Desert Foothills Land Trust hosts free family fun at Jewel of the Creek Preserve

The fourth annual Desert Discovery Day sponsored by the nonprofit Foothills Land Trust will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek.

The fourth annual Desert Discovery Day sponsored by the nonprofit Foothills Land Trust will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek. (Photo by Jon Klas/Special to the Independent)

The fourth annual Desert Discovery Day sponsored by the nonprofit Foothills Land Trust will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek. (Photo by Jon Klas/Special to the Independent)

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit Land Trust has protected 680 acres on 23 preserves in the North Valley, many 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.

This year’s event will include a “scavenger hunt” of informational stations along the Harry Dalton Trail. Children will receive a stamp at each station, and they’ll receive 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, Rural/Metro Fire Department, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Wild At Heart.

“This has become an incredibly popular event for our community because it’s just so much fun! We love to get families and kids of all ages out on the land,” says Land Trust Executive Director Sonia Perillo.

“This is also a great way to encourage support for conservation and healthy outdoor activities.”

The event takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free.

Details about the Land Trust and Desert Discovery Day are available at www.dflt.org.

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.

Desert Foothills Land Trust works with landowners, communities and partners to protect the most special and important natural areas in the Arizona communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River.

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