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Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park
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: 11/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Exploring Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
November 20 Wednesday 9:00 am Exploring Spur Cross (easy) Join park docent Tammy Teegardin for a 2-hour introductory exploration of Spur Cross. From its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle, we explore the wonders of Spur Cross.

Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Tammy Teegardin, park docent
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
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: 11/20/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
True Creepy Crawlies of the Desert- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Meet the true creepy crawlies of the Desert in this indoor interpretive program. They may not be as dangerous as you think, once you get to know them...behind glass, of course. Find out why the saying that 'the smaller scorpions are the most dangerous' is an urban legend, what to do if you are bitten or stung, and why tarantulas may not be so bad after all. Ranger Amy will have some venomous critters such as scorpions, tarantulas, and snakes on hand so that you can get a closer look...if you dare! Program takes place in the Visitor Center.

Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
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
Wednesday Wellness Walk - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
These walks are geared for anyone who wants to start walking their way toward better health and wellness. Meet at the Gila Trailhead and walk on the 0.5-mile barrier free trail. Get off the couch and get moving with others who have the same goals. As you build your fitness level, you can increase your distance. You are in control of how fast and how far you choose to go each week. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Leave your excuses at home. Meet at the Gila Trailhead.

Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    Duration: It's up to you!
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Gila Trailhead - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Ride with the Ranger - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join Ranger Amy and Corral West Horse Adventures as we introduce you to the amazing wonders of Estrella Mountain Regional Park and the Sonoran Desert on horseback. This will be a one-hour trail ride. $6 vehicle entry fee plus standard horse rental fees apply. Registration is required for the fee based program. Please call 623-882-3808 to sign up.

Date: 11/20/2013
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee, plus standard horse rental fees