• Julie Gowing Hays Art Exhibit
    From 9 AM to 4 PM on weekdays, the public is welcome to drop in at the Watershed Learning Center to view paintings by Julie Gowing Hays, IRWP's 2017 Artist in Residence.  This art exhibit is sponsored by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and features oil paintings of scenes found mostly in nature in a representational and sometimes impressionistic style. For more information, email contact@irwp.org.
  • IRWP Board Meeting - Thursday, August 3rd
    IRWP's Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Thursday, August 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Location to be announced shortly.
  • IRWP Golf Tournament - August 4th, 2017

    Grab some friends and come on out for an afternoon golf tournament at The Creeks Golf Course in Cave Springs. This tournament will support IRWP's efforts to protect and preserve the Illinois River Watershed through education an outreach, conservation, restoration, and monitoring activities. 

    Date: Friday, August 4th

    Time: Registration at 11:30, Lunch served at 12:00, Tee off at 1:00 pm

    Registration Fee: $400 per 4-person team

    Hole Sponsorship: $100

    Hole and Team Sponsorship: $500

    Mulligans: $25 for 2 + Tee Blaster

    Register Here

  • Land Stewardship Dinner - Thursday, August 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    Are you a landowner in the Illinois River Watershed? Programs and technical assistance are available for you to help put conservation practices on your working lands and streamside properties. 

    An informational dinner will be held in Fayetteville at the Washington County Cooperative Extension office, and dinner will be served at 5:30. Local organizations, such as Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be on hand to help connect you with programs and initiatives that could best fit your property. 

    Please RSVP to director@irwp.org or call 479-422-1014.

  • 5th Annual Bats & Bluegrass - Saturday, September 16 at the Watershed Sanctuary, Cave Springs
    Come out to the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary to watch the endangered gray bats erupt out of Cave Springs Cave at dusk!

    Family-friendly, outdoor activities including nature hikes, fishing, canoeing, and starting at 4 PM. 

    Live music will kick off at 6 PM. 

    Bats exit the cave around 8:30 PM. 

    For more information: contact@irwp.org or visit the event Facebook page
  • 2017 Illinois River Salon - Nov 16 at Fayetteville Underground

    Join us for the 5th annual Illinois River Salon, a juried art exhibition featuring nationally talented artists that have captured our beautiful Watershed in original art. The exhibition will be on display and art available for purchase from November 2 to 26 at the Fayetteville Underground. Awards will be given at the Illinois River Salon, scheduled for Thursday, November 16. For more information or to enter the competition, please visit here


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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