Arkansas is home to some amazing animals! Over 100 species are found here and nowhere else in the world (endemic). Others are becoming rare and are found in only a few, protected places, such as natural areas. This page includes downloads with information and activity sheets about Arkansas animals and descriptions of animal programs available from our professional staff.


Animals Action Animals Action (913 KB)

Arkansas Animals - A Story of Change Arkansas Animals - A Story of Change (866 KB)

 Arkansas Animal ABCs—this programs goes through the alphabet with brief descriptions of native Arkansas animals for each letter.

 Brought to You by the Letter “E” - using words that begin with the letter “e”, this program uses Arkansas-specific animal examples to define the conservation concepts endemic, endangered, extirpated, and extinct.

American Burying Beetle
American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)


ABB - Coloring Sheet ABB - Coloring Sheet (217 KB)

ABB - Maze ABB - Maze (123 KB)

ABB - Word Search ABB - Word Search (85 KB)


Bat (Myotis sodalis)


Bat - Anatomy Handout Bat - Anatomy Handout (305 KB)

Bat - Coloring Page Bat - Coloring Page (632 KB)

Bat - Connect the Dots Bat - Connect the Dots (199 KB)

Bat - Word Search Bat - Word Search (37 KB)

Bat - Ozark Big-Eared Bat Mask Bat - Ozark Big-Eared Bat Mask (1636 KB)



Bat Programs 

Bats—Arkansas’s Most Endangered Mammal—this program explores the natural history of bats, including unusual adaptations of bats around the world, and focuses on the work to protect the three endangered bat species of Arkansas.

Bats at the Library—a special bat program developed for libraries that uses the illustrations and text for the book Bats at the Library by Brian Lies to introduce the natural history information on bats.

Box Turtle
Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)


Turtle - Book List Turtle - Book List (69 KB)

Turtle - Crossword Puzzle Turtle - Crossword Puzzle (146 KB)

Turtle - "T" is for Turtle Turtle - "T" is for Turtle (26 KB)

Turtle - Coloring Sheet Turtle - Coloring Sheet (296 KB)

Ozark Cavefish
Ozark Cavefish (Amblyopsis rosae)


OC - Coloring Sheet OC - Coloring Sheet (201 KB)

OC - Maze OC - Maze (293 KB)

OC - Word Search OC - Word Search (2354 KB)

Woodpeckers (Picoides borealis)


WP - Maze WP - Maze (66 KB)

WP - Word Search WP - Word Search (40 KB)

Woodpeckers of Arkansas—an overview program of the nine different species of woodpeckers native to Arkansas, including exciting information about recovery work being done on Arkansas natural areas for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.