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Lower Salt River Tree Planting Event

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ORGANIZATION: Natural Restorations

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Join Ecoculture and Natural Restorations for a Lower Salt River Restoration Project and help us plant thousands of native trees along the banks fo the Lower Salt River.

This event is also possible due to support from the U.S. Forest Service Tonto National Forest, the National Forest Foundation, Audubon Southwest, the Department of Forestry & Fire Management, Intel, and Arizona Game & Fish Department.

Everyone is welcome, including youth volunteers when they are accompanied & supervised by a parent, guardian, or adult group leader. We would be happy to sign off on service hours or provide a Confirmation of Volunteer Service letter for youth volunteers.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/507654096067 to ensure you receive event updates.

Sign-in: 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Safety Briefing: 9 a.m. | Planting starts: after safety briefing| End time: 2:00 p.m.

**************Please note the updated event time of 9am to 2pm due to the Mesa Marathon that morning. We suggest avoiding accessing the river via Power Road, intead access it via Ellsworth & Usery because they will be reopened around 7am. Power Road should be opened around 8am but we suggest avoiding it just in case there are any delays or traffic backed up.****************

Please arrive before 9am so you can park and turn in your paperwork before the safety briefing starts at 9am.

Fill out paperwork online & save time Saturday morning! Click HERE or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://form.jotform.com/223616164662052

If you complete paperwork ahead of time, be sure to stop by the Natural Restorations green tent to check in, just give us your name and tell us you already filled out your paperwork online.

Event Staging Location: Phon D Sutton Recreation Area, Fort McDowell, Arizona

Directions: Everyone is meeting at Phon D Sutton Recreation Area in the large parking lot for sign-in, safety briefing, and game plan for the morning. When you arrive at Phon D, take the 2nd left into the second section of the first parking lot.

Once you park, come over to the shaded picnic area towards the back of the parking lot to turn in your volunteer paperwork at the green Natural Restorations tent. Plan your route ahead of time in case we are in a spot where we can’t get cell signal.

GPS Coordinates: 33.545795, -111.659794

***Do not use the EventBrite map to get there, it could send you to the wrong location. Use the GPS coordinates above to get to the event staging location***

Plug the GPS coordinates above into your phone or mapping system, or search Phon D Sutton Recreation Area, Mesa, Arizona. Plan your route ahead of time in case we cannot take your call.

Once the safety briefing is done, the EcoCulture Team will go over our gameplan for the morning. We will also have trash bags, grabbers and gloves for anyone who would like to remove trash from the planting area.

What to wear: Check the forecast before you head out so you can be prepared & dress accordingly. Please wear comfortable clothing & shoes that can get dirty, muddy, and possibly wet. Wear long pants, long sleeves, thick-sole & closed toe sturdy shoes for safety (no flipflops/sandals). Wear a hat, sunglasses for eye protection, and sunscreen. It will warm up quickly as you start to move around and it heats up. Wearing layers you can remove is helpful.

What to bring: please bring a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack. We will have water coolers full of ice water for you to refill your bottle or pack. You may find kneepads or a gardening knee pad helpful because you will be on your knees in the dirt while you are planting. Bring a pair of gloves or borrow a pair from us.

*If you have any allergies that you carry an epi-pen and antihistamines for, please do not forget to bring them with you. This is a wilderness area along the Lower Salt River so it’s best to prepare for anything.

Snacks: We will have snacks for volunteers. If you have any dietary restrictions, you may want to bring your own snack. You could bring a small cooler in your vehicle with cold beverages and snacks if you'd like.

Tonto Recreation Pass: You do NOT need one to participate in the event! If you plan to stay after the event, please purchase a Tonto Precreation Site. There is a kiosk at recreation areas along the river.

Bathrooms: There are vault toilets open to the public at recreation areas along the Lower Salt River.

Note on safety & illness: Please help prevent the spread of any illness by staying home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms. Do not worry about cancelling last minute, we would rather have a smaller turn out and have you join us at a future event.

If you have any other questions, please email us at contact@naturalrestorations.org

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About Natural Restorations


67 S. Higley Road, STE 103-118, Gilbert, AZ 85296, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to remove trash, graffiti from outdoor recreation and wilderness areas, revitalize natural areas through replanting projects, and enrich the lives of military veterans and other community members.


We remove trash, graffiti and anything foreign to the environment from outdoor recreation and wilderness areas throughout the state of Arizona. We replant burn scar areas by salvaging cacti that would otherwise be destroyed on construction sites and we transport them to burn scars where our team replants them. We provide contract work to Military Veterans on our Dedicated Restoration Team and host volunteer events for the community, including youth volunteers.

We have a passion for nature and we believe outdoor restorations and education ensures everyone will be able to enjoy outdoor recreation and wilderness areas. We approach every project with a commitment to long-term change and making lasting impacts in communities across the state.

We have removed over 1.42 million pounds of trash, planted over 27,900 trees, plants & cacti, and removed over 41,000 square feet of graffiti. We have provided over 14,000 hours of contract work to military veterans on our Dedicated Restoration Team.


Veterans & Military Families
Community, Environment, Veterans & Military Families


Sat Feb 04, 2023
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Phon D Sutton Recreation Area -USE GPS COORDINATESGPS Coordinates: 33.545795, -111.659794Mesa, AZ 85264




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
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  • 9am to 2pm - volunteers are not required to stay the entire time.
  • Please bring a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack.

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