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Fridays Fitness Hike - *STRENUOUS* -Sonoran Trail- (Meet @ end Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Today's hike is *STRENUOUS*. For experienced hikers only. Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park- ALL Fridays Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. We build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water. Meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead-- at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, in Fountain Hills (outside of park), for this strenuous hike on the Sonoran Trail.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours
Speaker: Volunteer Kevin Buettner
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2 walk-in fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Friday Fitness Series #5
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
January 31 Friday 9:00 am Friday Fitness Series #5 (moderate) Join us for this fifth of a series of Friday walks in January which will get progressively more difficult each week. This fifth & final walk will a combination of the Metate, Tortuga, and Dragonfly loops for a total of about 5.3 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park***CANCELLED***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested about getting into bird watching but don’t know where to start? Want to know which bird is which and how to spot them? Join bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, for this introduction to bird watching as she guides you on a quarter-mile stroll along our Desert Hawk Trail. Bring binoculars if you have them, otherwise, Sandy has some to loan. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Beginning Desert Hiking - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in learning how to hike in the desert? This easy hike on a level one-mile scenic trail will introduce you to the fun world of desert hiking! Park hosts, Mark and Lynn, will cover what to carry, what to wear, and how to hike safely in the desert. Location: Area 6.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Ranger Guided Park Knowledge Short Walks - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Walk with the ranger as he guides you along a short trail to points of interest. You will learn all kinds of things about the park as you enjoy the beauty of the lake. This short hike is also available as a self-guided hike from the visitor center or you can join the park ranger either at 11AM or at 1PM.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour / less than a 1/4 mile
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Lake Pleasant Contact Station 928-501-1710
Location: Lake Pleasant Visitor Center
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
The Ancients of the Valley - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Who were the ancient inhabitants that lived here before us? How did they survive and thrive in this desert environment? Where did they go? Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares some insights on the ancient people who once walked this land. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
There's a Rattlesnake on my Doorstep!- LIVE Rattlesnake Program – Indoor Program- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Life in the desert means living with rattlesnakes. What do you do if you find one on your patio, or in your home? We will have live rattlesnakes on hand for viewing...behind glass. Bring the kids to learn about how to live in an environment with venomous creatures. Program takes place in our Visitor Center.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
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.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat its dinner? Join us at the Nature Center to watch park staff feed our resident creatures, including rattlesnakes, scorpions, a gila monster, and a tarantula.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM    
Speaker: park staff
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
Citizen Scientist - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Have you ever wanted to participate in “field work”, collecting data, taking samples, photographing specimens, and more, but you weren’t sure how to go about it? Want to share nature with your kids in a meaningful way? Bring your kids to the Nature Center to learn the basics followed by an outdoor excursion to apply what we have learned. Fun for all ages! Bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and a camera. Contact Ranger Mark for more information at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov Watch the park’s website for more information, updates or changes, prior to the event.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 5:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
Contact: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
All About Packrats - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
We think of human pack rats as people who fill their houses with mountains of things that to them are treasures and to others are garbage and junk. But did you know we have a Sonoran desert rodent equivalent? They look like hamsters with tall round ears and adorably huge black eyes with a taste for anything that’s bling. Pack rats have a penchant for collecting odd bits of shiny or brightly colored objects for their nests. Join Ranger Tish for this 1-hour program as we explore the odd collections of desert pack rats. Meet in the Nature Center.

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 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 - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
We are the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide. Help Ranger Tish find us if you can! If you would like to learn about us and enjoy a night walk in the desert, then join Ranger Tish as she takes you on this exciting 1.3-mile hike along the Littleleaf/Goldmine Trail Trail. Please bring water, a flashlight, and closed-toe shoes. Meet under flagpole. No pets, please..

Date: 1/31/2014
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: Ranger Tish TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242