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Competitive Track will be CLOSED - Friday and Saturday
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The park is hosting a special event on the Competitive track. The track will be closed for set up on Friday and Closed for competition on Saturday. The parking lot and tracks will reopen on Sunday, March 31st.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: A
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85268
"Like" to Hike - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Estrella Mountain Park
Impress your friends! Update your status with pictures from your morning hike. Join Ranger Amy for this morning hike and see how many things there are to “like” about Estrella Park! This hike will be approximately 4-miles. There will be plenty of opportunity to stop for pictures so you can “share” with your friends! Please make sure to bring a camera, plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the Rainbow Trailhead.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: 623-932-3811 x202
Location: Rainbow Trailhead - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
"Scrambled EGGstravaganza" Crafts and Games- San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Rascal the Rabbit is up to his usual tricks and hidden some EGGStravagant treats inside the San Tan Visitor Center. In order to receive his EGGSeptional goodies, you must locate secret clues he left along the Interpretive Trail(roughly one quarter-mile round-trip). Check in at the Visitor Center to receive a special map to help you locate Rascal’s treasure. Stay after for some fun craft activities. Supplies are limited. Activity available between 9a.m. and 12p.m.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 3 hours (available between 9a.m. and 12p.m.)
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://maricopa.gov/parks/santan
Contact: (480) 655-5554 ext.201
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 30 Saturday 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: 3/30/2013
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 kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Find the Naturalist on the Pipeline Canyon Trail - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come on out and hike the Pipeline Canyon Trail at Lake Pleasant and see if you can find Frank the Naturalist. Frank loves to answer questions about the desert and surrounding areas. Frank will be on the trail from 10AM to 11:30AM.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
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 at South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right to park, drive to South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
Peoria, AZ  
Wildlife 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 wildlife safari as we sneak to the secret places where the park’s wildlife is often seen. Feel free to bring your camera and binoculars. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat? Bring your questions for Ranger Amy to our toasty Visitor Center to watch our exhibit animals being fed. Meet our baby tortoises, desert blonde tarantula and giant desert hairy scorpion. Feeding takes place at the Visitor Center.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
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.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
Scrambled EGGstravaganza - Egg Hunt - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Rascal the Rabbit has hidden eggs at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Help Ranger Adam collect all of Rascal's eggs to receive special goodies. Supplies are limited. Chick egg hunt (for youth ages 4 and under) begins at 11 a.m. Bunny egg hunt (for youth between the ages of 5 & 10) begins at 11:20 a.m. Jackrabbit egg hunt (for youth ages 11 & up) begins at 11:40 a.m.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: Egg Hunt available at various times starting at 11 a.m.
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 Parking Compound
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Las Tortugas! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Did that "rock" just move? Maybe. More than just a lizard with a shell, for sure! Join Ranger Mark at the Nature Center for a discussion about these adorable denizens of the desert. Yes, they are kinda cool.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center in the Classroom
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
New to Arizona? - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are you new to Arizona? Are you curious about cactus and scared of snakes? If so, join us for an introductory experience to the Sonoran Desert. After a question-and-answer session, we will take an enjoyable quarter-mile walk on our scenic Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 2:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Ssscorpions! - Cave Creek regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
They’re creepy! They’re crawly! They’re crunchy! Wait. What? Come out to the Nature Center and join Ranger Mark as he talks about these durable desert denizens. Are they poisonous? Do they really glow in the dark? Can they eat my dog? Find the answers to these questions and more. My dog, really? Hmmmmm.

Date: 3/30/2013
Time: 2:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov 623-465-0431 ext. 202
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331