Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM)13th Annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will take place at the City of Palm Desert Civic Center Park, located at the corner of Fred Waring and San Pablo. The festival celebrates wellness, recreation and the outdoors where visitors can learn more about the Coachella Valley’s desert flora. There will be a variety of fun and educational activities taking place at the festival.

As a City of Palm Desert First Weekend featured activity for March, this event is free to attend and features local artists and their beautiful work, vendors, exhibitors, and live music. There will be a 5K Walk/Run to kick off the festival, an interactive kids’ zone including a climbing wall, as well as a PD Safety Fair, and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be a beer and wine garden for adults to enjoy.

With raffles and silent auction items, funds raised will help to support FODM’s work in protecting and preserving the area’s land resources. FODM connects people to the land. With volunteer and donor support, FODM provides opportunities for valley residents and visitors alike to enjoy and sustain the rugged, natural beauty of the National Monument and Coachella Valley. Programs include guided hikes, adult and youth education, citizen science, trail maintenance, weed removal, and conservation.

The week prior to the Wildflower Festival there will be a 5K Trail Run at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument on Saturday, February 29. Registration for the run begins at 7:30 a.m., with the run starting at 8:00 a.m. Donations are requested and with a $30 donation runners receive a commemorative T-shirt. RSVP to https://www.desertmountains.org/calendar/2020wf-trail5k.

To learn more about the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival visit www.DesertMountains.org. For sponsorship opportunities and vendor participation call 760-568-9918.

 Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the area’s conservation land resources. The Friends’ mission is to preserve land, support education, conservation and research in the Coachella Valley, and to act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The organization has protected over 60,000 acres of conservation land. For more information, call (760) 568-9918.

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