Desert Discovery Day coming up on November 19


Desert Foothills Land Trust’sa day of free family fun at Jewel of the Creek Preserve!

Desert Discovery Day is Free!

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19

Jewel of the Creek Preserve, Cave Creek

The Jewel is located on Spur Cross Road, 3.9 miles north of Cave Creek Road. Parking is available at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

Registration is not required, but groups of 10+ should contact DFLT for the best arrival time.

NORTH VALLEY – Temperatures are dropping and many of us are turning our thoughts to outdoor adventures in our beautiful Sonoran Desert.  One of the local organizations working to conserve these landscapes is Desert Foothills Land Trust.  Founded in 1991, the nonprofit Land Trust has protected nearly 700 acres on 23 preserves in the North Valley, some of which are open to the public for recreation and exploration.

The Land Trust connects people to nature through land acquisition and long-term stewardship, as well as events and activities that allow the community to experience these special places. Our children and grandchildren will benefit from this incredible legacy of conserved land!


One of the Land Trust’s most important community events will be held on November 19, 2016 at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek.  The fifth annual Desert Discovery Day will include a “scavenger hunt” of activity stations along the Harry Dalton Trail. Children will receive a passport stamp at each station, and be given a goody bag for collecting the stamps. There will be live animals, crafts, rehabilitated raptor releases and refreshments!


Other participating organizations include the Arizona Archaeological Society, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Family YMCA, Rural/Metro Fire Department, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Wild At Heart.


“This event is one of the most anticipated days of the season in our community,” says Land Trust executive director Patrick McWhortor. “With great weather on hand, we love to get families and kids out on the land, celebrating the unique Sonoran Desert experience that is in our own backyard. It is a great way to support conservation and healthy outdoor living.”

Join Desert Foothills Land Trust and other nonprofit partners for this incredible day of free learning and exploration.  As many as 400 people typically attend the event, so you won’t want to miss the fun!  Wear your hiking shoes and come prepared for fun, hands-on desert adventures. Details about the Land Trust and Desert Discovery Day are available at