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Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Celebrate nature and go birding in the beautiful Verde Valley!

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.

The festival offers workshops and field trips where expert guides take visitors – from basics to expert – to the area’s birding hot spots.

Birding is the fastest growing outdoor recreational hobby in the U.S. today. More than 70 field trips are offered throughout the 4-day event, many led by nationally recognized and local experts.

There are also geology trips, butterfly and plant walks, photography, an exhibit hall and an opportunity to shop at a variety of vendors during the event.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park is the base camp for this event and offers camping facilities, fishing opportunities and other amenities for families and individuals.

Festival Highlights

  • Field trips led by experienced guides in beautiful central Arizona’s diverse habitats.
  • A variety of guided walks, field trips, and workshops (registration required).
  • Vendors and exhibitors along with special events round out this four day event.
  • Keynote program features Nathan Pieplow.
  • The festival is location is along the Verde River, lifeblood of Central Arizona, is one of the last rivers in the Southwest that flow year-round. Along its course, it journeys through majestic red rock and basalt canyons, supporting one of the country’s rarest habitats: the cottonwood/willow gallery forest.

The annual event is presented by Friends of the Verde River, Arizona State Parks, and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

Online registration for the general public is Feb. 1 – April 18, 2018.
On site registration will begin April 25 at 3pm at the registration tent.

Learn more at the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival website.

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