• Free Family Event at Watershed Learning Center & Sanctuary - June 4 10 am - 2 pm
    Join us here at the Watershed Learning Center for a day of fun activities for you and your family! Enter a fishing derby, try out your archery skills, demo a kayak, try out Stand Up Paddle Boards, hike around the natural trails and view the natural cave area, and much more! 

    A free Clean Water Rainger Music Program by Captain Marshall Mitchell will be held at 11:30 am at the outdoor pavilion on the north shore of the lake. Following will be DJ Joe Powell with Cave Springs Police, playing summer tunes until 2 pm. 

    Parking is located on the South Shore of the lake, hot dogs and refreshments will be available at the pavilion concessions. 

    The lake is stocked with catchable catfish by AR Game and Fish. Thanks to Cabelas, kids can take home a new fishing pole too!!

  • Illinois River Splash - River Safety and Stewardship - Saturday, June 18 10 am to 1 pm at Siloam Springs Kayak Park
    IRWP and City of Siloam Springs will host the Illinois River Splash, a family-friendly event at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park.

    Enjoy an afternoon of activities in and around the Illinois River, including river safety/swift water rescue techniques, kayak and canoe demos, music, hot-dogs, bug kicking, safe summer fun and appreciation of our Illinois River. 

    River safety demonstrations by Siloam Springs Fire Dept. and Arkansas Canoe Club will be held to ensure that visitors at the Illinois River Kayak Park are well-equipped with the proper gear and knowledge of the park additions.  

    Vendors will have booths with water/river information, demos and products for purchase. For more information on participating as a vendor, please send email to contact@irwp.org.

    Please, no open fires, but bring your lawn chairs and picnic at this wonderful addition to our community and watershed! 

    For more information about the Kayak Park or for directions, visit http://www.siloamspringskayakpark.com/

    To share and join the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129891530378065/

  • Arkansas Educator's Outdoors: Exploring the Illinois River Watershed - Formal & Non- Formal Educator Workshop - June 16-17, 2016
    Wonder about water? Wanting to connect your science classes to a relevant, local topic of interest and importance? If so, come join us for a hands-on, minds-on two-day professional development exploring the Illinois River Watershed!

    (12) Hours of Credits Available

    Cost: $40.00, includes both days and canoe fees

  • Art & Nature Camp - June and July 2016
    We hope you can join us this summer for ART & NATURE CAMP 2016!   

    Campers can sign up for the following weeks: 

    June 6 - 10 
    June 20 - 24 
    July 11 - 15 
    July 25 - 29 

    Check in at the Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main Street Cave Springs, AR.   

  • 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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on the Walton Family Foundation homepage!