Click HERE to read the blog post American Rivers published about Natural Restorations, with a focus on our work along the Lower Salt River removing trash and graffiti.
You can view all of the pictures from our December 2019 Lower Salt River & Saguaro Lake Graffiti & Trash Removal Project funded by a grant from ON Semiconductor HERE.
We are honored to be a part of this video!
OdySea Aquarium and Cox Volunteers came out to our Lower Salt River Earth Day Cleanup on 04/22/19 as part of their Party For The Planet initiative in celebration of Earth Day.
Thank you for helping spread awareness about the simple steps we can all take to make a positive impact on our outdoor spaces!
Check out this amazing opportunity through ExtremeTerrain.com's Clean Trail Grant Program that encourages the responsible recreational use of off-road trails. Get $250 for a trail improvement project!
More information about the grant can be found here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/clean-trail-initiative-program.html. Groups of 5 or more are welcome to apply!
We recently applied for the Clean Trail Grant to fund the purchase of rakes for volunteers to use at our Doce Pit Cleanup in Prescott on Saturday, June 8th, 2019, our 3rd Annual Lower Sycamore OHV Area Cleanup on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 and at all future cleanups. Click HERE to register for upcoming events.
Don't miss out on this opportunity! More information about the grant can be found here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/clean-trail-initiative-program.html.
We won! This amazing picture taken by Justin’s Dad, Tom Corey Images, at Coon Bluff Recreation Area during our 2nd Annual Lower Salt River Land & Water Cleanup at Coon Bluff on 2/17/18 won the American Rivers 2018 National River Cleanup Photo Contest! Thank you to everyone who voted for us and thank you to all of the volunteers who come out to our river cleanups and help us make a huge impact on Arizona!
We were also named “Cleanup to Watch” for their 2018 Cleanup Champions because of all of the river and creek cleanups we hosted in 2018, click HERE to check it out. You can also see another picture from Tom Corey Images at the top of that webpage from our 2nd Annual Green Friday Lower Salt River Cleanup.
You can check out additional pictures from this cleanup HERE.
In late 2018, we were awarded a grant from ON Semiconductor to put our Dedicated Restoration Team in the field for a trash and graffiti removal project.
We removed 3,704 square feet of graffiti and 3,620 pounds of trash from the Tonto National Forest - Mesa Ranger District along the Lower Salt River and at Saguaro Lake. Click HERE to view the entire restoration project.
We would like to thank everyone at ON Semiconductor for making this project possible!
If your organization is interested in sponsoring our Dedicated Restoration Team, please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank everyone from the REI community in Chandler, AZ for donating $600 to Natural Restorations from the Used Gear Swap seller registration fees at the Chandler REI. We also received a wonderful surprise when they told us we were also invited by the REI Chandler store to receive a $1,000 REI co-op brand gear donation for our program!
Thank you so much to everyone at REI, including the Chandler REI, Phoenix REI, and the Goodyear Distribution Center for continuing to make a huge impact on our program! We are grateful for your support and cannot wait for our next cleanup event together on 02/23/19 at the Base & Meridian Wildlife Area Cleanup. Click HERE to learn more and to register.
American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation
and Lori Laswick Agency, LLC!
We would like to thank everyone at the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation for donating $1,000 to Natural Restorations. Over 11,000 nonprofit organizations were nominated by American Family Insurance customers and Natural Restorations was one of 250 recipients. We are grateful for their support of our programs!
Our friends at the Lori Laswick Agency, LLC are offering a $25.00 donation to Natural Restorations for every household insurance quotation. No obligation for purchase! Please mention Natural Restorations when contacting. Contact them for a free quote!
Join Natural Restorations & Footprints Matter to Us for the 10th Annual Environmental Stewardship Event at Hewitt Station. Click HERE to view pictures from this past January’s 9th Annual Cleanup.
Register for participation and FREE lunch from our friends at Red Bear Outfitters. Click the link in our profile and click the green button below the flyer for registration. Participating volunteers will also receive a code for 1/2 price admission to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to be used after the cleanup (valid only on 01/19/19 after 12pm). ⠀
Directions to the staging area: click the link below for directions (use Satellite view): https://goo.gl/maps/mUB8JDdufxu
US60 East Towards Superior, Turn left on Queen Valley Road, 1.7 miles to Hewitt Station Road, 1.5 miles to the Sign-in Table.
2.44 tons of trash removed at our 2nd Annual Green Friday Lower Salt River Cleanup! That's 4,880 pounds of trash volunteers helped us remove from the river and riverbanks! 346 volunteers chose to #optoutside and attend our Green Friday Lower Salt River Cleanup at Phon D Sutton Recreation Area the day after Thanksgiving. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped us make a huge impact on the Lower Salt River!
In 2 years, our Green Friday Cleanups have brought out 606 volunteers, including 153 youth volunteers, for a morning of stewardship and exploring the Lower Salt River. Volunteers have helped us remove 9,680 pounds of trash from the river between the 2017 & 2018 Green Friday Events.
Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Green Friday Cleanup on Friday, November 29th, 2019.
Photo of Justin Corey, Director of Field Operations & Co-Founder of Natural Restorations. Photo by Tom Corey Images, Justin's Dad.
We want to thank and give a huge shout out to Nick and Lili from Backcountry Superfoods for donating 100% of their proceeds from Green Friday Sales on 11/23 to Natural Restorations!
Nick is a Military Veteran and was a member of our 2017 Dedicated Restoration Team. He and his wife, Lili, run BackCountry SuperFoods and make awesome videos of their adventures and the different backpacking foods they try along the way. They stock a great selection of various backpacking foods, much of which is Paleo friendly and sustainably packaged.
If you are stocking up for an upcoming trip, please shop with Backcountry Superfoods on Green Friday and beyond. Click HERE to visit their website.
On Monday, November 12th, we took a group of volunteers from People’s Mortgage Company in Tempe to the Lower Salt River for a cleanup at Phon D Sutton Recreation Area. Volunteers helped us remove 149 pounds of trash including a lot of micro-trash, fishing line, cigarette butts, a towel, clothing, shoes, glass & plastic bottles, aluminum cans, broken glass, red solo cups, chip bags, hair ties, pieces of plastic, Capri Sun straws and the plastic wrapper they come in, and much more. ⠀
Thank you to everyone at People’s Mortgage for your support of Natural Restorations and for spending your morning with us making an impact on the Lower Salt River!⠀
Click HERE to view the entire project.
We would like to thank our friends at the REI Goodyear Distribution Center for donating $1,000 to our trash and graffiti removal program! We are grateful for their continued support and look forward to many more opportunities to work together in the future.
Check out a few pictures from past cleanup events we have worked together on and join us on Saturday, December 1st when we team up with REI and Arizona Game & Fish for the inaugural Base & Meridian Wildlife Area Cleanup along the Gila River. For additional details and to register, visit our Events Calendar.
On 11/04/18, we teamed up for the second time with members from ASU’s Delta Sigma Pi for a trash cleanup along the Lower Salt River at Water Users Recreation Area. Check out all of the pictures from the project HERE.
Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program
Earlier this year, we applied for and received a $250 grant from Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program. We used the funds to purchase much-needed rakes for volunteers to use at our 09/01/18 Doce Pit Cleanup in Prescott, our 10/20/18 Lower Sycamore Cleanup, and all future events.
Our friends at The Home Depot in Mesa off of Crismon & the US60 helped us get the most out of our grant dollars by providing us with a discount on the rakes.
We would like to thank Extreme Terrain for launching their Clean Trail Grant Program and for their support of Natural Restorations! They respect the integrity of the landscape we live, drive, and play on, and strive to leave the trails we enjoy better than they found them.
To learn more about this grant and see if your group or organization is eligible to apply, click the following link to visit their webpage: www.extremeterrain.com.
7.38 tons of trash removed! That’s 14,760 pounds of trash no longer littering Lower Sycamore on the Tonto National Forest! Thank you to all of the volunteers and organizations who helped us make this event possible, including our main Event Sponsors, Ride Now Powersports, Desert Rat Off Road Centers, Extreme Terrain, 4 Wheel Parts Phoenix, and Knuckle Busters.
Click HERE to view the entire restoration.
We've removed over half a million pounds of trash from outdoor recreation & wilderness areas across Arizona!!! Between our Volunteer Cleanup Events and our Dedicated Restoration Team Projects we have removed 504,567 pounds of trash!
Thank you to every volunteer and everyone on our Dedicated Restoration Team for all of your help and hard work! Together we can keep outdoor recreation and wilderness areas clean and open for everyone to enjoy!
We'd also like to thank some of our supporters and friends who helped us get here: Arizona Trail Association, Arizona State Parks, Ascender Game Carrier, American Rivers, Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA), Arizona State Land Department, Bleeker’s Boxes, Copperpoint Insurance Companies, Desert Monsters Tours, Desert Rat Off Road, Davidson’s in Prescott, DPR Construction, Extreme Terrain, Footprints Matter to Us, Friends of the Tonto National Forest, Gallery of Guns, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Imerys Perlite USA Inc., Insane Jeep Audio, The Home Depot, Keep Arizona Beautiful, Klymit, Knuckle Busters, LeBaron & Carroll Insurance, Mountain Chicks, Mr Target Online, Nichols Autofab, Odysea Aquarium Foundation, Pima County Regional Flood Control District, Pinal Partnership, Pinal County Sheriffs, Republic Services, Resolution Copper, REI, Ride Now Powersports, SRP, Solutions 8, Sprouts, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, Summit Jeep Company, SVP Arizona, TerraCycle, Tonto Recreation Alliance (TRAL), World’s Best Graffiti Removers, Wrecked Gear, AZ 4x4 Club, 4 Wheel Parts, United by Blue, Visit Mesa, AZ Goat Yoga, Wildland Trekking, Vortex Optics, and the U.S. Forest Service.
We were thrilled to be the guests of honor at REI’s Used Gear Swap in Chandler on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. Thank you to everyone at REI selecting Natural Restorations to receive a donation of the seller registration fees from the Used Gear Swap at the Chandler REI. We greatly appreciate your continued support!⠀