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The IRWP team welcomes Ethan Whiting as our newest Project Manager.  Ethan earned Masters degrees in Geology and Hydrology and a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Arkansas and has 10 years of experience in geoscience education and environmental consulting. 

IRWP's Artist-in-Residence, John P. Lasater IV, will have Plein air paintings of the Illinois River Watershed on display and
For Sale at the Windgate Art Gallery
at John Brown University from Jan. 15 - Feb. 7.  
Join us Sunday, January 19 for a Opening reception 
with the artist from 2 pm to 4 pm

Plein Air artist captures Cave Springs lake and home
The public is invited to attend our Watershed Sanctuary Interpretive Training and TreeCorps Volunteer Training session on Saturday, February 8 at the IRWP office in Cave Springs.  Join the IRWP and others volunteers in 2014 conservation projects in the Illinois River Watershed. 

The 2014 Riparian Project is coming up on
Saturday, March 8.  Mark your calendars to come help us plant thousands of tree seedlings in the
Illinois River Watershed!
Thanks to these friends from Walmart, Sam's Club and Anheuser Busch for planting Chinquipin Oak trees at the Watershed Sanctuary.  

Sign up for our blog at for "Throwback Thursday" photos, native landscaping tips, classroom materials, and articles about conservation and outdoor adventure in the Illinois River Watershed.

The IRWP is seeking volunteers to help plant native trees, shrubs, and grasses for the streambank re-vegetation project at the Fisher Ford Whitewater Recreation Area in early 2014. For more information on all IRWP events, contatct for more information!
Recruiting Tree Corps volunteers for Fisher Ford Streambank Re-Vegetation on the Illinois River
Calling for 14 exceptional high school art students!
Art Mentorship Program with IRWP Artist-in-Residence
John P. Lasater IV
JAN. 3
IRWP Conservation Leadership Summit with 20 students and teachers from 6 schools learning about conservation in the Illinois River Watershed visiting Cave Springs, Natural Falls State Park, Lake Wedington, Fisher Ford Whitewater Park, and
Mt. Kesler
JAN. 13
IRWP Presentation
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Whole Hog Cafe, Fayetteville
6 PM
JAN. 15 - FEB. 7
Illinois River Watershed Artist Series featuring
IRWP Artist-in-Residence,
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
Mon thru Fri 8 AM - 8 PM
JAN. 19
Meet John Lasater IV
Windgate Art Gallery
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
2 - 4 PM
JAN. 25
Geo-Quest Family Adventure
Watershed Sanctuary
Cave Springs
1:00 PM
FEB. 6
IRWP Quarterly Board Meeting
6 PM
FEB. 8
Watershed Interpretive Guide and Volunteer Training
IRWP Office
219 S. Main St.
Cave Springs, AR
10 AM
2014 Riparian Project
Tree planting at multiple sites in Illinois River Watershed
Stay tuned for more info...
World Water Day
Spring Float Trip and River Cleanup
For information on all IRWP education program and events, contact 
 Lauren Ray, Education Outreach Coordinator at 

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS who make 
good things possible:
Cities of Bentonville, Cave Springs, Fayetteville, Gentry, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale, Benton and Washington Counties
Walton Family Foundation, Windgate Foundation,
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, US EPA, USDA NRCS, Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Arts Council, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Arvest Bank, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Farm Bureau,  AEP-SWEPCO, McKee Foods, Crafton-Tull, Nestle Waters, Cargill, Del-Monte Foods, George's, Ozark Mountain Foods,
John Brown University, 
Simmons Foods, Southwestern Energy, Tyson Foods, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture


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