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Join us for a 4-mile float trip and cleanup on the Illinois River this Saturday, November 2!  Meet at the AR 59 Canoe Outfitter south of Siloam Springs at 9 AM.  To register, email

Young artist in the family?  Children ages 5-12 are invited to enter up to 3 pieces of two-dimensional artwork with the theme, "Wonders of Our Waters," by November 15.  Email for more information.

Plein Air artist captures Cave Springs lake and home
Over 70 volunteers participated in "Make A Difference Day" at the Watershed Sanctuary on Saturday, October 26.  They helped plant native trees, remove debris from the trails and lake bed, eradicate invasive vegetation, and relocate the floating wetland islands.  Some even took home native trees from our tree giveaway!

Interested in the history of Cave Springs and the Watershed Sanctuary?  Check out "Throwback Thursdays" on our new blog and subscribe at  

Students from Walnut Farm Montessori visited the Watershed Sanctuary for a field trip last week and learned about the Illinois River Watershed and its tributaries, caves, endangered species, and forests.

Several streamside landowners in the Illinois River Watershed attended a conservation dinner on Oct. 17 at Simmons Great Hall at John Brown University. 
Illinois River Float and Cleanup
Arkansas 59 Canoe Outfitter
Siloam Springs, AR
Bring $20 for boat rental or $10 for shuttle fee if bringing own boat.
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
To register and/or for more information, email
NOV 2-3
John Lasater IV
IRWP's Artist-in-Residence
24 paintings in 24 hours
Reception Sunday at 5 PM
4 Corners Framing
Siloam Springs
Rain Garden Planting
Boys and Girls Club of Benton County- McKinney Unit
 2801 N. Walker
Bentonville, AR 72712
4:00 PM
NOV 7-9
Windgate Artist Series 
Plein Air Artist Workshop 
with John Lasater
9 AM to 4 PM
Watershed Sanctuary 
Space is limited. Email to register.
First Baptist Church Gymnasium
Cave Springs
6:00 pm 
NOV 14
Rain Garden Planting
Bentonville Public Library
1:00 PM
NOV 14
EPA Illinois River Watershed TMDL Meeting
Cherokee Casino
West Siloam Springs, OK
6:00 PM

NOV 14
Septic System Workshop with Arkansas Health Dept.
IRWP Office
219 S. Main St.
Cave Springs, AR 72718
7:00 PM
NOV 15
"Wonders of Our Waters" Children's Art Entries Due
Email for more details.
NOV 15-16
Illinois River Watershed Windgate Foundation Art Exhibit
Open to public during center hours
Jones Center in Springdale
NOV 16
"Wonders of Our Waters" Children's Art Exhibit and Award Ceremony
Cash Prizes:
1st: $100
2nd: $50
3rd: $25
Jones Center in Springdale
6:00 PM
NOV 18
 In-Vessel Animal Mortality Composting Facility Showcase 
Sponsored by Benton County Conservation District
11:00 AM
NOV 25
Springdale Rotary Club Presentation

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS that make 
good things possible:
Cities of Bentonville, Cave Springs, Fayetteville, Gentry, Rogers, Springdale, Benton and Washington Counties
Walton Family Foundation, Windgate Foundation,
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, US EPA, USDA NRCS, Arkansas Game and Fish, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Arvest Bank, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, 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


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