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January 12
IRWP Education Committee mtg at Prairie Grove Middle School 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
January 13
Youth Conservation Leadership Summit with Springdale E.A.S.T. students
January 19
IRWP, NRCS, Springdale E.A.S.T. produce video of local farmers participating in NRCS EQIP or RCPP conservation programs within the Illinois River Watershed. In 2015, contracts for 3,554 acres and $2.12 million in EQIP  conservation practices and $225,000 in RCPP. 
January 19
IRWP Technical Committee meeting at Learning Center 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
January 20 
Nutrient Trading Advisory Panel meeting in Russellville 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
January 21 
IRWP Membership Committee meeting at The Sustainability Consortium 534 W. Research Center Blvd Suite 120 Fayetteville
January 21 
Illinois River Flow Pilot Study forum hosted by OWRB at Tahlequah, OK Armory Bldg
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
January 22 
IRWP Program & Planning Committee meeting at Learning Center 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
January 23
Native Plant Workshop at the Watershed Learning Center
Registration currently full. 
January 26  10 am - 2 pm
Native Plant Group meeting 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more information about joining the Native Plant Group, email Chas McCoy, IRWP Education Outreach Coordinator. 
February 4
IRWP Quarterly Board Meeting Watershed Learning Center 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Members and Public Welcome
February 19 & 20
Clay Workshop with Artist in Residence, Becky Christenson
Make beautiful items for your garden! Ceramic Plant Markers or a Garden Troll, Gnome or Fairy.  
Cost: $25
March 5
9th Annual Riparian Project 9:00 am - 12 Noon
Volunteer Tree Plantings and Creek Cleanups 

School Group Visits
Book your visit NOW for 2016  field trips to the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary and Learning Center 
Explore science, arts, nature and water through hands-on customized activities for all age groups.
Half day and full day trips available.
Contact us today to reserve your day of exploration!
2016 Education Guide at
Conservation and Education Projects 
Over 17,500 people participated contributing 30,150 hours in conservation and education and together accomplished these projects:  
6 Trailheads on Razorback Greenway with Green Infrastructure
Bentonville's Scott Family Amazeum Trailhead
Rogers Mercy Trailhead
City of Johnson Trailhead
Gentry Arvest  Bank Trailhead
On-going trailheads at Lake Springdale Trailhead and
Fayetteville's Gordon Long Park Trailhead 
 Low Impact Development Projects at Learning Center
Phosphorus Removal Structure, bioswale, porous pavers, vegetated wall,
green roof pavilion, agricultural raised beds, rain garden,
floating wetlands, solar-powered sign
Outdoor Pavilion built through AGFC Wildlife Facilities Grant
 Arkansas Forestry Commission
3,000 seedlings planted during Riparian Project along 7 streams and 1,100 seedlings established at Flint Creek Power Plant Tree Farm 1,750 linear feet of streambank planted with trees along Osage Creek and confluence of River
 Regional Conservation Partnership Program
619 eligible agricultural producers and landowners received information on  USDA NRCS programs with 2 producer contracts for $220,000 in FY 2015
Conservation Innovation Grant
Phosphorus Removal Structure on-farm project with Oklahoma State University in Westville, OK entering 3rd and final year of monitoring
Mississippi River Basin Initiative
Helped provide education outreach for $2.12 million in EQIP conservation practices on 3,554 acres and 73 producers
 Windgate Foundation Art & Nature Programs
Illinois River Art Salon and artist workshops
4 weeks summer camps and Afterschool Program 
60th Midwest Groundwater Conference
Co-hosted at Crystal Bridges with 160 participants from 13 states
16 creek and 2 Illinois River cleanups with 786 volunteers
Education Outreach Efforts
  • Schoolprograms with over 40 schools and 5,573 students
  • Growing Conservation Projects with native plants and grasses
  • Sanctuary Farmer’s Market with 8 vendors and over 300 visitors
  • June Family Fishing Derby - 300 participants
  • July Illinois River Splash and Safety Day - 150 participants
  • August Bats and Bluegrass Festival - 682 festival-goers
  • Christmas Nature Hikes and Crafts - over 200 
  • Six stakeholder outreach meetings and online survey for strategic planning
  • 36 corporate and civic organization partnership programs and projects
Late 2015 brought over 10" of rain within three days breaking records and causing major damage. Sign up today to join us and others in volunteering to help with local clean-up efforts!
You can also help identify areas that need clean-up by emailing us at
Kayak Park at Fisher Ford Road, Siloam Springs above 
December 28, 2015, the Illinois River crested at 28.64 feet and flow at the Watts, OK U.S.G.S. gauge readings were 97 kcfs with Normal/average flow is around 4-5 kcfs for the Illinois River. 
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