EARLYBIRD Registration 2017

Welcome to the 17th Annual
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
April 27 - 30, 2017

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is offering EARLY BIRD registration to all members of the our parent organization, the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO). Membership in VRVNO allows you to register early as one of your benefits of membership. You will also enjoy a discount in our Gift Shop.

Online and snail mail registrations will be open to all VRVNO members 3 days before the standard registration date of February 1st. To become an early bird you will need to have your membership prior to registration. If you want to join now, click here.

Registration will begin at 5:30am on both Jan 29th (Early bird) and Feb 1st (Regular)

Select here for earlybird registration. Become a member of VRVNO to gain acces to earlybird registration.

Early bird registration will begin January 29th at 5:30am for members. The only way you will be able to register is if you get an email from VRVNO with a link. All members will receive an instructional email on January 16th. If you think you are a member and do not get that email please email or call our registrar, Jeri Higgins. (registrar@vrvno.org or 928-282-2202) Members will receive another email around 5:30am on January 29th with a link to register.

Phone 1-928-282-2202
OR E-mail to:


Select Here for a PDF copy of the Waiver.

Each registered participant will be required to sign an insurance liability waiver before they can participate in the event. Select above for a copy of this waiver, and you will be sent a printable waiver via e-mail with your confirmation letter after you register.

If you have difficulty with registration and need assistance,
please call:
Phone 1-928-282-2202
OR E-mail to:

At the beginning of registration we sometimes are busy on the phone so please leave a message and phone number....we will return your call ASAP.
Thank you.

If you decide to register by snail mail, please send the completed form with your check, money order, or credit card information to the address on the form and below on this page.

For a copy of the 2017 registration form in "PDF"Click here. (Adobe Acrobat) format-
For a copy of the 2017 registration form in "WORD"Click here. (WORD) format

General Information:

The registration fee for the entire festival is $15 per person. This fee includes admission to the park, parking, access to exhibits and booths, the Thursday afternoon social, the Saturday movie night and administration costs. Field trips, guided walks, workshops, seminars and some special events have an additional fee. This year we are instituting a Family registration fee of $30 which includes registration for two adults plus any number of dependent children ages 6yrs to 18yrs. Children must be able to maintain appropriate birding behavior to be welcome on field trips and walks and must be accompanied by an adult unless it is a specified children's program.

Beginning February 1, 2017, we will be accepting registration forms for the 2017 festival. You can register directly on our website which gives you the up to the minute status on the availability of the trips. Because of the popularity of the field trips, it is recommended that you register on-line, if possible. This is the fastest method and you can see trip availability in real time. All the information in this booklet is also found on the website. To register by mail, fill out the form attached in the center of this booklet or download the registration form from our website at www.birdyverde.org. Mailed in forms will not guarantee you a spot even if received before Feb.1st. Send the completed form with your check, money order, or credit card information to:

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
P.O. Box 2224, Cottonwood, AZ  86326

Group sizes have been kept small to assure the best possible birding experience. Be sure to register as early as possible. Pre-registration will ensure the best availability of field trips, workshops and tours. Please remember that most events have limited seating and reservations will be filled in the order received. Reservations should be received prior to April 19, 2017. After April 19th you may register during the festival at the on-site registration booth at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. There is no registration fee when registering on-site but all trips will be $10 more than the published cost and workshops will be $5 more.

Registration/Information Booth Hours:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
RDU-Reg Tent
Thursday, April 27, 2017
RDU-Reg Tent
Friday, April 28, 2017
RDU-Reg Tent
Saturday, April 29, 2017
RDU-Reg Tent
Sunday, April 30, 2017
RDU-Reg Tent



Exhibit and Trade Show Schedule:

Day Time Location
Thurs.-Sat 10am-5pm RDU-Tent
Sunday 10am-1pm RDU-Tent


Note: You must be registered for the festival in order to attend any tour, field trip, guided walk, seminar or workshop. 

As in any outdoor experience, you may encounter nature’s hazards. We recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather, wear a hat, proper footwear, use sunscreen, and bring along bug repellant.

Field Trip Cancellation Policy:
The festival committee reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If we need to revise a trip, we will try to replace it with a similar trip. If it becomes necessary to cancel a field trip, we will try to place you on an alternative trip. If there are no other trips available that you would like to attend, we will refund the entire field trip fee.

Refund Policy:

Schedule Changes:
There are no refunds after April 14 for any reason. We post any changes, corrections or additions to the trips and workshops on our website. Although we try to contact our registered participants regarding issues that may affect them, it is the responsibility of the participant to check the website announcements for any changes and to let us know if there is a potential problem.

Field Trips:

Park Walks:


Camping and Accommodations:
Check our website or contact the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce at visitcottonwoodaz.org for information on hotels in the area. Some hotels offer discounts to festival-goers. Please ask when you make your reservations. We encourage you to check with advertisers in the booklet.

Camping is available at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Sites include a table and grill. Water and showers are available. The park also has cabins to rent within a short walk to the River Day Use area. These must be reserved well in advance. Call the park at 928-634-5283 for cost, availability and reservations. Online reservations can be made through the Arizona State Park website, azstateparks.com, or by calling the reservation center at 520-586-2283.

Mission: The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.
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