10:00 am – 4:00 pm Rain or Shine!
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL 62923
Join us in beautiful southernmost Illinois for this spring event! The 14th Annual Cache River Nature Fest will feature a variety of programs including live animal exhibits and hands-on activities for individuals of all ages. The event focuses on the Cache River Wetlands and the region’s unique diversity of plants and animals. This year’s T-shirt design highlights the green tree frog – a common inhabitant of the Cache River watershed.
On Saturday May 9th, 2015, staff will provide area information, guided tours and many wildlife watching opportunities. The event is set-up around four areas that include native fish, birds, plants, reptiles and amphibians. Each area includes live exhibits and hands-on activities. Special programs include a close-up view of live birds-of-prey from Free Again Rehab, presentations on monarch butterflies and the annual Jr. Duck
Stamp Awards Ceremony. Throughout the day, participants can view or touch live fish, snakes, turtles and frogs, climb into a life-size eagle’s nest, take a taste of Asian carp and see the many animals and plants that live in the Cache River wetlands!
For those who want to venture out in the Cache River Wetlands, guided nature and birding hikes, along with canoe and bike tours are scheduled throughout the day. All trips are on designated trails and will feature natural and cultural history of the Cache.
All activities are free; however, proceeds from the sales of t-shirts, other merchandise and donations will go towards restoration and education projects within the Cache River watershed. Check out the event website at http://www.cacherivernaturefest.com for more information about the day’s festivities.
For more information, or to register for a canoe tour contact: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231