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<December 2012>

Find the Ranger - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This open-house style program features our ranger hiking along the Wind Cave Trail and stopping to talk to park visitors. Our ranger will be available to answer questions about the park, identify desert plants, or even explain which animals call Usery Park “home”. Carry ample water. 9am-11am.

Date: 12/2/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Guided Ranger Hike along the North Trail – McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The North Trail is one of McDowell's most popular trails, as it was not burned during the Rio Fire of 1995. This is an easy, level, 3 mile loop, with a great diversity of desert life. Ranger Amy will answer your burning questions about the desert, and point out birds and other wildlife that we might see along this 2 hour walk. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the North Trail trailhead.

Date: 12/2/2012
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of, AZ  
Wildlife Tracking - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Have you ever been curious to know who made those "tracks" in the dirt? Or have you ever wondered who pooped there? Come join us as we investigate the world of tracks and scat. We will begin our adventure inside the Nature Center learning about the different animals that live in the Sonoran Desert and the clues they leave behind. Then we will finish off with hike to apply our new found knowledge of looking for and understanding these clues. As a fun activity we will be making plaster cast tracks of some of your favorite desert critters to take home. Please bring water, wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. No dogs please. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 12/2/2012
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Ranger Mark -
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
Kid's Adventure Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids, would you like to go on an outdoor adventure? Then this fun hike is for you! Along the way we do nature activities and discover cool things about wild animals. Each participant will receive their own free adventure journal! This program involves a 1-mile hike and is designed for kids ages 7-10. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 12/2/2012
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car