Tres Rios Nature Festival

Tres Rios Nature Festival

Celebrating the great outdoors!


Tres Rios Nature Festival – NEW DATES: April 1st & 2nd- 10:00 am


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Join us “Down by the River” to learn about safe canoeing from Arizona Game and Fish boating safety instructors and experience the joy of paddling your own canoe around the small lake at the Festival Area. Enjoy the serenity of being on the water, get close to birds and animals, watch the fish below you and generally enjoy the great weather and natural surroundings!




How often do you get to try your hand at shooting a bow & arrow.  Arizona Game and Fish will provide everything you need including bows for all age levels, arrows, targets and great instruction.


IMG_5065fishing-iconFishing Clinic

Enjoy the opportunity to “wet a line” at the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival, and learn about fishing from Arizona Game and Fish Department Fisheries staff. Head to our fishing area where instructors will set you up and get you fishing as a first experience or a repeat of a familiar one! No license required for this event!


BirdNature Trail & Beginning Bird Watching

The Sonoran Audubon Society will be holding free Basic Birding Classes each day, teaching about binocular usage, identifying local birds, and where to find them.  Hikes will leave each hour.

Experienced Birders may want to join volunteers from the Sonoran Audubon Society for a dawn tour of the festival vicinity along the Salt and Gila Rivers.  Tours begin at 7:00 am each day.  Contact Bob McCormick for more information or cell: 603-373-2952IMG_6771

  • Field Stations
  • Free Basic Birding Classes
  • Loaner Binoculars
  • Nature Walks

NEW: Education Zone

The Education Zone will feature 30 – 45 minute talks on a variety of educational and interactive topics related to wildlife, recycling, water conservation and more.  Below is the current schedule in the Education Zone:

Saturday, March 4:

11 AM  Heron Discussion Sonoran Audubon, Bob McCormick

12 PM  Tortoise Discussion, Arizona Game & Fish, Amy Burnette – Talk will walk folks through habitats and will include live Tortoises!

1 PM  Landscape Water Use, City of Avondale, Esmie Avila 

2 PM   Living with Urban Wildlife, Arizona Game and Fish, Darren Julian, Urban Wildlife Specialist.

Sunday, March 5

11 AM  Eagle Talk Sonoran Audubon, Joe Ford

12 PM  Tortoise Discussion, Arizona Game & Fish, Amy Burnette- Talk will walk folks through habitats and will include live Tortoises!

1 PM  Landscape Water Use, City of Avondale, Esmie Avila, Water Conservation

2 PM    Flooding in Arizona, Maricopa County Flood Control District, Doug Williams – This will be a discussion about floods in Maricopa County, flood impacts, and historical flooding featuring an interactive flood model.

‘Recycling’ Fashion Show 

The search is on for America’s Next Top ‘Recycling’ Model to show off this season’s “trashiest” outfit created from recyclable materials! The Fashion Show will be hosted Saturday at the festival.  Check in is at 11:30am, the fashion show begins at 12pm. Any interested child in grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade may enter this fun competition. (Visit the Kid’s Activity page for more details on how to sign up)

Education Zone

Explore and learn about everything from tortoises to Dutch Oven Cooking.  Sessions are listed below, the schedule will be posted here soon.

  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Sonoran Audubon’s Birds of Tres Rios
  • Venomous Reptiles
  • Tortoise Discussion
  • Owl Talk

Join us for some great live music CLICK HERE for the full entertainment schedule.