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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

 

July 1: Arboretum Book Club Title: "Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico”

9am. The informal book club at Boyce Thompson Arboretum showcases a new title each month, with a lively discussion group. Our book for July 8 will be "Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico, The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847" Edited by Stella M. Drumm In June 1846 Shelby Magoffin set out with her husband on a trek from Independence, Missouri, through New Mexico and South to Chihuahua, Mexico. Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico, edited by Stella M. Drumm, is Shelby’s journal describing the excitement, routine and dangers during her fifteen months on the trail. She wrote down in detail the customs and appearances of the places that she visited and of her meeting with Zachary Taylor. She gave birth to her first child during the journey and wrote “This thing of marrying is not what it is cracked up to be.” Shelby’s journal is valuable as a social and historical record, and also traces the growth of a pioneer woman coming to terms with herself. Attendance at our once-a-month meetup is included with $10 daily admission if you're not already among our annual members, or don't have an AZ State Parks annual pass (and free, of course, to all who do). And each month's book is available in our gift shop. Stop by this week for your copy or order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call (520) 689-2723. RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email meeting coordinator Vicki.

July 2: Dragonfly Walks with Justin Jones & Roger Racut (repeats August 6 with Joanna Henry)

8:30 am. Arizona authors Rich Bailowitz and Doug Danforth celebrate publication of their new ‘Damselflies & Dragonflies of AZ and Sonora’ by signing copies and guiding a dragonfly walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park July 2. The definitive resource to Arizona odonatan, and quite literally from A-Z (that's Anisoptera to Zygoptera), the thorough book is illustrated with closeups that reveal subtle field marks and explain characteristics, distribution, and genera and species numbers. Their walk is included with $10 daily admission; free when you bring your AZ State Parks annual pass. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

July 2: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour with Jim Shepherd

9am. Arizona State Parks Volunteers Jim guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. Increase your understanding of plants and trees from around the world with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Find out about the history of the park, its founder, and his famous mansion on the ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 9:00 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

July 9: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with Reptile Researchers (another walk July 30)

8am. This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular ‘Lizard Walks’ are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. July 9 guides are AZ Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt -- plus Tucson author Larry Jones (he wrote Lizards of the American Southwest). This walk is offerd again July 30, but with Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci’ as the special guest tourguide on that Saturday. Lizard walks August 13 and also September 10 feature Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in the Arboretum Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

July 9: Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

6:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 6:30 am and guided by Kathe Anderson July 9 and again August 7. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

July 16: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats Aug. 20)

8am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

July 23: Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille

8am. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour with professional geologist Rich Leveille starting at 8:00 am; his tour compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

July 23: Butterfly Walk with Marceline

8:30am. Marceline VandeWater guides Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure, Pipevine Swallowtail and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Our guide for the Aug. 27 walk is Adriane Grimaldi – education director at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert PlantsJuly 24: Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk

8am. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced, leisurely tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts who explain ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years.
** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Learn Your LizardsJuly 30 : Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with ‘Wild Man Phil’

8am. This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular ‘Lizard Walks’ are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. July 30 guide is Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci’. Lizard walks August 13 and also September 10 feature Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in the Arboretum Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

Catalina State Park

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - Mike Moutoux – New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy

7pm. Join Mike Moutoux, New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy, for our First Saturday Concert in Catalina State Park. Get ready to ride along as Mike shares classic cowboy music. He will also be sharing the unique American art form of cowboy poetry. Visit his website at www.mikemoutoux.com . All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Join Mike on July 2nd at 7pm and look forward to the next concert on the First Saturday in August.

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Catalina State ParkSunday, July 03, 2016 - CSPark – 50th Year Trail

[6mi/450’/6:30am] Park and meet at Equestrian Center (If you don’t know where it is, please inquire at the entrance booth and get a small free map.) An easy hike, returning by another pleasant trail to make a loop. Gaston Meloche, VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - CSPark “Park’s best short trails loop”

[6mi/300’/6:30am] Park and meet at CSPark main trailhead (near the two small buildings). Gaston Meloche, VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, July 17, 2016 CSPark - Hole in Rock

[6mi/300’/6:30am] Park and meet at main trailhead parking, (near the two small buildings). Gaston Meloche VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - CSPark - Alamo Canyon Loop

[6mi/300’/6:30am] Park and meet at Romero Ruins parking (inquire for directions at entrance kiosk and get a free small map). Hike on north side trail from Romero Ruins start point to canyon and cross over to south side. Visit flat rocks amphitheater area with season stream. Return via south-side route following trails and washes. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - CSPark - Cabin, Cargodera & Sutherland Trail Loop

[7mi/350’/6:30am] Park and meet at the CSPark main trailhead near the two small buildings). Hike to Cargodera Cyn (Flat Rock). Take Connector trail to the “stone cabin” at the N end of the Park. This spot is, apparently, the location of the original Sutherland Ranch. Return to main trailhead using various unnamed trails. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

 

Red Rock State Park

Sunday June 3: Video Presentation in the Theater - Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona (Repeats July 10 & 24)

1pm. On these select dates you are invited to watch a very interesting video presentation about Native American archeological sites in Northern Arizona. These sites contain the cultural legacy of a fascinating prehistoric Indian people who first settled here nearly 1,500 years ago. Learn about the settlements they built, how their culture flourished, and the sophisticated structures and artifacts that reveal much about their lives. Today, you can almost see their culture evolve, from the farmlands of Sunset Crater, to the sprawling settlements of Wupatki, and the spectacular cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle. Hike into Walnut Canyon and explore Tuzigoot, looming over the landscape in the fertile Verde Valley. This video presentation is included with your entrance fees. For additional information please call (928) 282-6907.

 

Oak Creek Watershed CouncilJuly 17: Sunday Lecture by the Oak Creek Watershed Council

1pm. Come join conservation professionals Nick Kowall and Max Tapia from the Oak Creek Watershed Council for an interesting and informative talk about our beloved Oak Creek waterway. They will cover the major importance of the creek and the challenges we face in preserving it's pristine nature. The presentation will start with a short award winning documentary called "Loved to Death" followed by a discussion with Nick and Max. This event is included with your entrance fees. Seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. For additional information and reservations please call (928) 282-6907.

 

Full Moon HikeJuly 19: Full Moon Hike

6:30pm. The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts 2 - 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required in addition to an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7 - 13), and free for children (0 - 6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. This hike fills up early in the month so please call (928)282-6907 to reserve your spot.

 

Thinking About Global Warming in AZ. July 31: Sunday Lecture: Thinking About Global Warming in Arizona by Dr. Matthew Goodwinst

1pm. What is known or unknown about global warming? What are the levels of certainty and uncertainty in the science? How do we identify good and bad information about global warming? In this lecture we will talk about how philosophy can help us think about global warming. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience, an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees. Seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. For more information and reservations please call (928)282-6907.

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

ALL SUMMER! - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour
July 11 - Brown Bag Lecture in Memory of Ken O'Dell
July 23 - Evening Lecture: Route 66

 

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Monday, July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

10am.-Noon. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and others. For a special treat kids can make authentic adobe bricks to take home. A face painter will be available to brighten kids’ faces. Free hot dogs, nachos, and lemonade. The “squirt-down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department will be the cooling grand finale. This old-fashioned family celebration is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce with help from our local non-profit organizations. Park admission is FREE during the event.

Tuesday, July 12: Living History: Woodworking

9am.-Noon. For generations, humans have used and shaped wood for practical and creative projects. See how it was done before power tools by watching and listening to a knowledgeable volunteer using hand tools to form and split wood to make staves for a bucket, and then try it yourself. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Tuesday, July 26: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

9am.-Noon. A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Tuesday, July 26: Living History: Spinning

9am.-Noon. Spinning is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Watch and learn how fiber and spinning impacted human activity from ancient to modern times. A knowledgeable volunteer will demonstrate how the spinning wheel produces thread from fiber, and experience spinning with a drop spindle. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Butterfly WalkAugust 6: Dragonfly Walk

8:30am. Dragonfly researcher Joanna Henry is the special guest guide for this once-a-month odonate excursion – and interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features. Join Joanna to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Bring your camera because our guides usually net a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects safe and unharmed to continue flying sorties over Ayer Lake. ASU Professor Pierre Deviche leads the October 1 season finale walk. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by Pierre: http://azdragonfly.net

Guided Bird WalkAugust 7: Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

6:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 6:30 am. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Learn Your LizardsAugust 13: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

8am. This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular ‘Lizard Walks’ are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Lizard walks August 13 and also September 10 feature Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in the Arboretum Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Plants of the BibleAugust 20: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Butterfly WalkAug. 27: Butterfly Walk with Adriane

8:30am. Adriane Grimaldi guides Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure, Pipevine Swallowtail and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Don’t miss our walk – Adriane’s the education director at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

 

 

 

Homolovi State Park

August 6: Suvoyuki Day

8am. Join us to gain insight into the cultural perspectives, lifestyle, language, celebrations, and history of the Hopi Tribe and learn about visitor etiquette on Hopi lands.

Enjoy learning from carvers, jewelers, potters, and basket weavers while hearing Hopi history through storytelling, music, and dancing, and enjoy interpretive exhibits. Take an archaeological tour of pueblo ruins built by various prehistoric people, including ancestors of the Hopi people, between approximately 1260–1400 AD. This annual celebration is a co-operative effort of many organizations — Sumi'nangwa or “All together.”

August 13: Star Party

Details TBA

 

 

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