SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

DFL offers volunteer training opportunities

CAVE CREEK/CAREFREE – Desert Foothills Land Trust is pleased to offer an opportunity for North Valley community members to become personally involved in protecting the landscape they love. The Land Trust will offer an orientation session on Oct. 7 for people interested in volunteering. The Land Trust will share information about the organization and their volunteer opportunities, including assistance with special events and office activities, as well as workdays on beautiful preserved lands. Executive Director Sonia Perillo explains, “This is a great review for current volunteers, and a great overview for those considering volunteering. We really want to provide a way for the community to engage directly in conservation, and we believe our volunteer program will help us meet that goal.”

Additionally, for those particularly interested in land stewardship and management activities, the Land Trust is offering five in-depth Steward and Docent Training classes, which will cover natural history, geology, invasive species and other topics related to preserve management and outreach activities. Stewards and Docents must complete all five courses, plus the volunteer orientation session. Upon completion of the training, Stewards and Docents have the opportunity to "adopt" a preserve to assist the Land Trust with monitoring and management activities, leading guided hikes and providing preserve visitors with information.

Volunteer Orientation Session
Thursday, Oct. 7, 9 – 11 a.m.
Desert Foothills Land Trust Office
7518 E. Elbow Bend, Ste. B-6
Carefree, AZ 85377
Please RSVP to Mary Warren at 480-488-6131 or by Oct. 5.

Steward and Docent Training
Every Thursday, 9 a.m. – Noon
From Oct. 14 through Nov. 11
Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP to Stacy Fischer at
480-488-6131 or by Oct. 12.