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<March 2014>

Dixie Mine Hidden Petroglyph Hike - meet OUTSIDE of Park - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
This is a rare opportunity to hike to an area with ancient Hohokam petroglyphs. The Dixie Mine area has some fascinating history, and stunning hidden petroglyphs. This area is one of the best kept secrets in the Park. This 5 1/2 mile roundtrip hike has a few steep inclines, but the trail is well-maintained, and the reward is worth it. Bring more water than you think you'll need, and meet at the Golden Eagle trailhead in Fountain Hills. We will park just before the Guard Gate at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, and walk into the park. Call the Park for more detailed directions to the Trailhead.

Date: 3/19/2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 3.5 hrs
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00 per person park entry (walk-in fee).
Contact: Amy Burnett, Interpretive Ranger 480-471-0173
Location: Dixie Mine Trailhead
Northern end of Golden Eagle Blvd. at end of road
Fountain Hills, AZ  
Home School: Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
We are exploring the silent hunters of the night through hands-on learning in this series. Today we will take a look at how owl pellets are clues to the health of the environment through the dissection of a sterilized pellet. Each student will be provided non-latex gloves (dissection is not required) for this activity. We’ll begin to ID various bones, re-construct the skeleton, as we move at a self-directed pace. Join Ranger Tish for this once in a life opportunity. Meet in the Nature Center **Ages 8-up **Class size limited to 15

Date: 3/19/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: Ranger Tish
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 19 Wednesday 9:00 am Wildflower Walk (moderate) Come and see what’s blooming in Spur Cross. This three-hour stroll along the Spur Cross and Tortuga Trails will showcase some of the wildflowers found in the park and explore the beauty of the conservation area.

Date: 3/19/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail
"Just for Kids" - Wild Animal Safari - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
We all love to see wild animals, but where are they hiding this time of year? Join us on this exciting 1.5-mile wild animal safari as we sneak to a secret place where the park’s wildlife is often seen. This program is designed for kids ages 6-12. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Feel free to bring a camera. Location: Families meet at the Trail Staging Area.

Date: 3/19/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Birds, Bees, and Wildflowers - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
That Mother Nature is pretty smart! Come learn how she plans for the next generation of desert splendor! Susan Peters, park volunteer and plant aficionado, will be covering the birds, the bees, and everything you want to know about our desert wildflowers in this one-hour "Brown Bag It" presentation. We'll throw in a bit of plant ID as well, and you'll be ready to hit the trails! Feel free to bring a lunch. Location: Nature Center

Date: 3/19/2014
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
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: 3/19/2014
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