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Bird Walk - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable folks from the Sonoran Audobon Society for an easy hike along the Gila River discovering the bird life of Estrella Park. Between the river habitat, mesquite bosque and nearby farm fields, and turf area, over 150 different species have been observed. We are likely to see up to 40 species, including: Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Osprey’s, Hawks, Ibis, and Stilts. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher—you can do it wherever or whoever you are– it’s just more fun to know what they are. Meet at the Nature Center. Rain cancels event.

Date: 6/8/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Duration: about 2 hours
Speaker: Sonoran Audobon Society Guide - Joe Ford
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Rock Art of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
June 8 Saturday 7:00 am Rock Art of Spur Cross (moderate) The petroglyphs found in Spur Cross were created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people. Come and walk in their footsteps as we visit a few of the more impressive sites in the park during this two-hour hike. No dogs on this hike please.

Date: 6/8/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM    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
 
The Desert Grocery Store – North Trail- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The Sonoran Desert is a virtual grocery store and pharmacy… if you know where to look. See (and sample) some of what people used to eat before grocery stores came to Phoenix, and find out which ones are still consumed. Try a pancake made with mesquite flour, or a cracker with agave nectar, along this easy, 2 mile stroll. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 6/8/2013
Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM    
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.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
Survival Series 1 - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
First in our Survival Series, this month, is “Planning & Gear”. The wilderness does not tolerate the unprepared. So find out what it’s going to take to make it out there. Meet in the Nature Center. Remember, fail to plan, plan to fail.

Date: 6/8/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
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
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Venomous Creature Feeding - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
What has no legs, 2 fangs and launches a strike in less than half a second? Come find out as we feed our venomous creatures and snakes in a jaw dropping display of predator meets prey.

Date: 6/8/2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 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
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: 6/8/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM    Duration: 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
Scorpion Scavenger Hunt - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join us for a tantalizing 1-mile hike to explore the wondrous desert life at night. Using a special black light, we will search for one of the true giants of the desert... the Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion. See its fluorescent glow under the black light and learn fascinating facts about these magnificent creatures, as well as other night life critters. Bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire, and a flashlight (black lights also encouraged, but are optional). Black lights will be available to rent for $3.00 at the visitor center through the Friends of San Tan.

Date: 6/8/2013
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Adam
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