CONSERVATION SERVICE DAYS events

As Valley residents, we love our open spaces– so much so that they can get a little loved to death. As more and more people are visiting our mountain preserve, managers struggle to keep ahead of recreational and ecological degradation. The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance hosts Conservation Service Days as a way to link members of the community to real issues and challenges on the preserves and to inspire action. Whether we are restoring rogue trails or painting ramadas, Conservation Service Days encourage civic engagement, foster a sense of community, and build capacity for conservation on our mountain preserves.

Service Day Events 2017-2018

  •   TBD - Citizen Science Training with iNaturalist- Usery Mountain Regional Park

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    Usery Mountain Regional Park
    3939  N. Usery Pass Road Mesa, AZ 85207

    Join the CAZCA, Maricopa Parks and Recreation, and the Superstition Area Land Trust to learn about a new citizen science initiative to identify and map important non-native species using the iNaturalist app. With a snap of a photo, invasive plant species can be geolocated and tracked over time. We need your help gathering baseline data for future invasive species management and native plant restoration projects! This training covers mapping for Usery, the McDowell Mountains, and sections of the Tonto National Forest.

 

Previous Service Days

  •   10/21/2017- Citizen Science Training with iNaturalist- North Mountain/Shaw Butte

    Saturday, October 21st 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
    North Mountain Visitor Center
    12950 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85022

    Join the CAZCA and City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation to learn about a new citizen science initiative to identify and map important non-native species using the iNaturalist app. With a snap of a photo, invasive plant species can be geo-located and tracked over time. We need your help gathering these baseline data for future invasive species management and native plant restoration projects! This training covers mapping in the North Mountain/Shaw Butte sections of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

  •   9/30/2017 - National Public Lands Day: Lake Pleasant Park Regional Cleanup

    Saturday, September 30th 2017, 7am-11am
    Lake Pleasant Regional Park
    41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown, AZ 85342

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day by assisting in a shoreline and park cleanup at Lake Pleasant! This will be a day of service and fun in the magnificent Lake Pleasant setting.

    **All volunteers can enjoy the Lake for the rest of the day for free, after the clean-up event.**

    The Lake Pleasant Shoreline is vast and always in need of some extra helping hands. Join in as volunteers clean up trash and debris in order to beautify the area for future patrons and to preserve the natural landscape. We need lots of help cleaning the shorelines (families and service groups), on islands (kayakers), under the water (scuba divers), and on the trails (hikers). This will be in partnership with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.

  •   9/23/2017- Citizen Science Training with iNaturalist- White Tank Mountains

    Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
    White Tank Mountain Regional Park
    20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355

    Join the CAZCA, Maricopa Parks and Recreation, and the White Tank Mountains Conservancy to learn about a new citizen science initiative to identify and map important non-native species using the iNaturalist app. With a snap of a photo, invasive plant species can be geo-located and tracked over time. We need your help gathering these baseline data for future invasive species management and native plant restoration projects! This training covers White Tank Mountains including both White Tank Mountains Regional Park and Skyline Regional Park.

  •   11/5/2016 - Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day: Building Butterfly Habitat

    Saturday, November 5th 2016, 8am-11am
    Cave Creek Regional Park
    37019 N Lava Ln, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

    Did you know there are over 250 species of butterflies in the Sonoran Desert?

    Help us help butterflies as well as other important pollinators (bees and humming birds!) by building butterfly habitat at Cave Creek Regional Park. We will be preparing the site and planting native, Sonoran Desert plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators to the area. Pollinator plants provide sustenance for migrating monarchs and other native butterflies, while also providing food for larval.

    We’re joining with organizations across Phoenix for Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day. Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day encourages the community to get out and keep their parks and preserves ecologically healthy, clean, and beautiful.

    **All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and a VIP Chipotle gift card which is a complete meal for two! Register through Keep PHX Beautiful**

    Please wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring gloves if you have them. Beverages and snacks will be provided, but bring your refillable water bottle too!

  •   10/22/2016 - Make A Difference Day: Building Butterfly Habitat

    Saturday, October 22nd 2016, 8am-12pm
    Estrella Mountain Regional Park
    14805 W. Vineyard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85338

    Did you know there are over 250 species of butterflies in the Sonoran Desert?

    Butterflies are important plant pollinators and are also good indicators of the ecological quality of a habitat. Most flowering plants need pollination to survive and thrive. Habitat loss and destruction is a primary threat to butterfly and plant populations.

    Let’s celebrate Make a Difference Day with Maricopa County Parks and HandsOn Greater Phoenix! Help us help butterflies by building butterfly habitat at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. We will be preparing the site and planting native, Sonoran Desert plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators to the area.

    Please wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring gloves if you have them. Beverages and snacks will be provided, but bring your refillable water bottle too!

    **Check out the Facebook Event for more details and signup through HandsOn Greater Phoenix**

     

     

  •   9/24/2016 - National Public Lands Day: Lake Pleasant Park Regional Cleanup

    Saturday, September 24th 2016, 7am-11am
    Lake Pleasant Regional Park
    41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown, AZ 85342

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day by assisting in a shoreline and park cleanup at Lake Pleasant! This will be a day of service and fun in the magnificent Lake Pleasant setting.

    **All volunteers can enjoy the Lake for the rest of the day for free, after the clean-up event.**

    The Lake Pleasant Shoreline is vast and always in need of some extra helping hands. Join in as volunteers clean up trash and debris in order to beautify the area for future patrons and to preserve the natural landscape. We need lots of help cleaning the shorelines (families and service groups), on islands (kayakers), under the water (scuba divers), and on the trails (hikers). This will be in partnership with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.

    Please see our Facebook for what to bring (such as a water bottle!) and to sign up for the event. You can also sign up directly through Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.

  •   1/16/2016 - Prickly Pedal Prep

    Saturday, January 16th 2016, 8am-11am
    Maricopa Trail, east of I17

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    The Prickly Pedal on the Maricopa Trail is a mountain bike race like no other. Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race winds through the northern section of the Maricopa Trail, the Valley’s emerald ring—a seamless connection of beautiful desert and challenging terrain with scenic views and near-perfect riding conditions.

    Help us to celebrate the race and reduce its impact on the Maricopa Trail through site preparation activities like clearing debris, installing trail signage, and placing trash bins.

    Bring your teams, families, neighbors, you name it! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. Work gloves will be available for use, but if you have your own please bring them! Beverages and snacks will be provided, but please bring your refillable water bottle.

    RSVP to Stacie Beute at sbeute@dbg.org

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  •   1/9/2016- Beat Back Buffelgrass

    Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8am-11am
    Piestewa Peak
    2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive

    Help us help our native plants and animals! Volunteers will assist Park Rangers in removing non-native buffelgrass, fountain grass, and papyrus grass from the Piestewa Peak area. Non-native grasses often form dense stands and compete with native species for space, water, and nutrients eventually weakening and killing larger desert plants and preventing the germination of native seed. Thick stands of non-native grasses also create a significant fire risk. A single buffelgrass fire kills nearly all native plants in its path and is an incredible danger to surrounding homes.
    This is tough work—come prepared for manual pulling and digging.
    Beverages and snacks will be provided, but bring your refillable water bottle!

  •   12/12/2015 - Native Plant REVEG OUT!

    Saturday, December 12th 2015, 8am-11am
    San Tan Mountain Regional Park
    6533 West Phillips Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85242

    San Tan Mountain Regional Park recently got a new well site and park managers are looking for our help to revegetate the area. Using a plant inventory study recently completed by a student at Arizona State University, we are able to select and plant exactly the right species for this magnificent park.

    Join us for this fun and transformational day as we work to revegetate the well site with native shrubs, trees, perennials, cacti, and oodles of seed. Bring your teams, families, neighbors, you name it! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. Work gloves will be available for use, but if you have your own please bring them! Beverages and snacks will be provided, but please bring your refillable water bottle.

    RSVP to Stacie Beute at sbeute@dbg.org

  •   12/05/2015 - Social Trail Revegetation in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

    Saturday, December 5th 2015, 8am-11am
    Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, Apache Wash Trailhead
    1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85085

    Did you know that creating and using “social” or undesignated trails is one the primary threats to the long-term sustainability of our desert mountain parks and preserves? Social trails often create a complex network (or spider web) of trails, creating high impact on the surrounding area. Flattened or stunted vegetation, barren ground, erosion, and soil compaction are just some of the many impacts of social trails.

    The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department provides hundreds of miles of safe, scenic trails for preserve visitors. Help us help the Department keep people on designated trails by beginning to revegetate social trails. For this service day, we will be working near Apache Wash trailhead in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. Come one come all for this fun and transformational day. Ages 12 and up are welcome to dig in.

    Bring your teams, families, neighbors, you name it! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. Work gloves will be available for use, but if you have your own please bring them. Beverages and snacks will be provided, but please bring your refillable water bottle.

    RSVP to Stacie Beute at sbeute@dbg.org

  •   10/17/2015 - Tortoise and Bird Habitat REVEG OUT!

    Saturday, October 17th 2015, 8am-11am
    Usery Mountain Regional Park
    3939 Usery Pass Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207

    Come one come all for this fun and transformational day at Usery Mountain Regional Park as we work to revegetate tortoise and bird habitat with native shrubs, trees, perennials, cacti, and oodles of seed. Ages 6 and up are welcome to dig in.
    Bring your teams, families, neighbors, you name it! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. Work gloves will be available for use, but if you have your own please bring them. Beverages and snacks will be provided, but please bring your refillable water bottle.

    RSVP to Stacie Beute at sbeute@dbg.org

  •   4/18/2015 - Celebrating Earth Day and National Volunteer Week (Maricopa Trail)

    EarthDay2015Contact Kim Richard, Volunteer Coordinator at Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, for Details
    parkvolunteer@mail.maricopa.gov

    Come out and serve on the newly built regional Maricopa Trail. When complete, the approximately 375 mile trail will link the county’s ten parks and will provide miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian opportunities. The Trail is about 50% completed and a few segments need the help of some awesome volunteers!

    This will be trail work so please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and wear sun screen. Tools such as bow rakes, shovels, and McClouds will be used to clear the trail of rocks and tripping hazards. Additionally, please bring work gloves if you have them. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

  •   2/14/2015 - Building Butterfly Habitat at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

    Saturday, February 14th, 2015, 8am-12pm
    White Tank Mountain Regional Park
    20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355

    Did you know there are over 250 species of butterflies in the Sonoran Desert? Butterflies are important pollinators and are also good indicators of the ecological quality of a habitat. Habitat loss and destruction is the primary threat to butterfly populations. Help us help butterflies by building butterfly habitat at White Tank Regional Park. Working just outside White Tank library next to the new tortoise habitat, we will be preparing the site and planting Sonoran desert plants and cacti to attract butterflies to the area. Please wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring gloves if you have them. Beverages and snacks will be provided, but bring your refillable water bottle too!