Prescription for Nature: A Natural Path to Better Health

There is a new program to help the community find their own path to better health by connecting with nature through outdoor activity.

Born from an understanding that spending time outdoors is critical to overall physical and mental well-being, Desert Foothills Land Trust, with the support of local healthcare professionals, and the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, created the Prescription for Nature program.

Ash Adams, owner of Just Breathe Pilates, demonstrates a Pilates movement at the Jewel of the Creek preserve.

Cynthia Driskell, a founding champion of the program and owner of Carefree Physical Therapy endorses the program in her practice because she believes “we need to connect with our outdoor spaces for our physical and mental health, and make the effort to be out in nature to enhance our personal life and life within our community.”

Other local healthcare providers, and believers in the benefits of nature to the overall well-being of the community, have also joined as founding champions including Just Breathe Pilates, Sterling Structural Therapy and Dr. Fabio of Integrative Healing & Wellness.

The Prescription for Nature “trail head” sign at Carefree Desert Gardens

The program is designed to promote the health benefits of connecting to nature through outdoor activity in a safe environment that’s suitable to each individual’s physical abilities and healthcare goals. With that in mind, the first in the series of trails included in the program are those at a level of comfort suitable for most. As the program grows, more local trails will be added at varying levels of difficulty and rated accordingly — from barrier free (easiest) to physically challenging (extremely difficult) everyone can find a path to suit their needs.

Desert Foothills Land Trust invites residents and visitors to check out one of their first in the series of Prescription for Nature trails located in the center of Carefree at the Carefree Desert Gardens. Just look for the new “trail head” sign, compliments of the town of Carefree, and get started on your path to better health.

To learn more about the program and trails, visit Healthcare professionals that would like to participate in the program can contact the Land Trust directly at or by calling their office at 480.488.6131.

Sixth Annual ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’ Seeks Entries — Deadline is Feb. 7

The 20129 first place winner, “Desert Jewels” by Peggy Orbon

Early inhabitants of Arizona were drawn to the awe-inspiring landscape that is the Sonoran Desert. Its unique flora and fauna continue to draw people from all over the world to it today. Desert Foothills Land Trust understands the importance of preserving this special place for the survival of the species that dwell here and for the enjoyment of generations to come. It’s a landscape worthy of not only protecting forever but immortalizing through art as well. It’s Art for Land’s Sake is a juried art exhibit and sale designed to promote conservation and wildlife protection through representational art.

The Land Trust is hosting the sixth annual exhibit and sale at the Desert Foothills Library March 6–19 with an opening reception Thursday, March 5, from 6–8 pm. The public is invited to attend the reception, and the exhibit will be open for the duration during regular library hours. The library is located in Cave Creek at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road.

Artists of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit their work. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and all works of art must be 2D and representational of a Desert Foothills Land Trust preserve. The entry deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4pm. Entry forms and a complete copy of the rules and guidelines can be found on the Land Trust website at Entrants may also call 480.488.6131 or email for more information.

All proceeds will be for the benefit of Desert Foothills Land Trust and/or Desert Foothills Library.

Explore Your Desert Home During ‘Discover Day’

Photos by Patrick O’Brien

Join Desert Foothills Land Trust to discover the wonder and beauty of our Sonoran Desert home with a day of outdoor experiences and hands-on education at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve. Desert Discover Day takes place Saturday, Nov. 17, 10am–2pm.

Follow a discovery map for a personal adventure along the Harry Dalton Trail. Explore the desert, learn about all its dwellers, past and present, and interact with native wildlife. This free and fun day is for the whole family.

Other participants include Arizona Archaeological Society, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Family YMCA, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Wild At Heart.

Jewel of the Creek Preserve is located in Cave Creek on Spur Cross Road, 4 miles north of Cave Creek Road. Parking is available at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

For additional information visit or call 480.488.6131.

Desert Discovery Day At Jewel of the Creek

discoveryChildren of all ages are invited to explore Jewel of the Creek Preserve, learn about the diversity of life in the desert and to examine the geology and archaeology underlying this magnificent landscape at Desert Discovery Day. Hosted by Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT), the free event will be held Saturday, November 19, from 10am-2pm.

“At Desert Foothills Land Trust, we work to connect people in our communities to the special Sonoran land that is our home,” says Patrick McWhortor, newly-appointed executive director of the Trust. “All year, we share these places with visitors and encourage their participation directly in land conservation. Desert Discovery Day is a time for families to join us in celebrating our desert home, and enjoying opportunities for a healthy, active lifestyle through outdoor activities.”

Children will receive a stamp at each station along the Harry Dalton Trail, and a goody bag for collecting stamps. Stations include live animals, crafts, information and activities from DFLT and partners and free refreshments.

The focus for the day is to share the Sonoran Desert and the Jewel with the community in order to encourage support for conservation efforts and participation in hiking and other healthy outdoor activities. Other participating organizations include AZ Archaeological Society, Desert Foothills Chapter; Cave Creek Museum; Desert Awareness Committee of Foothills Community Foundation; Rural/Metro Fire Department; Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center; Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Wild At Heart.

For more information, visit

Celebrating Our Desert Landscape

Sonoran StarsThe Desert Foothills Land Trust will celebrate 20 years and host its 2015 Sonoran Stars fundraising event at the new Desert Foothills event venue, which provides a lighted desert landscape, fabulous barn, outdoor dining and stage area and on-site valet parking. Located near Jomax and Scottsdale roads, behind McDonald’s Ranch, the venue provides the luxurious comfort Sonoran Stars is known for, as well as the direct connection to the desert environment that the organization and its supporters are working to protect.

Guest will enjoy an open bar, appetizers, silent auction, gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Tony Rea, Wild At Heart’s dramatic rehabilitated raptor release, fast-paced live auction with auctioneer Letitia Frye, capped off with dancing under the stars to country music by Western Fusion and dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Dress for the evening is casual or Western attire – but be prepared for cool evening temperatures.

The 2015 Sonoran Stars event will be held Saturday, May 2, from 5-10pm. Tickets are $250 per person; or gather friends together to host a own table of 10.  Business and individual sponsorships are available as well. Contact Sonia Perillo, executive director, at 480.488.6131 or, for sponsorship information.

Desert Foothills Land Trust connects people to nature by working with communities and partners to conserve and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of our fragile Sonoran Desert. The Trust protects and stewards land in an area north of Phoenix known as “The Desert Foothills,” including the communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River. For additional information, visit

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