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Home School: Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Did you know owls can fly without being detected? Can owls hear mice and other rodents that are underground? How big do owls get and what do they eat? Do you know the difference between owl poo from owl pellets? If you would like to know all the answers to these questions and more, then this 3-part series class is for you. The first series we’ll explore the natural history of owls. The second series we’ll learn why owl pellets are important to science through the dissection. Then the final series we’ll be able to reconstruct a rodent skeleton and ID it. It’s recommended to attend each class though it’s not mandatory. Join Ranger Tish for this fun and informative class. Meet in the Nature Center. **Ages 8-up. **Class limited to 15

Date: 3/5/2014
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: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: Ranger Tish TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
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: 3/5/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Rock Art of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 5 Wednesday 9:00 am Rock Art of Spur Cross (moderate) The petroglyphs found in Spur Cross were created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people. Come and walk in their footsteps as we visit a few of the more impressive sites in the park during this two-hour hike. No dogs on this hike please.

Date: 3/5/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 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
 
Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join us on this 1/2 walk to learn about desert plants and their relationships with one another. The discussion is science-based and may not interest young children. PLease meet at Area 4.

Date: 3/5/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Speaker: park volunteer
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Area 4
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
All About Wolves - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are there wolves in Arizona? If so, where? How dangerous are they? How do they survive and thrive in the wild? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about wolves, 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 carnivorous canines. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/5/2014
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: 3/5/2014
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