20304 W White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
Phone: (623) 935.2505
The next meeting of the Members will be April 12 at 4:30 pm with exact location at the WTRP to be announced. This meeting will be a picnic/potluck to celebrate and show appreciation for all the volunteer hours given to our organization. Everyone is welcome. The meeting of the Board of Directors to be announced. All members are welcome to attend.
5th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Update
In spite of the wind and overcast skies on Saturday, this year’s Annual Arts and Crafts Fair was a success. Over the two day event, 900 cars came to the fair to see over 50 vendors selling their quality arts and crafts. It is estimated that over 2500 people came to the fair, most of them were new to the park.
The attached slide show captures a few of the vendors and those attending the fair while enjoying the vendor’s wares as well as the beautiful desert mountain scenery.
Friends Awarded Grant to Support Park Events
The Friends of White Tank Park were recently notified that their grant application “Connecting People to Nature” was selected for a $2000 award. The “Public Lands Every Day Event Grant” is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and Toyota.
Activities included in the grant are Geology, Botany, and Zoology Rock!, a yoga class for children ages 4-8; Dutch Oven Cooking in the Desert; and The Annual White Tank Park Halloween Event.
The grant makes possible the purchase of yoga mats and supplies and provides funding for the certified yoga instructor. Interpretive ranger Jessica Bland will incorporate age-appropriate education related to the flora, fauna, and geology of the Sonoran Desert.
The Dutch oven cooking event will be offered four times and expanded with additional cooking and safety demonstrations made possible by the purchase of additional Dutch ovens and supplies.
The annual Halloween event will be expanded to include a “bat cave” and the calls of several Sonoran Desert wildlife species to add to the eerie mood of the event.
Park Supervisor Raymond Schell, Interpretive Ranger Jessica Bland, and Friends member Alice Neal collaborated on the grant development and application.
Watch for these events to be advertised on the park and Friends websites and Facebook and the Every Day Events website!
Butterfly Garden at White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Over 50 volunteers from across the valley joined forces on Saturday February 14 to create a walking path and plant native flowers and trees that attract Monarch and other butterflies.
Did You Know: White Tank Mountain Has A Waterfall
Friends of White Tank Park is now accepting secure online payment via PayPal or major credit cards for membership dues and donations. For details click this link.
The White Tank Mountains Conservancy held its kick off luncheon at Verrado Golf Club on Thursday, October 23.
The organization intends to enhance the economy in the West Valley while ensuring the sustainability of the natural and cultural resources of the White Tank Mountains. The Conservancy will focus on five specific areas of impact: Regional Planning and Partnerships; Stewardship and Volunteerism; Advocacy and Public Policy; Research, Education and Training; and Tourism and Public Attraction.
Committees supporting the impact areas were formed and will begin work on the mission, vision, governance documents, and goals for the committees and the organization over the next few weeks.
Todd Hornback, DMB Associates, and Jackie Meck, Mayor of the City of Buckeye, co-chair the White Tank Mountain Advisory Board which oversees the Conservancy effort.
Those attending from Friends of White Tank Park were President Jane Fricke, Michelle Justice, Bob Hopper, and Alice Neal.
RECYCLE ARTS AND YOUTH FESTIVAL
Saturday April 18, 2015
WHAM Art Association is proud to present the second annual Recycle Arts and Youth Festival a festival that unites the art of recycling with art and culture! In connection with Earth Day, this one day event is a fundraiser that highlights recycled art as a practice that can contribute to the sustainability of the earth and its resources through innovation and design. Proceeds of this festival will support local art programs for veterans, adaptive art classes for people with special needs and art classes for children from low income families.
The Recycle Arts and Youth Festival will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015 from 10 am-7pm in Surprise, Arizona.
Petroglyphs of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Shelley Rasmussen recently published an article in the August 2014 of the Old Pueblo Archaeology Bulletin about the history of White Tank Mountains and information about the Petroglyphs found in the park. The article includes several photos of the Petroglyphs by Allen Dart. Click this link to read the entire article.
Old Pueblo Archaeology is the quarterly bulletin of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson.
A preserved Great Horned Owl guards his prey and a nearby pair of quail appear ready to take flight to safety. The birds were found dead of natural causes in the park, mounted by a taxidermist, and presented to the nature center as a gift from Friends of White Tank Park.