VRVNO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides nature-based recreation, education and tourism opportunities towards stewardship of the Verde River Valley.
Safe River Recreation Introductory Workshop: Oct 22nd
On shore and on river instruction in technique, equipment, river access points and information. Join us October 22nd for this all day workshop. $25 registration fee per individual. To get the Early Bird e-blast for Member pre-registration you must be a member of VRVNO JOIN NOW . If you want to be wait listed for the open registration please email our registrar, Jeri at Registrar@VRVNO.org. See YOU at the river!
Sun Sept 25th VRVNO Free Guided Canoe Paddle!
Sunday after Verde River Day, VRVNO hosts a FREE guided canoe paddle down a stretch of river seldom navigable these days due to irrigation use. this is an introductory paddle for beginner and novice paddlers. American Rivers and South by Southwest Adventures are our partners. Limited to 30 participants, first registered – first served, There are two launches, one at 8:00 am, and a second at 10:30am, location of launch is announced with your registration. Register NOW!
What’s Going On In The Verde Valley
Verde River Day(s)September 23, 24, 25, 2016
CELEBRATE THE RIVER!
Fri Sept 23rd, ‘CELEBRATE THE RIVER’ Concert & Contest
Old Town Center for the Arts, Old Town Cottonwood, AZ. check it out!
Sat Sept 24th,VERDE RIVER DAY is a one-day event at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, near Cottonwood, AZ check it out!
Sun Sept 25th VRVNO Free Guided Canoe Paddle!
Sunday after Verde River Day, VRVNO hosts a FREE guided canoe paddle down a stretch of river seldom navigable these days due to irrigation use. this is an introductory paddle for beginner and novice paddlers. American Riversand South by Southwest Adventures are our partners. Limited to 30 participants, first registered – first served, There are two launches, one at 8:00 am, and a second at 10:30am, location of launch is announced with your registration. Register NOW!
The Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO), and Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) have put their heads together for another grand event featuring our verdant Verde River Valley, partnering with the Verde River Day Committee and Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce to bring you a kick-off event for the annual Verde River Day Festival. The 2nd Annual ‘CELEBRATE THE RIVER CONCERT’ will include a SINGER / SONGWRITERS CONTEST. Last year OTCA and VRVNO invited our local Mayors and Verde River Valley organizations to present and enjoy the first annual ‘Celebrate the River Concert’. “It was very well attended, and many compliments received from the audience,“ stated Wendy Harford – Director of VRVNO, and William Eaton – Director of OTCA.
This year’s concert will not only feature a return of William Eaton and the professional musicians making up the annual ‘River Band’, but also include 3 finalists of this year’s ‘Celebrate the River ‘ Singer / Songwriters competition. This competition is open to all ages and created to support outreach and stewardship of the Verde River.
The ‘CELEBRATE THE RIVER’ SINGER/SONGWRITER CONTEST is both a PERFORMANCE and SONGWRITING COMPETITION, all three finalists will be judged on performance and songwriting. Three selected finalists will perform on stage at the ‘Celebrate the River’ concert to be held Sept 25th at OTCA, as well as on stage at Verde River Day Sept 26th! The audience of the Friday eve OTCA concert will select the Grand Finalist!
Applicants need to be aware that they have to pay all of their own travel and any stayover expenses related to the competition, and if they are selected as one of the finalists that they must be available in particular for the eve of the 25th and the day of the 26th to perform. The song submissions must be about personal experience on or around the Verde River that will help others make a connection to the Verde River, its stories, histories and value. So not just a made up song about a river and stick ‘Verde’ in front of it. Preference will be given to authentic lyrics created specific for this purpose.
Click here to download the application form and instructions for submitting your song(s). For more information on how to submit your song(s) please write Wendy at VRVNO.Info@gmail.com. You may also write to VRVNO at PO Box 2224, Cottonwood AZ 86326 for an application.
Deadline for submissions will be Sept 11th. Selected performers will be notified no later than Sept 21st. and will be required to be available for sound check and performance the eve of Sept 25th and performance time TBA Sept 26th, both venues are in Cottonwood, AZ. Finalists are responsible for your own travel and lodging.
The 2015 Verde River Runoff, a kayak and canoe race, starting at White Bridge near Camp Verde and ending at Beasely Flat, approximately 10 miles below Camp Verde was a good time. The event, sponsored by VRVNO in conjunction with the Town of Camp Verde is in its third year and there were 110 participants registered in 9 categories. To see the list of all participants finishing the race and recording a race time, Select HERE. The first and 2nd place winners in each class received a medal and a $50.00 gift certificate to REI.
The 2015 year’s winners are:
|Place||Race Category||Participants||Race Time|
|1st||Men’s Solo Kayak||Jeff/James Johnson||1:42|
|2nd||Men’s Solo Kayak||Rob Hammerle||1:47|
|1st||Tandem Canoe||Juliane Viltone||2:02|
|Tandem Canoe||Mathew Martz|
|2nd||Tandem Canoe||Michael Shaw||2:04|
|Tandem Canoe||Tony Shaw|
|1st||Men’s Solo Canoe||Stephen Rutter||1:53|
|2nd||Men’s Solo Canoe||Jonathan Fuller||2:06|
|1st||Men’s Inflatable Kayak||Richard Ruth||3:11|
|2nd||Men’s Inflatable Kayak||Jon Vick||4:21|
|1st||Women’s Inflatable Kayak||Gail Pate||2:57|
|2nd||Women’s Inflatable Kayak||Brittany Kyte||2:59|
|1st||Tandem Kayak||Kyle Rafferty||1:42|
|Tandem Kayak||Leith Eric|
|2nd||Tandem Kayak||Carri Vande Berg||2:08|
|Tandem Kayak||Steve Buggy|
|1st||Tandem Inflatable Kayak||Holly Johnson||2:11|
|Tandem Inflatable Kayak||Wes Johnson|
|2nd||Tandem Inflatable Kayak||Janet Fornear||2:50|
|Tandem Inflatable Kayak||Jeffrey Fornear|
|1st||Women’s Solo Kayak||Melinda Hammerle||1:52|
|2nd||Women’s Solo Kayak||Julie Birkle||1:55|
|1st||Women’s Solo Canoe||Charmaine Galion||4:08|
The efforts of VRVNO are made possible by the generous contributions of our grantors and sponsors, in support of our natural resources, our community and our mission. VRVNO would like to thank all of our benefactors for their continued support and we encourage our community to support them in kind.