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<January 2014>

Thursday Morning Fitness Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Want to get in shape and stay in shape? Want to meet others who want to do the same? Join us for this fun 2-3 mile moderate-pace hike through our scenic desert. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Staging Area.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Winter Fitness Hikes! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
The “New Year” has arrived and we’re going to help you with your “fitness resolutions”! We will be hiking a variety of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, so lace ‘em up and meet us at the Nature Center to get started! Bring plenty of water! Contact Ranger Mark for more information at: Watch the park’s website for more information, updates or changes, prior to the event.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Ranger Mark -
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
Birding Meetup - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in meeting other birders and heading out together in search of birds? Come to Usery Park for a birding adventure with like-minded people. Please bring binoculars, water, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Staging Area.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids (including parents and caregivers) will learn about our desert through a fun story, game, and a short nature walk. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program as we have three shaded playgrounds in our park. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Mobile Phone Photography Workshop– McDowell Mtn Regional Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Most of the photos that get posted to McDowell Mountain Park’s Facebook page were taken on Ranger Amy’s iPhone. It’s amazing what you can capture with the camera you are already carrying around in your pocket. Learn how to make the most of your megapixels with just a few lessons in composition and style. And what better setting to learn photographic technique than in a beautiful natural park setting! Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress appropriately, and bring a smartphone with photo-taking abilities and the photo application(s) of your choice for this hands-on workshop. Meet at the North Trail.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy Burnett
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
Tales of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join Storyteller Dr. Joyce Story to hear interesting and entertaining desert tales, inspired by Native American legends. This great famile event, held in the Nature Center classroom, will give you a new appreciation for the desert and its inhabitants, both past and present.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Dr. Joyce Story
Registration Required: No    
Fee: free
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
Ride with the Ranger on a Horse- San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the San Tan Mountains as you navigate the park atop your trusty steed. Our ranger and the professionals from MD Ranch will guide you through the Sonoran Desert on a trail ride you will never forget. Learn about the plants and animals that call San Tan home, and grab your cowboy hat for this exciting ride through the park. Horses must be reserved ahead of time through MD Ranch at (480)331-7893. Spots are limited. Trail rides are available any time. Call to set up your own personalized horseback adventure.

Date: 1/23/2014
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: Ranger Tish
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ