Land & Water Cleanup at Coon Buff Recreation Area
Land Cleanup: We have plenty to do for volunteers who want to stay on dry land, expect light/moderate walking/hiking in dirt along the riverbank, in the campground area, and along the trails. We also have opportunities to ferry you in a kayak to the other side of the river where you can walk on dry land and access trash (anticipate walking on dry river rocks).
Water Cleanup: We have some fun opportunities for volunteers who want to help us get trash out of the water and from the other side of the river that is normally difficult to access. Our friends at Arizona Outback Adventures are bringing out 10 tandem kayaks to help us ferry volunteers across the river to dry land where they can explore the area while picking up scattered trash. We are using kayaks to ferry trash bags across the river to the dumpster. Kayakers, we can use your help removing trash in areas we cannot access on foot. We can also use help from volunteers with waders to remove cans and clothing in ankle to calf deep water. There is also a shallow section of river only a few inches deep that you can wade across to access bigger trash piles.
Consider bringing a change of socks and shoes to change into when you’re done.
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 8 a.m. – Coon Bluff Recreation Area
Sign-in: 7:30-8:00 a.m. | Safety Briefing: 8 a.m. | Cleanup starts: after safety briefing
What to bring: please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them, we will have some you can borrow too.
What to wear: Check the forecast & dress accordingly. Please wear clothing and shoes/boots that can get dirty, possibly muddy and wet. Wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, thick-sole & closed toe sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s usually chilly in the morning; it’s a good idea to wear layers you can take off a layer when you warm up.
Water: If you have a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack, this is a great time to use it. We’ll have jugs of water for you to refill your bottle or pack. We will also have bottled water in case you forget a reusable bottle.
Tonto Recreation Pass: You do NOT need one to participate in the event!
Snacks: We will have snacks for volunteers. If you have any dietary restrictions, you may want to bring your own snack. There are picnic tables at this location too.
Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms at the recreation area
Youth Volunteers: This is a great opportunity for youth! Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied & supervised by an adult or group leader. Clubs and groups are welcome; we can accommodate large and small groups!
We are meeting at the Coon Bluff Recreation Area. Please carpool to ensure everyone can find parking (there isn’t as much parking here as there is at Phon D). Click the link above or Google Coon Bluff Campground. We will have Natural Restorations signs and arrows out the day of the event. When you arrive, park and come over to white shade canopy to sign-in. There isn’t a physical address for the location, so the easiest way to get directions is to use the link above.
Sign up here to volunteer with your local cleanup. Bringing friends and family with you? Please register each volunteer separately!