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"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course
Desert Outdoor Center
Have you ever wanted to give flat water lake kayaking a try? Well here is your chance. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, the Desert Outdoor Center, and Cabelas is once again presenting the "Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" program. The program starts with a free one hour informational classroom session held at the Glendale Cabelas on Friday evening (you will not get wet). You do not need to register to attend the classroom session.

Dates of free 1-hour classroom introductory sessions are: August 2, August 16, September 13

Then if you would like to experience flat-water kayaking on Lake Plesant, you may sign up for an on-the-water session that will be held at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant. The $40 registration fee for the on-the-water portion will be collected during the evening classroom session at Cabelas. Registration for on-the-water sessions begins at 6:00pm on a first come, first serve basis. Cash or check only please. Ages 12 & up, but if under 18 years then must be accompanied by an adult. Call 602-372-7470 for more information.

Dates for 3-hour on-the-water sessions are: August 10, August 24, September 21 (choose from a 7AM or 9AM arrival time; sign up and pay at any of the Friday classes; on-water sessions fill up fast, so first come, first served)

PLEASE NOTE: The Desert Outdoor Center is a gated facility, so you must be registered to attend. Gates will be open 30 minutes before each session begins.

***There is no boat ramp access to launch a kayak at this facility, so please do not bring your personal kayaks. The boat dock is about a 1/4 mi down from the facility, so please be prepared for a short hike.

Date: 9/21/2013
Time: 7:00 AM    Duration: 3 hrs, Pick either the 7 - 10 or 9 - 12 session
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Classroom session-FREE; $35/person for on-water session (cash or check, please)
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc/pdf/2013/GetWetKayakingflyerFall2013.pdf
Contact: Desert Outdoor Center 602-372-7470
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N 87th Ave
Peoria, AZ  
85383
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
September 21 Saturday 8:00 am Ruins of Spur Cross (moderate) Join us for this 2.5 mile hike that will introduce you to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture as we trek on up to one of their mesa-top compounds.

Date: 9/21/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 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
 
***PROGRAM CANCELLED*** Panning for Gold - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
***This program has been cancelled. Please look at our calendar to see more exciting programs available. We apologize for any inconveniences. Thank you for supporting Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.*** Yeee Haww! There is 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. 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: 9/21/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 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
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat? Bring your questions for Ranger Amy to our cool Visitor Center to watch our exhibit animals being fed. Meet our baby tortoises, desert blonde tarantula and giant desert hairy scorpion.Feeding takes place at the Visitor Center.

Date: 9/21/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    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.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
Snake 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: 9/21/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 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
Nocturnal Nature Hike! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
I case you hadn’t noticed, it’s cooler after the sun sets. And that’s when things get busy, in the desert. Things go unnoticed in the dark, lurking in the shadows, under the starlit skies. So let’s take a short hike and see if we can notice the “unnoticed”. Meet Ranger Mark at the Nature Center for this Nocturnal adventure. Bring your camera, flashlight, blacklight, and plenty of water. Dress for adventure, including sturdy shoes.

Date: 9/21/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Duration: 2 hrs.
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Cave Creek Regional Park - Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Venomous Reptiles - LIVE!! - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join reptile expert, Cale Morris, for this exciting presentation of live venomous reptiles! Cale will be bringing several different rattlesnakes and a gila monster with him. Bring your curiosities and questions to Usery Park and discover lots of cool things about these rockin’ reptiles! Location: Nature Center.

Date: 9/21/2013
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car