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Fruits of the Desert - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
July 6 Saturday 7:00 am Fruits of the Desert (easy) Come join us on a quest to find and taste some of the edible plants that have sustained the native peoples of this region. We will harvest and taste one of the most important foods, the fruit of the saguaro cactus, as well as look to see what else is available this time of the year. Bring plenty of water. NOTE: This program is part of the “County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer” promotion. At the end of the program, we will give away a free family four-pack (4 free tickets to the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park)

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 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
 
Let's Have Fun at Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come ready to get wet at this very popular fun activity. We first fit life vest, then we hike down a ½ mile trail to the shoreline, put on our life vest and splash in the water to cool us down! You may borrow life vest from the Ranger or you can bring your own. The hike back up is not too bad, now that we are wet. Bring water and wear water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet (no flip flops). You can also come on the hike and stay dry, but drink lots of water. Hats and sunscreen are good to have also. There are bathrooms at the visitor center and the hike ends at 11AM.

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours (1 mile)
Registration Required: No    
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd.(MP 19), turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
Rattlesnake Rules – Wet 'n' Wild Promotion! Children’s book reading by Author Conrad Storad!
Estrella Mountain Park
Popular children's author and science writer Conrad J. Storad introduces youngsters to the amazing world of rattlesnakes, through a reading of his popular book Rattlesnake Rules. Learn how, what, and when rattlesnakes eat. Why they flick their tongues in and out. And why they have rattles on the ends of their tails. This is a fun, interactive reading by Conrad, using multimedia. Conrad is also accompanied by Big Momma, a six foot long rattlesnake puppet. **County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer!** By attending this program, park visitors become eligible for a drawing of a 4-pack of single day admission tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix! Visitors must attend the program in full and must be present to win. At the end of the program, the Interpretive Ranger will pull one winning ticket. One 4-pack will be issued per program. Families can only win one set of 2013 Wet ‘n’ Wild tickets. ($156 value!)

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Conrad Storad - Author of Rattlesnake Rules
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: Amy Roberts
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Snake Feeding - Estrella (after Rattlesnake Rules)
Estrella Mountain Park
Did you know that we have live snakes on display at the Nature Center? Watch our reptiles eat their lunch after the reading of the popular children's book Rattlesnake Rules by the author! Join us at the Nature Center for the fun. Feeding will take place when the previous program ends.

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
*NOTE: TIME CHANGE- Venomous Creatures - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join Ranger Mark at Nature Center for a presentation about the venomous creatures you may find in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy the beauty of these wonderful, misunderstood, and often maligned animals while learning fascinating facts and the important roles each creature plays in the desert ecosystem. As Marie Curie, French Physicist and two-time Nobel Prize recipient said “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” Afterwards, Ranger Mark will be feeding all the critters!

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
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
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Cool Kids Sprinkler Fun - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Bring your kids to the park to enjoy some time outside. We will have a small area of sprinklers set up for the kids to run through in our grass picnic area. Adults can sit in the shade of a nearby ramada, or bring your own lawn chair for a little relaxation in the park while the kids cool off in the water. Sprinklers will be set up for a limited time (1.5 hours) and parents must stay and supervise their little ones. Location: Ramada #2 in our picnic area.

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM    Duration: up to 1.5 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
*NOTE: TIME CHANGE- Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
It’s time to feed our critters! Come out and see how these fascinating creatures munch on lunch! Witness the different techniques each animal employs to consume its prey. Meet Ranger Mark in the Nature Center for this compelling consumption of calories!

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    
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
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
***SPECIAL PROGRAM!*** Bugs on the Big Screen! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
They're baaaack! Join Students from ASU at the Nature Center to check out some cool bugs! Some are pretty, some are icky, some are pretty icky! We will set up a large screen and black-lights outside in the amphitheater to attract bugs so we can examine and learn about them, live and up-close! Bring a picnic dinner, the kids, and all their friends to catch and learn about bugs! You may also want to bring your own flashlight and or blacklight. Closed-toed shoes are strongly encouraged.

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 hrs.
Speaker: ASU Students
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center Amphitheater
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
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 and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range. 7:30-9pm

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Summer Night Ride Series- Pemberton Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The summer night mountain bike series will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. All riders must have a helmet, a lighting system designed for mountain biking and battery power for 3 hours of riding. Riders must sign-in and sign-out, two hours are allowed to ride the Pemberton Trail. It is highly recommended that you ride this trail in day light before coming out for a night ride. The sign sheets are available at 6:30 for riders who might need extra time. NO RIDERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO START AFTER 8:00 p.m.

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM    Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Speaker: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle to entry the County Regional Park
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: Trailhead Staging Area
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85268
Animal Spotlighting Adventure - San Tan - Wet N Wild Program
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
This program is part of the “County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this summer” series and we will be giving away a family-four pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park Tickets at the end of the program. Venture into the Sonoran Desert at night for a chance to see the illusive animals that come out under the cover of darkness. With our high power spotlights we will hit the trails aiming to find coyotes, foxes, bobcats, snakes and any other exciting creatures out in about in the park. Spotlights and flashlights are welcome on this 1.3- mile hike. This will be a low noise hike, with chatter at a minimum, to increase our chances of seeing wildlife.

Date: 7/6/2013
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Adam
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