• 2016 Illinois River Salon - Oct. 6 at Crystal Bridges Museum Great Hall

    Join us for the 4th annual Illinois River Salon, a juried art exhibition featuring nationally talented artists that have captured our beautiful Watershed in original art. The full Salon will be on display and art available for purchase September 30- December 3 at the Illinois River Watershed Learning Center's Windgate Art Gallery. Awards will be announced and the Top 20 paintings will be celebrated as part of the IRWP's annual Golden Paddle Awards event October 6 at Crystal Bridges. http://www.irwp.org/events/2016-illinois-river-salon/

  • 2016 Illinois River Art Salon - September through December

    The Illinois River Salon is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. 

    September 1: Selection of Paintings for the 2016 Illinois River Salon

    September 26: Art Salon selected pieces featured at the Illinois River Watershed Learning Center, located at 221 S. Main St., Cave Springs, AR

    September 30: Dinner Reception for Artist, Selection of finalist awards and top 10 announced to go to Crystal Bridges Museum

    October 6: Art Salon awards and recognition at the Crystal Bridges Museum Great Hall. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased through IRWP. 

    December 3: Artist’s Reception at the Windgate Gallery IRWP Watershed Learning Center, 221 S. Main St. Cave Springs, AR

    September 26 -December 3, 2016  All selected works of art will be on display in the IRWP Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main Street, Cave Springs, Arkansas. Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

    Find out more about the 2016 Illinois River Salon

    For more 2016 artist entry information go to Heart of America Artist Association website at https://hoaaa.wordpress.com/

  • SEPT 14: FIELD DAY TOUR - For Landowners in the Illinois River and Eucha Spavinaw Watersheds
    September 14 Field Day:  Cliff Gibbs Ranch and Osage Creek streambank restoration tour.  11 am to 1 pm. 
    RSVP for Lunch to contact@irwp.org or call 479-215-6623
    Field Tour Address:  Gibbs Ranch 16734 Old Highway 68, Siloam Springs, AR. For Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1DJeS1UX8rgC4kwa8QOrSINiG4BM&hl=en

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services is taking applications for 2016 funding for the EQIP program (Environmental Quality Incentive Program).

    This funding helps landowners install best management practices such as:

    Alternative Water Systems
    Forage and Biomass Establishment
    Tree Establishment
    Streambank Stabilization
    Litter treatment-Alum
    Waste Storage Facility
    Animal Mortality Facility

    Contact your county agent to learn more!
    Benton County, Mike Whitis: (479) 273-2622 ext 3
    Washington County,: Rhonda Foster: (479) 521-4520 ext 3


Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary and Learning Center

Hours of Operation:

30-acre Sanctuary Open for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, from dawn to dusk everyday.  Bat viewing March through September at dusk.

Learning Center open Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Mailing Address: PO Box 205 Cave Springs, AR 72718  Physical Address: 221 S. Main Street, Cave Springs, AR 72718

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