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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.

Reptiles of Southern Illinois Program

Date: 8/28/2021

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Description: Learn about some of the reptiles found in southern Illinois, snakes, turtles, lizards. The one-hour indoor program is followed with an optional hike to look for cold-blooded creatures along the Todd Fink-Heron Pond Trail.

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

Address: 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress IL 62923

Contact person/email: Site Interpreter: Molie Oliver; Phone: 618-657-2064 

Monarch Butterfly, What a Journey!

Date: Saturday, 9/18/2021

Time(s): 10:00 a.m. -noon

Description: The magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Come for a program to learn the monarch's natural history, then spent time capturing butterflies, identifying them, tagging the monarchs and releasing the butterflies.

Cache River Wetlands Center

8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress IL 62923

Contact person Molie Oliver, Site Interpreter, at 618-657-2064

Orienteering, an Introduction

Date: Saturday, 9/25/2021

Time(s): 1-3:00 p.m.

Description: An introduction for children and adults to basic orienteering concepts: how to use a compass, measure distances with paces, and traverse an orienteering course. Compass and course map is provided.

Location: Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center

Address: 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL 62923

Contact Molie Oliver by phone at 618-657-2064 

Every year since 1989, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has sponsored the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, and the results for Illinois are in.


2021 Best of Show for Illinois is a black-bellied whistling duck in acrylic paint by Naransolongo Batgerel of Naperville, Illinois. The display of winning art of each age category, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, in a variety of mediums may be seen at Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Illinois until June 30, 2021.  

Web site U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America's Birds (


The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.


By 2000, the program included all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. The program encourages partnerships among federal and state government agencies, nongovernment organizations, businesses, and volunteers to help recognize and honor thousands of teachers and students throughout the United States for their participation in conservation-related activities.


What is a Junior Duck Stamp?

The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and support environmental and conservation education programs in the United States. The art competition is the culmination of students' study of waterfowl and wetlands conservation in the classroom, homeschool, or non-formal education setting, often using the Junior Duck Stamp Program educational curriculum.