The sixth annual Desert Discovery Day will include crafts, free refreshments, live animals, and a scavenger hunt. Hiking shoes are recommended. The event is organized by the Desert Foothills Land Trust, a nonprofit that works to preserve open spaces around Anthem, Desert Hills, New River and elsewhere in North Phoenix, Cave Creek and Carefree.
Desert Discovery Day
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4
Jewel of the Creek Preserve, Cave Creek
Spur Cross Road, four miles north of Cave Creek Road
Desert Foothills Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that has protected nearly 700 acres on 24 preserves in the North Valley. Many of the Land Trust preserves are open to the public.
“This event offers a unique outdoor experience for kids, families and people of all ages to learn about the unique Sonoran Desert we call home,” stated Land Trust executive director Vicki Preston. “We love to see the sheer excitement on the faces of the lucky gold panners who find a ‘nugget,’ or the wide eyes of those seeing a great horned owl up close for the first time. Whether seasoned nature seekers or first time explorers, this really is an event that everyone can enjoy.”
Other participating community organizations include the Arizona Archaeological Society, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Family YMCA, Rural/Metro Fire Department, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Wild At Heart.