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<February 2014>

Exploring Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
February 19 Wednesday 9:00 am Exploring Spur Cross (easy) Join park ranger Kevin Smith for a 2-hour introductory exploration of Spur Cross. From its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle, we explore the wonders of Spur Cross.

Date: 2/19/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 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
Home School Program: Animal CSI: - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
The case is solved. You know what animal walked in the mud. You discovered an herbivore skull in the wash and you found fur belonging to a mule deer. But do you think you have what it takes to ID an animal based on a game of 20-questions? And can you stalk your subject without being detected? Let’s find out. Join Ranger Tish as we finish this 4 part series with a few games that are sure to test your CSI skills. Attendance to prior program not required. Indoor/outdoor. Weather permitting. Meet inside the Visitor Center.

Date: 2/19/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: Ranger Tish
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
Meandering the Merkle - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
You never know what you’re going to find out in our desert! Join desert afficionado, Susan Peters, on this 1-mile/1-hour stroll along the Merkle Trail in search of desert plants, animals, and whatever else interests you. The Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring your questions, a bottle of water, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 2/19/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Wonderful Wildflower Walk - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join us on this 1 1/2 mile walk to explore the Bajada Trail and learn about some of the wonderful wildflowers found at White Tank. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty of the Sonoran desert! Please meet at Area 2.

Date: 2/19/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Speaker: park volunteer Cindy Smith
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Area 2
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
Ride with the Ranger - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join Ranger Amy and Corral West Horse Adventures as we introduce you to the amazing wonders of Estrella Mountain Regional Park and the Sonoran Desert on horseback. This will be a one-hour trail ride. $6 vehicle entry fee plus standard horse rental fees apply. Registration is required for the fee based program. Please call 623-882-3808 to sign up.

Date: 2/19/2014
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee, plus standard horse rental fees
Contact: Corral West Stables 623-882-3808