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Natural Awakenings Metro Phoenix & Northern Arizona

Volunteer at Black Canyon Heritage Park

Black Canyon Heritage Park and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Agua Fria National Monument are hosting a National Public Lands Day at the park on Saturday, October 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will help with invasive vegetation (e.g., castor beans, salt cedar, desert broom) removal, as well as planting native plants to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Additional work includes clearing vegetation from the Nature Walk, removing trash from the grounds, and other park improvement tasks identified that day. Snacks and water will be provided for the event.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. followed by a short safety briefing. Work will begin by 9 a.m. Youth age 17 or younger must have the BLM Youth Liability Release signed on or before October 5 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tools will be provided except weed trimmers. If you have a cordless weed trimmer that can be used, please bring it. You may also bring your own hand tools if you prefer. Bring your own work gloves, and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and, as needed, sunscreen, hat, etc.). Desert Botanical Garden will provide butterfly-friendly plants with butterfly experts to help plant them. BLM will support volunteers with T-shirts, snacks and expertise, and BCHP will provide water.

Location: 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy., in Black Canyon City. For more information about the event, visit BlackCanyonHeritagePark.org.  For more information about the BLM Youth Liability Release, call Ann at 623-293-8628.