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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY LAKE PLEASANT CLEAN UP
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Lake Pleasant Regional Park has been busy all summer long and now we need your help cleaning the park up. Hikers, paddlers, scuba divers, boaters, bicyclist, and all types of community groups can help restore the park at this year's National Public Lands Day Lake Pleasant Clean Up. Sign-up is at the park on this day, volunteers can sign up outside the main contact gate at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Sign-up is between 6:30AM and 8AM and your day park entry will be waived, for helping us clean up the park. The clean up will be between 7AM and 11AM, and you may stay in the park afterward and enjoy the lake and park for the day. So ask your friends and community groups to come on out and help! Bring gloves and trash grabbers if you have them, bags will be provided. Let's clean up Lake Pleasant!

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 4 hours
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Register on day of event at entry gate (6:30 - 8AM) and receive waived park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7470 x 211, or day of event Contact Station 928-501-1710.
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Main Entrance - Look for event table
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd. MP19, turn right to park, follow signs to event check-in.
Peoria, AZ  
TRAILWORK Volunteer Day - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
We are looking for a few good volunteers! In order to provide for visitor safety and to protect natural/cultural resources, the Park staff and trail volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to repair and enhance existing trails. Trail maintenance projects include helping with pruning, erosion control, post installation and trail improvements. Regardless of trail experience and age, by the end of the day every volunteer knows the basics of trail maintenance. Not to mention it is a great way to see the park! We will start at 7am and be on the trails for 3-4 hours. We will be meeting in the picnic area near the Nature Center. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Bring water, gloves and any tools you might have (we will provide tools for you to use if you don’t have any).Please RSVP by contacting Park Supervisor, Sarah Steele at: sarahsteele@mail.maricopa.gov

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 7:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entrance fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the picnic area
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Library Series - Animals in Arizona Archaeology - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Animals have always been important human existence - they have provided us with food, shelter, clothing, tools, labor, companionship, and more. Join Ranger Jessica, a former archaeologist, for a "Who Am I?" presentation discussing various animals that have been important in Arizona's history. This program will be presented in the White Tank Branch Library classroom.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Jessica
Registration Required: No    
Fee: free
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Nature Center classroom
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Tales of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join award-winning author and storyteller Dr. Joyce Story to hear interesting and entertaining desert tales, inspired by Native American legends. This great family event, held in the Nature Center classroom, will give you a new appreciation for the desert and its inhabitants, both past and present.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Dr. Joyce Story
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park Nature Center
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Desert Survival: For Everyone - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Bring a brown-bag lunch to the Desert Survival program to learn how to plan a camping/hiking trip to the desert; from planning to providing friends/family of trip details, to essentials and games. Let's find out how we can have a fun and safe camping/hiking experience that will keep all everyone safe and found. Meet inside the Nature Center.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 12:00 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
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Ranger Amy will test your desert knowledge! See if you can identify some unique items that are found in the Sonoran Desert. Some of the items you may see often, but don't know what they are, and some are items you rarely see. This interactive presentation will be fun for the whole family. Program will be held in the air-conditioned Nature Center.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 1:00 PM    Duration: up to one hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy R
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive
MMRP, AZ  
85268
"When the Night Moves... Rattlesnakes and Other Critters" Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Nature loves to move at night, so we will look into some of the desert critters who you might not want to run into during the darkness hours. This program is inside the visitor center.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger, 602-372-7470 x 211
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center
 
Address:
Hwy 74 to MP19, turn on Castle Hot Springs Rd, go 2 miles and turn into the park, drive to VC.
Peoria, AZ  
"Monsoon Madness!" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Monsoons in Arizona? What are they? What causes them? How can we prepare for and stay safe during monsoons? Come learn all about monsoons and the effects they can have on our environment. Presented by Kristin Onstott, R.S., M.A. Environmental Health Specialist|Stormwater Quality Program - Maricopa County Environmental Services Department. Meet in the Nature Center. *Please Note: GPS and other mapping services may provide incorrect directions. To get to the park from Carefree Highway turn North on 32nd Street and follow to park. 32nd St. becomes CAVE CREEK PARKWAY.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
Contact: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
All About Scorpions - Usery Park***CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How dangerous are scorpions? How can we protect ourselves from them? How do they survive and thrive in our desert? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about scorpions, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares some amazing facts about these desert dwellers. Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7pm. Then join our “Scorpion Hunt” at 7:30pm at no extra cost!***CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
*CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER* Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join us for adventure as we explore the Clay Mine! Inside we’ll discuss the history of this site and learn how its contents were used to “cure what ailed ya”! Bring water, a flashlight, and your camera. No pets, please. Park at the Nature Center and follow the directions at the trailhead kiosk to the “Clay Mine”. This program is in “open house” format so you may participate at your convenience during the scheduled time frame. The last tour starts at: 8:30pm. For more information contact Ranger Mark at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov Check the park’s website for updates and changes. *Please Note: GPS and other mapping services may provide incorrect directions. To get to the park from Carefree Highway turn North on 32nd Street and follow to park. 32nd St. becomes CAVE CREEK PARKWAY.

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center parking lot/Overton Trailhead
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Flashlight Hike - Spur Cross **CANCELLED**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
September 27 Saturday 7:00 pm Flashlight Hike (moderate) Come join us on a dark sky hike through Spur Cross as we look for some of it’s nocturnal inhabitants. Please bring a flashlight and water. Black lights are optional. No pets on this hike. (THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FORECAST RAIN)

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    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
 
Scorpion Hunt - Usery Park***CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Did you know that scorpions glow in the dark under a blacklight? Join Ranger B as he leads us on this fun and safe night walk on a trail to find these elusive desert dwellers (using our eyes only). You will sharpen your spotting skills and have a lot of fun at the same time! All ages will enjoy this casual one-hour/one-mile walk. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a flashlight (blacklights are recommended and are for sale for $10, batteries and tax included). No pets, please. Location: Horse Staging Area. Join our “All About Scorpions” program inside our Nature Center at 6pm and our snake feeding at 7pm at no extra cost!***CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***

Date: 9/27/2014
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car