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Hidden away in Southern Illinois is one of Nature's masterpieces.  

Events & Activities

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, events and programs are may be canceled in order to help protect public health. While we encourage you to continue enjoying the Cache, please make sure you Recreate Responsibly! Remember to socially distance yourself from others, wear a face covering when distancing isn't available, practice proper hygiene and stay home if you are sick. Please monitor for local public health advisories, orders and closures as they may occur.

January 2022


Nature Movie: Ants


Jan. 13, 2-3pm and 6-7pm


Ants who run the world could be the most successful life form on the planet. 

February ​2022


Frog and Toad Survey Volunteer Orientation


Saturday, Feb 5, 1-3pm


Citizen science volunteers are needed to conduct listening surveys of the frogs and toads of the Cache River watershed for the Illinois Natural History Survey. Materials and instructions will be provided for the surveys, to be conducted four times between February and June.  

February 2022


Nature Movie: Spiders


February. 10, 2-3pm and 6-7pm


Enter the world of the spider an expert weaver and a skilled hunter with other surprising abilities. 

For more information concerning programs phone 618-657-2064. Unless otherwise listed, all programs are at the Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL.


Please note that, while all programs are free of charge, some do require advance registration, as indicated. New programs may be added throughout the year. For the latest updates visit Department of Natural Resources: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov , see Events & Activities, or coming events or Cache River S.N.A. site page, or visit Friends of the Cache River Watershed web site or Facebook.