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Survival Basics - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
The U.S. Coast Guard’s motto is “Semper Paratus!” (Always Ready!”). Are you ready? The wilderness doesn’t tolerate the unprepared. Join Ranger Mark in the Nature Center for this, need to know - before you go, information.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 12:00 AM    
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 in the Classroom
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 20 Saturday 8:00 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.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 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 kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
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. This class is open to ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Find the Naturalist on the Pipeline Canyon Trail - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come on out and hike the Pipeline Canyon Trail at Lake Pleasant and see if you can find Frank the Naturalist. Frank loves to answer questions about the desert and surrounding areas. Frank will be on the trail from 9AM to 1:00PM, and you can usually find him at the bridge. Frank can share fishing stories and tips about the fish in the lake. You might find Frank at the Visitor Center after 11:30AM that day, if the trail traffic is slow.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours
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 at South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right to park, drive to South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
Peoria, AZ  
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: 4/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Archery 101 - San Tan ***REGISTRATION FULL***
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
*****Registration for this class is full. If you would like, you can show up the day of the class to fill any empty spots on a first come first serve basis.***** Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and Arizona Game and Fish are excited to get you behind the bow with a fun introduction to archery. Ages 8 and up are welcome to participate in the fun and safe sport of International Target Style Archery. This is a great way to get involved with this amazing sport and best of all; we will provide all the equipment. All you need to do is reserve a spot by calling 480.655.5554 or emailing Ranger Adam at adammartell@mail.maricopa.gov, then show up and let the fun begin. Adults are welcome to participate too. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR CLOSED-TOED SHOES.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Registration Required: Yes    
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
Polliwogin’ Storytime - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Storytime is geared towards our youngest nature enthusiasts (ages 2 – 6)! Join us for a themed program set around a children's book. Activities will follow and may include live animals, songs, crafts, a short hike and/or games. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Rose Storck
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
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Gila Monster - Library Series
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the White Tank Regional Library for a special talk about this elusive cold blooded creature that inhabits our desert. It is not a hiking event but you are welcome to hike any one of the Park’s many trails after the talk. The presentation will focus on some of the more interesting behaviors of this creature. This will be held in the White Tank Regional Library presentation room. Talk will not be appropriate for young children. It will not hold their interest.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Ranger Bill "Doc" Talboys
Registration Required: No    
 
 
Archery 202 - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Take your archery skills to the next level by fine tuning your technique through a variety of fun games and exciting shooting exercises. Participants must have successfully completed a Maricopa County Parks and Rec Archery 101 or Intro to Archery class and present their Archer’s card to the instructor before the start of the class. To reserve your spot, call 480.655.5554 or email Ranger Adam at adammartell@mail.maricopa.gov, then show up and let the fun begin. This class is open to ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water hats and closed-toed shoes.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Registration Required: Yes    
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
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat? Bring your questions for Ranger Amy to our toasty Visitor Center to watch our exhibit animals being fed. Meet our baby tortoises, desert blonde tarantula and giant desert hairy scorpion. Feeding takes place at the Visitor Center.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy Burnett
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
"Where have all the bird nests gone?" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
This presentation looks at the Red List Status of a number of bird species that have been evaluated by the IUCN. It also details birds of concern and emphasis focused on by the Audubon Society, Arizona Partners in Flight, and those listed by the Game and Fish Department that inhabit the Agua Fria National Monument. The program highlights some 36 species and their threats. It also brings information on birds that have made a dramatic comeback from endangered status, such as the Whooping Crane, Peregrine Falcon, California Condor and Bald Eagle. Meet at the Nature Center. ***Special Guest Speaker, Joe Ford. Joe is a native of Missouri. He holds several degrees in education and a Masters Degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an educator on the junior high, high school and college levels. After 42 years in the teaching field he retired to Sun City, Arizona. He is a board member in the Sonoran Audubon Society and a member of the Sun City Rockhounds, among many of his other interests.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 2:00 PM    
Speaker: ***Special Guest Speaker, Joe Ford.***
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center classroom
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Adult Moonlight Hike
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Walking into the Waterfall Canyon in the moonlight will give you a different perspective on the beauty of the Uplands Desert. We will discuss the unique changes in the desert after the sun sets. Bring your scorpion lights and a flashlight. This is for those over the age of 16 only. No dogs please.

Date: 4/20/2013
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee.