Welcome to the Verde River Valley Nature Organization!



VRVNO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides nature-based recreation, education and tourism opportunities towards stewardship of the Verde River Valley.


What’s Going on in the Verde Valley?



Join Verde River ValCelebrate the River Concert 2014ley Nature Organization (VRVNO), Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) and our Sponsors (TBA) for the 3rd ANNUAL SINGER/SONGWRITER & PERFORMANCE POETRY COMPETITION AND CONCERT. Concert and competition will be held the eve of Sept 23rd at the Old Town Center for the Arts with doors opening early to allow participation and networking with our river related sponsors! 3 Finalists of the songwriter, performance poetry submissions will be selected to perform that evening and again the following day, Sat Sept 24th at the Annual Verde River Day held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Submitted and selected ready to display art will be decorating the walls of Old Town Center for the Arts,


and celebrate with us in ‘create onsite’ RESOLVE INTO NATURE & NATURE ART EXHIBITION.  PRIZES MAY BE AWARDED for the: Most Likely to Resolve Back Into Nature. Best Recycle Found Thing Composition. Most Interactive Community Oriented Art Play. Best on Theme in Natural Media Based Composition.  Check out Andy Goldsworthy and Susan Fenimore Cooper for idea’s and inspiration!



VRVNO Comm & Events Mgr Job Description July 2016

The Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) is seeking qualified professionals with experience in event planning, marketing and/or public relations for a Communications & Events Manager position.  VRVNO is a nonprofit organization that provides nature-based tourism and recreation opportunities to build connections with and promote stewardship of our natural resources.  The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and energetic individual with a passion for conservation, and an interest in building upon the foundation of the organization to expand educational programs and event offerings.

Candidate will report to the Board of Directors, and will be primary staff person for the organization.

Email  VRVNO.Info@gmail.com for a job description and application submission contact.

Verde River Valley Happenings



Saturday, August 20th  10a to 11:30a
Yavapai College – Clarkdale Campus- Bldg G Rm 106

To register  click here! if you need help please contact Jeri at 928-282-2202

Birds are some of the most conspicuous migratory animals in nature. For many people, the word “migration” immediately conjures the image of geese flying in a “V” formation through the sky. Yet this one example can’t encapsulate the magnitude, beauty and diversity of bird migrations. Individual species differ drastically in many aspects of migration including how far they travel, which route they choose, and their general migration strategy. Bird migration evolved as a way for birds to exploit resources that are seasonally abundant and to go elsewhere when the resources become scarce or when harsh weather arrives.

Here in the Verde Valley we are privileged to be able to experience the diversity of migratory birds. The Verde Valley is the main flyway for many birds to make their spring and fall passages while traveling between their more northerly homes in the summer and their southern homes in the winter.

Dena Greenwood, local teacher and bird expert, presents a lecture on the migration of the Verde Valley birds. This is a way to truly understand an extraordinary event that happens right under our noses. Topics include why birds migrate here, what species you can expect to see and when. As manager of Jay’s Bird Barn in Sedona for the past three years, Dena has connected customers and other visitors to the natural environment. She guides, she teaches, she coordinates.
The ever-changing and dynamic world of birds in the Verde Valley is the center of her daily life. Greenwood leads bird walks every day and teaches visitors what the birds mean to the Verde Valley. She has been involved with nature since she was a child. Dena received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Ornithology, Botany, and Geology. She has been an Arizona State Parks ranger, where she started leading bird walks. She has also been involved with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. She leads field trips for the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and is a guest field trip leader for the Sedona Westerners Hiking group.

Our Sponsors

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.

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce
National Park Service
American Rivers
City of Cottonwood, Arizona
Arizona State Parks
American Canoe Association

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