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CANCELLED- Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Cancelled due to rain. 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. Meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead-- at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, in Fountain Hills (outside of park).

Date: 12/20/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 3.5 hours
Speaker: Volunteer Kevin Buettner
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2 walk-in 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  
Get Warmed Up for the Fitness Series - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
We will be warming up for our fitness series starting on January 10th. This will be an easy 1.3 mile hike following portions of our Littleleaf and Goldmine trails. Along the way you will get to know your fellow hikers and receive some great tips on general fitness and hiking gear. Remember, always bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 12/20/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Tishia
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 480-655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park Nature Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
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: 12/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Fitness Friday at Spur Cross**CANCELLED**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
December 20 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.(THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO MUDDY TRAILS AND FORECAST RAIN)

Date: 12/20/2013
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
 
Fitness Holiday Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Holiday treats weighing you down? Treat your waistline by heading out on the trail with Ranger Amy. This 3-mile fitness hike on the baseline trail will help you enjoy those holiday treats with a little less guilt! Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 12/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
 
Home School Program: "Bugged Out About Bugs" - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Don’t let tiny bugs get to you! Study about many different species to learn their ways and how they fit into the environment. Are they helpful or harmful to you? Come and find out for yourself! NOTE: Pre-registration is required through the Arizona Science Center. To register, please call the Arizona Science Center at (602) 716-2000 ext. 229, or email campbellm@azscience.org. Arizona Science Center members: $20 for the first child, $10 for the second child, and $5 for each additional child. Non-members: $30 for the first child, $10 for the second child, and $5 for each additional child. There is also a $6 per vehicle entry fee to enter the park unless you have a county parks annual pass. Location: Usery Park Nature Center.

Date: 12/20/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: See program description
 
 
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Join us to learn about the habits of some of the creatures of the desert by coming into the Nature Center during feeding time. (Caution - Our snakes are fed live animals. This could be upsetting to some people or small children.

Date: 12/20/2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM    
Speaker: park staff
Registration Required: No    
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Nature Center
 
Address:
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355