• Native Plant Workshop - Friday, August 12 - Watershed Learning Center, Cave Springs

    Learn from experts in the field and purchase native plants at the Native Plant Workshop & Plant Sale, Friday, August 12, 2016.

    Cost is $25 to attend the workshop from 9 am to 4 pm, lunch is included. Native Plant Sale will be open for purchasing native plants.

    Native plants are adapted to our region and require less watering and management, provide important ecosystem services and are valuable resources for pollinators and many birds, bees, insects and more. Find out practical ways to incorporate these plants into your landscape. 

    Workshop hosted by AR Master Naturalist and Illinois River Watershed Partnership. 

    Register now for this event. 

  • 4th Annual Bats & Bluegrass - Saturday, August 20 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!

    Outdoor activities including nature hikes, fishing, canoeing, and standup paddleboarding will start at 4 PM. 

    Dinner and live music by Ozark bluegrass band, Southern Tradition will kick off at 6 PM. 

    At dusk, join representatives from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas for a night-vision view of endangered gray bats emerging from Cave Springs Cave! Bats exit the cave around 8:30 PM. This is a family-friendly event.

    For more information: contact@irwp.org or visit the event Facebook Page
  • 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

  • U.S.D.A. NRCS EQIP Funding - For Landowners in the Illinois River and Eucha Spavinaw Watersheds
    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 Whitus: (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

221 S. Main Street, Cave Springs, AR 72718

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