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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: 12/30/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Trail Master Series - Level 4 - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Have you hiked all 20 miles of the beautiful trails at San Tan? Join the adventure and increase your skill level as we hike every trail in the park, while gradually increasing difficulty as we go along. This is the fourth hike in the series and will be 4.6-miles round trip. Please wear appropriate hiking attire and bring water.

Date: 12/30/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Interpretive Hike along the Scenic Trail – CANCELLED by the flu bug
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The Scenic Trail is a 4.8 mile ridgeline hike with great views of mountain ranges in all directions. Ranger Amy will point out an ancient petroglyph, a crested saguaro, and of course, birds and other wildlife that we might see along this moderate, 2 1/2 hour walk. Please wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Date: 12/30/2012
Time: 9:30 AM    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.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Painting Desert Animals on Rocks - this program is CANCELLED
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Unleash your creativity and enjoy an afternoon of painting on rocks in our comfy Visitor Center. You may think that is just for kids...but wait until you see the art you can create with just a few tips and tricks. Ranger Amy will show you some surprisingly easy techniques that even children can use to create keepsakes out of river rocks, using the popular book series, "Painting Animals on Rocks" by Lin Wellford. http://www.linwellford.com/ Hot chocolate will be provided, free of charge. This program is suitable for ages 4 through adult. Painting mocks will be provided, or you can wear a shirt that can get permanent paint on it.

Date: 12/30/2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    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 Nature Center
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
"Just for Kids" - Kid vs. Wild - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids, what would you do if you got lost in the desert? This fun program will teach you what to do! You will learn how to find your way, signal for help, build an emergency shelter, and avoid desert dangers. This program involves a 1-mile hike and is designed for kids ages 7-12. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

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