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Mon, March 30

Verde River Day returns Saturday at Dead Horse Park

Organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance, Verde River Day has been following nature’s course  every year since then.

Organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance, Verde River Day has been following nature’s course every year since then.

COTTONWOOD -- Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's unique riparian habitat.

Organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River's distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance, Verde River Day has been following nature's course every year since then.

Bring the whole family because everyone gets in free. Dead Horse Ranch State Park entrance fees are always waived to make it easy to come. There are dozens of fun things to see and do throughout the day

Come early and have breakfast.

The Knights of Columbus will be whipping up their specialty pancake breakfast.

There is plenty to see, hear and do and lots to learn spread out in every direction.

At a collection of tables, there are gathered 40-plus nature based exhibits.

Kids will have fun sand castle building. There is a menagerie of live animals and birds. And there's fishing.

Folks of all ages are welcome to grab a pole and go for the big ones. There will be a fishing clinics. The lagoon is stocked with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided at no charge. No fishing license is needed. Take advantage of the scheduled Arizona Fish and Game fishing clinics.

There is also a climbing wall, a kid's play area, pony rides and the amazing Earth Art Gallery, that is fun al by itself.

Adults will enjoy the exhibits and hands-on activities too. There are also canoe and kayak rides.

Wendy Harford is coordinating the Earth Art Gallery, located in big six-sided tent where there are plenty of activities. Wendy says the Verde River Day committee is sponsoring the river and local Clay Play with Charles Rawson, as part of the EAG booth. You can expect clay play using real river clay. There will be sand, mud and tree sculpting. The weaving wall is mounted on a base of chicken wire and will bristle with a serendipitous collection of your found-items. There is also sand painting and a pictograph/ graffiti wall.

Joan Bourque of "It takes a Village" murals will be organizing an interactive nature-based ground mural this year. Wendy will provide some of her carved potatoes of wildlife, stamps to go with the mural painting.

Try pottery making by hand and take your creation home with you.

When you need to re-fuel, local non-profit food vendors will hit the spot with Indian Fry Bread, hot dogs and hamburgers and drinks as fundraisers.

Of Course, there is always continuous entertainment throughout the day.

• What: Verde River Day

• Where: Dead Horse Ranch State Park

• When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. -3 p.m.

• How much: Free!
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