SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Take a Hike! And boost your knowledge of the Sonoran Desert

2014 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest is here!
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NORTH VALLEY – Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) is pleased to offer its exciting program called “Focus on the Foothills” to share the natural history of the incredible Sonoran Desert place with our community.

The interactive four-week course begins in late September and presents a wealth of natural, cultural and historical knowledge which, if participants choose, prepares them for ongoing volunteer opportunities with DFLT.

Led by conservation director Vicki Preston, each session will include both classroom and trail time on DFLT preserves. Informative and entertaining experts for each course include local authors, biologists and botanists.

Preston explains, “This is a great opportunity to learn more about the critters, plants, rocks and history of our desert, and to ask all those natural history questions you’ve been wondering about. It’s also a good way to explore the possibility of getting more involved in local land conservation through our volunteer programs.”

Residents and fans of North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Anthem, New River, Carefree and Cave Creek are invited to join like-minded neighbors to learn more about the rich heritage in our backyard. Sessions will be held on consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. until approximately noon to allow working professionals to participate.

Session dates:
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
November 1 (optional, free Volunteer Preserve Steward training)

The $35 cost covers all course materials. Participants aged 16 or older are welcome but space is limited, so register soon. To register, please visit or call 480-488-6131.

2014 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest going digital!
Get your Daisy Mountain and Black Mountain photos ready, because the Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest is here! It will be easier than ever before to enter – no printed photos required this year. Just submit your high resolution digital photos and entry form to by November 3, 2014 and we'll take it from there!

Our professional photographer judges will review all entries and choose their top 13 picks. We are grateful to Don Asakawa, Alan Lowy, Kazu Okutomi, Richard Rubenstein, Jerry Sieve, and Mike Spinelli for again serving as judges! Their top choice will be on the cover of our 2015 Mountains of the Land Trust Calendar and will receive one of our grand prizes. The second, third and fourth place winners will also receive prizes. Additionally, during the month of November, the public will be able to vote online for the Peoples' Choice Award Winner, who will also win a grand prize.

Just email your entry form and best photos to by November 3, 2014. Please also review the complete rules and entry information, available on our website. Thank you to the photographers who share their talent to help us inspire support for local land conservation!