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Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Interested in archery? Why not give it a try? Participants will experience a fun and safe basic introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment is provided. This program is open to anyone ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. ***Advanced registration is required.*** Limited to 10 participants per session. Please e-mail Ranger Mark to register. Space is limited, so please call to cancel, if need be. Thank you!

Date: 8/3/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Stop at Park Entrance for Directions
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane - Carefree Highway to 32nd St.
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Rock Art of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
August 3 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: 8/3/2013
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
 
Wet n' Wild Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Let's get Wet n' Wild on this hike! Come ready to get wet at this very popular fun activity. We first fit life vest, then we hike down a 3/4 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 trailhead and the hike ends at 11AM. This is a Wet n' Wild hike so every family will have a chance at a four pack of Wet n' Wild tickets at the end of the hike. So come get Wet n' Wild and maybe lucky too!

Date: 8/3/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours (1.5 mile)
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 S. Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd. (MP 19), turn right into park, follow "Hike" signs to program.
Peoria, AZ  
Un-Nature Trail - Estrella Wet 'n' Wild Program
Estrella Mountain Park
Test your observation skills on this 0.5-mile walk. Ranger Amy will guide you on this barrier-free trail. You may be surprised how much “stuff” you can overlook. This program will teach the basics of critter camouflage in our natural environment. Come out for the program and stay for a picnic! Meet at the Gila Trailhead. The 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: 8/3/2013
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: about 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
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, but are encouraged to play along with them! Location: Ramada #2 in our picnic area.

Date: 8/3/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: up to 1.5 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Ramada #2 - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Venomous Creatures at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the White Tank Nature Center for a talk about cold blooded creatures that inhabit our desert. This is not a hiking event but you are welcome to hike any one of our many trails after the talk. On display will be some venomous creatures and a few other creepy crawlies of the desert. - VENOMOUS CREATURES

Date: 8/3/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Park Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
 
Venomous or Poisonous? - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
What’s the difference? Join Ranger Mark in the Nature Center for a presentation about the venomous and poisonous creatures you may find in the Sonoran Desert. Some are pretty. Some are icky. Some are pretty icky! We’ll sort the facts from fiction regarding these amazing creatures! Afterwards, Ranger Mark will be feeding all the critters!

Date: 8/3/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    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
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: 8/3/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 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
Painting Animals on Rocks -McDowell Park Nature Center
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Unleash your creativity and enjoy an afternoon of painting on rocks in our comfy Visitor Center. Ranger Amy will show you some easy techniques to create keepsakes out of river rocks, using the popular book series, "Painting Animals on Rocks". Designs may be as simple or involved as you wish. Prickly pear punch will be served, free of charge. This program is suitable for ages 4 through adult.

Date: 8/3/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park Nature Center
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
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: 8/3/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
***PROGRAM CANCELLED*** Scorpion Scavenger Hunt - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
***This program has been cancelled. Please look at our calendar to see more exciting programs available. We apologize for any inconveniences. Thank you for supporting Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.*** What has 8 legs, 2 pincers, and glows under a black light? SCORPIONS! Set out on a desert exploration at night as we search for these fascinating creatures and find out just how cool these amazing arachnids really are. We will be hiking 1 mile, round trip, on the Goldmine Trail; bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire, and a flashlight (black lights also encouraged, but are optional). Black lights will be available to rent at the visitor center through the Friends of San Tan.

Date: 8/3/2013
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