• Lake Fayetteville Spring Cleanup - April 8, 2017

    Join us Saturday, April 8th for this volunteer opportunity. We will be joining the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership for a spring cleanup of the lake from 9:00 am - 12:00. 

    When: Saturday, April 8th, 9am - 12pm
    Where: Lake Fayetteville Environmental Study Center 

    Register at www.irwp.org/volunteering

  • Illinois River Plein Air Workshop - Friday, April 14 at IRWP Watershed Sanctuary

    This is an afternoon workshop for beginners and accomplished artists taught by Heart of America Artists' Association artists, John P. Lasater IV, Todd Williams, and Julie Gowing Hayes. The workshop will begin at 1:00 pm and on conclude at 5:30 with a dinner at IRWP's North Shore Pavilion. 

    For more information on HOAA, please visit https://hoaaa.wordpress.com/

  • Art and Nature Day Camp
    Children ages 7-12 are invited to attend IRWP's Art and Nature Camp this summer.  The IRWP staff and local artists will work with campers to create nature-based art projects at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs.  Click here to register.  

    For more information, please contact Robin Gregory at robin@irwp.org.
  • 10th Annual Riparian Project - March 18, 2017
    From 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, volunteers can help plant 2,000 native tree seedlings in Fayetteville, Healing Springs, Rogers, Farmington, Siloam Springs, Prairie Grove, and Lincoln.  Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided by IRWP.  For more information, please contact Stephanie Burchfield at stephanie@irwp.org.  
  • Julie Gowing Hays Art Exhibit - February 20 - June 5, 2017
    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 - April 5 & 6, 2017
    A two-day outdoor painting workshop guided by the IRWP's Artist-in-Residence, Julie Gowing Hays.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 1:00 pm both days. For more information, please contact Nicole Hardiman at director@irwp.org.  Register here.
  • March 1: Sign-up Deadline for EQIP practices - USDA NRCS RCPP Program
    Regional Conservation Partnership Program is a partnership with IRWP, NRCS and local partners to help landowners install best management practices to improve water quality in the Illinois River Watershed. 

    Funding Available For:
    Riparian Herbaceous / Riparian Forest Buffer
    Forage & Biomass Planting
    Hedge Row Planting
    Tree & Shrub Establishment
    Prescribed Grazing
    Conservation Crop Rotation/ Cover Crop
    Streambank Protection
    Stream Crossing
    Spring Development
    Pond / Water Facility
    Fencing / Heavy Use Area Protection
    Livestock Pipeline
    Roofs and Covers
    Farmstead Energy Improvement
    Lighting System Improvement
    Building Envelope Improvement
    Nutrient Management
    Amendments for Treatment of Ag Waste
    Waste Storage /Animal Mortality Facility
    Pumping Plant

    SIGN UP DEADLINE March 1, 2017

    Contact Your County Agent Today!

    Benton County
    Mike Whitis
    479-273-2622 Ext. 3

    Washington County
    Rhonda Foster
    479-442-4160 Ext. 3

  • Land Stewardship Dinner - Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    Are you a landowner in the Illinois River Watershed? Programs and technical assistance are available for you to help put conservation practices on your working lands and streamside properties. 

    An informational dinner will be held in Lincoln (location TBD), and dinner will be served at 5:30. Local organizations, such as Natural Resource Conservation Service, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, will be on hand to help connect you with programs and initiatives that could best fit your property. 

    Please RSVP to director@irwp.org or call 479-422-1014.


 

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

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

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