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!
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