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Discover the Desert Hike with Naturalist Frank at the Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
You will enjoy slow hiking with Naturalist Frank, as he enlightens your insight into the flora of the desert world. This hike starts at the visitor center and is about 1.5 miles and will last about 1.5 hours. The trail is fairly easy to moderate with a slight elevation change. Don't forget your water and a snack!

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours (1.5 miles)
Speaker: Naturalist Frank Meyerholtz
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center 623-780-9857
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd.(MP 19), turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
New to the Area? What to do On, Under and Around Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
If you are new to the area or not, you might want to drop by the visitor center between 11AM and Noon and find out some fun interesting things to do. Naturalist Frank will talk about a number of places to visit or explore. Why not come sit a minute and learn the inside scoop?

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour - on going
Speaker: Naturalist Frank Meyerholtz
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center 623-780-9857
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd.(MP19), turn right to park, follow signs toward visitor center
Peoria, AZ  
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding - “The County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer!" -McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat? Bring your questions for Ranger Amy to our toasty Visitor Center to watch our exhibit animals being fed. Meet our baby tortoises, desert blonde tarantula and giant desert hairy scorpion. Large groups, please rsvp. Program takes place in our Visitor Center. “The County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer!” That means program participants will be eligible to win a 4-pack of tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix! 1. Tickets will be issued one per family. 2. Families can only win one set of 2013 Wet ‘n’ Wild tickets. 3. Visitors must attend the program in full and must be present to win. At the end of the program, the Interpretive Ranger will pull one winning ticket. 4. One 4-pack will be issued per program.

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 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
Wet N Wild Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come ready to get wet and wild! You are required to bring water, sunscreen, a snack, and wear water shoes that will stay on your feet (no flip flops). Old sneakers that you do not mind getting wet and muddy are OK too. This program is a fun family hike and swim, which is very well attended in the summer months. Here is what to expect: we first fit everyone for a life vest (loaner PFDs are available at the trailhead or you may bring your own). Then we hike down to the water, put on our life vest, and enjoy a dip in the water to cool us down. Once we are all wet and happy, we will hike back up to the parking lot. The hike is about 1/2 mile each way and the program last about two hours. Every family attending will have one chance at winning a 4 pack of Wet & Wild Water Park Tickets!

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park at S. Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
 
Address:
Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd.(MP 19), turn right into park, follow signs to program.
Peoria, AZ  
Snake Feeding at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
You can learn about the habits of some of the creatures of the desert by coming into the Visitor’s Center during feeding time. (Caution – creatures are fed live animals so this could be upsetting to some people).

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 3:00 PM    Duration: 1/2 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: Donations accepted
 
Location: Nature Center
 
Venomous Creatures and Snake Feeding - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
It’s dinner time at San Tan and our snakes have an appetite that can only be described as “striking.” Watch as the Snakes and Gila Monster, inside the visitor center, stretch their jaws and swallow their prey whole. Feel free to ask the ranger questions and learn some “rattling” new facts about reptiles. (Please note that this event will feature snakes eating pre-killed mice and may not be suitable for all ages.)

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Pleasant Paddler Program - Wet N Wild Sunset and Full Moon Paddle - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come get Wet 'n' Wild! This is one of the park's most popular programs. Sunsets and full moons are spectacular from a kayak. This slower pace relaxed paddle is about 4 miles and will last 2 hours. Bring your kayak, canoe, or SUP or call Ranger Terry and he will try to hook you up with one. Bring water, a snack, and some glow sticks for your kayak. You also need a flashlight in your paddle craft. WE LEAVE THE SHORE AT 7 PM, DON'T BE LATE! This is a Wet 'n' Wild program, so every family will have one chance at a 4 pack of Wet 'n' Wild Water Park tickets!!!

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours (4 miles)
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle + $2 per paddle craft park entry
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park - North end of Lake Pleasant, near 4-lane launch area
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., go 5 miles and turn right into the park to the 4-lane ramp.
Peoria, AZ  
Adult Moonlight Hike at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Walking into Waterfall Canyon in the moonlight will give you a different perspective on the beauty of the Uplands Desert. We will discuss the unique changes in the desert after the sun sets. Meet at Area 6. Bring a flashlight and bug repellent. No dogs please. – No one under 16 years of age please.

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 7:30 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park Staff
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
Location: Area 6
 
Easy Full Moon Hike @ Estrella - Wet 'n' Wild promotion!
Estrella Mountain Park
The desert is beautiful at night. Experience it first hand on this 2-mile guided walk. This walk will be on our Coldwater trail, a relatively flat, wide trail. Flashlights are welcome, but may not be necessary. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot, then we will re-locate to trailhead. NOTE: This program is part of the “County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer” promotion. At the end of the program, we will give away a free family four-pack (4 free tickets to the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park – a $160 value!!)

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 7:30 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Summer Night Ride Series
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The summer night mountain bike series will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. All riders must have a helmet, a lighting system designed for mountain biking and battery power for 3 hours of riding. Riders must sign-in and sign-out, two hours are allowed to ride the Pemberton Trail. It is highly recommended that you ride this trail in day light before coming out for a night ride. The sign sheets are available at 6:30 for riders who might need extra time. NO RIDERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO START AFTER 8:00 p.m.

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM    Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Speaker: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle to entry the County Regional Park
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: Trailhead Staging Area
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85268
Sunset and Full Moon Hike - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Say adios to the hot sun and hello to the cool full moon because on this cool desert hike we will be enjoying both a beautiful sunset to the west and a gorgeous full moon above. Once the sun is gone, the full moon will illuminate our path through 2.2 miles of a stunning Sonoran Desert night scene. Bring your cameras and water for a spectacular night hike you won’t forget.

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Full Moon Hike - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
June 22 Saturday 8:00 pm Full Moon Hike (moderate) The Conservation Area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While we will attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one in case you need it.

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488--6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Full Moon Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this 2-mile hike under the glowing light of the full moon. This is a is a great opportunity to experience sights and sounds of the desert at night! Bring your sense of adventure for this interpretive hike with our park ranger, Ranger B. Please bring a flashlight, water, and closed-toe shoes. No pets, please. Location: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 6/22/2013
Time: 8:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car