Recreation
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 planned to dedicate the new North Shore Pavilion at the Watershed Sanctuary and to kick-off a campaign for the next phase to build a 4-mile trail to connect the 30-acre...
Grand Opening of Razorback Regional Greenway

Grand Opening of Razorback Regional Greenway

Today we hear from Misty Murphy, Northwest Arkansas Council Regional Trails Coordinator. Misty is Northwest Arkansas’ first regional trails coordinator and works with local governments, trail advocates, and other stakeholders to develop a work plan to highlight the trail system’s most beneficial attributes for runners, walkers, hikers and cyclists. The Razorback Greenway stretches from Bella...
Watershed Journey: Scull Creek

Watershed Journey: Scull Creek

The Illinois River Watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the place you’re looking for can be found right here! In this edition of Watershed Journey, we’ll follow Scull Creek from its origin in Fayetteville to its confluence with Mud...
Partners Lake: Back In Business

Partners Lake: Back In Business

This edition of UpstreamMatters comes from guest writer, Allyson Ransom.  Allyson is the mother of 5 outdoor-loving sons and has been the Grant Writer and Manager of Gravette Farmers’ Market for the past 7 years.  She and her son, Max, are very involved in the IRWP’s programs, and most recently, they attended the Grand Re-Opening of the Watershed Sanctuary...
Watershed Journey: Wedington Woods

Watershed Journey: Wedington Woods

The Illinois River Watershed is composed of 1.1-million acres in NW Arkansas and NE Oklahoma.  Getting out and experiencing all that our watershed has to offer is one way of recognizing the importance of collaboratively and proactively protecting the land and waterways within it.  In this edition of Watershed Journey, we’ll take a walk through Wedington Woods,...
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 every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the...
A Season of Art and Nature

A Season of Art and Nature

This week, we are joined by John Lasater, the 2014 Artist in Residence for the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, thanks to a generous Art and Nature grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.  John is an active fine artist, travelling the country for outdoor painting (plein air) shows. He has won Best of Show honors in...
Trails and Greenways: Making Connections

Trails and Greenways: Making Connections

This week, UpstreamMatters welcomes a guest blogger, Misty Murphy.  Misty is the Regional Trails Coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas Council.  Misty is an avid cyclist herself and works with local governments, trail advocates, and other stakeholders to develop the trail system’s most beneficial attributes for runners, walkers, hikers and cyclists.   You can contact her at misty@nwacouncil.org. A...
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,...
Caring an Awful Lot

Caring an Awful Lot

April is National Gardening Month and we welcome guest blogger, Becky Christenson, to share her love of gardening.  Becky is an accomplished artist, specializing in commissioned architectural ceramics, sculptures and paintings.  Inspired by her mother, Becky is working to become a Master Gardner.   “I believe there is subtle magnetism in nature, which if we unconsciously...
Paddler's Post:  Osage Creek

Paddler’s Post: Osage Creek

The summer of 2012 was one of the hottest and driest on record for our region.  Nevertheless, the Illinois River and some of its major tributaries were still flowing and navigable by watercraft.  In this edition of Paddler’s Post, we’ll investigate this phenomenon by exploring Osage Creek, a stream that originates in urban Northwest Arkansas...
Paddler's Post: Natural Falls State Park, Oklahoma

Paddler’s Post: Natural Falls State Park, Oklahoma

With about 45 percent of the Illinois River Watershed covering northwestern Arkansas and 55 percent covering northeastern Oklahoma, the bounds of our watershed can seem awfully vast and difficult to traverse.  In reality, though, adventures across the border can be surprisingly accessible and refreshingly close to home.  In this edition of Paddler’s Post, our journey...