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Celebrate Earth Day on the Maricopa Trail
Parks & Recreation
When complete, the Maricopa Trail will be approximately 375-miles long, winding around the Valley connecting all of Maricopa County’s regional parks. Currently, the Maricopa Trail is nearly fifty percent built and a few of the completed segments need the help of some awesome volunteers to clean-up and clear the pathway of rocks and tripping hazards.

This will be a fun, three-hour combined group event being celebrated by five great organizations with outstanding records of working to help to maintain and preserve the natural environment and recreational trails: Conservation Alliance of Central Arizona, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Maricopa Trail + Park Foundation, Arizona Forward, and the Arizona Trail Association.

There is approximately three-miles of trail work so please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, hats, sun screen, and work gloves. If you have a rake, shovel, or McLeod, please bring it. We will also have some trail tools on site for you to use. We encourage youth involvement, and pets on leashes are welcome. The work site is off the Carefree Highway just west of I-17, near the Ben Avery Shooting Range.

Date: 4/26/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Registration Required: Yes    
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/volunteer.aspx
Contact: Kim at (602) 525-3004
Location: 51st Avenue & Carefree Hwy.
 
Rock Art of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 26 Saturday 8:00 am Rock Art of Spur Cross (moderate) The petroglyphs found in Spur Cross were created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people. Come and walk in their footsteps as we visit a few of the more impressive sites in the park during this two-hour hike. No dogs on this hike please.

Date: 4/26/2014
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
 
Wag the Dog - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Calling all dogs. Calling all dogs. Now is the time to take your two legged friend for an upright walk. We’ll take a mellow stroll along the Goldmine trail (approximately 2 miles round trip) in the morning hours. Us dogs will enjoy the desert scent while our human companions chat about dog safety on trails and ways to beat the summer heat. Please be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your human friend. All us cool dogs must be on a leash (no more than 6 feet in length) at all times. Meet Ranger Tish at the Littleleaf Trailhead for this leisurely walk. ARF!

Date: 4/26/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    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: tishiastewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at Littleleaf Trailhead
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Become a Jr. Ranger - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Bring your kids (most suitable for ages 5-12) out to the park for this “on your own” program. Stop by the Nature Center between 9-10am to pick up the Junior Ranger Booklet. Head outside to complete the required activities and have fun! Return to the Nature Center when you’re finished to pick up the Jr. Ranger badge you earned! You can complete the activities in this program in 1-2 hours. (Please note that the Nature Center closes at 4pm).

Date: 4/26/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 1 to 2 hours "on your own"
Speaker: None
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Stargazing for Everyone -San Tan- Call park to ensure program has not been cancelled due to weather
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: 4/26/2014
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