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<March 2013>

Backyard Birding - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Do you drink coffee on your back porch Saturday mornings wondering about the names of the little birds flittering about? Bring your coffee to Usery Park and explore the endless possibilities of backyard birding with bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker. Learn how to attract different birds to your own backyard and what you must provide to your feathered friends. Ask Sandy what your responsibilities are as a backyard birdwatcher and what you can expect. Please bring binoculars and water. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross**CANCELLED**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 8 Friday 9:00 am Exploring the Dragonfly Trail (moderate) Come along with park ranger Kevin Smith on this exploration of the newest trail in the Spur Cross trail system, the Dragonfly Trail. On this moderate 3.5 mile hike we will visit a prehistoric rock art site and also stroll along a beautiful section of riparian habitat on Cave Creek. (THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FORECAST HEAVY RAINS, MUDDY TRAILS, AND POSSIBLE CREEK FLOODING)

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 3 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
"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: 3/8/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
CANCELLED- Welcome to the "Wild West - an introduction to the Sonoran Desert"
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
We in Arizona have bragging rights that we live in the ‘wild west’, with cactus that ‘jump’, and snakes that rattle. But how ‘dangerous’ is the desert, really? Join Ranger Amy for a “hands-on” introduction to the unique flora and fauna that make up this place we call the Sonoran Desert. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***Fireside with the Ranger - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***Join Ranger Mark at the Nature Center for a "Fireside" chat. He will provide the "fire" and answer your questions about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. We'll listen for owls, bats and coyotes and maybe even "call" back to them! Bring your marshmallows and hotdogs, (don't forget a stick to roast them on). Be sure to ask him about his adventure to North Carolina! Hmmm.

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Ranger Mark -
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
All About Black Bears - "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How dangerous are black bears? What should you do if you encounter one? Where do they live in Arizona? 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 black bears, 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 brawny bruins. Location: Nature Center. Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7pm. Then join our “Animal Flashlight Walk” at 7:30pm at no extra cost! Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Sunset Mutt Strut - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Strut your mutt on a soothing 2.2-mile sunset walk along the Stargazer trail. Allow your four-legged friend to enjoy the sights and smells of the desert as we wind through the beautiful Sonoran Desert as the sun disappears behind the mountains. A friendly social event for dogs and the people who love them.

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Duration: 1 hr
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
RESCHEDULED -Hayride and Cowboy Campfire at White Tank Park - RESCHEDULED
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER! RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15TH. This is one of our premier events at the Park. We will synch up the F 150 horses and give you a ride around part of the Waterfall Canyon Road Loop and then provide you with a campfire and some cowboy music, not to mention the hot chocolate, tea and marshmallows by the fire. Parking is restricted so you may have to walk or be shuttled from the Horse Staging lot. Dress warm. Bring some marshmallow roasting sticks and your singing voice. Area 4.

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park Staff
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
Location: Area 4
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
We are the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide. Help Ranger B find us if you can! If you would like to learn about us and enjoy a night walk in the desert, then join Ranger B as he takes you on this exciting 1-mile/1-hour walk along the Merkle Trail. The Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, a flashlight, and closed-toe shoes. No pets, please. Location: Area 6. Join our “All About Black Bears” program inside our Nature Center at 6pm, and our snake feeding at 7pm at no extra cost!***CANCELLED***Indoor black bear program still on!!

Date: 3/8/2013
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car