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<July 2013>

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: 7/13/2013
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
14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
Clay Mine Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join us for adventure as we explore the Clay Mine! This will be an easy 2 mile hike (round trip). Once inside, we'll discuss the history of this mine and learn how its contents were used to "cure what ailed ya"! We'll supply the hard hats. You bring water, a flashlight, & sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot and follow the signs to the mine. This is an "open house" format, so you may come and go at your convenience during the designated time slot. The mine will be closed promptly at 10am.

Date: 7/13/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Ranger Mark -
Location: the Nature Center parking lot
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
Fruits of the Desert - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
July 13 Saturday 7:00 am Fruits of the Desert (easy) Come join us on a quest to find and taste some of the edible plants that have sustained the native peoples of this region. We will harvest and taste one of the most important foods, the fruit of the saguaro cactus, as well as look to see what else is available this time of the year. Bring plenty of water. 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)

Date: 7/13/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Park ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488--6623 or e-mail
Drop-In Tortoise Feedings- McDowell Park Visitor Center
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Drop-in Tortoise Feedings Come meet our resident tortoises, Lily, Lady, McKenzie and Scarlett. Drop in anytime between 8:00 & 8:30am to help Ranger Amy feed them breakfast! 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: 7/13/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Duration: 1 hour
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.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
Cool Kids Sprinkler Fun - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Bring your kids to the park to enjoy some time outside. We will have a small area of sprinklers set up for the kids to run through in our grass picnic area. Adults can sit in the shade of a nearby ramada, or bring your own lawn chair for a little relaxation in the park while the kids cool off in the water. Sprinklers will be set up for a limited time (1.5 hours) and parents must stay and supervise their little ones. Location: Ramada #2 in our picnic area. Wet 'n' Wild program!

Date: 7/13/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: up to 1.5 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
Venomous Creatures at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the White Tank Nature Center for a talk about cold blooded creatures that inhabit our desert. This is not a hiking event but you are welcome to hike any one of our many trails after the talk. On display will be some venomous creatures and a few other creepy crawlies of the desert.

Date: 7/13/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Park Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee (can be used to get into the park after the class).
All About Kayaking - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in kayaking? Want to know how to get started? Want to learn about area lakes and rivers to kayak? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about kayaking, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares some helpful information about this fun activity. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 7/13/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Moonlight Hike - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at night, as we hike under the light from the beautifuldesert moon. Join us for a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. Listen for the sounds of wildlife and explore the night-life atmosphere. The pace of the hike will be relatively mild or slow to help enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are welcomed.

Date: 7/13/2013
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ