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Kirksey and Prairie Grove Middle School Floating Wetlands
Prairie Grove EAST Students and Kirksey Middle School 7th Grade Science students construct 4 floating wetlands with native plants
for Cave Springs Lake
with Dr. Steve Patterson

Walmart & Sam's Club Volunteers with backhoe
Walmart and Sam's Club volunteers show up with back hoe for major cleanup jobs

Lauren Becky Jodi Jennifer
Lauren Ray, the new IRWP Education Outreach Coordinator, joins a group of Art and Nature campers for a quick photo.

Canoeing at Camp at Watershed Sanctuary Cave Springs
Canoeing at Watershed Sanctuary 
Cave Springs

Cave Springs cave and spring
Cave Springs cave and flowing spring at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary

Restoration of Our Rivers Conference at Crystal Bridges
2013 Annual Conference speakers include former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.; Patti Erwin with the Arkansas Forestry Commission; Mark Goldsmith, Senior Director, Stormwater Compliance, Walmart Stores; and many other respected individuals in conservation and restoration.
2013 OUTREACH
 
9,248 PEOPLE IN EDUCATION OUTREACH CHALLENGE TOTAL!
 
Education Programs:  4,303
Clean Water Rainger Programs:  3,520
Rain Gardens:  288
Riparian Projects:  284
NRCS Conservation Outreach:  279
Creek Cleanups:  225
Summer Camps to date:  192
IRWP Board & Committees:   157

HIGHLIGHTS
Clean Water Raingers program earns INDIE AWARD in Children's Book and Audio Category
Kudo's extraordinaire to singer/songwriter Marshall Mitchell,
illustrator Jack Desrocher, designer Greg Jackson, and content coordinator Jennifer Michaels! 

IRWP & OSU partner to install Phosphorous Removal Structure receives national attention
IRWP and BWD Rain Garden Project presentation at national stream restoration conference and Riparian Project and Flint Creek Power Plant Tree Farm presentation at AR Urban Forestry Conference
 
Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs:
4 floating wetlands launched, Kid's Art & Nature and Watershed Camps, Artists  & Teacher Workshops.
224 Volunteers build greenhouse for native plants and grasses, plant rain garden, identify 19 native tree species, remove dead trees & invasive species. 
 
Education Outreach Coordinator Lauren Ray joins IRWP in June, earns highest student award at University of Ozarks, completing degree in Environmental Science and serving as president of Outdoor and Planet Clubs
 
JULY SUMMER CAMPS
July 15-19 and July 22-26
Art and nature, watershed mania games, fishing, canoeing, hiking, bug kicking, water quality monitoring 
Free Day Camp with lunch and materials provided. 
Check in at IRWP Office at 219 S. Main Street, Cave Springs
Register at 
 
JULY 20
WATERSHED FESTIVAL & RIVER SPLASH!
Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary
in Cave Springs
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Canoeing, Fishing, Kids Games, Bat Viewing, Star Gazing, Free Hot Dogs and drinks till 7 pm!  
 
THANK YOU to our IRWP SPONSORS that make all these good things possible:
Cities of Bentonville, Cave Springs, Fayetteville, Gentry, Rogers, Springdale, and Washington County
Walton Family Foundation, Windgate Charitable Foundation,
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, EPA, USDA NRCS, Arkansas Game and Fish, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Arvest Bank, AT&T, Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Farm Bureau,  AEP-SWEPCO, McKee Foods, Crafton-Tull, Nestle Waters, Cargill, Del-Monte Foods, George's, Ozark Mountain, John Brown University, Simmons Foods, Southwestern Energy, Tyson Foods, University of Arkansas Division of Ag Ext
 
SAVE THESE DATES THIS FALL:
Restoration of Our Rivers 
Annual Conference at Crystal Bridges
Oct. 3-4, 2013
Featuring outstanding national, regional speakers
Register Now at
 
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS:
Stormwater Certification Courses 
Sept. 30-Oct 2 at Compton Gardens
 
Rain Garden Academy
Oct. 2 at Crystal Bridges
9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
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