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<May 2013>

Wednesday Wellness Walk - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
You asked for it, you got it! These early morning walks are geared for anyone who wants to start walking their way toward better health and wellness. Meet at the Gila Trailhead and walk on the 0.5-mile barrier free trail. Get off the couch and get moving with others who have the same goals. As you build your fitness level, you can increase your distance. You are in control of how fast and how far you choose to go each week. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Leave your excuses at home. Meet at the Gila Trailhead.

Date: 5/8/2013
Time: 7:00 AM    Duration: It's up to you!
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
Early Bird Desert Birdwalk --Lousley Hill- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Early Bird Desert Birdwalk. Bring your binocs and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds! This is a steep hill, so wear sturdy shoes and prepare for a somewhat strenuous hike. We’ll look for phainopeplas (often called ‘black cardinals’) and shrikes on this hike with plenty of views. Meet at the Lousley Hill Kiosk.

Date: 5/8/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
May 8 Wednesday 8:00 am Exploring the Dragonfly Trail (moderate) Come along with park docent Tammy Teegardin on this exploration of the newest trail in the Spur Cross trail system, the Dragonfly Trail. On this moderate 3.5 mile hike we will visit a prehistoric rock art site and also stroll along a beautiful section of riparian habitat on Cave Creek.

Date: 5/8/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Tammy Teegardin, park docent
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail
Searching for Saguaro Blossoms! - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Why does the saguaro cactus have such beautiful white blossoms? Why does each bud open for only one night? What are the pollinators of the mighty saguaro? Join us for this stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail in search of the “jolly green giant of the desert” and its gorgeous flowers. Please bring water. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 5/8/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Home School- Desert Adaptations- San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
If your kids are ready to go on an educational adventure, then join us for another exciting Home School at the Park. During this home school adventure we will be exploring the unique adaptations that make life possible for the plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home. Please bring water and wear closed toed shoes for a short desert hike (strollers not recommended).

Date: 5/8/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Adam
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: (480) 655-5554 ext.201
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ