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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: 12/18/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Desert Washes Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
December 18 Wednesday 9:00 am Desert Washes Walk (moderate) Come discover the fascinating world of a desert wash. This hike will feature the exploration of Cottonwood Wash which drains into Cave Creek. Along the way we will discuss desert washes and mesas and how the ecosystems differ. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. Bring plenty of water.

Date: 12/18/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
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
 
Meandering the Merkle - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
You never know what you’re going to find out in our desert! Join desert afficionado, Susan Peters, on this 1-mile/1-hour stroll along the Merkle Trail in search of desert plants, animals, and whatever else interests you. The Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring your questions, a bottle of water, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 12/18/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
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: 12/18/2013
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee, plus standard horse rental fees
 
Contact: Corral West Stables 623-882-3808
 
Family Full Moon Hike - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Relatives in town for the Holiday, and looking for something to do on a Wednesday night? There's no better way to share the desert experience than on a night hike. And since the sun sets so early this month, you can come on out and still get the kids to bed on time. Flashlights are not necessary (the moon is so bright!), but permitted. Bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes. Hiking time is 2 1/2 hours, and 3 miles. Children should have experience in hikes of this length or longer. No pets please. Hikes begin at the Trailhead Staging area. Moonlit hike programs are free with $6/vehicle entry to the Park.

Date: 12/18/2013
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 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.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
Full Moon Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this 2-mile hike under the glowing light of December’s “Long Night 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: Staging Area.

Date: 12/18/2013
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car