ARKABUTLA LAKE REHABILITATION & NATURE CENTER
Arkabutla Lake Rehabilitation & Nature Center (ARK) is located on 154 acres of natural habitat awarded to Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. by the US Army Corp of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake. The ARK is able to repeatedly connect children and adults with nature and wildlife along the 2 miles of woodland walking trails an outdoor stage, 5,000 sqft education pavilion, beautiful interpretive signage, and open wildflower & grasslands. As a volunteer project of the Leadership DeSoto class of 2016, there are QR signs that walk people through different stretching exercises along the trail.
Each day, MS Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. is one step closer to constructing a 27,000 sqft LEED certified Wildlife Rehabilitation facility that will provide a central location for more consistent care for orphaned and injured native wildlife and remove the animals from MWR’s current “Homecare Program” which allows trained volunteers to care for these animals out of their homes.
The ARK Nature Center will offer learning centers and exhibit cages along a handicap accessible wildlife demonstration trail and eventually be the home of an education Bald Eagle along with MWR’s current education birds of prey.
In the Spring of 2015, Entergy awarded MWR, Inc. with a $150,000 Environmental Education Grant. This allowed for MWR to construct the 5,000 sqft Entergy Education Pavilion that will be complete with a full kitchen, two restrooms, storage closet and a large covered area for guest at education programs hosted by MWR, Inc. Once fully completed in the Summer of 2017, the venue will be available to the public for rental for reunions to corporate outings!
ARK WILDLIFE HOSPITAL
In the Fall of 2016, the Army Corp of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake released the old field office building to MWR, Inc. located in Tate County for the purpose of the ARK Wildlife Hospital. This has allowed MWR, Inc. a location for the public to bring in orphaned or injured wildlife to be accessed by MWR’s Rehabilitation Director, Dr. Stefan Harsch, DVM. The surgery center has top of the line surgery equipment and has allowed MWR to rehabilitate and release more native species back to their homes.
For more information on the ARK properties please call- 662-612-6455
For more information on wildlife rehabilitation please visit the MWR, Inc. website