Grateful for North Mountain Visitor Center

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Real Estate Agent with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000
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The North Mountain Visitor Center is a hidden gem in North Phoenix! It is the gateway for hikers to get around and up the mountains. The Visitor Center offers many activities and events all year round. The center was opened in about 2005 and then shut down in 2010 due to budget cuts in our down market. Thankfully it re-opened with a new vision and is now run entirely by volunteers and non-profits - 7 days a week. Both Gary and I love volunteering at the center! We so enjoy the other volunteers and everyone makes a big difference working as a team to the community and our out of town visitors.

 

 

 

 

Last Saturday was Coffee House Day. There was live music, Starbucks coffee and goodies and lots of people attended. I worked the front desk while Gary floated around taking care of whatever was needed (Mr Engineer). The jug band style music by YOURCHESTRA was a huge hit!! There wasn't anyone that wasn't tapping and dancing to the music all morning long. And the kids...well they put on quite the show showing off their dancing abilities. So darn cute!

 

 

 

Rattlesnake Doc

 

 

Just a few of the regular events are Rattlesnake Class (live snakes included) various classes and informational presentations, silversmith classes, dog training, hiking events, desert lifestyle events, music festivals, art festivals, Arizona history classes, celebrations of life, wedding and baby showers, first aid in the desert and much MUCH more.

 

 

 Visit the North Mountain Visitor Website for more information!

 

I can't possibly forget to mention the Rock Star Reading Club! It's for kids that are just learning to read on up to 9 or 10 year olds.  They pick out a book from the library, read a chapter and write a short report. The Front Desk Volunteer listens to their 'report' and asks questions. The most exciting part is the kids can pick out a special rock after their report is done.  Every time they come back and read another chapter they earn more rocks...on up the way to the favorite rock of all - a gold rock!

 

 

 

 

This past week a very sweet little boy that just turned 5, couldn't read but he tried his best to read a simple book about fire engines (with his Mom's help). He couldn't write but he did know how to spell out his name - and he did it perfectly on the line which I thought was worthy of a gold star!  The look in his eyes was so precious! A gold star!! WOW! His Mom was so proud and happy for him.  I'm sure he'll be back wanting to read again soon!

 

 

 

 

Just a quick glimpse into volunteering at the North Mountain Visitor Center!

We love volunteering at the center!

 

 

Grateful for North Mountain Visitor Center

 

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Anna “Banana” Kruchten

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Phoenix Property Shoppe

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Hi Kathy Streib it's pretty awesome that the non-profits and a group of volunteers took on the job of running this center. Now there are so many volunteers doing all kinds of different things for the community.

Nov 21, 2019 09:21 AM #14
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Hi Lottie Kendall me too - I love introducing kids and their parents to the Rock Star Club! Such a good thing for kids to learn that reading can be fun and rewarding. Oh yes.....those running days. I miss them as you probably do to now.  Running on the trails was glorious....as long as you were careful where you were stepping! South Mountain is a very interesting place too - and huge!

Nov 21, 2019 09:23 AM #15
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Agreed Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland introducing kids to reading is a good thing. Some of the kids parents don't speak English so it's even more important to assist the kids as well as the parents. One tiny little light along the path that can make a difference.

Nov 21, 2019 09:25 AM #16
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat I thought about that when I read your post the other day on that wonderful place to walk. The Phoenix Mountain Preserve is one of those places....so beautiful.  And what I love is it's in the middle of Phoenix but when I'm out hiking it feels like the country. So quiet and peaceful. Ahhhhhhh!

Nov 21, 2019 09:27 AM #17
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Hi Grant Schneider absolutely it's a great time of year to visist the center and take a walk or hike as short or as long as one likes!  We've had a few days of rain and OMG the smell or fresh rain is so pretty!

Nov 21, 2019 09:29 AM #18
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Yikes Endre Barath, Jr. that's not an experience I'd prefer and you asked for it or rather didn't have a choice I take it.  Over the years I've had my run ins with snakes and I've been able to dodge anything dicey.  I quit wearing headphones years ago so I could hear the rattle. Other hikers/walkers are very good about alerting fellow hikers if they've seen a snake. Of coyotees!

Nov 21, 2019 09:32 AM #19
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Hi Barbara Todaro the center as based more on the nature, outdoors, hiking etc no tennis or anything else for that matter. So much stuff going on there all the time, hard to mention it all. As for Brian he lives quite a distance away and as for a daily hike I highly doubt it would be workable with a 2+ hour drive. But for a once in awhile destination it would be perfect!  We moved to this area because it's on our backyard and so beautiful. We can hike out from our house.

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Hi Wayne Martin walking in downtown Chicago is always interesting. Haven't been there for a couple of years but I enjoy that area as well as the lake. Enjoy your walk....bundle up!

Nov 21, 2019 09:37 AM #21
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Hi Raymond Henson good friends of ours live in Goodyear and it takes them about 45 minutes or so (depending on time of day and traffic to get to our house.  You might not know where this is but the center is close to Thunderbird Road and 7th street in the Moon Valley area.

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Hi Michael Jacobs it is our backyard and we've been grateful for that since before we bought our home here. It is truly amazing what the visionaries of the preserve started to create many years ago.....awesome gals. And we are all the beneficiaries of their visionary work.

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Hi Brian England it would be a long drive for you on a regular basis to get over here but as a once in awhile thing I think you'd be surprised how vast the trails are. Check out the maps on the centers website. Trails follow along the preseve all the way to Scottsdale. 

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Anna,

What a great place to volunteer and have as a resource.  I really enjoyed your picture tour. A

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Anna the North Mountain Visitors Center has a lot to offer the the view on their walking trails are amazing.

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Hi Anna,
The North Mountain Visitors Center sounds like an amazing place.  I had no idea there was so much going on there.  I'll pass on any snake related activities, though! 

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You are obviously grateful for this resource and volunteer your time to prove it. Love that about you and your honey.  We'd both love to visit it one day.  

Nov 22, 2019 10:13 AM #28
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Anna, I remember reading about the North Mountain Visitor Center and you and Gary volunteering and hiking. It made me smile to read about the young lad who received a gold star.

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Hi Anna,

There is something special about the North Mountain Visitor Center and the Preserves. They have a lot to do with the preservation of history, education, and the environment. I was never a fan of shopping malls but whenever I travel and there is a Visitor Center, I make it a point to stop in and talk to the Volunteers. I've learned a lot about quality customer service from the Volunteers at these Centers. I'm sure that if I never knew who you or Gary was, I would be so happy to meet you and hear what you have to say. It is people like you that makes the world a better place and definitely more educational for children of all ages!

That Rock Star Reading Club sounds really cool! Encouraging children to read is really important! If they start out young, they will probably never tire of picking up a good book. Some will be writers! Others may become teachers. Cooks love to read recipes and pick up new cook books. And some people will become grandparents or parents reading to their little ones. Reading and the Cycle of Life goes together like rattle snake. You have to be able to listen to understand. Knowledge is Power!

Thank you for all that you do. Volunteering must be so much fun for you and the visitors! Your photos are great too!

 

Nov 25, 2019 10:22 AM #30
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A lot of visitor centers have a lot of little charms to them that can’t really be described. :)

Dec 06, 2019 03:16 PM #31
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Patricia, you just prove my theory about somewhere I’ve never been to thanks very much for that one ha ha! Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

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Have to stop and mention how cute the kids look In the pictures here! :)

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