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*CANCELLED* Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Who needs a gym membership when you can reap the same benefits in the beautiful outdoors? See how fun exercise can be out in the scenic setting of Cave Creek Regional Park. All levels of fitness are welcome. We will set a moderate, steady pace, based on the fitness level of participants. Beginners are welcome. We will hike about a 3.5 miles in a different part of the park each week. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 4/25/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    
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 Parkway85331
Plant Adaptation Hike at White Tank
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
This is a short, 1 mile hike on a flat trail that offers the opportunity to view the flora and fauna of the uplands desert. The hike will discuss plant physiology and adaptability and the symbiotic relationships of desert life forms. It is heavy in science and may not hold the attention of younger children. No dogs please. Meet at Area 4 at 9:00 am.

Date: 4/25/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Speaker: Roger Wilson
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
Location: Area 4
 
Tortoise Talks - McDowell Park Visitor Center
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Tortoise Talks Come meet our new tortoises, Lily, Lady, and Scarlett. Help Ranger Amy feed them lunch! Find out why you should never pick up a wild tortoise, and learn about tortoises that are looking for homes. Don’t forget your camera – our tortoises are very photogenic (and they move slowly so you can get great pictures). Meet out back of the Visitor Center.

Date: 4/25/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM    Duration: 1/2 hour
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.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
*CANCELLED* Ride with the Ranger- Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join the Ranger and Cave Creek Trailrides as we introduce you to the amazing wonders of Cave Creek Park and the Sonoran Desert on horseback! This will be a 1 hour ride where we will introduce you to the nature and landscape as you have never seen it before. Registration is required for this fee based program. ***Please call Cave Creek Trailrides at 623-742-6700 to sign up****

Date: 4/25/2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Cave Creek Trailrides and Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Trail Ride Standard Fee and $6.00 per vehicle park entry
 
More Info: http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com/
Contact: Cave Creek Trailrides 623-742-6700
Location: Cave Creek Trailrides
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
April Full Moon Hike - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Join us for our monthly Full Moon Hike and experience the desert in a whole new way. Flashlights are not necessary, but permitted. Bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes. Hiking time is 2 hours, and 3 miles. No pets please. Hikes begin at the Trailhead Staging area. Moonlit hike programs are free with $6/vehicle entry to the Park. Moonlit hike programs are free with $6/vehicle entry to the Park.

Date: 4/25/2013
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM    
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
Sunset/Full Moon Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Ranger Amy will guide you on this night hike into the Sonoran desert. This 2.5-mile adventure will involve a rocky trail and some moderate climbs. If we are lucky, we may see some saguaros beginning to bloom! Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 4/25/2013
Time: 6:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov