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The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is currently accepting artist proposals for a brand new nature & arts festival. The awards range from $250-$1,500.

Immerse Wilson Springs

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust has been working for the last seven years to conserve and restore Wilson Springs Preserve, a 121-acre prairie wetland. Despite being in an urban area, the preserve is the largest wetland remnant in Fayetteville and one of the last tall grass prairies in the region. Public access plans are being implemented and the property is scheduled to open for public use in the summer of 2019. As part of the opening activities, they are hosting an immersive nature and arts festival unlike any other in Northwest Arkansas. Immerse: Wilson Springs will take place throughout September 2019, and will explore the connection between nature, arts, and the human experience through small-and large-scale temporary art installations; interactive theatre and musical performances; guided and self-led hikes; natural art making activities; plein-air, drawing, and nature photography workshops; wellness sessions; and other immersive activities for all ages. All events will center on the core public benefits of land conservation: clean water, healthy habitats, and access to nature and recreation. ​Proposals due by 11:59pm on June 21st.

If you are interested in visiting Wilson Springs Preserve prior to submitting your proposal, please email lembree@nwalandtrust.org for access information.

Video: Aerial View of Wilson Springs

The fish of greatest conservation need, The Arkansas darter, a fish candidate for federal endangered species listing, resides on the property.

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About Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

The purpose of the Land Trust is to protect quality of life in Northwest Arkansas, including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, abundant scenic beauty, local food supplies, recreational opportunities, and our natural heritage for the benefit of the community and the many generations to come.​

Today, the population of Northwest Arkansas has exceeded 600,000, and the growth trend continues. Benton and Washington counties alone gain an average of more than 34 new residents every day. Our region is well known for its abundant scenic beauty, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitats, outdoor recreation, family farms, and rural charm. Although urban growth has brought many amenities to the region, we must protect these natural areas that provide such a high quality of life.​

The Land Trust provides local, voluntary, and permanent land protection services to landowners and municipalities who wish to forever conserve the special places that define our region.

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