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Desert Birdwalk to Nursery Tank Pond- ADA Accessible- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Desert Birdwalk to Nursery Tank Pond. Bring your binocs and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds! We’ll look for winter sparrows, phainopeplas (often called ‘black cardinals’) and signs of our resident owls on this level, easy walk. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    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
Eco Tour - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Who ate all of the plants in my front yard? And what is that tall spiky thing shooting out of the ground? If it’s your first time to the desert, or you are curious about the creatures and plants that call this area home then join Ranger Adam as we explore the Sonoran Desert’s unique sights, sounds and smell on the Littleleaf Trail. The hike will be approximately 1.3-miles, round trip, at a relatively mild or slow pace. Please wear proper hiking attire and bring plenty of water.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Progressive Fitness Hike #4 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Want to increase your fitness level and also enjoy the outdoors? Hit the trails with us for a fun way to get back in shape! During this hike series, each hike will increase in length and difficulty in order to help you prepare for the grand finale hike – the 7.5-mile loop trail around Pass Mountain! This is a great way to get in shape and to hike many different trails in Usery Park at the same time. This hike series will take place every Saturday at 8am through December 9. This fourth hike of the series will be approximately 5.5 miles. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Trail Staging Area. Note: Participation in the 4th or 5th hike in this series is required to do the final hike.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How do you tell one brown bird from the next, and what are the first three items to look for as the little rascal flits off? Are you already a novice but interested in keeping a yearly, state or country bird list? Bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, will talk about bird habitat, behavior, range, etc. as we go in search of the native birds in this area. Please bring binoculars, water, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Ride with the Ranger- Mountain Bikes - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Are you new to mountain biking? Are you looking for a group to go riding with? Or do you just like playing in the dirt? Either way we have the perfect opportunity for you. Join Ranger Adam as we hit the trails and explore the outdoors by bike on the Stargazer Trail (roughly 2.2-miles round trip). On the way we will talk about proper trail etiquette, bike equipment, types of bikes, riding techniques, safety and more. Please bring plenty of water, your bike, and helmet.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat? Bring your questions for Ranger Amy to our toasty Visitor Center to watch our exhibit animals being fed. Meet our baby tortoises, desert blonde tarantula and giant desert hairy scorpion. Feeding takes place at the Visitor Center.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 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.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
Venomous Creatures of the Sonoran Desert
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the White Tank Park Nature Center and see what lives in the deserts, your yard, your garage and sometimes in your house. Learn about the habits, myths and dangers of some of these residents. Charge is $6.00. This will get you a pass to get into the Park after the program.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00/person or $6.00 Park entry fee
 
Location: Nature Center
 
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join park host, Sandy Hornbaker, for a late afternoon sojourn through our campground and nature trail on a quest to spot desert wildlife and plants. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, but bring binoculars, your afternoon tea, and a little patience. Be prepared to walk one to two miles. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 4:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
All About Bald Eagles - Evening "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Where do bald eagles live around here? Why are they the national symbol of America? How do they survive and thrive in the wild? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about bald eagles, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares some amazing facts about these beautiful birds. Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7pm. Then join our “Animal Flashlight Walk” at 7:30pm at no extra cost! Location: Nature Center.

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
We are the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide. Help Ranger B find us if you can! If you would like to learn about us and enjoy a night walk in the desert, then join Ranger B as he takes you on this exciting 1-mile/1-hour walk along the Merkle Trail. The Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, a flashlight, and closed-toe shoes. No pets, please. Location: Area 6. Join our “Desert Mythbusters ” program inside our Nature Center at 6pm, and our snake feeding at 7pm at no extra cost!

Date: 11/24/2012
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car