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Thursday Morning Fitness Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Want to get in shape and stay in shape? Want to meet others who want to do the same? Join us for this fun 2-3 mile moderate-pace hike through our scenic desert. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Staging Area.

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Winter Fitness Hikes! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Keep your New Year’s “fitness resolutions” going! You can do it! We will be hiking a variety of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, so lace ‘em up and meet us at the Nature Center to get started! Bring plenty of water!

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Birding Meetup - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in meeting other birders and heading out together in search of birds? Come to Usery Park for a birding adventure with like-minded people. Please bring binoculars, water, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Staging Area.

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Wildflower Discovery Walks- Trailhead Staging Area– McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Join Ranger Amy to identify the gorgeous desert flowers that are blooming in the desert. Every week, different species will appear as the wildflower season unfolds—it is always a surprise what we find! Call the park for updates. Be sure to bring your camera! Every week will be a new location in the park, based on where the prime blooms are, that week. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy Burnett
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  
85255
"Awe"some Arizona: A Look At State Symbols - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
What makes Arizona so “awe” inspiring? The Grand Canyon State has more parks and national monuments than any other state, more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland. Arizona is truly a unique state. Join Ranger Tish as we take a look at what makes Arizona so special including the State’s Symbols. Meet in Nature Center

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: Ranger Tish TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Monsoon and Stormwater Program - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Environmental Services will feature a program on water that will have you thinking differently about water. What happens to all that water from storms? How will future water quality effect the supply in Arizona? Please join us for this informative program.

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Paul Catanzariti - MCES
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle
 
Contact: Ranger Terry Gerber 602-372-7460 x 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Visitor Center
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 West to MP19, turn north on Castle Hot Springs Rd. Take next right into park.
Peoria, AZ  
Snake Feeding - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Stop by the Nature Center to see our live Rattlesnake and Kingsnakes. If you are the squeamish type, but still curious, this program will be good for you. We feed pre-killed mice, so it may be easier for you to digest. Location: Nature Center

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 6:00 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
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Full Moon Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Immediately after the snake feeding, we will hit the trail! This one-mile guided out and back hike is great for beginners. Enjoy the desert in a new way, by moonlight! Meet at Nature Center.

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 6:30 PM    Duration: about an hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Moonlight Hike - Spur Cross **NOTE DATE CHANGE**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
February 13 Thursday 7:00 pm Moonlight Hike (moderate) The Conservation Area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While we will attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one in case you need it. (The park newsletter had Friday listed for this hike but THURSDAY, FEB.13 is the correct date. Sorry for any confusion!)

Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488--6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov