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Thursday Morning Fitness Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Want to get in shape and stay in shape? Want to meet others who want to do the same? Join us for this fun 2-3 mile moderate-pace hike through our scenic desert. Please bring water. Location: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
9a.m. - Exploring Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Are you up for an adventure? If so, join our new Park Ranger as she sets off to explore the park. Please plan for a moderate hike of at least 5-miles. This exploratory mission will focus on exploring our surroundings, so be prepared to be spontaneous. Please make sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, and wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the Coldwater Trailhead.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: approximately 3-4 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Location: Coldwater Trailhead
 
Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
This is the best place to get going on your New Year's fitness resolution! Who needs a gym membership when you can reap the same benefits in the beautiful outdoors? See how fun exercise can be out in the scenic setting of Cave Creek Regional Park. All levels of fitness are welcome. We will set a moderate, steady pace, based on the fitness level of participants. Beginners are welcome. We will hike about a 3.5 miles in a different part of the park each week. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
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 Parkway85331
CANCELED due to soft trails-Wildflower Discovery Walks- North Trail– McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
CANCELED due to soft trails. *Update* 2/16: There aren't a lot of flowers blooming yet -- we will find them, but this week may be more of a 'flower scavenger hunt'! Join Ranger Amy to identify the gorgeous desert flowers that are blooming in the desert. Every week, different species will appear as the wildflower season unfolds—it is always a surprise what we find! Call the park for updates. Be sure to bring your camera! Every week will be a new location in the park, based on where the prime blooms are, that week. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy Burnett
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
Thursday 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: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and grandparents with small children, ages 3 – 6 years. Using their senses, kids will discover lots of cool things about the plants and animals that call our desert “home.” We will explore the desert along the scenic Merkle Trail. The hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Adult Only Moonlight at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Enjoy the moonlight and the desert night in winter on a hike along the Waterfall Trail. We are doing ½ moon because the full moon does not come up until quite late this month. This is a two mile walk. Meet at Area 6 at 7:00 pm. Children under 15 can come to the family hike on the 22nd. No dogs please. Dress warm.

Date: 2/21/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
Location: Area 6