Nov
24
8:00 am08:00

Green Friday Salt River Cleanup

Save the Date for Green Friday! 

We loved seeing so many people positively respond to REI's Opt Outside campaign for Black Friday. We wanted to take it a step further and launch the Annual Natural Restorations Green Friday Project beginning on Friday, November 24th, 2017. 

We're hosting a Trash Cleanup close to the Valley the Friday after Thanksgiving each year 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. 

Join us Friday, November 24th, 2017 from 8AM to Noon as we team up with the Tonto National Forest - Mesa Ranger District for a cleanup along the Salt River.  Stay tuned for additional details coming soon! To register, click HERE

Feb
17
8:00 am08:00

Save the Date ~ Lower Salt River Cleanup Project

We are planning a Trash Cleanup Project for volunteers on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 along the Lower Salt River. 

This will be a land and water cleanup event at the Salt River. 

Stay tuned for more information.  

Click HERE to register.  


Mar
11
8:00 am08:00

Butcher Jones Volunteer Cleanup Event

Click HERE to RSVP or email us at contact@naturalrestorations.org.

UPDATE! This event is a way for various outdoor recreation groups to come together for a common cause, removing trash from natural areas we all recreate in. Butcher Jones Recreation Area is a popular destination that's close to the valley and offers something for everyone. 

Not only is this an event for the OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) Community, we also have opportunities for volunteers on foot and in the water. If you own a kayak or non-motorized water craft, we have an opportunity for you to remove trash blown from Butcher Jones Recreation Area into Saguaro Lake. Let's remove the trash before it floats down to the Salt River. Experienced kayakers only, we will not have professional kayak guides to assist inexperienced kayakers at this event. 

No OHV, 4x4, kayak, or non-motorized water-craft? No problem! We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers on foot to collect trash around the beach around an parking lot. 

Join Natural Restorations on Saturday, March 11th at 8AM for a land and water cleanup event for the community. This is a great event for the entire family! Volunteers under 18 years old are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult.  

If you're a member of an OHV/4X4 Club or Outdoor Recreation Group and would like to head up a cleanup site, please contact us at contact@naturalrestorations.org. 

*You do not need an OHV or 4x4 to participate, you can access the parking lot by car. Parking is limited, please carpool! Anyone with an 4x4 or OHV, please park past the cattle guard in the wash so we can free up the parking lot for cars and non OHV's.

Jan
14
9:00 am09:00

Trash Cleanup Project For Local 6th Graders

We're Excited to Host a Trash & Broken Glass Cleanup Project for a Group of Local 6th Graders from San Tan Elementary on Saturday, January 14th at the Gila Lookout at South Mountain Park.

We'll share pictures & videos afterwards!

Did you know we work with elementary, middle, and high schools to provide hands-on service learning opportunities for their students? 

Many schools require volunteer hours each semester and we offer the opportunity to get out of the classroom and into nature, making an immediate, visible impact on our natural areas.

If you are a student, parent, or teacher & would like to discuss future projects, please contact us. We also work with scout groups and clubs. We can accommodate small and large groups.

Oct
1
7:00 am07:00

Trash Cleanup Surrounding Superior

Join Footprints Matter to Us & Natural Restorations as we support the Town of Superior in a Community Cleanup Event with Local Partners, Superior Chamber of Commerce & Resolution Copper Mining. 

Register at the Superior Airport Parking Area

Volunteers should bring gloves and water, long-handed grabber tools, hats, and rakes or shovels for off-road cleanup areas.

Trash bags and extra water will be provided.

Coffee & Goodies will be at the registration table. 

Real Purity Sunscreen & Herbal Insect Repellant provided for volunteers.

For additional details & RSVP: SuperiorCleanup@Footprintsmatter.org

*Volunteers under the age of 18 years old, contact us via email for additional details.

Registration:  Superior Airport parking area located on the south side of Hwy. 60, mile marker 225 (1/2 mile east of Boyce Thompson Arboretum).

Sep
10
8:00 am08:00

Cleanup Behind Mary's Cafe in Flagstaff Postponed

We are postponing our September 10th Trash Cleanup along the Arizona Trail behind Mary’s Café in Flagstaff and will let everyone know when it’s rescheduled.

I recently sustained injuries that are preventing Justin and I from making the trip to Flagstaff and hosting the event. We are committed to providing volunteers with the best experience possible in a safe environment and we don’t want to compromise that commitment.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope everyone can join us at our next event, a Community Cleanup Event surrounding Superior with Footprints Matter to Us on October 1st, details below. Thank you for your support and understanding. 

Jul
16
8:00 am08:00

Trash Cleanup Project Near Walnut Canyon - Forest Road 791 & Route 66

  • 35.217829, -111.529250

Natural Restorations is teaming with the Coconino National Forest on Saturday, July 16th, from 8 a.m. to Noon to remove trash and debris from the areas surrounding the Arizona Trail Passage 32a, off Forest Road 791 & Historic Route 66.  

Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy closed toe shoes/boots, and bring thick work gloves. We also encourage volunteers to bring sunglasses and a hat. Real Purity donated Zinc Oxide sunscreen & herbal insect repellant for volunteers to use.

The Forest Service requires Personal Protective Equipment; this includes closed toe shoes/boots, gloves, and hard hats.

*If you do not have gloves or a hard hat, please let us know & we can reserve them with the Forest Service for you to use that day.

A responsible adult must accompany and supervise anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Scattered trash & debris in this area provide experiential education opportunities for youth, scout groups and families.

Join us for a morning of stewardship and hands-on service learning along a beautiful section of the Arizona Trail. Help us keep Arizona beautiful and have a fun morning with a great group of people. 

To register and for additional details, please contact Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org.

Directions to Site:

From Phoenix:  Take I-17 North to Flagstaff. Take I-40 East to Exit 204. Make left and go over the bridge. Follow Historic Route 66 to Forest Service Road 791. Site will be on your right just after the railroad tracks.

From Flagstaff: Site is East of the Purina Tower. Take US Hwy 89 to US Route 66. Go East on Route 66 to Forest Service Road 791. Site will be on your left.

GPS Coordinates:  35.217829, -111.529250

***This is a perfect opportunity to get out of the heat, hike, camp, and spend a few hours giving back by cleaning up a beautiful area. 

Camping: Anywhere off the 303 Road East of the Walnut Canyon entrance road or anywhere along the section of the Arizona Trail Passage 32a close to the cleanup site.

Campgrounds: Canyon Vista Campground down Lake Mary Road or KOA off Highway 89. Dispersed camping off Lake Mary Road down Forest Road 3E or Forest Road 867.

Apr
30
7:00 am07:00

Old Florence-Kelvin Highway Clean Up (South East of Florence)

Old Florence-Kelvin Highway Clean Up (South East of Florence)

Join us Saturday, April 30th from 7am to Noon for a trash clean up off of Old Florence-Kelvin Highway (South East of Florence). 

Natural Restorations is partnering with Footprints Matter to Us to remove mattresses, several couches, a broken concrete pile, shingles, a hot tub cut in half, tires, and broken glass and trash scattered throughout the area.

*A responsible adult must accompany and supervise anyone under the age of 18. 

Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy closed toe shoes/boots, and bring thick work gloves.  We also encourage volunteers to bring hats and sunglasses. We will have bottled water and snacks for volunteers but it's always a good idea to bring extra water with you now that the temperatures are heating up. Volunteers should expect some light hiking and lots of bending, stooping, and lifting. If you would like to volunteer but are unable to pick up trash, we're always looking for someone to help out at the Volunteer Sign-in table.

Trash attracts trash, help us reset the stage and remove trash from this beautiful area to discourage future dumping. Join us for a morning of stewardship and hands-on service learning. Take a stand for your land and have a fun morning with a great group of people. 

To register and get more details, please contact Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org.

This clean up would not be possible without the support of the Arizona Trail Association and the Arizona State Land Department.

Directions: GPS Coordinates: 33.003681, -111.291981

From the East Valley (Higley & US-60) it takes just under an hour to reach the site. Take US-60 East and follow US-60 East to Exit 212 for AZ-79 South. Make a right and go South for quite a while. You will go through the town of Florence and street signs will say you are on Pinal Parkway Ave. When you get through Florence, signs will say you are on 79 South and fairly soon you will see a small green sign for Florence-Kelvin Highway, make a left here and continue East on Florence-Kelvin Highway. In about 4.3 miles, GPS will tell you to turn Left onto E Lazy R road and then arrived at Old Florence-Kelvin Highway. You will see a dumpster on the right and our banner to identify the site. Please park on the main dirt road to leave the road to the site open for equipment to get in and out to access the dumpsters. 

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.0035913,-111.2919422,87m/data=!3m1!1e3

Apr
16
7:00 am07:00

Trash & Broken Glass Clean Up at South Mountain

Trash & Broken Glass Clean Up at South Mountain

Natural Restorations is teaming with the Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department at South Mountain to remove plastic bottles, aluminum cans, broken glass and other debris from several areas at South Mountain on Saturday, April 16th from 7-11 a.m.

*A responsible adult must accompany and supervise anyone under the age of 18. 

Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy closed toe shoes/boots, and bring thick work gloves.  We also encourage you to bring hats and sunglasses. We will have bottled water for volunteers but it's always a good idea to bring extra water with you now that the temperatures are heating up. Volunteers should expect some light hiking and lots of bending and stooping.

Join us for a morning of stewardship and hands-on service learning. Help us keep Arizona beautiful and have a fun morning with a great group of people. 

To register and get more details, please contact Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org.

 

 

Mar
1
5:30 pm17:30

SVP Arizona "Fast Pitch" Event

SVP Fast Pitch Arizona ~ Maricopa County’s most Innovative and High Impact Nonprofit “Fast Pitch” Event!

Natural Restorations is proud to be a 2016 Fast Pitch Semi-Finalist!

Nicole Corey, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Natural Restorations, is participating in the two-month training and mentoring program to sharpen the nonprofits social impact and business plan, and is being trained to succinctly and powerfully “pitch her passions.”

Nonprofits that advance to the final phase of the competition will use the training to compete for $50,000 in funding from SVPAZ, in addition to thousands more raised during the event by community leaders, business executives and philanthropists interested in investing in the nonprofits.

At the final competition on March 1, Natural Restorations hopes to be one of eight finalists that will take the stage to answer a critical, complex and highly entertaining question: How can you change the world in three minutes?

 

5:30 pm | Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts!

 

Click HERE for tickets!

Feb
6
9:00 am09:00

Natural Restorations Presenting at ATA Annual Meeting

Arizona Trail Association Annual Meeting ~ Natural Restorations Presenting

Please mark your calendar for the Arizona Trail Associations Annual Meeting at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center in South Phoenix. Natural Restorations is presenting an overview of our 2015 accomplishments and 2016 goals. 
 
The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to get to know more about our non-profit fiscal sponsor, the Arizona Trail Association, reconnect with old friends, meet new folks who are passionate about exploration and stewardship, and celebrate the Arizona National Scenic Trail. 
 
Registration for the Annual Meeting is only $20 ($25 at the door) and includes lunch from Wildflower Bread Company. Diane Brossart, Executive Director of Arizona Forward, will be among the featured guest speakers, and Ras and Kathy Vaughan will be there to share stories about their recent yo-yo (Mexico to Utah to Mexico) hike of the AZT.
 
To register, click Here or you can pay $25 at the door.

Jan
16
7:30 am07:30

Footprints Matter to Us Environmental Cleanup

Natural Restorations is participating in the 7th Annual Footprints Matter to Us Environmental Cleanup on Saturday, January 16th in the Shadow of the Superstitions Tonto National Forest.

We encourage everyone to join us and make a big impact on this area. We have participated in this event before and it is a very rewarding experience. 

Click HERE for directions, registration, and additional information.  

Oct
17
8:00 am08:00

Broken Glass Cleanup along the Arizona Trail Florence-Kelvin Trailhead

Broken Glass Cleanup along the Arizona Trail Florence-Kelvin Trailhead

Natural Restorations is teaming with the Arizona State Land Department and Pinal County Trails and Open Spaces to remove the broken glass and debris along the AZT Florence-Kelvin Trailhead on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

*Minimum age requirement for this event is 14 years old. A responsible adult must accompany and supervise anyone under the age of 18. There is scattered trash and debris in the areas surrounding the trail that will provide experiential education opportunities for youth, scout groups and families. Please contact Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org for more information on opportunities for youth to participate in this volunteer event.  

Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy closed toe shoes/boots, and bring thick work gloves.  We also encourage volunteers to bring sunscreen and hats. If you have tools, such as landscape rakes, snow/square shovels and heavy-duty buckets bring them with you; they will help with the large piles of glass. 

Join us for a day of cleaning up broken glass piles and other debris spread throughout this beautiful section of the Arizona Trail. Help us keep Arizona beautiful and have a fun day along the AZT with a great group of people. 

For more details and to register, please contact Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org.

Directions to Site:

From Phoenix:  Take US 60 East to Superior. Take 177 South. Make a Right onto Kelvin Riverside Road, where the railroad tracks cross the road (sign is on the right, just after turn for Ray Mine). Follow the road, cross the 1-lane bridge, continue on the road as it goes from pavement to dirt. The road is easy access for cars, it is wide and nicely graded. After a couple of miles, you will see a small sign post on the right for the Arizona Trail, parking for the cleanup will be up the road on your left in a big dirt lot by the trailhead. Look for a Natural Restorations sign and red arrow. It takes about an hour to get there from the East Valley depending on traffic.

From Florence: Take 79 South. Make a Left on East Florence-Kelvin Highway. The road is easy access for cars, it is wide and nicely graded. Follow the road 29.3 miles until you see a Natural Restorations sign and red arrow (you will be on this road for a while). Cleanup site is on the Right. 

Here are the coordinates of the site, you can plug them into Google Maps: 33.089306,-110.989991

Aug
15
8:00 am08:00

Trash Pickup Near Sheep Hill Tank off Forest Road 791 & Historic Route 66, just North of the Arizona Trail, Passage 32a

Natural Restorations is teaming with the Coconino Forest Service on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to remove trash from the area surrounding Sheep Hill Tank off Forest Road 791 & Historic Route 66, just North of the Arizona Trail, Passage 32a. 

*Minimum age requirement for this event: 16 years old. A responsible adult must accompany each volunteer under the age of 18.  

Volunteers are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment; this includes closed toe shoes/boots, gloves, and hard hats. If you do not have gloves or a hard hat, please let us know and we can reserve them with the Forest Service for you to use that day. Volunteers should also wear long pants and bring sunscreen. If you have tools, such as a square point shovel, scoop shovel, heavy tine rake, wheel barrow, or trash pinchers, bring them with you.

We are working with the Forest Service to ensure the area is closed to target-shooting during our cleanup to ensure everyone's safety. 

Join us for a day of hiking and picking up the trash spread throughout the area. Help us keep Arizona beautiful and have a fun day in the pines with a great group of people. 

For more details and to register, please email Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org

***This is the busy season for Flagstaff hotels and most anticipate full capacity this weekend.

Camping: Anywhere off the 303 Road East of the Walnut Canyon entrance road or anywhere along the section of the Arizona Trail Passage 32a close to the cleanup site.

Campgrounds: Canyon Vista Campground down Lake Mary Road or KOA off Highway 89. Dispersed camping off Lake Mary Road down Forest Road 3E or Forest Road 867.

Site Coordinates you can plug into Google Maps: 35.217829, -111.529250

Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

Paradise Valley REI — Natural Restorations ~ Keeping Arizona Beautiful

  • REI - Paradise Valley

Join us at the Paradise Valley REI to learn more about Natural Restorations, what we do, and how you can get involved.

Description: Learn about an Arizona non-profit organization working throughout the state to remove trash, graffiti, and any other items foreign to the environment from natural areas. Natural Restorations has a passion for youth education, community outreach, and the restoration and conservation of natural areas. Learn about upcoming projects, events, and ways you can help ensure everyone will be able to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.

To reserve your spot, click Register and you will be directed to REI's site to register. 

Jun
17
6:30 pm18:30

Tempe REI — Natural Restorations ~ Keeping Arizona Beautiful

  • REI - Tempe

Join us at the Tempe REI to learn more about Natural Restorations, what we do, and how you can get involved.

Description: Learn about an Arizona non-profit organization working throughout the state to remove trash, graffiti, and any other items foreign to the environment from natural areas. Natural Restorations has a passion for youth education, community outreach, and the restoration and conservation of natural areas. Learn about upcoming projects, events, and ways you can help ensure everyone will be able to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.

To reserve your spot, click Register and you will be directed to REI's site to register. 

  • Event Location: Tempe REI
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Group Size: 30
Jun
13
8:00 am08:00

Trash Pickup along the Arizona Trail Near Walnut Canyon

Trash Pickup along the AZ Trail Near Walnut Canyon

Natural Restorations is teaming with the US Forest Service Coconino District to pick up trash along the Arizona Trail on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

*This work event is for adults 18+ years old.

Volunteers are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment; this includes closed toe shoes/boots, gloves, and hard hats. If you do not have gloves or a hard hat, please let us know and we can reserve them for you to use that day. Volunteers should also wear long pants and bring sunscreen. If you have tools, such as a trash pincher, bring it with you.

 Join us for a day of hiking and picking up the trash that is spread throughout the area. Help us keep Arizona beautiful and have a fun day in the woods with a great group of people.

For all the details and to register, please contact Nicole at contact@naturalrestorations.org