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Turpentine Creek spring break right around the corner!

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Spring Break is the perfect time to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Flowers begin to bloom as the weather gets warmer, and the big cats spend more time outside exploring the changing season.

Many people come to stay at TCWR during their time off, and so the rooms tend to get booked solid during Spring Break. “At the moment there are still a few vacancies available,” says Lodging Coordinator Lori Hartle. “But we’re filling up fast.” In addition to its lodges, suites, and tree house, Turpentine Creek offers camping and RV sites, also popular once the weather begins to warm.

Because of its proximity to Eureka Springs, TCWR is a perfect jumping-off point to enjoy the rest of the area’s attractions, as well as shopping and dining downtown, and all the canoeing and other outdoor activities available west of the town toward Beaver Lake.

For many, though, it’s simply good to have time off from work or school to come here and spend time enjoying the exotic big cats. Walking and riding guided tours are available, and private tours are available upon request. (Ask about “Coffee With the Curator” or the photo shoot tours for more details.)

For those in search of more than a visit, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge always needs volunteers. Either individually or in groups, people find their donated time very rewarding. While there is never contact between volunteers and the big cats, as long you you’re over 18 (or over 12 if accompanied by an adult), there are many projects which need to be done that currently take time from our primary staff.

For more info on how to volunteer, email Ivy Cooper at or call (479) 253-5958.


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