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Birding Basics - Bird Watching - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Join us as we venture into a riparian area, along the shoreline and into the desert. We may see a variety of birds. Bring your bird guide, binoculars, and some water. We meet at the north end of Lake Pleasant in the Cottonwood Day Use Area (follow road signs). Program last approximately two hours.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
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 - Cottonwood Day Use Area
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., go 5 miles and turn right, pay, take next right (Cottonwood)
Peoria, AZ  
Fridays Fitness Hike – Scenic Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park- ALL Fridays Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. We build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 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 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Backyard Birding - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Do you drink coffee on your back porch Saturday mornings wondering about the names of the little birds flittering about? Bring your coffee to Usery Park and explore the endless possibilities of backyard birding with bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker. Learn how to attract different birds to your own backyard and what you must provide to your feathered friends. Ask Sandy what your responsibilities are as a backyard birdwatcher and what you can expect. Please bring binoculars and water. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Fitness Friday at Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
November 8 Friday 9:00 am Fitness Friday (moderate) Get your day started with a two to three mile brisk, non-interpretive walk. Participants need not be tri-athletes, just ordinary folks who would like to add diversity to their existing walking program. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 90 minutes
Speaker: Kevin Smith, park ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and caregivers with small children, ages 3 – 6. Along with Miss Lynn, the kids will howl like coyotes, do the “bobcat crawl” and learn how to hydrate by counting gulps of water on their fingers. We will explore the desert along the scenic Merkle Trail. The hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Snake Feeding
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
You can learn about the habits if some of the creatures of the desert by coming into the nature center during feeding time. (Caution - creatures are fed live animals so this could be upsetting to some people or small children.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: 30 minutes
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: nature center
 
Address:
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Snake Feeding - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Stop by the Nature Center and watch our reptiles eat their dinner. This is your chance to see it happen! Join us for the fun and learn about these interesting creatures. Location: Nature Center

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: up to 30 minutes
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Survival Series - 1 - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
First in our Survival Series, this month, is “Planning & Gear”. The wilderness does not tolerate the unprepared. So find out what it’s going to take to make it out there. Meet in the Nature Center. Remember, fail to plan, plan to fail.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 6:00 PM    
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
The Geology of Arizona - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Ever wonder about the fascinating mountains and rock formations seen throughout Arizona? Join local geology professor, A. J. Lombard, as he shares a wealth of information about the unique geology of Arizona in this one-hour slide presentation. Bring your curiosities and questions to Usery Park and discover lots of amazing things about our state’s incredible geology! Location: Nature Center.

Date: 11/8/2013
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car