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  • Read more about what's in store for the Hassayampa River Preserve.
  • For most of its 100-mile course through the desert, the Hassayampa River flows only underground, but within the preserve it flows above ground throughout the year.
  • Local photographer Melissa Oehler documents many outdoor education events such as “Buzz about Bees” where people learn about honey production and the role bees play in our food supply.
  • Whether children are just learning to walk or attend high school, the preserve offers opportunities to get them connected to nature and engaged in learning about the world around us.
  • During a picnic, Conner Troxell plants sunflower seeds and learns how to care for plants.
  • Hiking is one of the adventures children embark on during summer camps. Other activities include study of birds, plants, animals, water resources, and streamside habitats.
  • Color pops in the preserve’s desert garden which features cactus, low water usage native plants and trees.
  • Teaching children the importance of water, where it comes from and how it gets to our faucet is a priority at the preserve.
  • Claret cup hedgehog cactus in bloom at Hassayampa.
  • Animated reactions by Nature Ranger sisters Taylor and Hannah Leakey when they see their first tarantula. The hairy-legged spiders are often spotted on the preserve during the monsoon.
  • Willow Aune participates in desert plant cooking, one of dozens of outdoor education classes offered during the year.
  • The Vulture Mountains Recreation Area encompasses 71,000 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape near Hassayampa River Preserve.
  • The vast Vulture Mountains Recreation Area offers an abundance of recreation activities including hiking and camping.
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Hassayampa River Preserve at Vulture Mountains Recreation Area

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