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Fridays Fitness Hike - *STRENUOUS* -Sonoran Trail- (Meet @ end Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Today's hike is *STRENUOUS*. For experienced hikers only. Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park- ALL Fridays Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. We build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water. Meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead-- at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, in Fountain Hills (outside of park), for this strenuous hike on the Sonoran Trail.

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 4 hours
Speaker: Volunteer Kevin Buettner
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2 walk-in fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Fitness Friday at Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 25 Friday 8:00 am Fitness Friday (moderate) Get your day started with a two to three mile brisk, non-interpretive walk. Participants need not be tri-athletes, just ordinary folks who would like to add diversity to their existing walking program. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM    Duration: 90 minutes
Speaker: Kevin Smith, park ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
The Desert Tortoise - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Explore the world of the desert tortoise! Learn about their diet, behaviors and habitat. Come to the Nature Center for this program and to see these amazing animals in person.

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
 
Bird Journeys - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Every spring and autumn one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife migrations passes unseen within hundreds of feet of our own neighborhoods – the night flights of millions of songbirds. If you’d like to know about the lives of songbirds during their travels, then this program is for you. Meet in the Nature Center.

Date: 4/25/2014
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: tishiastewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park Nature Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat? Bring your questions for Ranger Amy to our cool Visitor Center to watch our exhibit animals being fed. Meet our baby tortoises, desert blonde tarantula and giant desert hairy scorpion.Feeding takes place at the Visitor Center.

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy
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
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat its dinner? Join us at the Nature Center to watch park staff feed our resident creatures, including rattlesnakes, scorpions, a Gila monster, and a tarantula.

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    
Speaker: park staff
Registration Required: No    
Fee: free
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Nature Center
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Desert Mythbusters - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are rattlesnakes really dangerous? Can you drink water from a cactus? Do “jumping cactus” really jump? Do the arms of a saguaro help to keep it balanced? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about our desert, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B busts some myths about our desert. Location: Nature Center. Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7pm. Then join our “Animal Flashlight Walk” at 7:30pm at no extra cost!

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 6:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
The Desert Night - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Grab your flashlights and join the Ranger for adventure as we hike into the desert night! You never know who we will meet after sunset! Be sure to bring your cameras, blacklights, water, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center for this exciting excursion!

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 6:00 PM    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
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
We are the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide. Help Ranger B find us if you can! If you would like to learn about us and enjoy a night walk in the desert, then join Ranger B as he takes you on this exciting 1-mile/1-hour walk along the Merkle Trail. The Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, a flashlight, and closed-toe shoes. No pets, please. Location: Area 6. Join our “Desert Mythbusters” program inside our Nature Center at 6pm, and our snake feeding at 7pm at no extra cost!

Date: 4/25/2014
Time: 7:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car