Road Construction I-540
Traveling West on I-40? To avoid construction delays, do not take Exit 7 (I-540 S). Stay on I-40 west and take Exit 1 Dora. Stay on Hwy 64D for 6 miles and follow signs to Fort Smith. After crossing over the river, turn right on 4th ST & right on Garland. More »
Plan A Field Trip
Programs are available Monday and Wednesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We are not able to present Ranger Instructed programs on Tuesday.
Reservations are required for both Ranger and Teacher Instructed Programs.
We currently have two programs available:
First Jail and Courtroom - 1st-4th Grades
Discovering Fort Smith - 5th-12th Grades
Check out the Curriculum Materials for detailed lesson and instructional plans
Link to film Fort Smith Peacekeeper of Indian Territory on YouTube
Worksheet for Fort Smith Peacekeeper of Indian Territory
Please have students watch the film and complete the worksheet before your visit. So they have a needed background information.
Program Length and Size
In general, allow 1 hour and a half for the program. To maintain program quality, the group size is limited to 45 students program. The required chaperone ratio is one adult for every ten students.
We do not have staff for groups large than 45 or to have more than one group at a time.
Scheduling Your VisitPlease submit reservation form at least 3 weeks prior to requested tour date. This will allow us to make sure we have the appropriate staff for all programs.
Fax: (479)783-5307 Attn: Education Coordinator. If you have questions please call (479)783-3961.
Fee WaiverEntry to the Visitor Center is $4 for those over 15. Educational groups may request a fee waiver. A fee waiver is included in the reservation form.
Did You Know?
A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.