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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-toed shoes. ***Advance registration is required! To register, contact Ranger Mark at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov ***Space is limited so register early!

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 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
Storytime with the Author - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Local author Conrad Storad will read from one of his many popular children's books! Program will be held at the Nature Center.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Speaker: Conrad Storad - Author
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Super Saguaro Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Why do saguaros grow arms? Can you estimate the age of a saguaro? Can you drink water from one? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about saguaros, then this quarter-mile stroll along the scenic Desert Hawk Trail with Ranger B is for you! Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Wag The Dog - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Calling all dogs. Calling all dogs. Now is the time to take your two legged friend for an upright walk. We’ll take a mellow stroll along the Goldmine trail (approximately 2 miles round trip) in the morning hours. Us dogs will enjoy the desert scent while our human companions chat about dog safety on trails and ways to beat the summer heat. Please be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your human friend. All us cool dogs must be on a leash (no more than 6 feet in length) at all times. Meet Ranger Tish at the Littleleaf Trailhead for this leisurely walk. ARF!

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: Ranger Tish TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park***CANCELLED***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested about getting into bird watching but don’t know where to start? Want to know which bird is which and how to spot them? Join bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, for this introduction to bird watching as she guides you on a quarter-mile stroll along our Desert Hawk Trail. Bring binoculars if you have them, otherwise, Sandy has some to loan. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 10:30 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Archery 101 b - 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-toed shoes. ***Advance registration is required! To register, contact Ranger Mark at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov ***Space is limited so register early!

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    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
Desert Medicinals– McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The desert is full of plants that have healing properties. Come find out which are considered to have medicinal value. You may be surprised to find that what you thought was a weed in your own backyard, is used even today in 'modern‘ pharmaceuticals! Meet at the North Trail Trailhead for this 1 ½-2 mile walking program.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
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
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
"Just for Kids" - Kid vs. Wild - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids, what would you do if you got lost in the desert? This fun program will teach you what to do! You will learn how to find your way, signal for help, build an emergency shelter, and avoid desert dangers. This program involves a 1-mile hike and is designed for kids ages 7-12. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Group Picnic C.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 2:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Archery "Open Shoot" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
For those who have successfully completed “Archery 101”, we will open the range for some “practice” time. We will close the range promptly at 4pm. You are welcome to come and go at your leisure during the allotted time. Please be sure to bring your “Archery Card” for verification. This archery program is open to anyone ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult! Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. ***Advance registration is required! To register, contact Ranger Mark at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov ***Space is limited so register early!

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM    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
Mountain Biking for Beginners - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Interested in mountain biking but don’t know where to start? Where can I ride? What if I get a flat? What about the cactus? Are there snakes? What are the best of shoes to wear? Do I need to clip in? How much water should I bring? Find out the answers to all these questions and learn the basics of mountain biking from experienced riders in a non-intimidating setting. Bring your bike and helmet(required). Meet at the Nature Center. Please RSVP by emailing amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 2:00 PM    
Speaker: Park Staff and Volunteers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park***CANCELLED***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join park host, Sandy Hornbaker, for a late afternoon sojourn through our campground and nature trail on a quest to spot desert wildlife and plants. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, but bring binoculars, your afternoon tea, and a little patience. Be prepared to walk up to one mile. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 4:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
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: 1/25/2014
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Stargazing at Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
January 25 Saturday 7:30 pm Stargazing at Spur Cross (easy) Come watch the sky with us! This is a fun & exciting family activity. Enjoy an evening at Spur Cross watching a slide show presentation by professional stargazer Tony LaConte. Look through telescopes, learn names of stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. Come alone, or with your entire family or group. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Date: 1/25/2014
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Tony LaConte, Stargazing for Everyone
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488--6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov