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Exploring Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
January 29 Wednesday 9:00 am Exploring Spur Cross (easy) Join park docent Tammy Teegardin for a 2-hour introductory exploration of Spur Cross. From its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle, we explore the wonders of Spur Cross.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Tammy Teegardin, park docent
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Backyard Birding - Usery Park***CANCELLED***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Do you drink coffee on your back porch Saturday mornings wondering about the names of the little birds flittering about? Bring your coffee to Usery Park and explore the endless possibilities of backyard birding with bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker. Learn how to attract different birds to your own backyard and what you must provide to your feathered friends. Ask Sandy what your responsibilities are as a backyard birdwatcher and what you can expect. Please bring binoculars and water. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How have people survived off the land for thousands of years? Which desert plants are edible and when are they edible? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about desert edibles, then this walk is for you! Join Ranger B on this quarter-mile stroll along the Desert Hawk Trail as he shares some useful facts about our edible desert plants. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Designed for the Desert - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join Ranger Jessica in the nature Center classroom for a presentation about Sonoran Desert animals and their amazing adaptations. You will also have the opportunity to view some of our resident creatures at the Nature Center.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Jessica
Registration Required: No    
Fee: free
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park Nature Center
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Welcome to the "Wild West - an introduction to the Sonoran Desert"
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
We in Arizona have bragging rights that we live in the ‘wild west’, with cactus that ‘jump’, and snakes that rattle. But how ‘dangerous’ is the desert, really? Join Ranger Amy for a “hands-on” introduction to the unique flora and fauna that make up this place we call the Sonoran Desert. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
Plants versus Desert - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
When extreme heat persist s in the Sonoran desert, how do plants protect themselves? And when drought conditions continue, how do they acquire and conserve water? In general, how do the plants of the Sonoran desert survive and thrive in such a harsh environment? Join Ranger Tish on the Littleleaf Trail to find out how our plants have adapted to the challenges of the desert climate. Meet at Littleleaf Trailhead.

Date: 1/29/2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: Ranger Tish TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242