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2016 VRVNO Events

Feb. 1 – Open Registration

 

Feb. 27/28 – Birding 101

March 19 – Verde River Runoff Race

April 2 – Riverfest Kickoff at Desert Diamond Distillery

April 6 – Verde Valley SciTech

April 21-24 – 16th Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

April 17-24For the Birds art exhibit At Manheim Gallery

May TBA – Interpretive Guiding and Communications Workshop

June 18/19 – Tilted Earth Festival

Aug. 20 – Magic of Migration

Sept. 23 – Celebrate the River Concert

Sept. 24 – Verde River Day(s)

Sept. 25 – Guided Canoe Paddle

VRVNO on KAZM 780 AM Talk Radio

Verde River Valley Nature Organization Executive Director Wendy Harford and Board Member Bob Rothrock appeared as guests on Democratic Perspectives on KAZM 780 AM Radio. Host Steve Williamson and co-host Tino discuss tourism, recreation and education in the Verde River Valley with VRVNO team members. In addition to the unique recreational opportunity afforded by boating on the Verde River, several topics are addressed regarding multi-use impacts and access to one of the last free-flowing rivers in the state of Arizona.

 

Birding 101 & 102

BIRDS  make the BEST NATURE AMBASSADORS!

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Birdwatching is fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor recreations in the United States. Ask any birder, they will be able to tell you why! It is the enjoyment of being outdoors, the confidence gained from reconnecting with the natural world, and the excitement of that unexpected flash of color in the trees and being able to identify it!

It’s time again for Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) and Northern AZ Audubon Society (NAAS) to bring back ‘BIRDING 101 & Introduce 102’  on Nov 7th & 8th, 2014. 

Nov 7th is an all-day class to be held at the Cottonwood Rec Center, Cottonwood Room.

Nov 8th is an all-day guided birding field trip, location TBA.

Your instructors will be:
Dena Greenwood, Manager of Jay’s Bird Barn – Sedona: Dena began her birding career over 25 years ago as an AZ State Park Ranger, and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology. Dena is a NAAS Board Member, and has taught Birds of the Region for Yavapai College for many years. as well as co-founder/field trip coordinator for the VRVNO – (14 year old) Verde Valley Birding and Nature Fest. Dena loves to share her skills in birding, not the least of which is identifying by sound!

Suzy Clemenz has been a member of NAAS since 1987.  Her work as a freelance photographer has given her opportunities to bird in almost every state, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Ecuador and parts of Costa Rica and Guatemala.  She loves that all it takes is a pair of binoculars to find birds in every habitat. Suzy states “Entering the world of birds is like finding a new dimension to all your surroundings, even at your own back yard feeder.”

This workshop is geared to introduce new birders to the art of birding, and to support and encourage new birding guides for the Verde Valley.

A sponsored, discounted fee of $25. per participant is required. To register for the event. visit: [button link=”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KTtZLwY9GV7DZuqfZ55s5BD2XKd4mix22pmHAw9-D-U/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link” type=”big” color=”green” newwindow=”yes”] Birding 101 Registration[/button]

For more information about VRVNO VRVNO.org or VRVNO.Info@gmail.com and NAAS at NorthernArizonaAudubon.org or Bird and Nature Fest at www.BirdyVerde.org

We hope to see you out there along the river again sometime soon!

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Essentials of River Kayaking Level 1 & 2 – October 4th

Catch That First Wave and Live to Tell About It!

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Hold onto your kayak paddles! Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) is partnering with the American Canoe Association (ACA) to bring you not 1, not 2 but 5 of their qualified instructors for an instructional day on the Verde River. This discounted training opportunity is the start of formal education on the river. If you are comfortable on the river and have paddling experience and would like to work some of our events this is the workshop for you! Even if you are experienced and already a river recreation Safety Boater, this is your beginning towards qualification with the ACA.

Currently scheduled for October 4th – please stay tuned for additional details on date and time.

A perfect match you might say:

“Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddle sport competition, exploration and recreation.”http://www.americancanoe.org/

VRVNO’s Mission is to “provide recreational, education, and nature tourism opportunities that support stewardship of the Verde River Valley”www.VRVNO.org and FB as Verde River Valley Nature Organization.

Thanks to the Walton Family Foundation’s rivers initiative, VRVNO has some funds to contribute 1st time around, so your charge is a minimal $50. per person includes lunch and equipment shuttle. You must be an adult this time around, but watch for more, safe river recreation opportunities with VRVNO and ACA

ACA -Essentials of River Kayaking – Level 2: Oct 4th 7:30a to 5:30p. Registrants meet at Tuzigoot RAP for introduction, with shuttle to Lower Tapco RAP for river put in. Participants will be separated by skill level, participants who don’t complete the L2 certification may obtain L1.

Review the requirements below, you must have a helmet and the other equipment. Check / Cash for ACA Membership, $40 annual, is optional.

Kayak – PFD – Paddle and Helmet (helmet can be a regulation bicycle helmet) Let VRVNO know if you need help with any of these provisions. Proper Boating Attire, including closed-toed shoes and end of paddle warm up clothes. Personal Effects: sunscreen, sunglasses, water and bottle, necessary medications, etc. Signed waiver’s for ACA and VRVNO

Registration at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12SKUXvS_cGbutAkD0BHDU73u95jnxmbXkW9xW7VavKA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Big Weekends Equal Big Posts!

VRVNO and partnering organizations had a busy weekend, replete with music, dancing, kayaking, nature education and FLOODING!!!

Check out our latest entries into the GALLERY Page for pictures of our events from:

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Celebrate the River Concert – Friday, September 26 at 7 pm

1st Annual ‘Celebrate the River’ Concert.

AN EVENING OF ‘RIVER’ INSPIRED MUSIC FROM LOCAL, TOURING AND GRAMMY NOMINATED MUSICIANS: Allen Ames, William Eaton, Mary Redhouse, Claudia Tulip.

WITH GUESTS: Eric Zang, Wendy Harford and JoAnne Agostinelli

Friday, September 26th – 7:00 pm at Old Town Center for the Arts

The ‘Celebrate the River’ Concert will be held at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Friday, September 26th.  The show begins at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:15 pm.  Attendees are invited to arrive early to see a pre-concert slide show and learn more about the Verde River and Oak Creek from representatives of the sponsoring organizations, who will be present to provide information and answer questions. Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com.  Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at Desert Dancer and Mount Hope Natural Foods; and in Sedona at Crystal Magic.  Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. Main Street (5thStreet & Main St.) in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please visitoldtowncenter.org or call Elena Bullard at 928.634.0940.

Tickets available on www.showtix4u.com

Ticket Prices:

$15 advance

$18 door

$20 priority

William Eaton Mary Redhouse Claudia Tulip

 

Verde River Day – Saturday, September 27th

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VERDE RIVER DAY

A day of free play at Dead Horse Ranch State Park!

Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood will celebrate its 26th annual Verde River Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Arizona State Parks has waived park entrance fees for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors.

Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde’s unique riparian habitat.

Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day.

Enjoy the best pancake breakfast. Non-Profit Food vendors will be cooking up Indian Fry bread, hot dogs and Hamburgers for nominal fees.

Try pottery making by hand and take your creation home with you . See the live birds and reptiles.

Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance.

For more information about Verde River Day, call (928) 634-5283.

http://verderiverday.com/

http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/events.html

Free Canoe Rides with American Rivers – Sunday, September 28th

Free Canoe Rides on the Verde River

Sunday, September 28th

28 folks will enjoy a leisure guided canoe paddle down the Verde River for the first time, from DHRSP to river left just above the Mingus Bridge!

A great big THANK YOU to American Rivers for helping fund our upcoming Free Float and Guided Paddle down the Verde River on September 28, 2014! We will be launching from Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and all ages and skill levels are welcome!

VRVNO is dedicated to providing safe, responsible outdoor recreation opportunities to bring awareness of the continued need for conservation and stewardship of the Verde River and its surrounding environs. Our free floats and guided paddles are a great way to learn more about the river, get involved with our community and have fun outdoors!

For more information on our Free floats and guided paddle trips, check out our recent blog post HERE.

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American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. 

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Through our river conservation work we are ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations. For more information, visit: http://www.americanrivers.org/ 

SPONSORED BY AMERICAN RIVERS

Thank You to American Rivers!

A great big THANK YOU to American Rivers for helping fund our upcoming Free Float and Guided Paddle down the Verde River on September 28, 2014! We will be launching from Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and all ages and skill levels are welcome!

VRVNO is dedicated to providing safe, responsible outdoor recreation opportunities to bring awareness of the continued need for conservation and stewardship of the Verde River and its surrounding environs. Our free floats and guided paddles are a great way to learn more about the river, get involved with our community and have fun outdoors!

For more information on our Free floats and guided paddle trips, check out our recent blog post HERE.

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American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. 

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Through our river conservation work we are ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations. For more information, visit: http://www.americanrivers.org/ 

“Viva La Verde!” Conservation Documentary Now Available for Showing

We are proud to announce a new conservation documentary film now available for showing.

 

“Viva la Verde!”  unveils the value of and the threats to Northern Arizona’s upper Verde River, a little-known and under-appreciated river supporting some of the best surviving riparian habitat in the Southwest. The 40-minute video, produced by Hugh Denno and Gary Beverly, tells the story of the river through interviews with local river activists, using photography and video footage collected over three years of exploring the river.

 

They will be touring Arizona for the next few weeks, and  will travel to your venue to present our movie in person to your group, followed by discussion with the audience. There is no charge for the screening event or for  people who attend the event.  If we can’t catch you on this August tour, we would love to schedule an event for a later time so please contact us if you are interested.

 

You can watch trailers for the film or the full 40-minute version at our website:

http://huemanproductions.com/viva-la-verde

 

Hugh Denno and Gary Beverly

 

Sincerely,

Wendy Harford – Executive Director

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Verde River Valley Nature Organization

PO Box 2224, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

 

928-282-2202