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Progressive Fitness Hike #6 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Today is the day you have been training for! This is the grand finale hike of our 6-week hike series – the culmination of five previous hikes that have prepared us for this 7.5 mile loop around Pass Mountain. Please bring ample water, snacks, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Staging Area. Note: Participation in the 4th or 5th hike in this series was required to do this final hike. Please be aware that this hike involves elevation changes, uneven terrain, and a moderate pace. Participants are expected to stay with the group.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 7:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon Society - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable guides from the Sonoran Audubon Society for an easy walk to discover the bird life of Estrella Park! When you think about it, everyone is a bird watcher- it's just more fun to know what you are looking at! Meet at the Nature Center. (Rain cancels event)

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 8:00 AM    Duration: about 2 hours
Speaker: Sonoran Audubon Society Guides
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Crazy 8's Fitness Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
This 8-mile hike will take the Butterfield, Gadsen, and Toothaker trails. Meet your hiking guide, Sandy, at the Nature Center, then re-locate to the trailhead. If you love to hike, you'd be crazy to not join in on this hike! Make sure to bring plenty of water and some snacks for the trail, and appropriate hiking attire.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 8:00 AM    Duration: ?
Speaker: Led by Sandy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 8 Saturday 8:00 am Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike (strenuous) Join us for a 7 mile / 5 hour roundtrip trek into the backcountry to one of the premier archaeological sites in the conservation area. Participants need to be in good condition and familiar with what hiking on primitive trails for this distance entails. Participants must bring at least one liter of water. We recommend you have a hat, & dress in layers. No dogs on this hike please.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 5 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
 
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join us again for another exciting mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. Most group rides are comprised of riders from all various skill levels, ages and fitness levels, but we all share the common interest of riding mountain bikes. “No Rider Left Behind” is our policy, because we ride together in groups based upon your riding levels. This is your opportunity to be around others who are passionate about mountain biking as a sport to have fun. We offer help when needed so you can gain new skills and confidence while on the trails. Come out and enjoy the great views of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the quiet get away from the everyday noise. This is a great way to get some exercise, have fun and meet some awesome people. Also feel free to join the San Tan Shredders group at www.meetup.com and sign up for other posted rides within the San Tan park. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water, an extra inner tube and 2 sources of light if this happens to be a night ride. Meet under flagpole.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Guest Speaker
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: 480-655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Flag Pole
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Archery 202 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
For those who completed our “Archery 101” class, this class will take you to the next level! Participants will learn about field target archery, discover how to improve their accuracy, and enjoy some friendly competition. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be graduates of our “Archery 101” class. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range. 9 AM - 11 AM. No registration – just show up and have some fun!

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Detectives of the Past - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
How do archaeologists know what they know about the past? Join Ranger Jessica, a former archaeologist, to find out! Learn about the science of archaeology and what it can tell us about the various cultures that have called the White Tank area home. This special Arizona Archaeology Month program will be presented in the Nature Center classroom.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Jessica
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Nature Center classroom
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Snowbirds' Introduction to the Desert- North Trail- McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Are you a 'snowbird' who's looking to learn more about your winter home? Are desert animals really as dangerous as the media (and your Minnesotan neighbors) make them out to be? If you're stranded in the desert, can you get water from a cactus? Join Ranger Amy for a 'hands-on' mythbusting guided walk on the unique flora and fauna that make up this place you call your second home. Meet a real desert giant hairy scorpion, and finally find out just what lives down in those mysterious desert holes. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 3/8/2014
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: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
"Animal Signs" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
“STOP”. “CAUTION”. “DEER CROSSING”. Are these the signs we’re talking about? Of course not. That would be too easy! Besides, critters can’t read! Whether they mean to, or not, animals leave behind signs that we can observe. Meet in the Nature Center to discuss how to observe these signs and we’ll follow that with a short trek into the field where we will apply what we have learned. Bring water and your camera! Contact Ranger Mark for more information at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov Watch the park’s website for more information, updates or changes, prior to the event.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
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
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Name the "Stones" - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
This is a hands on introduction to the identification of rocks within the three major rock groups: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. A general introduction of rock types and importance of texture and composition in determining their origins will be presented, some with a CD tutorial. Specimens will be available to observe, handle, and categorize in the closing review. Meet at the Nature Center for this program by special guest presenter Joe Ford.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    Duration: about an hour
Speaker: Joe Ford
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park Nature Center
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
8538
All About Bald Eagles - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Where do bald eagles live around here? Why are they the national symbol of America? 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 bald eagles, 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 beautiful birds. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Rattlesnakes of Arizona- LIVE Rattlesnake Program – INDOOR Program- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Life in the desert means living with rattlesnakes. Everyone has heard of the Western Diamondback and Mojave Rattlesnake, but what about the other 15 types that call Arizona home? From snow white to pitch black, metallic green to sky blue, and everything in between; rattlesnakes are secretive specialists worth finding out about. Learn about the lesser-known buzztails, why they're each unique, and how to safely share our state with them. Special guest speaker Bryan Hughes of Rattlesnake Solutions will bring several species for viewing up close… behind glass. Bring the kids and your camera! Program takes place in our Visitor Center.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Brian Hughes
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
Wildlife of Arizona Live! Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Stop by the Lake Pleasant Visitor Center between 2PM and 4PM for a look at some live Arizona wildlife, featured by Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and share some interesting facts about the wildlife of Arizona. Come on out and enjoy the scenery and at the same time see come live animals up close.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours - On going
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 Visitor Center
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd. (MP 19), turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
Howlin' Like Coyotes - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
What makes coyotes one of America’s most successful animals? 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 coyotes, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Meet inside our Visitor Center as Ranger Tish shares some amazing facts about these crafty canines.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
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
STARGAZING - Under the First Quarter Moon
Desert Outdoor Center
Join the staff of the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant for the Stargazing Under the First Quarter Moon event on Saturday, March 8th from 6:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. Adults and children alike will enjoy peering through telescopes and learning about constellations, planets, star clusters and nebulas from our astronomy expert, Tony La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone. The presentation begins at 7:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars, telescopes, lawn chairs and blankets for comfort. Food and beverages are available for purchase. The Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant is located at 41402 N. 87th Avenue in Peoria (just east of Lake Pleasant Regional Park). For additional information, please call (602)372-7470 ext. 208.

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2.5 hours
Speaker: Tony LaConte, Stargazing for Everyone
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle for park entry
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc/pdf/2014/First%20Quarter%20Moon%20Stargazing%20Event.pdf
Contact: Adam Melle, 602-372-7470 ext. 208
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N 87th Ave
Peoria, AZ  
85383
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
We are the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide. Help Ranger Tish find us if you can! If you would like to learn about us and enjoy a night walk in the desert, then join Ranger Tish as she takes you on this exciting 1.3-mile hike along the Littleleaf/Goldmine Trail Trail. Please bring water, a flashlight, and closed-toe shoes. Meet under flagpole. No pets, please..

Date: 3/8/2014
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
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