Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Meet at 10am at Riverfront Park, 284 E River Front Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
Volunteer until 3pm with one of the following projects:

  • Habitat restoration—invasive plants are non-native species, introduced into a new environment where they spread aggressively, are difficult to control, and prevent native plants from growing. Help remove invasives, such as Kochia, and seed native plants along the Verde River.
  • Trail building—help improve recreational access to the Verde River though trail building and installation of interpretive signs at Riverfront Park and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Camping is available, starting at 4pm, for volunteers at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
Barbeque dinner and raffle prizes are provided for volunteers, courtesy of REI. Meet at our Dead Horse Ranch campground at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Saturday volunteers are welcome to join a 4-mile float of the Verde River in Clarkdale at 10am
Rent a kayak for $20—limited rentals available.
Bring your own boat—shuttle assistance will be provided.

Recommended Packing

Weather in the Verde Valley for the beginning of June is expected to be sunny and hot. Temperatures can reach 100ºF during the day and 60ºF at night. Please come prepared to volunteer, camp, and kayak in these conditions.


Cheap Sunglasses
Long-sleeve shirt
Closed-toed shoes
Lunch for Saturday & Sunday
Water bottle—refill water will be provided


Sleeping bags

Kayak Rental Float

$20 for kayak rental includes dry bags, paddles, and lifejackets

Quick drying clothing
Water shoes

Individual Kayak Float

Canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard
Dry bag
Quick drying clothing
Water shoes

For any questions, please email Volunteer@verderiver.org.

This event is made possible by:

  • Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative. Each year, REI donates millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide and sends dedicated teams of volunteers—members, customers and REI employees—to build trails, clean up beaches, restore local habitats and more.

  • The Nature Conservancy—In Arizona, the Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.5 million acres. Included in those acres are the Conservancy’s 12 preserves in Arizona. Six of the preserves are open to the public. The Conservancy also works with partners to protect and restore important waterways in the state.

  • Friends of the Verde River is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, preserving one of the last flowing river in the American Southwest. Our work to maintain river flows, protect area habitat, and involve the community will prevent more of the river from drying up and ensure the Verde can support the way we live, work, and enjoy recreation.

  • The Verde River Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to developing and facilitating the implementation of policies that help to ensure that the Verde River in central Arizona retains flows that will support sustainable, healthy and diverse economies and ecosystems.

  • The City of Cottonwood is located adjacent to the Verde River, at elevations ranging from 3,300 feet to 3,900 feet above sea level, and experiences a mild climate. With its proximity to an abundance of natural amenities, such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Tuzigoot National Monument, and the historic mining communities of Clarkdale and Jerome, the city continues to attract steady growth and tourism.

  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park—The story of the park’s name begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.

  • Tuzigoot National Monument—Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres.

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