• 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. 

  • 4rd 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
  • 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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