Saturday, May 7, 2016
10 am – 4 pm Rain or Shine!
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL 62923
Come to beautiful southernmost Illinois this spring to celebrate one of the state’s great natural wonders! The 15th Annual Cache River Nature Fest will feature a variety of programs, including live animal exhibits and hands-on activities for nature lovers of all ages. The event focuses on the Cache River Wetlands and the region’s unique diversity of plants and animals.
From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 7, staff and volunteers from Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Cache and the Cache River State Natural Area will provide regional information, guided tours and many wildlife watching opportunities. The event is organized around six outdoor areas, including a “Kidz Corner,” that showcase fish, birds, native plants, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Each area includes live exhibits and hands-on activities. Throughout the day, participants can view and even handle live fish, snakes, turtles and frogs; climb into a life-size eagle’s nest; sample a taste of Asian Carp; and learn more about the many animals and plants that inhabit the Cache River Wetlands.
Special programs include a close-up view of live birds of prey from Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation, presentations on research in the Cache River Watershed, a silent photo auction and the grand opening of a new pollinator garden trail. For those who want to venture out in the Cache River Wetlands, guided nature and birding hikes, along with free canoe tours, are scheduled throughout the day. All trips are on designated trails and will feature the natural and cultural history of the Cache.
All activities are free. However, proceeds from the photo auction, sales of t-shirts and other merchandise, and donations will help support restoration and education projects within the Cache River Watershed. For a complete schedule of the day’s festivities, check out the event website at http://www.cacherivernaturefest.com.
For more information, or to register in advance for limited-seating canoe tours, contact: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231.