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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: 9/6/2014
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 main trail head area
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course
Desert Outdoor Center
Have you ever wanted to give flat water lake kayaking a try? Well here is your chance. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, the Desert Outdoor Center, and Cabelas is once again presenting the "Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" program. The program starts with a free one hour informational classroom session held at the Glendale Cabelas on Friday evening (you will not get wet). You do not need to register to attend the classroom session.

Dates of free 1-hour classroom introductory sessions are: August 8, August 22, September 5

Then if you would like to experience flat-water kayaking on Lake Plesant, you may sign up for an on-the-water session that will be held at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant. The $40 registration fee for the on-the-water portion will be collected during the evening classroom session at Cabelas. Registration for on-the-water sessions begins at 6:00pm on a first come, first serve basis. Cash or check only please. Ages 12 & up, but if under 18 years then must be accompanied by an adult. Call 602-372-7470 for more information.

Dates for 3-hour on-the-water sessions are: August 9, August 23, September 6 (choose from a 7AM or 9AM arrival time; sign up and pay at any of the Friday classes; on-water sessions fill up fast, so first come, first served)

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 kayak at this facility, so please do not bring your personal kayaks. The boat dock is about a 1/4 mi down from the facility, so please be prepared for a short hike.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 7:00 AM    Duration: 3 hrs, Pick either the 7 - 10 or 9 - 12 session
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Classroom session-FREE; $40/person for on-water session (cash or check, please)
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc/pdf/2014/Get%20Wet%20Kayaking%20flyer%20Fall2014.pdf
Contact: Desert Outdoor Center 602-372-7470
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N 87th Ave
Peoria, AZ  
85383
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Have you ever wanted to give flat water lake kayaking a try? Well here is your chance. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, the Desert Outdoor Center, and Cabelas is once again presenting the "Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" program. The program starts with a free one hour informational classroom session held at the Glendale Cabelas on Friday evening (you will not get wet). You do not need to register to attend the classroom session.

Dates of free 1-hour classroom introductory sessions are: August 8, August 22, September 5

Then if you would like to experience flat-water kayaking on Lake Plesant, you may sign up for an on-the-water session that will be held at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant. The $40 registration fee for the on-the-water portion will be collected during the evening classroom session at Cabelas. Registration for on-the-water sessions begins at 6:00pm on a first come, first serve basis. Cash or check only please. Ages 12 & up, but if under 18 years then must be accompanied by an adult. Call 602-372-7470 for more information.

Dates for 3-hour on-the-water sessions are: August 9, August 23, September 6 (choose from a 7AM or 9AM arrival time; sign up and pay at any of the Friday classes; on-water sessions fill up fast, so first come, first served)

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 kayak at this facility, so please do not bring your personal kayaks. The boat dock is about a 1/4 mi down from the facility, so please be prepared for a short hike.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 7:00 AM    Duration: 3 hrs, Pick either the 7 - 10 or 9 - 12 session
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Classroom session-FREE; $40/person for on-water session (cash or check, please)
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc/pdf/2014/Get%20Wet%20Kayaking%20flyer%20Fall2014.pdf
Contact: Desert Outdoor Center 602-372-7470
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N 87th Ave
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
September 6 Saturday 8:00 am Ruins of Spur Cross (moderate) Join us for this 2.5 mile hike that will introduce you to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture as we trek on up to one of their mesa-top compounds. Bring plenty of water.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 2.5 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: 9/6/2014
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
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
In this episode of Desert Denizens we will learn about “Tarantulas”! All ages welcome! Meet in the air-conditioned splendor of the Nature Center!

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
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
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Come see our collection of cool and creapy carnivores consume their prey! Snakes swallow their prey, whole. Scorpions don’t. So how do they eat? You can find out, here in the Nature Center!

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 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
Reptile Feeding - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Reptiles, such as lizards and snakes, do not use forks and knives to help them eat their meals. Instead, they come with other tools that help get the job done. Bring your questions and Join our staff to see how our cold-blooded residents eat their meals for yourself! Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Come learn about the important roles these creatures play in our dynamic food web. Feeding takes place inside the Nature Center.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 2:00 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
Runners on the Pemberton Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Beginning at 6:00 pm, approximately 400 runners will be on the Pemberton Trail all through the night. Although the trail will be open to other park visitors expect a congested trail. Hikers may want to use the Escondido or North Trails, mountain bikers should probably consider a ride on the Comp Track. Horseback riders might want to limit their ride to the Escondido/Pemberton/Scenic Loop.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 6:00 AM    
Registration Required: Yes    
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85068
Nathan Martens Arizona Memorial Candle Light Memorial Service - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
On this Memorial Day, honor, remember and celebrate the lives of the fallen military men and women who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Stop by the Nathan Martens Arizona Memorial to view the spectacular tribute listing the names of the fallen Arizona military men and women.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Special Guest Speakers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee will be waived for individuals attending the ceremony only
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Adult Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Experience White Tank in a different light - moonlight! Please join park staff and volunteers for a 1 1/2 mile walk along the Black Rock Long Loop Trail, where we will experience the desert as the sun goes down, as well as under the light of the full moon. Bring your scorpion light, a flashlight, some water, and wear closed-toe shoes. Please leave your dog at home. This walk is limited to those 16 years and older. Please meet at Area 4.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    
Speaker: park staff and volunteers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Area 4
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Full Moon Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this 2-mile hike under the glowing light of September’s “Full Harvest Moon.” This is a great opportunity to experience sights and sounds of the desert at night! Bring your sense of adventure for this interpretive hike with our park ranger, Ranger B. Please bring a flashlight, water, and closed-toe shoes. No pets, please. Location: Horse Staging Area.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Scorpions in the Wild! - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
You've probably heard that scorpions glow in the dark, but have you ever been brave enough to go out at night and look for them? Join us as we set out on a short, slow walk into the Sonoran Desert at night - just to look for scorpions! As an added bonus, you will make your own scorpion souvenir to take home from your memorable evening. RSVP's are requested for this program. Bring a black light if you have one. Please call 480-471-0173 or email amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov to reserve your spot. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 7:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Amy R
Registration Required: Yes    
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  
85255
Full Moon Hike - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at night, as we hike under the light from the full moon. Join us for a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. Listen for the sounds of wildlife and explore the night-life atmosphere. The pace of the hike will be relatively mild or slow to help enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are welcome. ***Meet at the Main Trailhead area.***

Date: 9/6/2014
Time: 8:00 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: Meet at the Flag Pole
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142