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Birding Adventure - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Hit the trails early to catch the masters of the sky in action. This guided 2 mile hike will take you deep into the heart of prime birding territory. Enjoy learning birding skills from our local expert. Whether you’re after Roadrunners or Ravens, Humming or Hawks, San Tan holds the key to an unforgettable birding adventure.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Guest Speaker
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
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Bird Walk - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable folks from the Sonoran Audobon Society for an easy hike along the Gila River discovering the bird life of Estrella Park. Between the river habitat, mesquite bosque and nearby farm fields, and turf area, over 150 different species have been observed. We are likely to see up to 40 species, including: Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Osprey’s, Hawks, Ibis, and Stilts. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher—you can do it wherever or whoever you are– it’s just more fun to know what they are. Meet at the Nature Center. Rain cancels event.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 7:30 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Sonoran Audobon Society
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 13 Saturday 8:00 am Ruins of Spur Cross (moderate) Join us for this 2.5 mile hike that will introduce you to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture as we trek on up to one of their mesa-top compounds.

Date: 4/13/2013
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 kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
"Tails on Trails" - Dog Fitness Hike (Experienced Level) - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Fit dogs are happier, healthier, and display fewer behavioral problems. Tails on Trails will provide the opportunity to meet other dog hikers, learn safe hiking practices and dog trail etiquette. The fun, 3-mile hike along the Blevins Trail is great for experienced hiker dogs. Please bring a short non-extendable leash, a small cleanup bag, and water for you and your dog. One dog per hiker, please. Note: A “Beginners Level” Dog Fitness Hike is also offered each month for those who feel they need the basics before advancing to this level. Location: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Archery 101 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in archery? Curious about how to shoot a bow? Come to Usery Park and find out! You will discover how fun archery really is! Participants will experience a fun and safe introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment will be provided. This class is open to anyone ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range. Note: this class is also offered at 10:30am.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Be a desert sleuth and hunt for interesting items on an adventure through Cave Creek Regional Park! This is a team event (4-6 people) designed for all ages. A list of items (photos, riddles and activities) ranging from easy to difficult will be provided. This is a timed event and you will need to be prompt. Each team will need to bring a digital camera or cell phone that can also record video along with a USB download cord. Pack a picnic basket or a cooler with a yummy lunch to enjoy while celebrating the finale! Please remember to bring water and proper hiking gear - no glass containers or dogs. Meet at the Nature Center. ********Registration and team check-in begins at 9 am, the day of the event. ***Teams are strongly encouraged to pre-register before the day of the event by contacting Ranger Mark at markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov***

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Speaker: Rose Storck/Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
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
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Geology in Arizona - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Special guest speaker Joe Ford presents this non-hiking program in the Nature Center. This presentation is a good introduction to all the geological processes that have created the landscapes of Arizona. Joe holds several degrees in education and a Masters Degree in Natural Sci-ence from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an educator on the junior high, high school and college levels. He is a board member in the Sonoran Audubon Society and a past member of the Sun City Rockhounds, among many of his other interests. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Joe Ford *Special Guest Speaker*
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
***CANCELLED***Snake Feeding at White Tank Park--***CANCELLED****
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Warning - Snakes are fed live animals.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: 1/2 hour
Speaker: Park Staff
Registration Required: No    
Fee: Donation
 
 
Stargazing for Everyone - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Come watch the sky with us! Look through telescopes (setup for your viewing pleasure) and enjoy a slide presentation under the stars. Learn the names of stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. When visible, view the craters of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for your comfort. Information about the Challenger Learning Center of Arizona will be provided. This is a fun night out! Come alone or bring your entire family or group. We encourage you to bring your binoculars or family telescope and enjoy the views from San Tan Mountain Regional Park.

Date: 4/13/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM    
Speaker: Tony LaConte - Stargazing for Everyone
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
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242