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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: 2/20/2014
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: 2/20/2014
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: 2/20/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Wildflower Discovery Walks- North Trail– 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: 2/20/2014
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
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids (including parents and caregivers) will learn about our desert through a fun story, game, and a short nature walk. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program as we have three shaded playgrounds in our park. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 2/20/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Ride with the Ranger - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Mount up, Pardners! Join the posse at Cave Creek Trail Rides and go for a horseback ride thru the Sonoran Desert foothills with the Park Ranger. A great way to learn about and enjoy the beauty of the most bio-diverse desert on the planet! You must book your reservation with Cave Creek Trail Rides at: 623-742-6700 Giddy-up!

Date: 2/20/2014
Time: 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee + Horse Rental Fee
 
More Info: http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com
Contact: Cave Creek Trail Rides 623-742-6700
Location: Cave Creek Trail Rides/ask for directions at Park main entrance
 
Address:
37019 North Lava Lane - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Ride with the Ranger on a Horse- San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the San Tan Mountains as you navigate the park atop your trusty steed. Our ranger and the professionals from MD Ranch will guide you through the Sonoran Desert on a trail ride you will never forget. Learn about the plants and animals that call San Tan home, and grab your cowboy hat for this exciting ride through the park. Horses must be reserved ahead of time through MD Ranch at (480)331-7893. Spots are limited. Trail rides are available any time. Call to set up your own personalized horseback adventure.

Date: 2/20/2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6 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 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242