Let your weekend go to the birds at the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival in Cottonwood, which will host "Family Day" 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The day kicks off with a children’s bird walk at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, followed by a series of programs. Kids can see educational exhibits, craft bird feeders, build birdhouses and play games.
"Family Day" is part of the three-day festival, which runs today through Sunday and features field trips, guided walks and presentations from nature experts. Field trips cost $10 to $60, which includes transportation from Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the festival’s central location, to spots such as Tavasci Marsh, Agua Fria National Monument, Oak Creek Canyon, Prescott, Arcosanti, the Grand Canyon and Mingus Mountain. Field trips let participants birdwatch on foot, on bikes, on horseback or in canoes.
Festival registration ($10) is required to participate in field trips, but is not required for Family Day. Cost for Family Day is the park entrance fee, $5, plus a nominal charge for some activities.
For a list of events, call (928) 634-8437 or visit www.birdyverde.org.
For a list of hotels in the area, call the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce at (928) 634-7593.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is at 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road in Cottonwood. For more information, call (928) 634-5283.
Take Interstate 17 north to state Route 260 (Exit 287) to Cottonwood. State Route 260 intersects with state Route 89A/Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and proceed to North 10 th Street. Turn right (north) on North 10 th Street. Cross the Verde River Bridge to the park entrance.