OdySea Aquarium's Conservation Expo

Stop by and see us at OdySea Aquarium's Conservation Expo on Saturday, January 13th from 9 am – 3 pm. FREE family-friendly festival focused on the conservation initiatives of over 30 organizations, including Natural Restorations. 

Meet multiple animal ambassadors up close, learn through exciting presentations by conservation experts, engage in interactive, hands-on activities, and pick up some healthy organic produce from the farmers market presented by Singh Farms.     

Free entry. Free parking. Open to all ages.

OdySea in the Desert (outside in the courtyard): 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Eventbrite page: https://conservationexpo2018.eventbrite.com

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670093313012008/


135.5 Tons of Trash Removed in 2017


Happy New Year! We're excited for 2018 and the opportunity to reach the goals we set for the new year. We are proud of what we accomplished in 2017. We removed 135.5 tons of trash from Arizona's outdoor recreation and wilderness areas in 2017, that's 271,000 pounds of trash no longer littering our beautiful state.  

In 2017, we launched our Dedicated Restoration Team and greatly increased our impact. Our team removed 138,740 pounds of trash and several panels of graffiti painted on rock faces through an Off-Highway Vehicle grant administered by the Arizona State Parks and Trails Board. Read more about that project HERE. Volunteers also helped us removed another 132,260 pounds of trash across 10 different cleanup events! Thank you to everyone who joined us in 2017 and helped us keep natural areas clean and open to the public to enjoy!⠀⠀


In less than 3 years, we've removed 204.8 tons of trash from Arizona, that's 409,600 pounds of trash removed and we've only just begun!

Join us for an upcoming cleanup, click HERE to visit our Events Calendar

6260 Pounds of Trash Removed From Mesquite Wash

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Our Dedicated Restoration Team removed 6,260 pounds of trash from Mesquite Wash OHV Area, including lots of scattered trash near the entrances to both sides of Mesquite Wash, OHV & 4X4 parts, nails from pallet fires burned on roads and trails, target shooting trash, clothing, camping trash, broken glass, plastic bags & wrappers, broken shade canopies, illegally dumped landscape waste, plastic & glass bottles, aluminum cans, and much more. We also removed graffiti from several areas, including rocks painted for shooting targets. Check out all of the pictures HERE.

4795 Pounds of Trash Removed From the Salt River

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All of the pictures from our 1st Annual Green Friday Cleanup along the Lower Salt River are live on our website, click HERE to check them out. 

4795 pounds of trash and recyclables was removed by volunteers on Green Friday! 3440 pounds of trash removed, 1265 pounds of aluminum cans removed and recycled, and 90 pounds of rigid plastics removed and recycled from Granite Reef, Phon D Sutton, Coon Bluff, and Water Users Recreation Sites along the Lower Salt River. Huge thanks to all of the volunteers have came out the morning after Thanksgiving to #OptOutside with us and make a huge impact on the Salt River!

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their support of this event: American Rivers, Arizona Trail Association, Body Mechanicx Sports Therapy, DPR Construction, Friends of the Tonto National Forest, HuppyBar, The Home Depot off US-60 & Crismon, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Insane Audio, Mountain Chicks, Parks Project, REI and the REI Goodyear Distribution Center, Safeway, Southwest Airlines at Phoenix, Salt River Project, TerraCycle, Tom Corey Images, Tom Story, U.S. Forest Service - Tonto National Forest - Mesa Ranger District, and Walmart Apache Junction. 

Check out our events calendar for upcoming cleanups, click HERE

Exciting News for Natural Restorations

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We want to share some exciting news with all of you! We recently received our 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the IRS and we will be moving away from our fiscal sponsorship with the Arizona Trail Association the beginning of next week. We are excited for all of the new opportunities to grow the organization and add new youth education components to our existing program. 

To read an article about our accomplishments over the last 32 months in the Autumn 2017 Arizona Trail Association Newsletter, click HERE and then click the link for Natural Restorations Benefits People & Places Throughout Arizona.

We would like to thank everyone at the Arizona Trail Association for their support and sponsorship, we would not have accomplished as much as we did in the first 32 months without them. This isn't the end of our relationship with the Arizona Trail Association! We love the trail and everyone involved with maintaining, promoting, and protecting the AZT, and we will continue to host cleanups on or along the AZT anytime there is a need.

Support Natural Restorations When You Shop On Amazon

We are thrilled to announce that you can now support Natural Restorations each time you make a purchase on Amazon through smile.amazon.com.

Click the banner below or use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-4745055

Remember, always start at smile.amazon.com
and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Natural Restorations.

Natural Restorations Partners with Outdoor Adventure Quest


It's getting close to the end of the year and I'm sure every charity is hitting you up for donations for tax credits. While we do need your financial support, we have a super fun and new way for you to help Natural Restorations! We've partnered with Outdoor Adventure Quest to give our supporters an amazing outdoor experience enjoying all the public lands we work so hard to preserve. Go on their 3-day BUILD-YOUR-OWN Adventure Challenge and they'll donate 20% of ticket proceeds back to us! If you want to go the extra mile, make a team pact to collect as much trash as possible during your Quest! 

Here's a quick overview of what Outdoor Adventure Quest is: Grab your friends or family and make a team of 2-6 people and get ready for adventures that'll take you across Arizona. Together you'll plan out your 3-day road trip to accomplish as many challenge tasks as you can. There are 500+ challenge tasks organized into 10 different categories: HIKE, MTB/BIKE, CAMP, CLIMB, OUTDOOR EDUCATION, OFF ROADING, PADDLING, EXTREME SPORTS, ALTERNATIVE OUTDOORSMAN & everyone's favorite....DRINKABLES (breweries, wineries & distilleries). Your team can start and end anywhere in AZ and you'll compete against teams all over the state; each team chooses their own activities. It's a great way to see the beautiful state we live in, do some trail clean up, and create some hilarious memories with your team. 

And did we mention all Questers receive a FREE AZ State Park Day Pass to go to any parks in AZ on their Quest! 

Make sure you click HERE to register and ensure 20% of your ticket proceeds are donated to Natural Restorations.

National Public Lands Day ~ Mountain Chicks Partnership


We're excited for National Public Lands Day this Saturday, September 30th. We partnered with the Arizona Chapter of Mountain Chicks for the first ever Mountain Chicks Trail Cleanup! Please note registration is closed for this event, but we’ll be sharing pictures and videos soon so stay tuned!

We're taking a small group of Mountain Chicks along the Bell Trail, southeast of Sedona, to the "Crack" for a trash cleanup. We're hiking 3.5 miles in, picking up trash from the area, spending some time at the swimming hole, hanging out and getting to know each other, and then hiking the collected trash out 3.5 miles.

A few months ago, Nicole from NR was looking for inspiration from women who share her passion for getting outside and exploring the great outdoors. She joined a group on Facebook called Mountain Chicks to connect with other women who love hiking and the outdoors. Mountain Chicks was created to give women who hike more options. We are extremely proud to partner with such an amazing organization that shares our passion for the great outdoors!

Mountain Chicks is not just for women, "We want you to bring your friends, your guy friends, your furry friends, and whoever else is in your life, on adventures with us! No one owns the outdoors and we're not trying to, which means we're all inclusive!"

This is the first of many cleanup collaborations between Mountain Chicks and Natural Restorations, so make sure you join a chapter near you so you don’t miss out on the next one!

Photo by @Lena_Koop_Photography

Huppybar Discount for Natural Restorations


We had the opportunity to try HuppyBar a few weeks ago at the Arizona Trail Day Celebration in Flagstaff and we cannot stop talking about how good they are, the clean ingredients used in each bar, and how much our Natural Restorations Community would love not only the bars, but the vision behind them. 

We are very excited to team up with our friends at Huppybar to bring you a Natural Restorations discount for 15% off your purchase with Huppybar when you use the code NR15 during checkout. You will also start to see Huppybars at some upcoming cleanup events. Click HERE to get yours today and support this amazing Flagstaff-based business. 

Did you know Huppybar makes the Official Energy Bar of the Arizona National Scenic Trail? Not only does the AZT Wild Mesquite Bar taste amazing, they use AZ-grown ingredients and the bars are grain, gluten, soy, and dairy free, contain no preservatives, refined sugars, or GMOs, and a portion of the proceeds from this bar will help maintain and protect the Arizona National Scenic Trail. 

5,420 Pounds of Trash Removed From the Coconino National Forest


Our cleanup project along the Arizona Trail and the areas surrounding the trail on Sunday, September 10th, was a huge success!

52 volunteers, including 30 volunteers under the age of 18 years old, helped us remove 5,420 pounds of trash from the area.

That's 2.71 tons of trash is no longer littering our National Forest lands.

Click HERE to view pictures from the cleanup. 

Campfire Defender ~ Exclusive Natural Restorations Discount

We always bring our Campfire Defender with us when we go camping. 

We always bring our Campfire Defender with us when we go camping. 

In May, we attended the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona. We walked by the Campfire Defender display, immediately stopped in our tracks, & wanted to learn more. Triston gave us a demonstration of the product & we went on our way. We couldn't stop thinking about how many times we've been worried about our campfire when the wind picks up & how the Campfire Defender would put an end to worrying about potentially starting a forest fire. We went back & purchased one that day & it goes with us anytime we go camping to provide peace of mind. 

We are very excited to team up with Campfire Defender to bring you an exclusive Natural Restorations discount for 50% off your purchase with Campfire Defender when you use the code NaturalRestorations during checkout. 


7,040 Pounds of Trash Removed from Cinder Hills OHV Area

Our Dedicated Restorations Team removed 7,040 pounds of trash, including thousands of nails from illegal pallet fires burned on roads and trails, from the Cinder Hills OHV Are in #Flagstaff this summer. We're extremely proud of the work our team has accomplished since launching in February. Our Team has removed more than 59 tons of trash through projects funded by a grant from the OHV-Fund managed by Arizona State Park Board. 

Including volunteer events, we have removed more than 114 tons of trash in 2017, that's more than 228,000 pounds of trash no longer littering outdoor recreation & wilderness areas across our state! Thank you so much to every who volunteers with us & supports our mission! 

We have a lot of great volunteer opportunities coming up, check out our Events Calendar

9/10/17 Trash Cleanup Along the Arizona Trail Behind Mary's Caf in Flagstaff - 9AM to Noon

9/23/17 Cinder Hills OHV Area Trash Cleanu in Flagstaff - 9AM to 1PM

10/21/17 Lower Sycamore Cleanu - 8AM to Noon

11/24/17 Green Friday Salt River Cleanu - 8AM to Noon

Letters of Support ~ We Need Your Help!

This month, we are applying for another grant from the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Fund managed by Arizona State Parks Board to continue removing trash & graffiti from OHV areas across the state in 2018, including new project sites.

We are gathering letters of support to show a need for our projects and we need your help. If you agree there is a need for our trash & graffiti removal projects in OHV areas, we would greatly appreciate it if you would write a brief letter of support we can include in our application.

We want the letter to be in your own words; the text blow is an example of what you could write about:

I am writing this letter in support of the Natural Restorations and their trash and graffiti removal projects in OHV areas across Arizona.

I am a member of the OHV community, recreate and utilize OHV areas, and see a huge need for cleanups in OHV areas.

I have volunteered with Natural Restorations and will continue to volunteer with them in the future.

If you are unable to sign the letter, please include a phone number and/or email address with your name & it will serve as your signature. You can address letters to AZ State Parks OHV Grant Committee. If you’re a member of an OHV group or outdoor recreation group, your Board of Directors can submit a letter of support. If your organization has volunteered with us, we’d love to hear from you too.

Letters can be emailed to contact@naturalrestorations.org by Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 to be included in our proposal.

Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to increasing our impact in 2018!

Thank You Sprouts Farmer's Market in Flagstaff

Our Dedicated Restoration Team enjoying lunches and snacks provided by Sprouts in Flagstaff

Our Dedicated Restoration Team enjoying lunches and snacks provided by Sprouts in Flagstaff

We would like to give a Grand Canyon size THANK YOU to Ernie and his team at the Sprouts Farmer's Market in Flagstaff, Arizona for sponsoring our Dedicated Restoration Team lunches and snacks June 19th through June 23rd while our team was hard at work removing trash from the Cinder Hills OHV Area in Flagstaff. 

Ernie and his awesome team have been involved with our restorations since our first cleanup event in June 2015. They always make sure our volunteers and team have access to quality food and water to keep us going while we restore outdoor recreation and wilderness areas in Flagstaff.

The next time you are in the Flagstaff store, thank Ernie and his team for their support of Natural Restorations. 

SRP Awards Capacity Building Funds to Natural Restorations

We would like to thank everyone at Salt River Project for awarding Natural Restorations with a corporate contribution for capacity building. As a community based, nonprofit public power utility, SRP makes corporate contributions to nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services which meet the needs of their customers and enhance the quality of life we enjoy. They are steadfast in their commitment to partner with nonprofit organizations that provide meaningful and beneficial programs to their customers and community. We are extremely proud to have our program recognized by SRP. We are excited to grow our relationship with them and continue to provide volunteer opportunities for SRP employees and their families. 

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Save The Date ~1st Annual Green Friday Project

We loved seeing so many people OptOutside for Black Friday last year. We want to take it a step further this year and start the Annual Natural Restorations Green Friday Project on Friday, November 24th. 

We're hosting a Cleanup the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Salt River in celebration of Green Friday, a day to get outside, give back, and make an immediate impact by helping us remove trash from natural areas. This is going to be a land and water cleanup event. 

Save the date for Friday, November 24th from 8AM to Noon and stay tuned for additional details coming soon! To register, click HERE