Learn to Love the Outdoors
There’s no substitute for experience. Lake Nixon Outdoor Center is developing AMAZING PROGRAMS!
Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool
In the age of standardized testing, screen time and what some see as a generation of excessively coddled children, a new movement of preschools is pushing kids outdoors, come rain or shine, heat or cold, to connect with nature and learn to take measured risks, in addition to math and the ABCs.
Meet the teachers, visit the indoor and outdoor classrooms and find out what Outdoor Preschool is all about! Due to great community interest and support, meetings are scheduled into small group tours.
Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp
In the summer of 2019, Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp will celebrate a historical 50 years of service to the community. Each year, approximately 500 children participate in our camp. Average weekly attendance is around 275 children, with a staff of over 35 adults to keep the fun trains running on time. This year a new middle school program is being added, along with an additional beach and exciting new activities. Lake Nixon is proud to serve the community through our low prices, accommodations for working families, and our kindergarten through 8th grade day camp program.
Facility Rentals and Special Events
For your next event, consider Lake Nixon. From swimming in the beautiful lake, playing volleyball and sun bathing on the beaches, BBQing in the covered pavilions, exploring on paddle boats and trails, Lake Nixon is a one stop destination for everything from family reunions to birthday parties. Our low rates and large spaces just can’t be beat!
Learn more about our facilities. Contact Jeremy Spann at email@example.com, or 501-228-0202 for more information.
The Lake Nixon Outdoor Center is a 200+ acre recreational facility with a 35-acre lake in Little Rock. Lake Nixon was purchased by Second Baptist Church in Downtown Little Rock in late 1968 from Mr. and Mrs. Euell Paul, who had barred African Americans from accessing the facility. In June 1966, two African American women were denied access to Lake Nixon and the two women would later sue in a Little Rock Court alleging that negroes were being excluded in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The case would eventually be heard by the United States Supreme Court.
Second Baptist purchased the property to develop a summer day camp program to provide working families a place for their children to thrive in the summer months. Second Baptist supported the Supreme Court ruling:
“On June 02, 1969, the Supreme Court issued a 7-1 decision stating that the case of Daniel Et Al. v. Paul (docket no. 488) should be reversed and upholding the law in question [Civil Rights Act Of 1964 (Title II)] as constitutional. The judgment rested on the Court’s authority over statutory construction.
The Court undertook review of the case via cert and heard the case on March 24, 1969. The case originated in the Arkansas Eastern U.S. District Court and was reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit before reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Lake Nixon has offered an integrated Summer Day Camp program since 1969 and seeks to be a pristine, sacred space where God’s presence may be sensed through worship, education, recreation, and sanctuary. The Lake Nixon Outdoor Center welcomes students of all ages to engage in conversations around civil rights history, contemporary race relations, homelessness, and poverty.