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Join us to discover Arizona's wilderness areas and to celebrate your wild place!

Please RSVP only when you are ready to secure a spot on a Wild Stew trip, as we are limited to 12-15 people in wilderness areas. You will be prompted to create a Meetup account or signin to Meetup (also via Facebook). Meetup is free and does not sell or rent your information to third parties.


September 12-13th :: Arrastra Mountain Wilderness :: Monitoring

Join us for an overnight backpacking trip along the Big Sandy River in the Arrastra Wilderness. We will be hiking along the river corridor, monitoring for and recording data of the presence of invasive plants. Learn more & RSVP.

September 12th :: Arizona Trail Day :: Flagstaff

The 2nd annual Arizona Trail Day is coming to Flagstaff! AWC and other partners are tabling with the Arizona Trail Association, and invite you to join us for a day full of activities to celebrate the Arizona Trail. Hike, run and ride on the AZT in the morning, then participate in a variety of activities at beautiful Buffalo Park: live music, local food and a beer garden, raptors from the Flagstaff Arboretum, Dale Shewalter memorial, face painting and kids coloring contest, raffle, a gear swap, bike packing demo, geocaching demo and activity, monster truck ambulance from Guardian Medical Transport, free granola bars provided by Nature Valley, free maps, information, and much more! Come celebrate the Arizona National Scenic Trail in Flagstaff, the stateís premier gateway community.† Learn more.

September 19-20th :: Lower Burro Creek :: Monitoring

Join us as we head to Lower Burro Creek, a proposed Wild & Scenic River segment. This is an overnight backpack trip to monitor and record data on the presence of invasive plants that may be hindering the free flow of Lower Burro Creek, as well as water quality and remarkable values. Learn more & RSVP.

September 19-20th :: Trail Work Training :: Flagstaff

ATA Trail Work Training Session - Flagstaff A collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) and American Conservation Experience (ACE) this two-day session will teach valuable skills to volunteers, including those who have been involved in trail projects for many years. Drawing upon thousands of hours on the trail and in the classroom, including some of the most daunting trail projects you can imagine, ACE staff will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles.

This two-day training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential learning. While there will be talks and demonstrations, the instructors have found that classroom time is never as valuable as time on the trail, and a PowerPoint is no replacement for a pick mattock. Discussions will also happen around the campfire since participants are encouraged to camp together and immerse themselves in the experience for the weekend. Learn more & RSVP.

National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, with more than 175,000 volunteers celebrating at more than 2,100 public land sites. While the official day is September 26th, Arizonans continue the celebration into October. Find an event near you!

October 10-11th :: Apache Creek Wilderness :: Invasive Species Eradication & Monitoring

We are excited to return to Apache Creek for our fourth year in efforts to eradicate the invasive Tamarix shrub. We are making great strides in preventing this invasive species from out-competing native plants and altering this delicate ecosystem. Please join us as we monitor for regrowth and remove any found Tamarix plants. Learn more & RSVP.

October 17th :: National Public Lands Day at Dos Cabezas Wilderness

Join the Bureau of Land Management to help restore wilderness values at Dos Cabezas Wilderness. Volunteers will break down an old wildlife guzzler found within the wilderness and bundle the materials together to pack them out. Learn more & RSVP.

October 24-25th :: Chiricahua Wilderness :: Trail Restoration

Join us as we head to Chiricahua Wilderness to do some much needed maintenance on trails to restore conditions following wildfires and monsoonal erosion. Details are being developed. Learn more & RSVP.

November 7-8th :: Chiricahua Wilderness :: Trail Restoration

Additional details coming soon! Learn more & RSVP.

December 5-6th :: Dragoon Mountains :: Trail Building

In partnership with the Climbing Association of Southern Arizona. Additional details coming soon!

December 12-13th :: Chiricahua Wilderness :: Trail Restoration

Additional details coming soon! Learn more & RSVP.

December 19-20th :: Superstition Mountains Wilderness :: Trail Restoration

Additional details coming soon! Learn more & RSVP.


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