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Program Director/Educator Jeremy Spann

Jeremy is equally excited to lead both the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp programs.

Throughout his life Jeremy has walked many paths, but through this new role at Lake Nixon Outdoor Center he has been blessed to find the most meaningful work, guiding youth from prekindergarten through elementary on their many adventures and building their faith in God.

Jeremy is a kid at heart, who is lucky enough to have married the love of his life, Elizabeth Spann. They have been blessed with two children, Kenneth and Miles. Jeremy brings to this new role a background in environmental science, his experience as a middle school educator, and serving the community through the Little Rock Climbing Center.

Jeremy seeks to provide the children and families of Central Arkansas with a trusted environment to grow, play, and learn. He looks forward to growing a meaningful relationship with the wonderful community surrounding Second Baptist, and fulfill his calling to serve through Lake Nixon Outdoor Center. You can contact Jeremy by emailing him at

Preschool Director/Lead Educator Monica Woods

Monica is our Program Developer/Lead Educator and she has been with us since summer staff orientation back in late May 2017. She whole-heartedly believes that children should have the opportunity to connect to the outdoors and is astounded at how everything she has done up until this point has prepared her for this amazing opportunity.

Monica is a native Texan, but got here as fast as she could. She moved to Little Rock in 2008, after falling in love with it while visiting family here for many years. She loves to surprise outsiders with stories of some of the beautiful places here, but always stops short from telling all she knows because she would really like for Arkansas to remain a secret.

She has two children, Tristan and Lucia, whom she chooses to spend time with above just about anyone else, and never takes for granted the gift of being a parent.

After backcountry guiding for several years in Colorado and Wyoming, nine years in the classroom and ten years homeschooling her own kids, Monica then tutored dyslexic students at Catholic High School before serving in her current position at Lake Nixon. Monica is an avid rock climber and often enjoys climbing in Northwest Arkansas, as well as in other parts of the U.S.

After doing her own research into outdoor preschools for many years, Monica could not be more excited to have this chance to provide this nature immersion experience for young children right here in Little Rock. You can email Monica at

Educator Alan Brooks

Hi preschool families. My name is Alan Brooks and I have lived in Arkansas for 22 great years. My experience working in an educational setting extends from preschoolers to adults with disabilities. My internship with St. Marks' brought me to especially love working with children, and so I've also dedicated my time for the last 3 years to St. Michael's Children's Chapel. My passion and heart is for kids, and there is never a dull moment with these kiddos. They keep me on my toes, and inspire me to see the world through their eyes. I'm looking forward to getting to know each and every family.

Educator Sheila Gloer

Sheila Gloer is a parent of two grown boys, a grandmother, an educator and lover of the outdoors. She studied early childhood education in her undergraduate degree and taught preschool early in her career. After further study she became a reading specialist teaching in public schools for 28 years in four different states. After completing a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction she extended her teaching career in the School of Education at Baylor University for sixteen years. Having retired from their teaching positions at Baylor, Sheila and her husband moved to Little Rock this past May where her husband is serving part-time on the staff of Second Baptist Church Downtown. Sheila enjoys this new vocation of building relationships with your children in the outdoor classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Assistant Educator/Assistant Camp Director Chris Gardner

My name is Christopher Gardner and I work at Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp. I began working at Lake Nixon in 2015 as a substitute counselor. Each summer, I have played a different role from subbing, being a team counselor, becoming the praise and worship teacher, and even this past summer, I served as the assistant director and bible study teacher. I have worked at Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool since January of 2018 and it has been a blast. Being at Lake Nixon and allowing kids to grow, play, and learn in this environment is simply astounding. My heart is with kids and I plan to teach high school speech and theatre.

FAQ What are your facility rental rates?

Rental rates for the facility are $4 per person for a 4 hour block use of the entire facility. There is a $150 minimum due upon reservation. Rental times slots are seasonal and available upon request. Lifeguards must be present for swimming and require an additional $30 per swimming hour. Contact Jeremy for more information at

Exciting News

About Lake Nixon

A Revolution in Education

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.

 Enrolling Now!

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.

Space is limited. Enroll online today.

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.

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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, or 501-228-0202 for more information.

Our History

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.

Outdoor Preschool
Learn more about our program.

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.

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