• Youth Conservation Leadership Summit - Jan. 5, 2015
    Student leaders in conservation from the Springdale School District will meet at the Watershed Learning Center for information about a district-wide Stream Team project in collaboration with Helen Tyson Middle School EAST and the IRWP. Guest speaker Mayor Doug Sprouse of Springdale will discuss the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation in preserving and protecting the Illinois River Watershed, and students will receive training in water quality testing and data input.  For more information:
  • Water Bar - On display until Jan. 19, 2015
    Experience Water Bar, a collaborative art installation by Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Works Progress Studio.  Currently on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as part of the State of the Art exhibition, Water Bar is inspired by the protection of local drinking water sources, and it is staffed by IRWP interns.
  • Working with Clay & Nature Workshop - Jan. 22 - 23, 2015
    Working with Clay & Nature Workshop with 2015 IRWP Artist-in-Residence Becky Christenson will take place Thursday and Friday, January 22 - 23, at the IRWP's Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs.  REGISTER HERE.  For more information, email
  • Watershed Sanctuary NOW OPEN - Every Day, Dawn to Dusk
    The public is now welcome to enjoy the lake, trails, and other amenities at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary every day from dawn until dusk.  The Watershed Sanctuary is located at 220 S. Main St. in Cave Springs.  Please refer to the kiosk at the northern entrance for trail maps, property rules, and other resources.  The Watershed Sanctuary is closed to the public when signs indicate that a school field program in is progress.  For more information about the Watershed Sanctuary, click here.
  • Now Scheduling Spring 2015 Field Programs - Ongoing
    To schedule your school or organization's field program at the Watershed Sanctuary, please refer to the Watershed Sanctuary Program Guide and email your request to with the following information:

    • School name and address
    • Contact person address, phone number and email 
    • Number of students and grade level
    • Preferred and alternative trip dates 
    • Arrival and departure time 
    • Type of program or educational goal of the visit 
    • Any accommodations for students with disabilities


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