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Horses, Gold and Critters Oh My!- Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Get your boots on and come on out to Cave Creek Trailrides! Get a hands on “Old West” experience within our 3 Exploration Stations, where you will gain knowledge and connect as a group! Station 1 provides a great introduction to the world of horses from anatomy and feeding to cost of ownership and tack! At Station 2 you’ll receive basic riding instruction and be introduced to your own horse for a scenic trail ride through Cave Creek Regional Park. Last, at Station 3 the Ranger will introduce you to the unique critters that call the Sonoran Desert home and you will also get the chance to try your hand at gold panning while learning about the rich mining history of the area. This program is geared towards girl scouts (grades 4-5) earning a Horse Rider or Fan Badge. Advanced registration is required. For more information please contact Deb Bitton at 623-742-6700 or deb@cavecreektrailrides.com

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours
Speaker: Deb Bitton and Ranger Sarah
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee + program fee
 
More Info: http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com
Contact: Deb Bitton at 623-742-6700 or deb@cavecreektrailrides.com
Location: Meet at the Horse Trailrides
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Progressive Fitness Hike #1 - 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 first hike of the series will be approximately 2.5 miles on fairly level terrain. 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: 11/3/2012
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
November 3 Saturday 9:00 am Exploring the Dragonfly Trail (moderate) Come along with park ranger Kevin Smith on this exploration of the newest trail in the Spur Cross trail system, the Dragonfly Trail. On this moderate 3.5 mile hike we will visit a prehistoric rock art site and also stroll along a beautiful section of riparian habitat on Cave Creek.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, park ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Trek Bicycles Demo weekend at McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Trek Bikes is sponsoring the 2012 24hrs of Fury the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. All weekend they will have their new 2013 bikes on display and available for demo rides at McDowell Mountain Regional Park on in the Competitive Track.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM    Duration: 6 hrs a day
Registration Required: No    
Fee: park entry fee of $6.00 per car
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: Competitive Track
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85258
12 & 24-Hours of Fury - Competitive Track
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
In partnership with Trek Bikes, Muscle Milk and McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 4 Peaks Racing is proud to bring you the Valley of the Suns premier endurance mountain bike event - The 12 & 24 Hours of Fury! This event challenges participants to complete loops around the perimeter of one of Arizonas most popular courses: the Competitive Track at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The only rule is a simple one - the most loops in 12 or 24 hours wins all the glory! COURSE The 12 & 24 Hours of Fury course is the perimeter loop of the McDowell Competitive Track, also known as sport-tech-long, the loop is 10 miles long.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 12 or 24 hours of solo and team racing
Speaker: Competitive Event
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.4peaksracing.com/event.php?id=106
Contact: Jeremy Graham @ 24 Hours of Fury
Location: Comp Track, McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive
MMRP, AZ  
85255
Frank Talks About Hiking Around Lake Pleasant and offers Short Hike - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come join naturalist Frank Meyerholtz at the Visitor Ceter and learn about Hiking Around Lake Pleasant. Afterward you can stretch your legs on the Roadrunner Trail, a scenic short hike with Frank. Frank will be leading hikes on the hour until Noon.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour (1.5 mile) for 3 repeated times
Speaker: Naturalist Frank Meyerholtz
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center 623-780-9857
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
Kids' Desert Bingo at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
–– This is a type of hunt where observational skills come into play. With a search card in hand, we will attempt to find plants, animals and geologic items while walking along the Mule Deer Trail. 1 mile hike – flat trail. No dogs please. The whole family can participate in this. Nature Center.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
Location: Nature Center
 
MG Walk
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Funds raised through the MG Walk enable programs of research and support for Myasthenia Gravis. Your efforts make a difference and get us closer to a world without MG. Do you know 20 people you can ask to partner with you in searching for a cure by giving just $10 each? If you think about it, I am sure you do. That's $200 raised and it will get us closer to a cure for MG. register at: www.MGWalk.Org/ArizonaWalk

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 mile or 3 mile walks
Speaker: MG Staff
Registration Required: Yes    
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: Trailhead Staging Area
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85268
The History of the White Tanks
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
This presentation will discuss the colorful history of the area, from 1863 to the present. Historian, Karen Krause, a native of Waddell, Arizona will chronicle the happenings of the mounatins and the area around them.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Karen Krause
Registration Required: No    
 
Location: White Tank Library
 
All About Desert Hiking - "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What are the special challenges that desert hikers face? What are the special things you need to know to make your hikes both safe and enjoyable? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about desert hiking, 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 important hiking tips to help you be a safe and happy hiker. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
It’s time to feed our critters! Come out and see how these fascinating creatures munch on lunch! Meet in the Nature Center for this compelling consumption of calories!

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
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:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Snake Feeding
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
What has no legs, 2 fangs and launches a strike in less than half a second? Come find out as we feed our venomous creatures and snakes in a jaw dropping display of predator meets prey.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    
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 Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Stargazing for Everyone - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Come watch the sky with us under the expert guidance of Tony and Carole La Conte! Come look through telescopes and enjoy a slide presentation under the stars. Learn the names of stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. When visible, view the craters of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. We will have information about the Challenger Learning Center of Arizona. This is truly a fun night out! Come alone or bring your entire family. No pets, please. We encourage you to bring your own binoculars or the family telescope but it is not necessary. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for your comfort. The program lasts about 2 hours and meets at Group Picnic D.

Date: 11/3/2012
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car