JANUARY 22, 2014

Volunteer training opportunities with Desert Foothills Land Trust

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NORTH VALLEY – Americans dedicated 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service in 2012!  Like most nonprofits, Desert Foothills Land Trust relies on the time and talent of volunteers who support the land conservation work of the organization. Volunteers are truly protecting the land they love in their community.  The Land Trust is pleased to offer an opportunity for North Valley community members to become personally involved in conservation programs through volunteer activity. The organization is hosting volunteer orientation sessions in Anthem on Saturday, February 1 and in Cave Creek on February 4. 

Desert Foothills Land Trust representatives 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, “Volunteers are crucial to the Land Trust’s work.  This is a great opportunity for people to get directly involved in local land conservation.” Additionally, for those particularly interested in natural history and outdoor activities, the Land Trust is offering four in-depth natural history courses, called “Focus on the Foothills,” as well as one culminating Steward and Docent Training class.  All are invited to attend the natural history courses, and those who wish to continue with volunteer service in the field are invited to attend the final optional training course.  More information is available on the Land Trust’s web site at www.dflt.org

Event Details: Volunteer Orientation Sessions
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10  – 11:30 a.m. Anthem Civic Building
3701 W. Anthem Way Anthem, AZ 85086
Please RSVP to Mary Warren at 480-488-6131, ext. 2 or info@dflt.org by January 30.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Desert Broom Library 29710 N. Cave Creek Road
Cave Creek, AZ 85331 Please RSVP to Mary Warren at 480-488-6131, ext. 2 or info@dflt.org by February 1.

Focus on the Foothills Natural History Courses Natural history courses
Every Saturday, 9 a.m. - Noon – March 8 through March 29, 2014; optional free stewardship training course on April 12. Classes start in the Land Trust office, and participants will visit a different preserve each week.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Cost: $35 for all four sessions; includes a water bottle and refreshments.

Please RSVP via www.dflt.org by March 5.

About Desert Foothills Land Trust: Desert Foothills Land Trust works with landowners, communities and partners to protect the most special and important natural areas in the Arizona communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, north Scottsdale, north Phoenix, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River.  The Land Trust has permanently protected 680 acres on 22 preserves, many of which are open to the public for exploration and passive recreation.  In 2010, the Land Trust was awarded accredited status by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission – a mark of distinction in the land trust community. More information is available at www.dflt.org or 480-488-6131.