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Backyard Birding with Rose! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Have you always wondered what bird is making that pretty sound in the morning or which one is building all those nests around your home? Join us and discover these birds and more as we have them come and visit US! Bring your favorite coffee cup and we will supply the coffee as we watch the native birds of Cave Creek Regional Park. Explore the endless possibilities of backyard birding and learn how to attract different birds to your own backyard and what you must provide to your feathered friends. Please bring binoculars, water and coffee mug. Some binoculars and bird books will be on hand for use. Meet at the Nature Center Amphitheater.

Date: 12/11/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    
Speaker: Rose Storck
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
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
December 11 Wednesday 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: 12/11/2013
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
 
Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind- McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Ever touched a snake? Join Ranger Amy for an up close and personal look at what makes these cold-blooded creatures so fascinating. Touch J.J. the gopher snake and meet 'Elvis' the uh...King...Snake. Bring the family, your camera, and your curiosity. This all-ages program will be indoors at our Nature Center.

Date: 12/11/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 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
Introduction to Desert Plants - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join park host, Sandy Hornbaker, for this informative introduction to our Sonoran Desert plants. This quarter-mile stroll along a scenic trail will introduce you to some of the more common plants found in this area. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 12/11/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Polliwogin’ Storytime - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Storytime is geared towards our youngest nature enthusiasts (ages 2 – 6)! Join Rose for a themed program set around a children's book. Activities will follow and may include live animals, songs, crafts, a short hike and/or games. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet in the Nature Center.

Date: 12/11/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Speaker: Rose Storck
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
All About Bison - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Is a bison and a buffalo really the same animal? How close were they to extinction? How dangerous are they? Where do they live in the southwest? How do they survive and thrive? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about bison, 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 majestic mammals. Location: Nature Center

Date: 12/11/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Monsoon Mayhem - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Monsoons in Arizona? What are they? What causes them? How can we prepare for and stay safe during monsoons? This slide show presentation by PaulCatanzarati, Community Outreach Coordinator from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, will educate us about these weather events and teach us how we can protect ourselves and our community. Location: Nature Center

Date: 12/11/2013
Time: 1:00 PM    
Speaker: Paul Catanzarati - Maricopa County Environmental Services
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov