• 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.
  • Julie Gowing Hayes Workshop - October 12 and 13
    Would you like to learn more about seeing and painting water movement, color, and values ranging from calm reflections to bubbling rapids? This plein air workshop with IRWP Artist-in-Residence Julie Gowing Hayes is open to any level. Demonstrations will be in oils, but acrylic and watercolor artists are welcome.  

    Dates: October 12 from 9:00 to 4:00, October 13 from 9:00 to 3:00. 
    Location: IRWP Learning Center, 220 South Main St, Cave Springs, AR 72718
    Cost: $25
    For more information, contact Julie at juliehayesart@gmail.com.
  • IRWP Board Meeting - Thursday, November 2nd
    IRWP's Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Location to be announced shortly.
  • Free trees to streamside landowners!
    Are you interested in helping improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and streambank stabilization? Free of charge, IRWP will provide trees, planting, and one year of monitoring to landowners with property next to the Illinois River and it's tributaries. 

    For more information, contact Stephanie at stephanie@irwp.org or 479-215-6623
  • How Trees Benefit Stormwater - Tuesday, October 24
    Healthy trees and forest management, especially along stream and river banks, can improve water quality, provide valuable habitat for native plants and animals, and stabilize streambanks. Please come learn about ways to improve Northwest Arkansas's precious natural resources! 

    This event is co-hosted by IRWP and the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council. 

    Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Time: 8:30 am to 1:15 pm
    Location: IRWP's Learning Center, 220 South Main Street, Cave Springs, AR 72718
    Cost: $20 for AUFC members, $45 for non-members (includes AUFC membership). 

    Contact Nicole at director@irwp.org for more information. 

  • 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

  • Farm Field Tour at Shumate Demonstration Farm - Tuesday, October 17
    The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a field day at the WCCD's demonstration farm owned by Allen Shumate. Best management practices to be discussed include permanent and temporary electric fencing, barbed wire fencing, watering systems, prescribed grazing, fall pasture overseeding, and forage stockpiling. 

    The meeting will begin at 10:00 am, with lunch served free of charge at 11:30 am. 

    Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Location: 12491 Hazel Valley Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Make A Difference Day - Saturday, Oct. 28 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Please join Illinois River Watershed Partnership for a riparian tree planting on the Muddy Fork tributary of the Illinois River. By planting native trees and shrubs on and around streambanks, you are preventing erosion, capturing pollutants, and providing habitat for local wildlife. IRWP has a goal of restoring 20 miles of streambank over the next five years and your hard work will help us reach this goal! Tools will be provided, but please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. 

    Please call Stephanie Burchfield at 479-215-6623 or email stephanie@irwp.org for more information. 


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 October 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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