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Events & Activities

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.

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: , 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.  


Educators & Residents of Southern Illinois will experience Project Learning Tree's® new Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide which includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people's awareness and knowledge about their environment. Activities integrate teaching about the environment into a multitude of subjects using hands-on classroom studies and outdoor field investigations. The guide is user-friendly, and works in classrooms and nonformal settings, in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Educators can expect to find academic standards connections, STEM skills, assessment opportunities, along with enrichment activities, and how to Take it Outside!

PLT is for classroom teachers, nonformal educators, youth leaders, parents, and anyone working with youth ages 6 through 14.

February 9th  @ Woodland Trail Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

8588 Rte 148 Marion, IL 6959


8:30 a.m.  Registration

9:000 a.m. Start Time

3:30 p.m. End 

*Participants should plan to bring a bag lunch*

Event:  Nature Movie Night - Wolf that Changed America

Date:  Thursday, January 11, 2024 

Time:   2:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m.  

Location:  Cache River State Natural Area, Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 St. Rt. 37 South, Cypress, IL  

Contact:    Site Interpreter 618-657-2064. 

Once upon a time Illinois was home to some amazing North American animals, bison, wolf, cougar, elk, and black bear.  This year movie night will feature films which will explore these animals in their natural habitat.  There will be two showings of January’s nature film which will feature the American wolf on Thursday, January 11, 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. at Cache River State Natural Area, Cache River Wetlands Center.   Free public program.  For additional information call 618-657-2064.  

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