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A Fish Eye View

A Fish Eye View

Ever wondered what the world would look like if you were a fish?  During our Art and Nature Camp the week of June 16th, we asked a group of 8-12 year olds just that.  As you can see from their amazing art, the underwater world of a fish can be quite interesting indeed!    ...
Throwback Thursday:  Studying the Illinois River

Throwback Thursday: Studying the Illinois River

Dr. Art Brown, University of Arkansas, shared these pictures taken late summer 2009 during a bioassessment study of the Illinois River up and downstream from Rogers and Springdale WWTPs. Dr. Brown and students were collecting data — intense work but a lot of fun at times. The students always like being out in the local...
Throwback Thursday: A Great Day for Fishing on the Illinois!

Throwback Thursday: A Great Day for Fishing on the Illinois!

  Christine Walsh shared this photo from last year, fishing in the Illinois watershed about amile upstream from the Barren Fork entrance.   What a great spot!  
Throwback Thursday: Summer on Lake Tenkiller

Throwback Thursday: Summer on Lake Tenkiller

  Great fun on Lake Ten Killer last year: Pic 1: Shannon Saunders and daughter Audrey tube on Lake Tenkiller Pic 2: Emilye Pool misses the tube while cousin Katie Saunders laughs Pic 3: Katie Saunders tubin’ Thanks, Bev Saunders for  sharing summer memories!
Throwback Thursday: "Kruzing" the Illinois

Throwback Thursday: “Kruzing” the Illinois

    Cliff and Claudia Gibbs on a “kayak kruze”… on a stretch of the Illinois between Tontitown and Siloam Springs in July of 2012.
Throwback Thursday: Anticipating Summer at Flint Creek Water Park

Throwback Thursday: Anticipating Summer at Flint Creek Water Park

  Bev Saunders shared this photo of her grandson Ryan Saunders with Alma, Arkansas  friends Adam Dean and JD Finley — enjoying the cool and fun waters at the Flint Creek Bridge water park in 2010.
Putting a Name on Our Heritage and Our Future

Putting a Name on Our Heritage and Our Future

As the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary begins to take shape with the restoration of the lake and the addition of the Watershed Learning Center, we are asking for your help with an important part of the Sanctuary’s development—naming the lake! A seemingly simple task, but the responsibility is somewhat daunting. We want the name to...
Throwback Thursday: Captain Marshall

Throwback Thursday: Captain Marshall

Captain Marshall (as Marshall Mitchell is known to his audience) performing at Kansas Elementary School in Oklahoma in 2010.  This was the first year of our Clean Water Raingers program.  Marshall wrote 5 watershed songs to launch the program that year, and performed the education programs in schools across our watershed.
Daydreams of Summer -- and a Giveaway!

Daydreams of Summer — and a Giveaway!

Just about this time of year, as trees begin to bud and crocuses peek through the earth, a strong feeling comes over me. The dormant meadows and sharp bare tree limbs forming a stark and strong landscape are now softening around the edges. The rivers still look icy cold as they run beneath the bridges,...
Throwback Thursday:  Greetings from Cave Springs

Throwback Thursday: Greetings from Cave Springs

Many visitors to beautiful Cave Springs came from surrounding areas.  This postcard is a great example of the greetings sent from the popular resort spot!
Throwback Thursday: An Aerial View of the Lake in Cave Springs

Throwback Thursday: An Aerial View of the Lake in Cave Springs

Aerial view of the lake in Cave Springs This aerial view of the lake in Cave Springs (then called Lake Keith) was taken in the 1950’s.  With the lake currently drained, it’s particularly interesting to see the pier, and the clear view back toward the cave at the far end of the lake.
Throwback Thursday:  Lake Keith Resort

Throwback Thursday: Lake Keith Resort

Hobbs Bright (left), then Mayor of Cave Springs, with E. L. Keith (right) standing under Lake Keith Resort sign As many of you know, the lake in Cave Springs has held several names over the years.  According to an article originally published in Bella Vista’s newspaper, The Weekly Vista, the property was purchased in 1947 by...