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<April 2013>

Sonoran Desert 101 - Spur Cross**CANCELLED**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 14 Sunday 8:00 am Sonoran Desert 101 (easy) Join interpretive ranger Kevin Smith on a hike through the beautiful upland vegetation in Spur Cross. Learn about the ecology of the Sonoran desert and spend an enjoyable 2 hours of hiking slowly and enjoying nature. We encourage you to bring binoculars if you have them.(THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

Date: 4/14/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park ranger Kevin Smith
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail
LAST Wildflower Walk of Season- Scenic Trail– McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Join Ranger Amy for one last wildflower walk of the season, to identify the gorgeous desert flowers that are blooming in the desert. Every week, different species will appear as the wildflower season unfolds—it is always a surprise what we find! Call the park for updates. Be sure to bring your camera! Every week will be a new location in the park, based on where the prime blooms are, that week. This week's walk is a 1.5 mile stroll on part of the Scenic Trail. Please bring plenty of water. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Date: 4/14/2013
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy Burnett
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  
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this introduction to some of the fascinating plants and animals of our Sonoran Desert as we enjoy a scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 4/14/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Kids Discovery at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
We will do a learning discovery-type scavenger hunt. We won’t be collecting anything but we will be doing a check off sheet on our discoveries photographing things along the trail. The hike will be along the Nature Center and Mule Deer Trails near the Nature Center. Limited to 15 children (each must be accompanied by at least one well behaved adult). Call ahead for reservations. Meet at the Park Nature Center at 9:00 a.m. (Flat, easy trail. .5 mile). A $6.00 fee per family will be collected at the Nature Center. This will get you into the Park later. No dogs.

Date: 4/14/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
Desert Mythbusters - "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are rattlesnakes really dangerous? Can you drink water from a cactus? Do “jumping cactus” really jump? Do the arms of a saguaro help to keep it balanced? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about our desert, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B busts some myths about the desert. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 4/14/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car