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Panning for Gold - San Tan - Wet N Wild Program
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
This program is part of the “County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this summer” series and we will be giving away a family-four pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park Tickets at the end of the program. Yeee Haww! There’s gold in these here mountains, and we need your help finding it. Take your chance at panning for real gold and hear the story of San Tan’s RICH history along the way. Guests will be able to find, and take home, our “Family Fun Gold Nuggets” as well as participate in a separate gold panning with a real sample of gold. Come experience the San Tan Gold Rush and see if you have what it takes to be a prospector.

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM    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
Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come ready to get wet at this very popular fun activity. We first fit life vest, then we hike down a ½ mile trail to the shoreline, put on our life vest and splash in the water to cool us down! You may borrow life vest from the Ranger or you can bring your own. The hike back up is not too bad, now that we are wet. Bring water and wear water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet (no flip flops). You can also come on the hike and stay dry, but drink lots of water. Hats and sunscreen are good to have also. There are bathrooms at the visitor center and the hike ends at 12PM.

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours (1 mile)
Registration Required: No    
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd.(MP 19), turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind- 'County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer- McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Ever touched a snake? Join Ranger Amy for an up close and personal look at what makes these cold-blooded creatures so fascinating. Touch J.J. the gopher snake and meet 'Elvis' the uh...King...Snake. Bring the family, your camera, and your curiosity. This all-ages program will be indoors at our Nature 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: 7/27/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 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.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
Library Series - The Desert Tortoise
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
This living dinosaur has survived for millions of years. Do you want to know why? Come to the Nature Center classroom to find out. Feel free to bring your lunch for this short (1 hour) presentation.

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Park Ranger
Registration Required: No    
 
Location: Library Classroom
 
Monsoon Mayhem - Estrella- The County Parks are getting Wet 'n' Wild! Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
It’s monsoon season! Learn about these fascinating summer storms by attending this classroom presentation. Paul Catanzarati from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department will educate us about these weather events and teach us how we can protect ourselves and our community. 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: 7/27/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    
Speaker: Paul Catanzarati - Maricopa County Environmental Services
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Desert Edibles - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Mmmmm! Tasty! Learn about some of the appetizing delicacies of the Sonoran Desert inside the comfort of the San Tan Nature Center. Be prepared to be amazed, when you find out what makes a tasty treat in the desert, and what does not. We will also be offering a sweet sampling of Ranger Adam's famous Mesquite Pancakes and Prickly Pear Syrup. No utensils necessary.

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Adam
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://maricopa.gov/parks/santan
Contact: (480) 655-5554 ext.201
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Venomous Creature Feeding - San Tan - Wet N Wild Program
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
This program is part of the “County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this summer” series and we will be giving away a family-four pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park Tickets at the end of the program. 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: 7/27/2013
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM    
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
Sunset Over Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
July 27 Saturday 6:00 pm Sunset Over Spur Cross (easy) Come with us on a casual stroll along the Metate Trail as the sun sets over the hills of the conservation area. The twilight is a prime time to watch for wildlife and take pictures so bring some binoculars and a camera.

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 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
 
All About Scorpions - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How dangerous are scorpions? How can we protect ourselves from them? How do they survive and thrive in our desert? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about scorpions, 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 amazing facts about these desert dwellers. Location: Nature Center. Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7:30pm. Then join our “Scorpion Hunt” at 8:00pm at no extra cost!

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 6:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
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: 7/27/2013
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
Scorpion Hunt - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Did you know that scorpions glow in the dark under a blacklight? Join Ranger B as he leads us on this fun and safe night walk to find these elusive desert dwellers (using our eyes only). You will learn cool facts about these amazing creatures and sharpen your spotting skills! All ages will enjoy this casual one-hour/one-mile walk. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a flashlight (blacklights are recommended and are for sale for $10, batteries and tax included). No pets, please. Location: Trail Staging Area. Join our “All About Scorpions” program inside our Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. and our snake feeding at 7:30 p.m. at no extra cost!

Date: 7/27/2013
Time: 8:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car