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1:30 PM. Professional geologist Rich Leveille is our special guest tour guide for this once-a-month walk on November 22, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that 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. Tours during Fall-Winter start at 1:30pm from the visitor center. Tour repeats Dec. 27 with Scott McFadden as our guide http://ag.arizona.edu/bta
Star Party Astronomy Event
7 - 9 pm. see planets, stars, comets, galaxies, and more through Astronomers telescopes! Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies! Event supported by the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League! Camping is available at the park (additional fee). Reserve campsites online.
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8:30am. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Green-tailed
Towhee were reported on recent birder checklists; Read recent bird checklist reports, and join us for November guided walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to find birds at BTA. Fall bird walks continue November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight and Cindy Marple; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight, Read recent bird checklist reports http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html
9am. Enrollment $30, with a credit card ready, call 520.689.2723. Few photographers have captured Autumn's changing leaves as vividly as Tempe artist John Aho -- the Arboretum's featured guest in our Visitor Center art gallery for November. John's also coaching a special Fall Foliage photography class, a morning workshop starting with an indoor presentation and slideshow of Fall Color photography and discussion of camera settings, composition and techniques -- followed by a shoot "in the field" capturing autumn color in the Arboretum's famous Chinese pistachio trees - see the link below for a sneak preview of the glorious foliage. Enrollment's $30, with your credit card ready, call 520.689.2723. See more BTA photography classes http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/photoclass.html
1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 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. 13 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm with Apache Junction Author Jean Groen as guide. Included with $10 daily admission.
Exploring Siphon Draw
9 a.m. Join us at Siphon Draw Trailhead for a 4.2 mile round trip hike to the basin (slick rock waterfall area). Along the way we will pass some remnants of an unsuccessful mining attempt, identify strangely named rock formations, and look at layers of rock from the volcanic explosion that make up this portion of the Superstition Mountain. All of this while hiking the steady uphill grade on a less than smooth trail. Elevation change: 1030 ft. Wear sturdy trail or hiking shoes, carry at least 2 bottles of water and bring a snack for a 3 hour moderately strenuous hike. Led by volunteer hiker Barb.
Amazing Night Under the Skys
7-9 p.m. Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for An Amazing Night Under the Skies. What planets will we see in the dark desert sky? Dress warmly and be prepared to be amazed at the sightings. Palo Verde Day Use area (weather permitting).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520.689.2723
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).
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. The Friends group will be distributing free popcorn. Tickets are $25 each;five ticketsfor $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)
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
9:00am-12:00pm Mark Funicello of Global Bikes will be hosting a Mountain Bike Skills Clinic.
Spend the morning with Mark learning the basics of Mountain Bike preparation, safety, maintenance, and riding techniques. Spend the afternoon practicing what you’ve learned navigating 4 miles of singletrack, negotiating tight turns, getting over obstacles, carving corners and building endurance.
Enhance your experience, arrive early and plan to camp at LDSP on Saturday night. Camping reservations may be made on-line or through our reservation hot-line (520) 586-2283. You can ride the trail or really challenge yourself with a hike to the top of the FlatIron. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sharpen your cycling skills and renew your Spirit in the shadow of Superstition Mountain.
Bring your Mountain Bike, water bottle and helmet. (And hiking boots if you want to explore some of the other trails in the park!) Check out Global Bikes at: globalbikes.info
Global Bikes’ Meetup event link:
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.
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)
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.