• Julie Gowing Hays Art Exhibit - February 20 - June 5, 2017
    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.
  • Julie Gowing Hayes Workshop - April 5 & 6, 2017
    A two-day outdoor painting workshop guided by the IRWP's Artist-in-Residence, Julie Gowing Hays.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 1:00 pm both days. For more information, please contact Nicole Hardiman at director@irwp.org.  Register here.
  • Lake Fayetteville Spring Cleanup - April 8, 2017

    Join us Saturday, April 8th for this volunteer opportunity. We will be joining the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership for a spring cleanup of the lake from 9:00 am - 12:00. 

    When: Saturday, April 8th, 9am - 12pm
    Where: Lake Fayetteville Environmental Study Center 

    Register at www.irwp.org/volunteering

  • Illinois River Plein Air Paintout - Friday, April 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

    Join us for a Plein Air Paintout  in the Illinois River Watershed on Friday, April 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Heart of American Artists' Association founders John P. Lasater IV and Todd Williams, and HOAA President Julie Gowing Hayes, will each be available at one of three different locations for mentorship. At 5:00 pm all are invited to come together for a cookout at the IRWP's Pavilion across from the Learning Center

    For more information on HOAA, please visit https://hoaaa.wordpress.com/

    Register here
    Cost: $50.00, please pay upon arrival. 

  • Art and Nature Day Camp
    Children ages 7-12 are invited to attend IRWP's Art and Nature Camp this summer.  The IRWP staff and local artists will work with campers to create nature-based art projects at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs.  Click here to register.  

    For more information, please contact Robin Gregory at robin@irwp.org.


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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