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<April 2013>

Fridays Fitness Hike – Wagner Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park- ALL Fridays Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. We build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water. This week's hike starts at the Wagner Trailhead in the Campground loop.

Date: 4/12/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Duration: 2 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.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of, AZ  
Friday Fitness Series #2
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 12 Friday 8:00 am Friday Fitness Series #2 (moderate) Join us for this second of a series of Friday walks in April which progressively get more difficult each week. This second walk will be the Tortuga/Spur Cross loop for a total of about 3.5 miles. Participants need not be tri-athletes, just ordinary folks who would like to add diversity to their existing walking program. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Date: 4/12/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 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
Celestial Petroglyph Climb at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
This is a preregistration hike. You will be given the start location when you register. Join the Rangers on a trip to one of the more interesting petroglyph sites in White Tank Park. Learn some of the possible connections between the rock depictions and celestial events of the early 11th century. Climbing and rock hopping is necessary on this hike so it may be too much for small children and those with physical limitations. No dogs on this hike please. Meet at Area 7.

Date: 4/12/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
Location: Area 7
Petroglyph Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
On this 1.5-mile hike, you will see evidence of a past civilization, the Hohokam. The Park Ranger will take you to areas not usually accessible to the public. The trail is easy, but there will be some climbing involved, so be prepared. Meet at the Horseshoe Trailhead.

Date: 4/12/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
Location: Horseshoe Trailhead - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and grandparents with small children, ages 3 - 6 years old. Along with Miss Lynn, the kids will howl like coyotes, do the “bobcat crawl” and learn how to hydrate by counting gulps of water on their fingers. 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: 4/12/2013
Time: 9:30 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Clay Mine Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join us for adventure as we explore the Clay Mine! This will be an easy 2 mile hike (round trip). Once inside, we'll discuss the history of this mine and learn how its contents were used to "cure what ailed ya"! We'll supply the hard hats. You bring water, a flashlight, & sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot and follow the signs to the mine. This is an "open house" format, so you may come and go at your convenience during the designated time slot. The mine will be closed promptly at 8pm.

Date: 4/12/2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Ranger Mark -
Location: the Nature Center parking lot
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
Geology of the Grand Canyon - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places on earth. How did it get that way? What formed it? How old is it? What makes it so special? Join local geology professor, A. J. Lombard, as he shares a wealth of information about the unique geology of the Grand Canyon in this exciting and colorful slide presentation. Bring your curiosities and questions to Usery Park and discover lots of amazing things about our national treasure! Location: Nature Center.

Date: 4/12/2013
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car