Monarch Butterfly & Significance of Swamp Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly & Significance of Swamp Milkweed

Today, we hear from Terry Stanfill, a recent retiree of Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) after 35 years working as a chemist at Flint Creek Power...
Five Green Infrastructure Projects Completed for the Illinois River Watershed

Five Green Infrastructure Projects Completed for the Illinois River Watershed

If you take a stroll along the Razorback Greenway trail system in Northwest Arkansas, keep your eyes open for some special demonstration projects that have...
Let's Build A Trail

Let’s Build A Trail

Help us build a 4 mile trail from the Razorback Greenway to the Watershed Sanctuary! On Sunday, April 17, a variety of outdoor activities are...
10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home this Labor Day Weekend? In this post, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that...
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The Bats Are Back in Town and It’s National Bat Appreciation Day April 17!

The Bats Are Back in Town and It’s National Bat Appreciation Day April 17!

Our thanks to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Walton Family Foundation, corporate sponsors and over 140 individuals that established the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary in 2012. Hear from guest blogger Randy Zellers, Assistant Chief of Communications, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Join the Illinois River Watershed Partnership April 17 for a variety of outdoor...
Nature’s Classroom – What's in Bloom

Nature’s Classroom – What’s in Bloom

Now is a great time for a hike at the Watershed Sanctuary to observe all of the early spring bloomers showing off their displays of color and life. It is a welcome change after the shades of brown and gray that dominate the winter landscape. A leisurely stroll through the Sanctuary yields colors of pink,...
April 2 - Volunteer Day of Service

April 2 – Volunteer Day of Service

What do volunteers mean to the IRWP?   EVERYTHING!  From 2010 to 2015, over 125,000 people have helped to improve the Illinois River Watershed participating in education, outreach, conservation and water quality monitoring projects.  Using the national economic calculator for volunteer service, that’s over $3.3 million of voluntary contributions to help preserve, protect and restore our...
Building Bridges to Conservation Careers

Building Bridges to Conservation Careers

Hello all! My name is Kelly Escarcega and I am a new intern here at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. I am a Siloam Springs native as well as a junior at John Brown University. I will graduate May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Intercultural Studies. I have had the privilege...
9th Annual Riparian Project

9th Annual Riparian Project

Over 329 volunteers have participated so far, with another 140 volunteers committed through March, to plant over 3,500 native trees and shrubs as part of the 9th Annual Riparian Project! Through the leadership of IRWP Board members Scott Carney and Robyn Reed, we have established TWO tree farms for Fall 2016 riparian projects – Flint...
Get to Know IRWP Intern, Merscedez Ruiz!

Get to Know IRWP Intern, Merscedez Ruiz!

Hello! My name is Merscedez Ruiz. I was born in Chicago but moved to Springdale, Arkansas when I was only three years old, so many of my childhood memories were made here in the Illinois River Watershed. I am currently a senior at Springdale High School, so I only have a couple of months to...
Celebrating 2015!

Celebrating 2015!

In 2015, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership celebrated its 10th birthday. Formed from the mission to improve and protect the Illinois River Watershed, the Partnership continues to grow and accomplish many efforts that help our watershed to be more sustainable and resilient, thanks to our Board of Directors’ leadership, sponsors, volunteers and supporters like you. Together, in...
Partners in Conservation & Making Connections: E.A.S.T.

Partners in Conservation & Making Connections: E.A.S.T.

EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology, and is a program found in most Arkansas schools – where it started its grassroots movement to integrate technology and community-based projects into school curriculum while helping solve a community need. Student groups identify community partners and needs and collaborate to achieve a goal, whether it be a map...
Congratulations to our 2015 Golden Paddle Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2015 Golden Paddle Award Winners!

Each year, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership honors leaders in watershed stewardship and natural resource conservation in the Illinois River Watershed. Six Golden Paddle Awards are given annually to individuals or entities that exemplify excellent stewardship in the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the watershed. Groups and individuals are nominated for each of our six stakeholder...
Clean Water Raingers: Let’s Talk About You and Your Doggie’s Poo

Clean Water Raingers: Let’s Talk About You and Your Doggie’s Poo

Hi there Clean Water Raingers. I hope you are spending some time outdoors in this beautiful weather. I just came back from a long walk with my dogs.  Do you have a dog? Did you know that playing outside with your dog is a fun way for you to get some exercise and fresh air?...
Nature's Classroom: IRWP Watershed Sanctuary - Classroom, Refuge, Destination

Nature’s Classroom: IRWP Watershed Sanctuary – Classroom, Refuge, Destination

The IRWP Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs is open and ready for visitors!  With the completion of the new Pavilion, an even better experience awaits for educational and recreational activities on the property for visitors, school groups, team building experiences and educational workshops/events. Bats & Bluegrass Event at the Watershed Sanctuary, Cave Springs (Aug. 22,...
Clean Water Raingers: Back To School – It’s A Special Time

Clean Water Raingers: Back To School – It’s A Special Time

Hi there Clean Water Raingers. It’s that time of year again, for backpacks and books, carpools and classrooms, friends and fun, learning and laughing.  Time for School! Teachers spend a lot of time making their classrooms extra special and welcoming for their incoming students. Home schooling parents also provide a great learning environment for their...