FOCCC - Excerpts Of Monthly Report

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Education Outreach Success!


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We wrote in the October newsletter, the mission statement of Friends of Cave Creek Canyon states "Our Mission is to inspire appreciation and understanding of the beauty, biodiversity and legacy of Cave Creek Canyon through volunteer work and outreach programs."

It has long been a desire for FOCCC to be able to offer a program with a

curriculum that meets Arizona educational requirements and provides a fun and educational program for bringing children and nature back together.


We are very fortunate to have Carol Frischmann to lead our program. Carol is a retired teacher living in Portal and also author of many children's nature books and articles. She is a birder, a naturalist and former Audubon chapter president.


Carol and Cecil Williams have developed an outreach program, meeting Arizona requirements. We have had students from Apache School a,d San Simon Middle School come to Portal for outreach programs. The clouds ruined the San Simon astronomy viewing, but they still were educated about the stars and telescopes by Rick Beno.

We have visited Apache School and have had two Outreach activities with the students of ApacheSchool in Cave Creek Canyon. They wrote some very interesting comments about their adventure. You will enjoy them, as also did.


Trip to the Visitor Center

Written by Apache School Students: On Thursday, Oct. 11 we got off the bus and met the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon Ms. Frischmann and Mrs. Williams. They put us in groups of two and we identified the trees they had marked. Then, the groups talked about the trees and the leaves that matched the trees. Next we did sun pictures where we placed the leaves on special paper to make a design. Then we placed glass over the leaves and let the sun shine on it. We waited three minutes.

We could not believe our eyes at our pictures. How exciting and amazing to see our leaf design as we removed the glass and leaves off the paper.


We had lunch and took a hike as we talked about the leaves and trees we learned. Last thing we did was take leaves and placed them on laminating paper. Mrs. Williams uses a laminating machine to preserve our leaf design.


"Thank you Ms. Frischmann, Mrs. Williams, and the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon for letting us experience the wonders of the sun, trees and nature. What a marvelous day in Portal."

Students comments:

  • Olivia: "I learned about all the different types of trees.
  • I got to see bear scat and the acorns in it.
  • When asked if people should come to Portal and see what she did, Olivia said "Yes! Portal is fun, pretty and you can learn about the birds."
  • Evalynn: "sometimes the heat evaporates the water in the creek and we can't see it but it is still running underground. The water will come up in different places in the creek."
  • Eli: "I learned what hawks sound like, what bear scat looked like, and what a coatimundi is. I discovered an acorn and a berry. These items are food for squirrels, bears, chipmunks, birds and coatimundis."

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FOCCC Plans for 2018

Visitor Information Center -Now operated by FOCCC

* Lead Interpretive walks

* Have bi-weekly activities at the VIC: education, birding, photography and more

* Educational outreach to schools - students are brought to experience the forest, mountains and creatures. We will provide experts in many different fields to open their minds to the real world.

* Improve South Fork trail

* Improve the Nature trail and also provide a guide designating the differentfauna

* Supporting the Forest Service in numerous projects and funding. We are contributing $1700 to fix the well and pump so there will be water at the campgrounds.

* New Project: FOCCC will be providing a porta potty at the end of South Fork Rd. from March 15 - Sept. 15. Also, one will be placed at the John Hands area during the holidays. If people that use these facilities make a donation, we may be able to continue providing the service. The cost for the six months is $1350 for rental and periodic cleaning.

Willow Tank

* Continue the rejuvenation project

* Raise the island to provide better nesting habitat

* Eliminate bull frogs

* Possibly introduce leopard frog

* Provide shade covering

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Here's The VIC!


The Cave Creek Canyon

Visitor Information Center was

built in 1924.


In 2017, visitation at the Center almost doubled from 2017, with over 8000 people came to the VIC. Our many volunteers donated over 3000 hours during 2017.


Over the decades the walkways have deteriorated extensively and were quite dangerous. Additionally, the paths and the walkways are not handicapped accessible and need to be raised with a hard surface applied.


VIC BY SWW 11-2017


Howard Topoff 2011