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April Calendar of Events at Arizona State Parks

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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Wildman Phil at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.April 30 - Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with 'Wild Man Phil'

10am. This entertaining guided tour around the colorful gardens is not just for kids -- popular Summertime Lizard Walks are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci is the featured guide April 30. In May daily hours return to the Summer schedule (6am-3pm) and Phil leads this walk again May 14 when the walk moves to an earlier 8am. (with the same start time on June 11). Connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook HERE. Walks continue July 9 with Arizona Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt and Tucson author Larry Jones (Lizards of the American Southwest). 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 at BTA; they're included with $10 daily admission. See photos and read more http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

 

 

Catalina State Park

Wednesday: Guided Bird Walks

7:30am. Both novice and seasoned birder enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced bird guide, Mary Ellen, will help you spot and identify various birds as you walk through the park. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This eventful walk lasts several hours.

Saturdays: Weather Permitting: Nature Program

10am. Learn and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert. Listen to our experts talk about the creatures and their adaptions for surviving in the desert. This is a live reptile exhibit and much more! This is fun for all ages! Program is weather permitting, which includes monitoring the day’s heat. If it’s too hot, the program will be cancelled for the day.

Sundays: Guided Hikes

Times vary. Explore the trails of Catalina State Park with experienced hiking guide, Gaston. Consult website to learn of hiking routes. Please register by 4 PM Saturday prior to the hike at VHC.Gaston@gmail.com. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to occur. As hikes depart promptly, please arrive 5 minutes early. If rain threatens, the guide will phone the registered hiker ASAP or about one hour before the scheduled hike time, whichever comes first. Please inform the guide of any medical condition, medication, or allergy to Aspirin.

Saturday, April 30: Solar Pot Luck

(All Day) Dinner at 5pm. Join Citizens for Solar at our Annual Solar Potluck and experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Catalina State Park, Arizona State Parks.
The Solar Potluck is an educational, family-friendly event. Learn about solar cooking, solar PV, solar hot water, energy conservation and other “green” topics.

We’ll have speakers and musicians throughout the day on a stage with a PA system powered by solar energy. talk to our vendors and exhibitors, and enter our raffle, where you can win valuable prizes, including a home energy audit and solar ovens. Raffle tickets are available at our concession stand, where we’ll also have Solar Potluck T-shirts and bottled water for sale.

If you are a solar cook, please bring your own solar oven(s) and join us for cooking. The Solar Potluck and Exhibition opens to the public at 10am., but we ask that our solar cooks have their ovens set up by 9:30am. The Potluck dinner is at around 5pm. All of our guests are invited to join us at our potluck dinner. It’s not necessary to contribute anything, but we encourage bringing a dish to share. Salads, fruit, desserts and other dishes are always appreciated.

Bring your own eating utensils (plate/bowl and fork/spoon) and help make Tucson’s Solar Potluck a waste-free event. Make sure you wear comfy shoes, a brimmed hat and sunscreen. The festival will be held come sun, rain or wind! The cost of the Solar Potluck is free; $7/car to get into the Park.
If you have questions or would like more information about the event, please contact Bruce Joseph via bjoseph1@comcast.net

 

Homlovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Saturday, April 30: Tsu'vö Loop Trail and Petroglyphs

9:30am. Join a Park Ranger on a 2 mile hike to the Tsu'vö Petroglyph Site. This easy hike through upper-Sonoran grassland will explore some of the park’s prehistoric petroglyphs and offers panoramic views of the Little Colorado River Valley. Day use-fee of $7 required. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center. (est. time: 1:45 hours)

 

 

Lost Dutchman State Park

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Friday, April 29: Sky Talk

7:30pm. Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges. Parking and seating at campground amphitheater.

 

 

Oracle State Park

Saturday, April 30: Arthropod Diversity – Bugs and Stuff

1pm. Program begins in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Join Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Docent, Bob Elder, for a power point presentation to learn more about the world of arthropods of the Sonoran Desert. Please call for a reservation. Free with park admission.

 

 

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Saturday, April 30: Star Party

Star Party Event 1pm-5pm & 7pm-10pm. There will be two separate viewings at the park, the first one being a solar viewing, the second will be the star viewing. Participants will be able to view the sun through a telescope with a specialized lens that allows you to look directly into the sun. This viewing will be open to the public at just our regular park entrance fee of $7 per person for everyone 14 and older, and $4 per person for everyone 7-13, 6 and under are free.

The second viewing will be the Star Night event. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park closes at 5 P.M. so reservations are required in advance for the night event. If you entered the park during the day, you will have to exit the park at closing and re-enter at 6:15 when the park will re-open for the night event. To make reservation please call (928) 476-4202 or email Gavin at gerickson(at)azstateparks.gov, reservations must be made in advance of the event, no later than 2 P.M. on the day of the event. Charges for the night event will be at a rate of $7 per person everyone 14 and older, with the $4 per person for everyone 7-13, 6 and under are free (note that if you paid your entrance during the day that you do not have to pay again, just keep the tag you were given upon entering the park to re-enter for the night event at no additional fee). This event will be from 7-10 P.M. and will begin with a PowerPoint presentation at 7pm. At 8pm. they will begin the stargazing where astronomers will volunteer their expertise and telescopes for visitors to view an assortment of night sky attractions. For the night event we ask that you bring a folding chair, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), a sweater or jacket (the temperatures will drop after the sun sets).

 

May Calendar of Events at Arizona State Parks

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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May 1: Arboretum History Walk (last history walk ‘til next Fall)

10am. You may have walked the 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 on the first Sunday each month this Fall. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about BTA History http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

May 1: Girl Scout Badge Workshop (more Girl Scout workshops May 7, 14 and 28)

9am. $10 per scout, $10 per adult chaperone - call (520) 689.2723 to pre-register and prepay. Girl Scout badge workshops continue with 'Animal Habitats' badge activity for Juniors May 1, 'Senses' for Brownies May 7, 'Wood Worker' for Cadettes May 14 and the 'Arizona' patch for Brownies May 21. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

May 7: Dragonfly Walks with Justin Jones & Roger Racut (also June 4 & July 2)

8:30am.  Dragonfly enthusiasts Roger Racut & Justin Jones guide our once-a-month odonate excursion -- an interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Bring your camera because Pierre safely nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche: http://azdragonfly.net

May 7: Guided Walk of the Main Trail with Jim Shepherd (repeats May 21 & June 4)

9am. Can you name the oldest tree or oldest plant in Arizona? How old is a five foot Saguaro...and can you identify a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a relaxed, leisurely guided walking tour of the main trail with Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd. Tours depart from the visitor center at 9am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass.

May 7: Girl Scout Badge Workshop (more Girl Scout workshops May 14 and 28)

9am. $10 per scout, $10 per adult chaperone - call 520.689.2723 to pre-register and prepay. Girl Scout badge workshops continue with the ‘Senses’ activity for Brownies May 7, then ‘Wood Worker’ for Cadettes May 14 and the 'Arizona' patch for Brownies May 21. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

May 14 - Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with 'Wild Man Phil'

8am. This entertaining guided tour around the colorful gardens is not just for kids -- popular Summertime Lizard Walks are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci is the featured guide May 14 and also June 11. Connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook HERE.
Walks continue July 9 with Arizona Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt and Tucson author Larry Jones (Lizards of the American Southwest). 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 at BTA; they're included with $10 daily admission. See photos and read more http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

May 21: Guided Walk of the Main Trail with Jim Shepherd (repeats June 4)

9am. Can you name the oldest tree or oldest plant in Arizona? How old is a five foot Saguaro...and can you identify a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a relaxed, leisurely guided walking tour of the main trail with Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd. Tours depart from the visitor center at 9am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass!

May 21: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats June 18, July 16)

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTA.POTBL
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. Read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/bibleplants.html

May 28 - Geology Walking Tour with Rich Leveille (then with Scott McFadden June 25)

8am. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour guided by professional geologist Rich Leveille. BTA’s website has links to a detailed interview with the Geology Tour guide; these walks compress 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. Note that BTA ‘rock walks’ move to an 8am start time June 25 with Scott McFadden, and July 23 with Rich Leveille. Here’s a short profile of Rich Leveille HERE

May 28: Guided Butterfly Walk with Marceline VandeWater (next butterfly walk June 25)

9am. Marceline VandeWater guides visitors to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Start time moves to 8:30am. when ASU Professor Ron Rutowski and Laura Miller team-up again to guide the walk June 25. Start time remains 8:30am. July 23 with Marceline VandeWater as guide, and also 8:30am. on August 27 with Adriane Grimaldi. Adriane’s the guide September 24 when the start time moves to 9am.

 

 

Catalina State Park

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Jerome State Historic Park

Saturday, May 14: 100th/50th Anniversary of Douglas Mansion & Park

  All Day. The Douglas Mansion has been an eye-catching landmark in Jerome since 1916. Built by James “Rawhide” Douglas above his Little Daisy Mine at a cost of $150,000. It was donated by his sons, James and Lewis Douglas, and opened as the 5th Arizona State Park on October 16th, 1965.
Please join us for food and entertainment throughout the day. Listen to guest speaker Tim Coons and visit with local rock and mineral traders. Enjoy musical entertainment provided by local artists Ken and Lynn Mikell.

 

 

Patagonia Lake State Park

Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake State ParkSaturday, May 21: Annual Mariachi Festival

9am-4pm. Spice up your spring with the Annual Mariachi Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of Southern Arizona Mariachi bands on stage. Featuring authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice! Visitors may also bring their own picnic basket and there will be a Piñata for the kids! Don’t forget to bring: Plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen, hat. In addition, Patagonia offers fishing, birding, boat tours, and nature walks.


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