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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

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About Lake Nixon

Encompassing 200+ acres and a 34-acre lake located just west-southwest of Little Rock, the Lake Nixon Outdoor Center is minutes from the heart of the capital city.

Yet it feels like a world away.

For the first part of the 20th century, Lake Nixon operated as a commercial entertainment and recreation venue featuring a variety of activities and amenities. These included a swimming beach that provided relief from the summer heat. 

In the summer of 1966, two young African American women sought admission to Lake Nixon and were denied an opportunity to pay the membership fee. In response, they charged the lake’s ownership with violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The resulting legal case, Daniel v. Paul, eventually made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. In a landmark 7-1 decision that drew national attention, the Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. This set an important precedent in the application of the Civil Rights Act to membership-based establishments.

Before the conclusion of the legal proceedings, Dr. Dale Cowling, pastor of downtown Little Rock’s Second Baptist Church, led his congregation to purchase the lake and surrounding property, with the help of generous giving commitments from ten church leaders and their families. The church envisioned Lake Nixon as a ministry to children and families of all races and backgrounds, offering a summer day camp that served the needs of working families and provided opportunities for young people to encounter God through the outdoors. 

Still a ministry of Second Baptist Church, the Lake Nixon Outdoor Center encompasses the Summer Day Camp–celebrating its 50th year in 2019–a unique Outdoor Preschool, recreational facilities for group rental, and more. The LNOP seeks to be a pristine, sacred space where God’s presence may be sensed through worship, education, recreation, and sanctuary.


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