As the mild fall and winter temperatures of the Valley beckon enthusiasts outdoors in search of adventure, Desert Foothills Land Trust invites nature lovers to the Jewel of the Creek Preserve for a day of exploration and discovery.
The ninth annual Desert Discovery Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Due to capacity limits, pre-registration is required. Participants can participate in interactive experiences at discovery stations along the Harry Dalton Trail. Each station will be focused on the flora, fauna and history of the Sonoran Desert.
The event is sponsored by Kiwanis of Carefree and Carefree Physical Therapy. Other community organizations partnering with the land trust for this educational event include Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Family YMCA, Desert Foothills Library, Rattlesnake Solutions LLC, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Wild at Heart.
“Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or exploring the desert for the first time, this is an event that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Vicki Preston, Desert Foothills Land Trust.
“We love to see the sheer excitement on the faces of the lucky who find a ‘nugget’ while panning for gold, or the wide eyes of those seeing an owl up close for the first time. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn something about the unique Sonoran Desert we call home.”
The Land Trust connects people to nature through land acquisition and long-term stewardship, as well as events and activities, like Desert Discovery Day, that allow the community to use and enjoy the lands that have been protected. Pre-registration is required to attend Desert Discovery Day. To register or for more information about the Land Trust, visit dflt.org or call 480-488-6131.
Desert Discovery Day
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13
WHERE: Jewel of the Creek Preserve, on Spur Cross Road, 4 miles north of Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Parking will be available at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, which is less than 1/4 mile north of the preserve at the end of Spur Cross Road.
INFO: 480-488-6131, dflt.org