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San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join us again for another exciting mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. Most group rides are comprised of riders from various skill and fitness levels and ages, but we all share the common interest of riding mountain bikes. “No Rider Left Behind” is our policy, because we ride together in groups based upon your riding levels. This is your opportunity to be around others who are passionate about mountain biking as a sport to have fun. We offer help when needed so you can gain new skills and confidence while on the trails. Come out and enjoy the great views of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the quiet get away from the everyday noise. This is a great way to get some exercise, have fun and meet some awesome people. A helmet is required for safety reasons. Please, bring plenty of water, an extra inner tube and two sources of light if it’s a night ride. Meet at the main trailhead area west of the Visitor Center.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 6:30 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Main trailhead area west of Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Early Bird Walk and Program - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join birder Joe Ford from the Sonoran Audubon Society on an early morning bird walk along the Mule Deer trail. The walk will be followed by a short classroom program on Ravens and Corvids. Join Joe for the walk, the program, or both. The bird walk will begin at 8:00 am, and the classroom program begins at 10:00 am. Binoculars may be available to borrow. Bring your bird book if you have one. Please meet for the walk in front of the Library/Nature Center. No dogs, please.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Joe Ford, Sonoran Audubon Society
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mtn. Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
October 4 Saturday 9:00 am Ruins of Spur Cross (moderate) Join us for this 2.5 mile hike that will introduce you to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture as we trek on up to one of their mesa-top compounds. Bring plenty of water.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 2.5 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
 
Wag 'n' Walk Dog Adoption Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Don’t have a dog? No problem! Maricopa County’s Animal Care & Control and Parks and Recreation Departments have united to bring you this program. You can “test drive” potential canine hiking partners to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs, while learning about trail etiquette and safety. Owned, friendly, leashed dogs that are at least six months old and current on their vaccinations are welcome to join this one-mile trek on our scenic, groomed, Merkle Trail. Please bring water, closed-toe shoes, and an open heart for a possible new best friend, or two. This program will be held on the first Saturday of each month, from October through April. Location: Area 6.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
In this episode of Desert Denizens we will learn about “Scorpions”! All ages welcome! Meet in the air-conditioned splendor of the Nature Center!

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
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
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Come see our collection of cool and creapy carnivores consume their prey! Snakes swallow their prey, whole. Scorpions don’t. So how do they eat? You can find out, here in the Nature Center!

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
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
Reptile Feeding - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Join the staff for an afternoon break and see how our cold-blooded residents eat their monthly meals! Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Come learn about the important role these creatures play in our dynamic food web. Feeding takes place at the Visitor Center.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    Duration: about a half hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ  
85268
Desert Hiking Tips - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Whether you are new or not to the desert you might want to take home a few tips. The Ranger will show and tell about a number of issues that might impact your visit to the desert.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger, 602-372-7470 x 211
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
Reptile Feeding - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Reptiles, such as lizards and snakes, do not use forks and knives to help them eat their meals. Instead, they come with other tools that get the job done. Bring your questions and join our staff to see how our cold-blooded residents eat their meals for yourself! Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Come learn about the important roles these creatures play in our dynamic food web. Feeding takes place inside the Nature Center.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: 6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet inside Nature Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
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! We will use our Powers of Observation to listen for animals as well as locate the clues animals leave behind in the desert. Please bring water, a flashlight, and wear closed-toed shoes. No pets, please. Meet at the Flag Pole.

Date: 10/4/2014
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the flag pole
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142