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

    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 30 -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/

  • Illinois River Float & Clean-up - Saturday, Oct.1 9 am

    Help clean up the Illinois River and enjoy a fall float!!

    How YOU can participate: 

    Let us know your coming! Sign up online

    First 10 canoes FREE thanks to IRWP, Arkansas Canoe Club and Love to Float!! 

    Must reserve with IRWP, first come first serve. OR bring your kayak or canoe, or rent one from Love to Float Outfitters!

    Meet at Siloam Springs Kayak Park to float and clean-up along the Illinois River, approximately a 7.5-mile stretch. Put in will be Chamber Springs Access.

    Shuttle available to Chamber Springs Access for put in. Shuttles FREE from 8 am to 9 am. 

    Clean-up supplies provided by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Volunteers receive a FREE T-SHIRT!

    Fall Float and Cleanup Flyer PDF


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

Like us on Facebook and sign up for our blog www.UpstreamMatters.com
to receive announcements of upcoming events in 2016!

Check out the IRWP as one of the featured grantees
on the Walton Family Foundation homepage!