Conservation Outings

Please join us for these exciting spring events!  Sponsored by the Friends of Verde River

Clarkdale Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Project - Saturday, February 24th
A non-native, invasive plant is a plant from another region or continent, that is introduced into a new environment (in our case the Verde Valley), where it spreads aggressively, and is difficult and costly to control. Officially, a non-native, invasive species is defined as “a species whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health.” Click here to register.
Click here to learn more about invasive plants in the Verde Watershed.
More volunteer projects coming soon. Sign up on our volunteer page to be notified of upcoming opportunies.

Verde River Runoff – Saturday, March 17th
Friends of the Verde River presents the 6th Annual Verde River Runoff. The runoff will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 in Camp Verde. This 5 and 10-mile kayak, canoe, and stand-up boarder race is a popular event that draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. The course will wind its way through mostly Forest Service lands set against the picturesque backdrop of white gypsum cliffs of Camp Verde. The 10-mile race starts at White Bridge and the 5-mile fun float at the River Access at Clear Creek. Both races end at Beasley Flats. The river has a nice current with Class I-II rapids making this an adventure for all. Click here to learn more and to register.
Join us for the after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival.

Sci-Tech: The Science of Habitat Restoration – Saturday, March 17th
Join Friends of the Verde River Habitat Restoration Manager, Matt Wilson for this Free learning event at Rezzonico Park in Camp Verde. Visit our pollinator/butterfly garden, the native grass-seed plot, and take a walk along the Verde River. Learn how modern technology, such as tablets, and old fashion techniques, such as seed-ball making, go hand in hand to ensure that there is healthy habitat for us all. Learn how modern technology, such as tablets, and old fashion techniques, such as seed-ball making, go hand in hand to ensure that there is healthy habitat for us all. Great for families and kids of all ages! All children under the age of 12, must be accompanied by an adult. This event is in collaboration with Arizona Sci-Tech. Click here to register.

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival – Saturday, March 17th
Visit the Friends booth at this fun family event that celebrates the beauty and abundance of the Verde Valley. Learn how you can get involved and help us Sustain Flows, Restore Habitat, and Promote Community Stewardship to support a healthy Verde River system. We will also be hosting the awards ceremony for the Verde River Runoff race. Click here to learn more about the festival.

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival – April 26 – 29, 2018

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley. The 17th Annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival is April 26th - 29th, is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Participants can choose from over 50 field trips led by experienced birders. Field trip locations include Sycamore Canyon, Bubbling Ponds Preserve, Dancing Apache Ranch, and Stoneman Lake. Other activities, such as walks along the Verde River Greenway and the Sedona Wetlands, provide a wide array of birding opportunities for every level of birder. Click here for more information and to register. Workshops and trips are filling fast so register today.
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