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Volunteer at Wilson Springs!

Join us for a work day at Wilson Springs Wetland Preserve!

Fall has arrived, which brings perfect weather to get outside and give back to the land! Our Land Stewardship Specialist Alan is looking for volunteers to assist with invasive species removal at our Wilson Springs Wetland Preserve in Fayetteville.

If you’re available from 2:00-4:30pm on one of our scheduled removal dates, please consider signing up to join Alan and Land Steward Intern Noah to help restore this rare Ozark prairie wetland!

– Tuesday, October 23

– Friday, November 2

– Tuesday, November 13

– Tuesday, November 27

Click here to register!

Groups are welcome – if you’d like to sign up a large group, please reach out to Alan at aedmondson@nwalandtrust.org or call 479-966-4666.

Thank you for the gift of your time! We look forward to seeing you out on the land.

Wilson Springs Bioblitz – Saturday, September 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Help us collect biodiversity data at this all-out search for life at Wilson Springs Preserve!

Image courtesy of Warren Herold.

We’re hosting a Bioblitz at Wilson Springs Preserve, Fayetteville’s largest wet-prairie remnant. All are welcome to join us for this effort to document as many living things as possible during the 12-hour period. No experience is necessary! Local experts and conservation professionals will be present to lead hikes and assist with collecting and identifying organisms. Volunteers can attend for as long as they would like to help collect insects, survey for birds, herps & wildflowers, or look for fungi. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Parking for the event will be available at 2783 N. Shiloh Drive Fayetteville, AR 72704. Please wear long pants and mud boots. For more information and to register, contact us or call (479) 966-4666.

Hike Schedule:

8:30am I-Naturalist Training

9am Bird Hike

10am Bug Hike

11am Plant Hike

12-1pm Lunch

1pm I-Naturalist Training

2pm Bug Hike

3pm Plant Hike

4pm Bird Hike

What is a Bioblitz?

A Bioblitz is a community effort to identify as many living species as possible in a given area within a specific period of time. Volunteers of all ages assist local experts with observing and identifying plants, insects, birds, fungi and other living things. The resulting biodiversity data is highly valuable for researchers and conservation organizations, and can be used to direct land management activities for the area. Bioblitzes offer a great opportunity to explore natural areas while helping local conservation groups better understand the habitats that they manage.

About Wilson Springs Preserve

The Wilson Springs Preserve is a unique wet prairie located in the Clabber Creek bottomlands, near Sam’s Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 121-acre preserve is owned and managed by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. It is the largest wetland remnant in Fayetteville, AR and one of the last tall grass prairie remnants in the region. Wilson Springs provides habitat for a wide variety of rare and sensitive plant and animal species, including the Arkansas darter, one of Arkansas’ rarest fish species. Restoration efforts by the land trust have been underway since 2015.

Thanks to our Bioblitz Partners: Arkansas Agriculture Department, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Arkansas Native Plant Society, University of Arkansas Entomology DepartmentIllinois River Watershed Partnership, Comprehensive Botanical Services, and Einstein Bros. Bakery.

Fayettechill Lawn Party – Friday, July 20, 6-9 p.m.

Join the party in support of your local land trust!

Fayettechill Clothing Company, our neighbors at the Old Ozark Smokehouse, are hosting their second annual Summer Lawn Party to benefit the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and Buffalo River Watershed Alliance.

Fayettechill is rolling out all the stops for the party: 5 local breweries, live music, plenty of classic yard games (volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball, and cornhole), and a chance to mingle with NWALT & BRWA staff!

$15 entry at the door goes 100% to the BRWA/NWALT & gets you unlimited beer, food, and fun for the evening. Other opportunities to donate will be available as well.

Family + dog friendly, come join us and Fayettechill at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse for a quintessential Fayetteville evening! They’re aiming to host a no-impact event, so if you can, please bring your own pint glass + plate. Check out the Facebook event page for more info!

3rd Annual Conservation Win Win Workshop – June 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In the face of rapid growth and development, the Northwest Arkansas Community has a unique opportunity to direct the future of open space in the region. This workshop is designed for regional decision-makers, including city planners, civil engineers, landscape architects, elected officials, developers, conservation professionals, and business and community leaders that have an interest in preserving quality of life as Northwest Arkansas grows. Participants will learn from regional professionals with practical examples and resources for planning and designing projects that preserve our natural environment and support the long-term vitality of our region.

Topics will include: designing for sense of place, planning for water and wildlife, economic benefits of open space preservation, partnerships for landscape-scale conservation – and more.

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.

Onsite networking reception to follow the workshop.

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

Space is limited! Register online today

Special thanks to Walton Family Foundation and Beaver Water District for their ongoing support of land conservation.

 

CEU support generously provided by education provider US Green Building Council-Arkansas and American Society of Landscape Architects.

 

Cover image by Carl Smith Design

iNaturalist Hike at Wilson Springs Preserve – May 31, 5:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore the wetland and contribute to a growing biodiversity database on NWALT-conserved properties.

NWALT staff will lead a walk through Wilson Springs Preserve, Fayetteville’s largest wet-prairie remnant, in order to look for plants, animals and fungi. No expertise is necessary for this family-friendly hike! Bring your smartphone (or camera) and mud boots. The program will begin with a brief tutorial about how to use iNaturalist.

iNaturalist is an online community dedicated to documenting the diversity of life in our world. Users capture photos or sounds of living organisms and submit to the worldwide database, where other users collaborate to reach an accurate identification. NWALT is using iNaturalist as a tool for collecting biodiversity data on its preserves, while also providing a new way to for people to explore and connect to nature. Contact us for more information about our iNaturalist Observers volunteer program.

Want to get started using iNaturalist? Sign up online and join our project before the hike!

Kessler Mountain Invasive Plant Removal – May 9, 5:00 p.m.

Help us improve habitat on Kessler Mountain!

Invasive bush honeysuckle has taken over in some areas of the mountain, especially at the base of the bluffs along the newly-developed trail. Clearing the bush honeysuckle will give native plants a chance to re-establish while also enhancing the scenic views along the trail. This community event benefits wildlife and recreation on Fayetteville’s largest public natural area! Tools and training will be provided. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Contact Sim Barrow to register.

When: Wednesday, May 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: Meet at the Kessler Mountain Regional Park, 2600 W. Judge Cummings Road, Fayetteville, AR

Wilson Springs Herp Hike – May 4, 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore Wilson Springs Preserve and its cold-blooded inhabitants at this year’s 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 this hike through Wilson Springs to hunt for frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles.

Wilson Springs Preserve is Fayetteville’s largest wet-prairie remnant, and provides 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 family-friendly hike is a great opportunity to explore the property in search of these and other fascinating creatures.

This program is suitable for all ages. Registration is required. Register Here

Meet at Vold Vision (2783 Shiloh Drive Fayetteville, AR 72701) at 6:30 p.m. Headlamp or flashlight is required. Mud boots are highly recommended, as we will be wading through water at times.

Kessler Mountain Invasive Plant Removal – April 24, 10:00 a.m.

Help us improve habitat on Kessler Mountain!

Invasive bush honeysuckle has taken over in some areas of the mountain, especially at the base of the bluffs along the newly-developed Terrapin Station trail. Clearing the bush honeysuckle will give native plants a chance to reestablish while also enhancing the scenic views along the trail. This workday is a great opportunity to help steward Fayetteville’s largest public natural area! Tools and training will be provided. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Contact Sim Barrow to register.

When: Tuesday, April 24 10:00 am -1:00 pm

Where: Meet at the Kessler Mountain Regional Park, 2600 W. Judge Cummings Road, Fayetteville, AR

Thanks to Fayetteville Parks and Recreation for partnering with us to steward habitat and trails on Kessler Mountain!

Farmland Connections Workshop – April 24, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion about farmland conservation in Northwest Arkansas

Farmland is one of our most valuable resources, but many farmers face significant hurdles when it comes to finding available farmland. The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Arkansas Young Farmers Coalition and National Center for Appropriate Technology are partnering to address farmland access and tenure throughout the region. Please join us for this free event featuring short presentations about how conservation easements and other tools can be used to help promote farmland access, while hearing directly from farmers about the current state of farmland access in Northwest Arkansas. Food and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, visit https://farmland.eventbrite.com

This workshop is hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Arkansas Young Farmers Coalition, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology

Thanks to Whole Foods Market for providing refreshments!

New Biomonitoring Volunteer Opportunity

Join our newest citizen science biomonitoring program!

If you enjoy discovering things in nature while exploring the outdoors, then you will love our newest biomonitoring program. We’re using iNaturalist to document biodiversity on five of our protected properties. iNaturalist is a worldwide citizen science project in which volunteers use their camera or smartphone to record observations of living organisms and submit them to an online database where experts work together to make an accurate identification.

NWALT has created a Project in iNaturalist that tracks observations that are made at the following properties:

Wilson Springs Preserve

Kessler Mountain Reserve

Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom

Steele-Stevens Heritage Park

Flint Creek Preserve

Citizen science is a great way to experience the outdoors in a new way while providing valuable information to local conservation efforts. By becoming an iNaturalist Observer with us, you will help us gain a better understanding of the biodiversity of the properties that we protect.

Becoming an iNaturalist Observer is easy! Just go to www.inaturalist.org and create an account (or, download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone and sign up there). After you create your account, join our project. Next time you’re on a hike on Kessler Mountain or at a program at Wilson Springs, you can start submitting observations directly from your phone!

We are hosting a short training workshop on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. We encourage all interested volunteers to join us to learn about the program and how to make the most of the iNaturalist platform. Contact us if you’d like to attend.