Category Archives: Events and Programs

12th Annual Secchi Day – Saturday, August 19 9am-1pm

Join our community partners to celebrate and study water quality on Beaver Lake!

Beaver Water District is hosting its 12th Annual Secchi Day at Prairie Creek Park in Rogers on Saturday, August 19th. This event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

At this free community event, Beaver Water District’s community partners will offer activities for all ages, including a mobile aquarium, on shore scavenger hunt with prizes, free lunch and ice cream, kayak and Stand-up Paddle-Board test rides, microscope activities, and more. The land trust will be there participating in the fun!

We hope to see you there! Contact the Beaver Water District for more information: awilson@bwdh2o.org

2017 LandWise Conservation Win-Win Workshop

Strategies for achieving conservation win-win outcomes in our growing region

 

Registration is open for our 2nd annual Conservation Win-Win Workshop.

August 8, 2017 at Pratt Place Barn, Fayetteville, AR

10am-4:30pm followed by an onsite networking reception.

$35/participant; includes buffet lunch and reception, CEU’s and materials.

CEU support generously provided by education provider USGBC-Arkansas.

This workshop is designed for regional “decision-makers”, including city planners, real estate professionals, elected officials, and business and community leaders. Participants will learn from local professionals with practical examples and resources for creating more profitable and longer lasting projects while improving our communities through preservation of landscapes, watersheds and wildlife.

This year will feature presentations by Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Beaver Water District, NWA Regional Planning Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and others. Afternoon panel will include a conversation with regional conservation partners including Beaver Watershed Alliance, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Arkansas Archaeological Society, The Nature Conservancy and Walton Family Foundation.

CEU’s Available: Each speaker session approved for 1 AIA LU SD/HSW and qualifies for 1 hour USGBC/GBCI (non LEED specific) for a total of up to five credit hours.

Space is limited! Register online today:

Washington County Win-Win Registration

Special thanks to Walton Family Foundation, Beaver Water District, Specialized Real Estate Group, and Beaver Watershed Alliance for their support. CEU support generously provided by education provider USGBC-Arkansas.

 

Featured image by Amanda Bancroft

FrogWatch Volunteer Training Workshop – Sunday, July 16 12-4pm

Join in the regional effort to protect frogs and toads through this citizen-science program

Join the land trust on Sunday, July 16 from 12pm-4pm for our next FrogWatch training workshop. The workshop will be held at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Visitor Center (20201 AR-12 Rogers, AR 72756)

Through this volunteer certification training, you will learn the unique calls of 23 species of frogs that can be found in Arkansas. We will also discuss the importance of frogs and toads in our environment, and why they need our help. By completing the training, you will join the nationwide team of FrogWatch volunteers that contribute important population and activity data to the scientific community.

Citizen-science programs are an excellent way to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors in a new and interesting way. It is also a helpful resource for nonprofits like the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to efficiently collect important data about the environment and enhance local conservation efforts for healthy wildlife habitat.  It’s also a great opportunity for current volunteers to explore new areas and support local conservation efforts.

Contact sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org or call 479.966.4666 to register for the training.

Volunteer Appreciation Party  Thursday, May 18 6-8pm

We want to celebrate our volunteers!

As a community nonprofit, we heavily on volunteers to help us save land in Northwest Arkansas. Whether by removing invasive plants, picking up trash, assisting with educational programs or helping around the office, we couldn’t do our work without our dedicated volunteers.

To show our appreciation, we are hosting a pizza party for all of our volunteers, both past and present, on Thursday, May 18 at our headquarters at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, featuring Frank Sharp’s famous make-your-own wood fired pizzas. This evening will be a time to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers, and to thank them for their commitment to local land conservation.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP to sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org by May 12.

Wilson Springs Herp Hike with J.D. Willson – Friday, May 12 7-9pm

Explore Wilson Springs Preserve with University of Arkansas Herpetologist Dr. J.D. Willson

See Wilson Springs Preserve in a new light at this year’s night-time Herp Hike! “Herp” is short for Herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Dr. J.D. Willson, assistant professor at the University of Arkansas J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, will be leading the hike through Wilson Springs to hunt for frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles.

Wilson Springs Preserve is an important habitat for frogs like the Cajun chorus frog and snakes like the Graham’s crayfish snake, which is a species of greatest conservation need. This hike is a great opportunity to explore the property in search of these and other fascinating creatures.

Meet at Vold Vision (2783 Shiloh Drive Fayetteville, AR 72701) at 7pm. Headlamp or flashlight is required. Mud boots are highly recommended, as we will be wading through water at times. Space is limited for this program, so please register by contacting sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org by May 11.

Frog Bayou Invasive Plant Removal – Saturday, March 18 9AM-5PM

Visit one of the land trust’s more remote properties while removing invasive plants from Frog Bayou Preserve

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help remove invasive plant species at the Frog Bayou Preserve. Nestled in the Boston Mountains near Winslow, Arkansas, Frog Bayou Preserve is home to retired English professor and poet John Rule. Mr. Rule has lived there since the 1960’s in an off-the-grid homestead.

Frog Bayou Preserve is a unique property that serves as a sanctuary for wildlife and preserves water quality along Frog Bayou. However, non-native invasive plant species are taking over portions of the property, threatening the native riparian habitat nearby. Volunteers will spend the day pulling and cutting invasive plants. Removing these invasive plants will help to protect the riparian area and give native species the chance to establish again.

We hope that you will join us for this volunteer trip to Frog Bayou Preserve. Meet at the Ozark Smokehouse (1725 Smokehouse Trail Fayetteville, AR 72701) at 9am, where we will carpool to the preserve. Tools, drinks and lunch will be provided. We will be back in Fayetteville by 5pm. Please RSVP by contacting sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org by March 16.

Wilson Springs Litter Pickup Day – Thu, March 9, 3pm – 6pm

Join the effort to improve habitat at Wilson Springs!

Join the effort to improve habitat at Wilson Springs Preserve on Thursday, March 9 from 3-6pm. The land trust is seeking volunteers to pick up litter on the property as part of our stewardship program for the preserve.

Wetlands like Wilson Springs provide a necessary function to the environment and people: they slow runoff and filter pollutants while providing important habitat for a variety of plants and animals. However, trash from surrounding areas tends to accumulate, causing damage to the ecosystem.

Meet us at 3pm at the Vold Vision parking lot (2783 N Shiloh Drive Fayetteville, AR 72701). Snacks, refreshments, gloves and tools will be provided. Please wear rubber boots, as it can be wet and muddy in places.

Please contact sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org to RSVP.

 

Town Branch Preserve Cleanup – Wednesday, Feb.22 1-3PM

Help improve habitat and improve water quality at one of our newest preserves

Join us on Wednesday, February 22 from 1-3pm to help clean up litter at the Town Branch Preserve. This is a great opportunity to explore our newest “pocket preserve” while improving habitat and water quality on the property.

Town Branch Preserve is located along the Town Branch multi-use trail in Fayetteville. This small 0.7-acre property protects riparian habitat along Town Branch Creek, which flows into the West Fork of the white River, a major tributary of Beaver Lake, the primary source of drinking water in Northwest Arkansas. It also provides habitat for local wildlife and offers a scenic backdrop for trail users.

Beaver Watershed Alliance will be assisting with the cleanup. Snacks, refreshments and equipment will be provided. Meet at the west side parking lot of Spectrum Apartments (1741 Crowne Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701) Contact sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org to RSVP.

FrogWatch Volunteer Training Workshop – Saturday, February 25 1-6pm

Join in the regional effort to protect frogs and toads through this citizen-science program

Join the land trust on Saturday, February 25 from 1-6pm for our first FrogWatch training workshop of the year. The workshop will be held at our offices at the Old Ozark Mountain Smokehouse (1725 Smokehouse Trail Fayetteville, AR 72701)

Through this volunteer certification training, you will learn the unique calls of 23 species of frogs that can be found in Arkansas. We will also discuss the importance of frogs and toads in our environment, and why they need our help. By completing the training, you will join the nationwide team of FrogWatch volunteers that contribute important population and activity data to the scientific community.

Citizen-science programs are an excellent way to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors in a new and interesting way. It is also a helpful resource for nonprofits like the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to efficiently collect important data about the environment and enhance local conservation efforts for healthy wildlife habitat.  It’s also a great opportunity for current volunteers to explore new areas and support local conservation efforts.

Space is limited! Contact sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org or call 479.966.4666 to register for the training.

Rain Garden Planting Day – Friday, September 9 9AM-11AM

DSCN1292We are installing a rain garden at the Kessler Outdoor Classroom, located at our offices in the Historic Ozark Mountain Smokehouse in Fayetteville and we need your help! Volunteers will assist in planting specially-selected native plants that will help with slowing runoff and filtering pollutants, providing cleaner water in the Illinois River Watershed. We are hosting a volunteer planting day from 9:00-11:00am on Friday September 9. After the planting, Frank Sharp will provide his increasingly famous wood-fired pizzas to all volunteers.

NWALT was awarded a Green Infrastructure Grant from Illinois River Watershed Partnership to install a rain garden to capture runoff from the roof and parking lot at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse. Funding for Green Infrastructure projects through IRWP was awarded by US EPA and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission’s Non-Point Source grant program.

This rain garden will serve as an educational tool for the students & community as part of the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom & Nature Center, which is supported in part by the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Urban Forestry Program and the U. S. Forest Service.  The rain garden will be used as a demonstration of what individuals can do to promote water quality for this growing region.

Join us for this fun and educational volunteer opportunity and enjoy a delicious lunch! Thank you for your dedication to water quality in Northwest Arkansas!