• IRWP Board Meeting - Thursday, August 2nd
    IRWP's Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Thursday, August 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Location will be at IRWP's Learning Center, 221 S. Main St., Cave Springs, AR 72718. 
  • Residential LID Field Tour - August 30th from 9am-3pm at the Washington County Extension Office

    Please join us for this free field tour to learn about the importance of low impact development (LID) at private residences, and ideas you can implement at your own home. The morning will begin with a brief overview of different types of LID practices. This will be followed by a more in-depth talk on rain gardens by Katie Teague with the Washington County Cooperative Extension, and then a talk on how to DIY your own rain barrel. These morning presentations will be followed by lunch (included) and a field tour of multiple local residences with LID practices installed. As a bonus, Casey Dunigan with the Washington County Conservation District will also discuss proper fertilizer and pesticide use. Please contact Stephanie Burchfield at stephanie@irwp.org or call 479-215-6623 for more information.

    Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm, Registration at 8:45am

    Location: Washington County Extension Office, 2536 N McConnell Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72704

    RSVP is required.

    Register here

  • Grazing School - September 6th, 9:30am-2pm
    Please join us for the inaugural Northwest Arkansas Grazing
    School. At this day-long program, we will discuss methods of
    management for intensive grazing and Cooperative Extension’s
    300 Days of Grazing Program. The morning session will
    begin with a field tour of a rotational grazing operation in
    Benton County. The afternoon session will feature talks,
    followed by an interactive fence building demonstration.
    Lunch and educational materials will be provided. The $25.00 fee includes lunch.

    Register at http://www.irwp.org/events/grazing-school/

    For more information, contact Nicole Hardiman at director@irwp.org or 479-422-1014. Email or call to inquire about family pricing.

  • Streambank Restoration Field Tour - Thursday, September 20th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Come out and join us to learn all about major streambank restorations. This free event will focus on the intensive restorations needed for banks that are cut, and are in need of more repair than a simple tree planting. This event will begin with two presentations by experts; the first regarding what's needed to restore a severely cut bank, and the second on how to permanently protect that investment through land conservation. Presentations will be followed by lunch, included.

    After lunch, we will tour the Gibbs' property and see the results of the major restoration that was installed on their streambank.

    For questions contact Stephanie Burchfield at stephanie@irwp.org or 479-215-6623.

    RSVP is required. To register, click here.
  • 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
  • 2017 Annual Report
    Are you curious how IRWP staff spent their time (and your financial support) in 2017? Or how IRWP fulfills its mission of improving the integrity of the Illinois River through education, monitoring, conservation, and restoration? Please take a look at our annual report. We are very proud of our accomplishments in 2017 and hope you are proud of us to! 


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

Mailing Address: PO Box 205 Cave Springs, AR 72718  Physical Address: 221 S. Main Street, Cave Springs, AR 72718

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