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Friends of the Tonto are looking for Volunteers

We are working with the Forest Service to identify their needs, and evaluating activities/projects that match our volunteer interest and capabilities. If you have an interest in volunteering as an individual, or with a group let us know, and watch here and the Events Calendar for new event schedules.


For the list of active and ongoing Projects and to access more details click here.

Sears-Kay Ruin Open House

Saturday, March 11

Friends of the Tonto will be hosting an open house at this recreation site . This free event will begin at 9AM, with guided tours of the ruins at 10AM and 1PM by retired Forest Archaeologist Scott Wood. Sears-Kay Ruin is located on the Cave Creek District of the Tonto National Forest just off the 7 Springs Road (Forest Road 24), 6 miles east of Carefree. (See Map)

More Fun than Geocaching!

Locate water features in the Tonto using your GPS enabled Smart Device.

Learn how at a training session.

Feb 22, Cave Creek

Click here for more details

Sears-Kay Ruin Volunteer Work Events

Feb 27 & 28, Mar 1 & 3

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM(Join us anytime)

Prior to the Open House, Friends of the Tonto will be sponsoring a volunteer work events to do some annual maintenance of the recreation site. This will involve brush and noxious weed removal, trail work, and some erosion control construction. (See Map)

Invasive Plant Removal

Feb 25, 2017 7:45 AM

A joint effort with the Friends of the Tonto NF

and Lost Dutchman State Park.

For more details and to register click here

Riparian Photopoint

Another Fun Project Coming Soon

We are currently organizing the data collection program for this ongoing project.

Check back soon.

To see the historical map of past photos click here.

Photos from the Salt River Cleanup Feb 18, 2017

Over 400 volunteers were  undeterred by the weather and collected more than 8 tons of trash!!  Friends of the Tonto NF are proud to have partnered with Natural Restorations and Keep it Wild for this event.

More stories on Facebook


January 27-29, 2017

The BCH(Backpacking, Climbing, Hiking) meet up group

 'making a difference' on the adopted Peter's Trail.  This group, and others are making the wilderness experience more enjoyable.

Click here to learn how your group can make a difference.

“Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a group of volunteers who assist the Forest in its critical mission of natural and cultural resource management. We promote public understanding of the Tonto National Forest’s policies, programs and projects through community outreach, projects and outings.”

Friends of the Tonto National Forest  4022 E. Greenway Road  Suite 11 Box 348  Phoenix, AZ  85032