. We know we are going to have a blast helping the kids explore Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge during their time with us. Check out our Education Day Camp page to see the Day Camp Schedule and to reserve a spot for your cub today!

Wild About Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day With TCWR

April 13, 2018

Come join the TCWR staff and animals this Sunday, April 22 as people around the world celebrate Earth Day!  Take part in our free Wild About Earth Day educational sessions offered throughout the day.  What better way to honor the preservation of our planet and all living things than by helping the majestic animals at our sanctuary with your visit?

Earth Day has become the largest non-religious observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people each year; a day of action that changes the behavior of people and organizations and brings about changes in policy.  The fight for a clean environment has become even more urgent as the ravages of climate change become more apparent daily with diminishing forests, air pollution, water pollution, and shrinking critical wildlife habitats.

Champions of wildlife like world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall stress how important it is to inspire our children to become environmentalists and urge them to find a cause, join with friends to create a stir, no matter how big or small—together we can make a difference!

Here at Turpentine Creek, our education program offers classes throughout the day on April 22 to encourage people young and old to become environmentalists and explain how easy it can be to adopt sustainable behavior with our Wild About Earth Day programs:

  • Plastic in the food chain –  11:30a.m.

Everything in an ecosystem is interconnected and the ocean plays a vital role in the food web. When an ecosystem is polluted with plastic, the system becomes imbalanced and can cause extreme consequences for the entire world, not just the ocean. By learning about the problems associated with plastic pollution, we can come up with solutions to protect ourselves and the environment.

  • How long does it take? – 12:40p.m.

Wildlife everywhere are in danger due to trash in our environment. Whether it is something small like a straw or something larger such as a tire, trash is hurting our wildlife. Join Wildlife Interpreter Beckie as we discover how long certain items stay in the environment and how you can help wildlife by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

  • Saving the richest places on Earth –  2:20

The most wildlife abundant places on Earth are also the most threatened. Humans depend on this biodiversity to survive. Join us at TCWR to learn about the richest places on the planet, and why we need to protect them. 

  • Pollution Solution – 3:40

Earth provides everything that we need to survive, so it is our duty as humans to make sure we help and protect our planet for ourselves and every living species that we share Earth with. Join Wildlife Interpreter Beckie as we discover how we can help Earth and its residents every day in this family fun activity.

Note:   All programs will be held behind the gift shop except Saving the Richest Places on Earth, which will be located at the bobcat habitat.

Check out our website for full calendar and details of each presentation under our Education tab for one which can help you reach your own goals in becoming an environmentalist!  Learn more about these magnificent big cats, bears and other exotic species, how you can make a difference in their lives and join other advocates to preserve these species in the wild as well as sustain our environment for future generations.

Blog Written By Stewardship Intern Sandra Ames

Annual Membership Picnic – Blues Festival- Fathers Day

Annual Membership Picnic, Blues Festival, Father’s Day weekend
Turpentine Creek will hold its First Annual Membership Picnic on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21. This day-long event will feature live music on the big stage, a wrap up to the week-long Eureka Springs Blues Festival, which runs from Saturday, June 13 through the 21st, with live blues at various locales all over town.
Acts appearing at Turpentine Creek the day of the event will include the Brick Fields Gospel Brunch, Lucious Spiller, the Noah Wotherspoon, and an All-Star Jam.
Music will start at noon.
Food vendors will be on site with plenty to eat. Beer will also be available. No coolers please!
In addition to great food and great music, the picnic will include a giant inflatable bouncy house for the kids.
Admission to the event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Members also have access to the refuge during the event. Normal admission rates apply to non-members.
The event will be preceded at 11 a.m. by a memorial for the late Clif Jackson, brother of TCWR President Tanya Jackson, who passed away recently.
For more information on this event, call Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge at (479) 253-5841. For details on the Blues Festival, go to or email
To get your membership to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, go to