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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: 2/6/2014
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: 2/6/2014
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
Exploring Estrella Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
If you've never visited Estrella Park, this is the perfect time to see what you've been missing! This hike will be approximately 3-miles and cover trails, as well as a walk through the grass picnic area. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 2/6/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: about 2 hours
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
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: 2/6/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    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
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: 2/6/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Wildflower Discovery Walks- Wagner Trailhead– 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 Wagner Trailhead.

Date: 2/6/2014
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: 2/6/2014
Time: 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car