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<February 2013>

Trail Master Series - Level 7 - 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 seventh hike in the series and will be 7.5-miles round trip. Please wear appropriate hiking attire and bring water and snacks.

Date: 2/17/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 4 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
Find the Ranger at Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
February 17 Sunday 9:00 am Find the Ranger (easy) This open-house style program features the park ranger hiking along the Metate Trail and stopping to talk with park visitors. The ranger will have some photos of desert animals as well as some old photos of the Spur Cross dude ranch from back in its heyday. The ranger will also be available to answer questions about the park, discuss park history, and help identify desert plants and animals.

Date: 2/17/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park ranger Kevin Smith
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail
Mammals of the Desert at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the White Tank Park Nature Center for a talk about the habits of the mammals that inhabit our desert. This is not a hiking event but you are welcome to hike any one of our many trails after the talk. On display will be pelts, pictures and skulls of some creatures of the desert. This will be held in the Park Nature Center classroom. $2.00 per person or $6.00 per family ($6 can be used for park entry).

Date: 2/17/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00 per person or $6.00 per vehicle (the $6 will get you into the Park later)
Location: Nature Center Classroom.
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this introduction to some of the fascinating plants and animals of our Sonoran Desert as we enjoy a scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 2/17/2013
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How have people survived off the land for thousands of years? Which desert plants are edible and when are they edible? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about desert edibles, then this walk is for you! Join Ranger B on this quarter-mile stroll along the Desert Hawk Trail as he shares some useful facts about our edible desert plants. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 2/17/2013
Time: 2:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car