• 2015 60th Midwest Groundwater Conference - October 14-15, 2015
    The IRWP's annual conference will host the 60th Midwest Groundwater Conference to provide an opportunity for hydrogeologists, geologists, engineers, students and others studying ground-water resources in their respective states to meet and exchange ideas, discuss mutual problems affecting the Midwest, and summarize results of field and laboratory studies. Register now to save your spot for this engaging, informative and timely event.  
  • Working with Clay & Nature Workshop - Sept. 24-25, 2015
    Working with Clay & Nature Workshop with 2015 IRWP Artist-in-Residence Becky Christenson will take place Thursday and Friday, September 24-25, at the IRWP's Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs. For more information, view workshop flyer.  Register here.
  • Illinois River Float & Clean-up - Saturday, Oct. 17 9am - 2pm

    Help keep the Illinois River and its watershed clean and healthy! Experience this beautiful part of the Illinois River Watershed first hand. Guided float and river cleanup starting at Chamber Springs Access to Siloam Springs Kayak Park (approximately 7.5 miles).

    Bring your own lunch and drinks, alcohol not permitted. 

    Bring your own boat, you can shuttle yourself  or cost is $10 for Love to Float Outfitter to shuttle.

    Boat rentals available, $30 for a canoe, $27 for a kayak.


    Map of Put in and Take-out HERE.

    View event flyer HERE

  • Waterways & Trails Bike Ride - Saturdays/Monthly 9 am - 11 am

    Enjoy a guided ride from the IRWP Watershed Learning Center, 221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs to the Razorback Greenway and back, with Green Infrastructure projects and Plein Air artists painting along the trail.  

    Upcoming Rides:

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Saturday, September 26, 2015

    Saturday, October 31, 2015

  • White River Memoirs Exhibit - Saturday, Aug.1 5 pm - 9 pm

    White River Memoirs Exhibit at the Watershed Learning Center as part of the IRWP Windgate Art and Nature Series. Exhibit Opening, Saturday, August 1 with Artist Chris Engholm and area artist. Plein Air Painters of the Ozarks works for sale by artists in the Windgate Art Gallery. 


    See flyer here. 


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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