Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
April 27 - 30
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival celebrates nature with workshops and field trips where expert guides take visitors to the area's birding hot spots. The annual event is presented by Arizona State Parks and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.
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. From the basics to the expert, there are classes and trips that will fit anyone's skills. 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.
The Mission of the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is to provide a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and to foster awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley. Registration for this event is required. Learn more at the official Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival website.
March 24, 2018
Liberty Wildlife Eagle Program
A speaker from the facility will present about a variety of animals. They provide a hands on experience while encouraging up close and personal interaction with the animal guests.
March 31, 2018
Desert Safety by Olivia Bogues
Learn about rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, gopher snakes, and desert tortoises in the safety and comfort of a classroom environment! Throughout this demonstration, students will learn what to do if they ever see or hear a rattlesnake in the wild, why Gila monsters are such amazing animals, why desert tortoises are protected animals, and how to tell if a snake is venomous or non-venomous.
March 31, 2018
Harpy Trails Music by Ken and Lyn Mikell
Ken and Lyn Mikell play a wide range of traditional cowboy music, closely tied to Celtic roots. The duo has been performing together for over 30 years and uses a wide range of musical instruments to animate the music and poetry that followed the trail west.
May 19-20, 2018
Family Campout at Dead Horse Ranch
Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.