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San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join us again for another exciting mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. Most group rides are comprised of riders from all various skill levels, ages and fitness levels, but we all share the common interest of riding mountain bikes. “No Rider Left Behind” is our policy, because we ride together in groups based upon your riding levels. This is your opportunity to be around others who are passionate about mountain biking as a sport to have fun. We offer help when needed so you can gain new skills and confidence while on the trails. Come out and enjoy the great views of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the quiet get away from the everyday noise. This is a great way to get some exercise, have fun and meet some awesome people. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water, an extra inner tube and two sources of light if it’s a night ride.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 6:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the main trail head area
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Early Bird Walk and Program - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join birder Joe Ford from the Sonoran Audubon Society on an early morning bird walk along the Mesquite Trail, then cool down afterwards in the Nature Center classroom, where Joe will present his program, Cryptic Birds of the Night, featuring birds such as nightjars, oil birds, frogmouths, and potoos. Join him for the walk, the program, or both! The bird walk will begin at 7:00 am, and the classroom program begins at 9:00 am. Binoculars may be available to borrow. Bring your bird book if you have one. Please meet for the walk at Area 7 for the walk. No dogs, please.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM    
Speaker: Joe Ford, Sonoran Audubon Society
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mtn. Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Beginner Flatwater Canoeing On-water Skills Course
Desert Outdoor Center
If you've ever wanted to go canoeing but didn't have the necessary skills, then Beginner Flatwater Canoeing is the perfect training for you. This American Canoe Association course is designed to introduce the beginning paddler to basic canoe skills & knowledge so that you can enjoy the sport of tandem canoeing on flat water.

Everyone is invited to come to Cabela’s® (in Glendale) on Friday evening for an informational classroom session that is free to everyone. You do NOT neeed to register to attend the classroom session. We will discuss types of canoes, paddles, canoeing gear and safety tips. You will not get wet during the classroom session.

If you wish to participate in the 4-hour on-water paddle session at Lake Pleasant, arrive at 6:00pm on Friday to register for Saturday’s water session. You must attend the classroom session to participate in the on-water session. The registration fee for the on-the-water portion is $40 and class size is limited, so arrive early. Cash or check only please.

PLEASE NOTE: The Desert Outdoor Center is a gated facility, so you must be registered to attend. Gates will be open 30 minutes before each session begins. ***There is no boat ramp access to launch a boat at this facility, so please do not bring your personal watercraft. The boat dock is about a 1/4 mi down from the facility, so please be prepared for a desert hike.

Ages 12 & up. Call 602-372-7470 for more information.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours on-water paddle session
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Classroom session- FREE; water session-$40.00 (cash or check, please)
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc/pdf/2014/Beginner%20Flatwater%20Canoeing%20flyer%209-19-14.pdf
Contact: Natalie Harper, natalieharper@mail.maricopa.gov or 602-372-7470 ext.209
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ  
85383
Beginner Flatwater Canoeing On-water Skills Course
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
If you've ever wanted to go canoeing but didn't have the necessary skills, then Beginner Flatwater Canoeing is the perfect training for you. This American Canoe Association course is designed to introduce the beginning paddler to basic canoe skills & knowledge so that you can enjoy the sport of tandem canoeing on flat water.

Everyone is invited to come to Cabela’s® (in Glendale) on Friday evening for an informational classroom session that is free to everyone. You do NOT neeed to register to attend the classroom session. We will discuss types of canoes, paddles, canoeing gear and safety tips. You will not get wet during the classroom session.

If you wish to participate in the 4-hour on-water paddle session at Lake Pleasant, arrive at 6:00pm on Friday to register for Saturday’s water session. You must attend the classroom session to participate in the on-water session. The registration fee for the on-the-water portion is $40 and class size is limited, so arrive early. Cash or check only please.

PLEASE NOTE: The Desert Outdoor Center is a gated facility, so you must be registered to attend. Gates will be open 30 minutes before each session begins. ***There is no boat ramp access to launch a boat at this facility, so please do not bring your personal watercraft. The boat dock is about a 1/4 mi down from the facility, so please be prepared for a desert hike.

Ages 12 & up. Call 602-372-7470 for more information.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours on-water paddle session
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Classroom session- FREE; water session-$40.00 (cash or check, please)
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc/pdf/2014/Beginner%20Flatwater%20Canoeing%20flyer%209-19-14.pdf
Contact: Natalie Harper, natalieharper@mail.maricopa.gov or 602-372-7470 ext.209
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Rock Art of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
September 20 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: 9/20/2014
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
 
Sonoran Story and Craft Time: Just for Kids - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
What adventure will you listen to today? Come find out! Sonoran Story and Craft Time is a wonderful way for kids to learn about our amazing desert. We will also have a make and take craft project. Bring your snacks, water, and your imagination and get ready to have fun. Meet inside the Nature Center.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
All About Desert Tortoises: Presented by Wildman Phil- San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join Wildman Phil as he shares his personal experience and knowledge about the Sonoran desert's seldom-seen reptile: the Desert Tortoise. His unique style and enthusiasm will keep even the youngest of kids in the audience entertained. Guaranteed to be fun. Bring your friends and neighbors for this crazy yet informative spin on All About Desert Tortoises. Meet at the picnic tables. Bring water, chairs or blanket to this special presentation. No registration required.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Venomous Reptiles - LIVE!! - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join reptile expert, Cale Morris, for this exciting presentation of live venomous reptiles! Cale will be bringing several different rattlesnakes and a Gila monster with him. Bring your curiosities and questions to Usery Park and discover lots of cool things about these rockin’ reptiles! Location: Nature Center.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Spotlight on Desert Night Life - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
San Tan MRP shines bright as guest presenters, such as Wildman Phil and Randy Babb from Arizona Game and Fish, showcase nocturnal animals of the Sonoran desert. From reptiles to amphibians, birds to insects, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of wildlife in Arizona. Bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind event where the best of learning occurs under the night sky. Meet at the Flag Pole.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Flag Pole
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142