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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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...
Grey to Green - A Transformation at the Watershed Learning Center

Grey to Green – A Transformation at the Watershed Learning Center

We have had a busy year! Many folks are wondering what is happening here at our new Watershed Learning Center in downtown Cave Springs, Ark. In 2013, The Illinois River Watershed Partnership received a generous grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to install Low Impact Development infrastructure elements including: a rain garden, vegetated wall,...
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...
Water Proof: Celebrate an Illinois River Watershed Success Story!

Water Proof: Celebrate an Illinois River Watershed Success Story!

A 2.5 mile section of the Illinois River was recently recognized by EPA as a watershed success story highlighting many efforts from federal, state, and county agencies as well as watershed groups and local landowners working together  to implement Best Management Practices that ultimately improved water quality along a significant portion of the river.  ...
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...
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...
Rare Species of Concern - The Ozark Trillium

Rare Species of Concern – The Ozark Trillium

Saturday, April 11 , 2015 is Ozark Trillium Day and we are celebrating this rare plant here at our Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, Ark. Conservation of this rare species and its habitat is a priority and part of our stewardship here at the Watershed Learning Center and Sanctuary. Raising awareness about this special flower is...
Clean Water Raingers: Fun Recipes with Edible Flowers!

Clean Water Raingers: Fun Recipes with Edible Flowers!

Hello Friends and Fellow Clean Water Raingers,  I hope you enjoyed a nice spring break and now back to studying hard and making good grades.  I also hope you are taking time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. It is a great time to go for a walk in the watershed, and everywhere you...
Grass Cycling to Save Time and Money

Grass Cycling to Save Time and Money

This week we’re joined by Trish Ouei, Benton County Extension Agent for Stormwater Quality. Trish works to focus on Urban Stormwater through the Extension-based Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education Program.  With the beginning of spring upon us, it is time to start facing the ugly facts about warmer weather- someone is going to have to start mowing the yard...
Clean Water Raingers: Riparian Project A Success!

Clean Water Raingers: Riparian Project A Success!

Hello Clean Water Raingers. Happy Spring! Spring flowers are coming up, trees are budding, and Spring is in the air. The Illinois River Watershed Partnership just held their 8th Annual Riparian Project. It was a huge success and we could not have done it without all of our wonderful volunteers and Clean Water Raingers. 419...