The popular Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival will return to the vast Estrella Mountain Regional Park in 2011 and will again offer a unique opportunity for nature lovers to visit a riparian corridor in the West Valley near where the Salt and Agua Fria rivers join the Gila River.
Scheduled for March 5-6, 2011, the "Three Rivers" Festival will emphasize local plants, animals, ecological relationships and available recreational opportunities. Festival attendees will be able to see live wildlife up close, go canoeing, try archery, fish, view local birdlife, hike and learn about recycling and green-living zones.
Last year, due to heavier than normal water flows down the Gila, the Festival was moved from Phoenix International Raceway to Estrella Mountain Park, one of the crown jewels of the Maricopa County Parks Department, at the last minute. Due to upstream rehabilitation work and the possibility of high water flows during the early months of 2011, it was felt by the Festival's steering committee that Estrella Park and all its wonderful outdoor features should again be the site of the Festival.
A true family event, the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival will feature a special area for children with hands-on activities centering around nature, recycling and the outdoors. A recycling fashion show, live entertainment, including the popular Backporch Bandits bluegrass group, and numerous other features will give the annual event a true festival flavor.
Estrella Mountain Regional Park is located near Goodyear, approximately 5 miles south of Interstate 10 on Estrella Boulevard. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Although the event is free, a $3 per vehicle entrance fee will be charged by the park. Small fees will also be charged for some children's rides.
For more information, visit tresriosnaturefestival.com on the Internet or call (623) 932-2260.