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Kartchner Caverns Planting and Erosion Control
August 3 @ 11:00 am - August 5 @ 6:00 pmFree
Join us for a weekend of restoration work at Kartchner Caverns State Park! Recently the park has re-routed some trails, and we will be working to manage erosion and to re-plant these sections with native species. This trip is free of charge and no experience is necessary.
Friday, 11:00 am: If you need a ride, meet SIA staff at our OFFICE – 406 S. 4th Avenue (at the corner of 14th in Armory Park).
Friday, Noon or 5:00 pm: If you are going to drive yourself to the campsite (TBD), directions will be sent to you as the trip approaches. Please feel free to join us either around noon, to work with us on Friday, or after 5:00 pm to join us for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday, 7:00 am: Be ready for a rundown of the day’s activities. We’ll then hike to the work site, where we will work for the day with a break for lunch.
Sunday, 7:00 am: Continue work through the early afternoon, then pack up and head home. We will try and be back to Tucson by around 6pm.
Our work will focus on building rock structures to control erosion along sections of abandoned trail, and installing native plants to help return the sites to a natural look and function. This work will include lots of lifting, bending, and hiking on uneven terrain. Please be prepared with boots, pants, long sleeves, and gloves, if you have a pair you like (we will also provide these).
CAMP LOCATION & DIRECTIONS (From Tucson)
Directions: Detailed driving directions will be sent to all registrants ahead of the event. All roads to the campsite are suitable for passenger vehicles.
Carpooling is encouraged! When we meet at the SIA office, we’ll group up into a smaller number of vehicles and will help to arrange the carpool spots.
WHAT TO BRING
All tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, stoves, etc. that you might bring on any normal car camping trip. We will have access to bathrooms and showers at the camping site.
Seven-eight meals plus snacks. Drinking water will be available at the camping site, but you will need to bring your own waterbottles to refill.
Sturdy footwear (ex. hiking boots)
Clothing for sunny, hot, and wet weather (monsoons are upon us!) A hat and long plants are required, long sleeves are strongly encouraged – make sure you are protected from the sun. Rain gear is very likely to come in handy…
Binoculars, field guides, etc.
PROVIDED BY SIA
All necesary tools, work gloves, basic camp kitchen set-up including stove, extra water, cameras, GPS, data sheets, maps.
Our campsite is fully accessible to campers/large trailers.
This is a family – friendly trip. Please let us know ages of any minors who will be joining.
If you have additional questions, please contact Bryon Lichtenhan at firstname.lastname@example.org