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Bird Walk With the Sonoran Audubon Society - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
This is one of the best places to see birds in the Phoenix area. It's fun to become a bird brain as you increase your knowledge of our feathered friends with Joe Ford of the Sonoran Audubon Society. You can easily see roadrunners and maybe juvenile bald eagles, so get down here for the fantastic bird life at Estrella Mountain Regional Park! Between the river habitat and the Mesquite Bosque on the turf area, it's possible to see well over 160 different species. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher-you can do it wherever or whoever you are-but it's more fun if you know what you are looking at. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own binoculars and books if you have them, a limited number will be available if you don't. This hike will be every second Saturday. RAIN CANCELS *****************THIS EVENT ONLY!********************** Meet at the El Rio kiosk on Vineyard Ave. just East of Bullard, in the parking lot on the North side of Vineyard. Access Vineyard from East of Bullard due to major event in park. Traffic expected to be heavy on Estrella Blvd. into main park entrance. ****************

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 7:00 AM    
Speaker: Joe Ford
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
Contact: 623-932-3811
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W.Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
GLADIATOR ROCK'N RUN! - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
This 7k obstacle course will surely test your metal! Do you have what it takes? Get your friends together and start training, now! Then we'll see who's a Gladiator! For those about to rock, we salute you! ***See website for more information and registration.***

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 8:00 AM    Duration: Run 'til you're done!
Registration Required: Yes    
 
More Info: http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com
Contact: 323-851-7380
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
October 13 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.

Date: 10/13/2012
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
 
Horses, Gold and Critters Oh My!- Cave Creek Regional Park - ****CANCELED****
Cave Creek Regional Park
***CANCELED*** Get your boots on and come on out to Cave Creek Trailrides! Get a hands on “Old West” experience within our 3 Exploration Stations, where you will gain knowledge and connect as a group! Station 1 provides a great introduction to the world of horses from anatomy and feeding to cost of ownership and tack! At Station 2 you’ll receive basic riding instruction and be introduced to your own horse for a scenic trail ride through Cave Creek Regional Park. Last, at Station 3 the Ranger will introduce you to the unique critters that call the Sonoran Desert home and you will also get the chance to try your hand at gold panning while learning about the rich mining history of the area. This program is geared towards girl scouts (grades 4-5) earning a Horse Rider or Fan Badge. Advanced registration is required. For more information please contact Deb Bitton at 623-742-6700 or deb@cavecreektrailrides.com

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours
Speaker: Deb Bitton and Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee + program fee
 
More Info: http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com
Contact: Deb Bitton at 623-742-6700 or deb@cavecreektrailrides.com
Location: Meet at the Horse Trailrides
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Archery 101 - Usery Park***CLASS FULL***
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. Advanced registration is required. Please call the park at 480-984-0032 to register. Limited to 20 participants. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range.***CLASS FULL***

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 8:30 AM    
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Natural History and Short Hike - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come join naturalist Frank Meyerholtz at the South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead for some insight into the Sonoran Desert and to stretch your legs on this scenic short hike. Frank will be leading hikes on the hour until Noon.

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour (1 mile) for 4 repeated times
Speaker: Naturalist Frank Meyerholtz
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 South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right to park, drive to South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
Peoria, AZ  
All About Butterflies - "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What are the different kinds of butterflies that live in our area? How do they survive and thrive in the desert? Where are the best places to find them? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about butterflies, 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 colorful creatures. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Stargazing at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come and hear experts describe the night sky and it’s constellations. The first part of the program talks about star clusters, the planets and the goings on in our galaxy and others. The second part of the program offers you the opportunity to look through a variety of telescopes that focus on various points of interest in the night sky. Area 4 at 7:30 and bring something to sit on.

Date: 10/13/2012
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Dr. Tony LaConte
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee.
 
More Info: http://www.sttargazingforeveryone.com