What does the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute do?

The Institute convenes leaders in research, education, government and other areas to address key issues facing our state, country and world. The Institute is also a world-class conference center, offering its customers the perfect setting for a retreat, conference or meeting.

Who was Winthrop Rockefeller?

Winthrop Rockefeller, grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, was a catalyst for change in Arkansas in the 1950s and ‘60s. After growing up in New York and then serving in the Army during World War II, Rockefeller moved to Petit Jean Mountain in 1953 to build Winrock Farms, a state-of-the-art ranch that produced Santa Gertrudis cattle. Rockefeller served as governor of Arkansas for two terms, from 1967-71. During his four years in office, he led the charge for reform in a number of key areas, including education, prisons, civil rights and economic development. Read more about him here.

Is the Institute the same as Winrock International?

No. Winrock International had its Arkansas headquarters on the site that now occupies the Institute from 1985-2005. In 2005, Winrock International moved its Arkansas office to Little Rock, and the Institute was established by the University of Arkansas System. While the Institute maintains a good relationship with Winrock International, they are two separate organizations with different goals.

Is the Institute open to the public?

Absolutely. We welcome visitors any time between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. We encourage visitors to learn more about Winthrop Rockefeller through our Legacy Theater and Legacy Gallery, peruse the plethora of items in our one-of-a-kind gift shop  and have a meal at the River Rock Grill (lunch buffet on weekdays).

Is the Institute part of Petit Jean State Park?

No, but Petit Jean State Park is less than two miles from the Institute.

Does the Institute raise cattle?

No. The pastures near the Institute are owned by Winrock Farms.

Can I hold a special event at the Institute?

No. As an educational institute, we do not host weddings, reunions or similar special events. We do, however, host all kinds of conferences, meetings and retreats.