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Experience unique adventures at Arizona State Parks! Click on a month above or read our complete listing below to learn about upcoming events and activities. To learn more about a park, including downloading park maps and getting step by step driving directions, follow the link to the park's web pages. Note that the “External Link” symbol means a link to an external site that opens in a new window. To learn more, read our External Link Disclaimer. Schedule subject to change.

 
November 2014

November 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

General Tour with Jim

11 am. What bird has foot-long wing feathers.... How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro... and can you name a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a general walking tour of the main trail on a walking tour guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd . A Mesa resident and lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. He served with the Arizona Game & Fish Department several years ago, as a Boy Scout volunteer; with a passion for nature and the outdoors he is eager to share. Bring your binoculars, and your questions in a participatory nature walk through the Park with Jim.
(Repeats Nov. 15 and 29)

November 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardener Presentation: "Gardening for Winter Visitors"

11 am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with "Gardening for Winter Visitors" on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). They'll present 'Art in the Garden' Dec. 6. 

November 1 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. External Link The Friends group will be distributing free popcorn. Tickets are $25 each;​five tickets​for $100. All proceeds will benefit the Friends group and Catalina State Park. We accept cash and personal checks.

November 1: 4:30 pm. Tucson Bandstand (Jukebox Favorites: 50s, 60s & 70s)

November 1 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

11 am at Park Visitor Center, finished by 1:30 pm. Limited to 15 participants, weather permitting. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).

November 1 - Patagonia State Park

Patagonia Lake Triathlon

9 am start. Olympic Distance and Open Water Swim. Full details at www.patagoniatri.com. A Challenging Multi-Sport event day. Olympic Distance Tri: 1500m/24.g/10K. Open Water Swim: 1500 M. Aquathlon: 1500M/ 10K. A True Olympic Distance event, sponsored by FINIS, with a smooth 1500 m swim, challenging 24.6 mile bike, and scenic 10K run. Starting at Southern Arizona's Patagonia Lake State Park on the FINIS swim course. Transition to a rigorous climb on the bike- all paved and Roadbike worthy. You will use all your gears on this one. The 10K run is on the Sonoita Creek trail head, mixed dirt and pavement- Mostly Dirt, and also has some tough climbing. Please check out course maps and pre-ride or run the courses if you can. This course has been called the toughest Olympic in Arizona. It is a truly challenging course, low traffic, and very scenic. Aquathlon, Aquabike, Open Water Swim, and 10K run, and Relay Team are all available. Fees are not included in your entry. We encourage you to Camp, Carpool, or consider purchasing an Annual State Park Pass. Register at: http://www.active.com/patagonia-az/water-sports/swimming-races/finis-triathlon-at-patagonia-lake-2014

November 2 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum History Walk Sunday with Sylvia Lee 

10 am. You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about is at:http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html 

November 2 - Tubac Presidio SHP

All Souls Day PromoDía de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration (All Souls Day)

11 am - 4 pm. Join us on the grounds of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park to celebrate Día de los Muertos in a refreshing Tubac way from 11am to 4pm. You may delight in face painting and decorating sugar and/or clay skulls, view an exhibition of ofrendas made by local kids, enjoy displays by Tubac artists and merchants, eat scrumptious food, and revel in rousing Mexican and American music played by the Rio Rico High School Band. $7.50 adult, $2.00 youth (7-13), except youngsters who bring ofrendas are free. All children (younger than 7) are free. Download Event Poster (PDF Document 460 KB PDF)

November 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Nov. 23 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Letter Boxer’ badge for Brownies

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

November 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Live Music Festival

10 am - 4 pm. Veterans Day Weekend Sunday. Included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12. Enjoy a day of live music outdoors around the gardens; performers include Bernie Haley on didgeridoo; the Trio Rio band and more. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 15 - Alamo Lake State Park

Star Night PartyStar Party

Come spend an evening with your family and friends at the park, and observe the wonders of the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes! Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies! Entrance Fees is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults) for the night of viewing and family fun. Camping is available at the park (additional fee). Reserve campsites online. Or Learn about Star Parties, watch video, and see other park event dates.

November 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Arizona badge for Cadettes/Seniors

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours.

John Aho "Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot

6 pm. $30 BTA members, $40 non-members. Familiar plants and scenery are rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by artist and local luminary John Aho. His Saturday night painting-with-light nighttime shoots are limited to 12 photographers. The $30 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $40 for nonmembers). Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot.

Plants of the Bible Land Saturday Guided Walk

1:30 pm. 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. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. 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. Included with $10 daily admission.

Permian PeriodNovember 15 - Red Rock State Park

Beginner to Intermediate Watercolor Class

10 am - 2 pm. Join Sedona watercolor artist Cathy Stedman for a 4 hour watercolor class at Red Rock State Park. Course costs $50 per person per workshop, with an intimate class size of only 12 students. Course fee includes park admission, all art materials, and instruction. Each day's workshop will feature a theme (Red Rocks, Fall Colors). To register please call (928) 282-6907 and have your credit card ready. Please register early: registration is first come, first served.

November 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 pm. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 29 & 30 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival & Live Music

10 am - 4 pm. Pistachio trees around the Arboretum reach their peak color during the last two weeks of November – Fall Foliage gets a salute with this Thanksgiving Weekend event featuring live music by Scott Schaefer and guest performers; also arts-crafts vendors. Hot and spiced apple cider available for $1 - carry some cash as you walk into the gardens. Music included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12.

 
December 2014

December 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Authors At The Arboretum Book Festival

10 am. Meet authors from across southern Arizona, writers from genres ranging from historical fiction and non-fiction, to mystery and suspense, memoir and children’s books. Arboretum Autumn foliage remains glorious in early December, here's a chance "to meet the person behind the pen" and take home personalized holiday gifts for bookworms on your list. Throughout the day, the schedule will feature readings by select authors, music; maybe even a writing workshop or two! Revisit this page in November for a more complete agenda and list of participating authors. For more information contact Kathy O’Dwyer McDonald at kathy@smilingdoglandscapes.com ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520.689.2723

December 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardener Presentation: 'Art in the Garden'

11 am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with 'Art in the Garden' on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). 

December 6 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. External Link The Friends group will be distributing free popcorn. Tickets are $25 each;​five tickets​for $100. All proceeds will benefit the Friends group and Catalina State Park. We accept cash and personal checks.

December 6: 3:00 pm. The Jim Howell Band (Country, Rock, Soul/Blues)

December 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum History Walk Sunday with Sylvia Lee 

10 am. You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about it at: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

December 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Dec. 28 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

 
January 2015

January - Fort Verde State Historic Park

January 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Home School Day Tours

10 am. Homeschooling families are invited to gather and experience our most popular education programs on special Wednesdays where 10:00am tours are scheduled January 14, February 11 and March 11. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. $2.00 per Pre-Kindergarten - High School student. (Ages 4-18) . $2.00 per adult limit two adults per family: additional adults $10 each. Space is limited. Families are asked to reserve in person at the Arboretum Admissions Window or by phone: 520-689-2723, no later than one week prior to each tour.
(Also Feb. 11, March 11)

 
February 2015

February - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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March 2015

March 7 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

2015 AZ Archaeology Expo

The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured. In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.

 
April 2015

April - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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May 2015

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

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