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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: 1/9/2014
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: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov. Watch the park’s website for more information, updates or changes, prior to the event.

Date: 1/9/2014
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 - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
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: 1/9/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6 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 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
**CANCELLED - An Introduction to the Desert - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join park volunteer Aleta Knight, a retired National Park Service Ranger, to learn about some fascinating things you might not know about the desert, especially if you are new to the area. Aleta will also discuss how to enjoy the desert safely. The program begins in the Nature Center classroom and will also include some outside time.

Date: 1/9/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Aleta Knight
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
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: 1/9/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
CANCELLED - Gila River Nature Walk & Cleanup - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
**This program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.** This outdoor adventure will take us along the bank of the Gila River. Our primary mission will be to pick up evidence that other people have left behind We will provide the materials to clean up. We will meet at the Nature Center (then re-locate to the trailhead). Please RSVP so we have enough supplies available.

Date: 1/9/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    Duration: up to 2 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Park Nature Center
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Quail Trail Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join the Ranger on a hike on the newest trail in the park, the Quail Trail. Aptly named, we will look for Gambel’s quail and other desert critters as we set off on this 2-mile out and back hike. This is a great walk for out of town visitors and/or beginner hikers. Meet at the Nature Center. *Please note - this hike will be offered instead of the Gila River Nature Walk & Cleanup, which had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Date: 1/9/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
 
"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: 1/9/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Program CANCELLED - Brown Bag Historic Pemberton Ranch Hike - McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Brown Bag Historic Pemberton Ranch Hike- Hike begins at the Trailhead Staging area. Join Ranger Amy on an interpretive hike to historic Pemberton Ranch. Children should have some previous hiking experience, as hiking time is 2 1/2 hours, and 3 miles. Bring a bag lunch for a picnic out at the ranch site, and of course, plenty of water and sturdy shoes for the hike. No pets please.

Date: 1/9/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy Burnett
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