Nature’s Classroom
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 Plant at Gentry, AR. Stanfill continues to over see the power plant’s Eagle Watch Nature Trail that is open to the public. Terry’s exceptional photography of wild flora and fauna have...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
IRWP Farmers Market at the Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, AR

IRWP Farmers Market at the Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, AR

The first IRWP-sponsored farmers market in Cave Springs is off to a great start with a solid base of vendors and a steady stream of patrons looking for fresh, local produce every Thursday from 3:30 – 7:30 PM until October 1.  The market is situated right along Main Street in Cave Springs and is very...
Clean Water Raingers: Can We Learn From Tsoai-talee?

Clean Water Raingers: Can We Learn From Tsoai-talee?

Can We Learn From Tsoai-talee? Hello to all of our Clean Water Raingers in the watershed and beyond.  Summer is finally here in all its glory.  We have had a lot of rain over the past few weeks and the water levels are high in our lakes and streams.  I think we can assume that...
Nature's Classroom: Summer Fun at the Watershed Sanctuary

Nature’s Classroom: Summer Fun at the Watershed Sanctuary

How do you combine art and nature?  Simple: you create a camp around the two ideas and they fit, naturally.  On the surface, nature can be the subject or inspiration for art and art can inspire people to get in touch with nature.  That is exactly the goal behind the IRWP Art & Nature Camp...
Clean Water Raingers: Rain...Rain...and the Rivers Rise - Respect and Understand the Power of Water

Clean Water Raingers: Rain…Rain…and the Rivers Rise – Respect and Understand the Power of Water

Hello to all of our Clean Water Raingers.  School is out…No more tests…Now what should you do?  My answer to that question is “go outside, explore and have fun in the Illinois River Watershed!  I do hope you are enjoying your summer so far.  April and May were very rainy months and we are expecting...
Clean Water Raingers: Take The Time To See And Smell The Habitat Around You

Clean Water Raingers: Take The Time To See And Smell The Habitat Around You

Hello Friends and Fellow Clean Water Raingers,  My favorite Clean Water Raingers song is “Habitat”.  As Captain Marshall performs the “Habitat” song at a Clean Water Raingers program the kids love to watch all of the wildlife photos in the slideshow. Seeing the kids respond always makes me smile and confirms my belief that all...