Posts tagged "Native Plants"
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,...
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...
10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

We first published this article back in February, when we were still dreaming of our summer garden…  today, as the temperatures heat up and the thunder storms roll through, it’s time to take another look at how to maximize the water in our yard!     For every 1,000 square feet of rooftop, a 1”...
Spring-Bloomers: NW Arkansas Native Plants that Give us a Sense of Place

Spring-Bloomers: NW Arkansas Native Plants that Give us a Sense of Place

I know it’s time to go crappie fishing when the dogwoods start to bloom. I know it’s time for allergy relief gear when my white oak tree leafs out fully (and our cars are covered in a blanket of pollen). I know its spring in Northwest Arkansas when I see the streets and roads lined...
Watershed Landscape:  Rain Garden Pre-Spring To-Dos

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Pre-Spring To-Dos

Spring is peeping its head around the corner and you know what that means… Time to start thinking of our Rain Garden To-Do’s! Here are some quick tips to give you a head start on a beautiful, storm-soaking landscape feature that will yield big benefits for the upcoming rainy season! Trimming Perennial Grasses allows for new...
Watershed Landscape: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

Watershed Landscape: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

For every 1,000 square feet of rooftop, a 1” rain will generate approximately 608 gallons of water. Nearly 28,000 gallons of water each year pours off  the average roof in the Illinois River Watershed. Imagine all that rainwater going down the storm drains and into the River! Imagine, instead, all that water going into our...
Watershed Landscape: The Dirt on Soils

Watershed Landscape: The Dirt on Soils

Protecting both the land and the water is a primary focus of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and we work to educate our community on ways to make a positive difference so that our natural resources are around for future generations to enjoy.  So let’s talk about dirt…   Understanding Soil Infographic Photo: The Denver...
Watershed Landscape:  Plant This... Not That!

Watershed Landscape: Plant This… Not That!

Plant This…Not That!  Native Alternatives to Everyday Plants Some of our common landscape plants are often times over-utilized in the landscape, and do not provide any benefits other than they are donned ‘low-maintenance.’   Choosing a native plant for your landscape will provide both beautiful and restorative effects and will help to build biodiversity in...
5 for 5: Five Green Infrastructure Features at Five Razorback Greenway Trailheads

5 for 5: Five Green Infrastructure Features at Five Razorback Greenway Trailheads

The Illinois River Watershed is home to a beautiful 36-mile regional trail, The Razorback Greenway.  The Greenway follows the headwater streams and tributaries of the Illinois River including Osage Creek, Spring Creek, and Clear Creek. We are excited to begin a Green Infrastructure (GI) Initiative through an Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and EPA grant to...
Growing Conservation!

Growing Conservation!

Growing Conservation! Connecting Students with Nature’s Classroom We’re excited to partner with local classrooms to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of Northwest Arkansas native flora and learn to protect our watershed through the use of native plants! Growing Conservation! is an Illinois River Watershed Partnership program that engages local teachers and students to grow native...
Watershed Landscape:  Top 10 Native Plants to Plant this Fall

Watershed Landscape: Top 10 Native Plants to Plant this Fall

Did you know that native plants are great assets to our watershed? They have the ability to reduce stormwater flow by allowing rain to soak into the ground through their deep root systems, sometimes reaching over twelve feet! Plant roots have an established relationship with beneficial microorganisms in the soil that work together to filter and “scrub” pollutants...