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ON-GOING EVENTS

Every Weekend - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Aerial photo above Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Daily Guided Walking Tours

11:00 am. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures. What bird leaves foot-long primary wing feathers in the eucalyptus grove -- 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 guided walked of the 1.5 mile long main trail each day, starting at 11:00 am from the breezeway lobby of our visitor center. Confirm event times here

Every Weekend - Catalina State Park

Guided HikesBlooming Prikly Pear Cactus

7am @ Scheduled Hike Meeting Location, Every Sunday, come and explore the trails of Catalina State Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains through these guided morning hikes. Led by Catalina State Park volunteer and experienced hiker Gaston, come and see the park in a new light! Hike difficultly varies; hikers are required to carry plenty of water and snacks, and wear proper clothing, shoes, and hats. Please call Hike Leader Gaston @ 520-638- 5404, for upcoming hike information and to register. Registration closes by 4pm on the Saturday prior to the scheduled hike. Hikes subject to cancellations or changes depending on weather conditions and hike attendance.

A Quail poses for a photo at Catalina State Park.Guided Bird Walks

8 am @ the Picnic Area Ramada; Every Friday & Sunday, until 1/11
8 am @ the Trailhead; Tuesday: through 12/30 AND every Wednesday in January
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned birder, come and enjoy the variety of bird species that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced birding guides will take you on a walk through different areas of the park, helping to spot and identify different birds. Prepare for a couple of hour walk by wearing good shoes, bringing water and a snack, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Also, make sure to bring binoculars and a bird guide!

Great Horned Lizard at Catalina State Park.Nature Program

10 am-1pm @ the Trailhead; Runs Every Saturday
Come learn and see first hand many of the reptiles that live naturally here in the Sonoran Desert. Listen as our expert volunteers talk about each individual animal and their adaptations for surviving in the harsh desert. This is a live animal exhibit that is fun for all ages; program subject to changes and cancellation depending on weather and temperature. Program times change December 1.

Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannally Ranch House Tour

The Kannaly Ranch House at Oracle State Park.

10a.m. and again at 2p.m.
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.

 


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March 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Blue Dick Flowers at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkGuided One O'clock wildflower walks continue Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Giving flowers is the most romantic and thoughtful gesture; if you want to
truly offer a memorable Spring bouquet this week, invite friends for a
daytrip to Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Highway 60 from Gold Canyon east to
Superior is lined with color from vivid lupines, apricot globemallow and
hot-pink Parry's penstemon; plan your visit for a Thursday or Saturday and
$10 admission includes a guided wildflower walk at no extra charge - these are weekly in March at 1pm, moving to 10am in April. You'll see the same flowers any day of the week on the guided 11am general tour, which follows the mile-and-a-half main trail through the gardens and around volcanic rock
formations.

Where's the best color?

Tourguides and park rangers report Texas Mountain Laurel trees are in full bloom, with fragrant clusters of purple flowers that smell like grape Kool-Aid (slightly fermented Kool-Aid, that is). Two types of marigolds add
golden-yellow color starting right behind the visitor center where the main trail drops downhill; just past the Smith Building watch for penstemons, wild rhubarb and desert asters. During the weeks of March 21-31 the Cactus Garden will sport the most color: western dayflower (blue), bajada lupine - and an unusual pink variant of globemallow. And don't miss the massive pulque agaves here, sending up stalks that already tower 12-foot above the garden -- and likely to top-out close to 20-feet-tall. Above Ayer Lake walk the south American loop trail behind the 'quincho' shade structure to find thick batches of blackfoot daisies -- also photogenic Parry's Penstemon, and verbena. Prickly Phlox is prettier than it sounds, and should begin to carpet the ground with delicate blue flowers near this pole-barn shade structure.

Blue Dick FlowersAs you walk along Queen Creek in the shaded riparian area, look for vivid green vines of Marah Gilensis, AKA wild cucumber. This charismatic "jack-and-the-beanstalk" plant produces a surge of growth from an underground tuber -- vines that climb upward using coiled-telephone-cord-looking tendrils; producing clusters of tiny flowers
shaped like starfish and colored a creamy, off-white. Walk the High Trail for a variety of interesting flowers you won't see anywhere else at BTA: tall yellow wallflower, white phlox, red mint and miner's lettuce. Want to learn a particularly interesting one? Try to find a Watson's Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia). These unobtrusive,
low-to-the-ground viny plants have ear-shaped flowers, and go unnoticed by most visitors. Botanists have written that Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia Watsonii) has flowers shaped like a rodent's ear in order to lure tiny
blood-sucking insects - which then pollinate these odd little plants. Dutchman's Pipe is also the host plant for larvae of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.
*** BTA has guided wildflower walks that are included with $10 daily admission, at 1pm every Thursday and Saturday of March (plus a Sunday walk March 29). See fresh flower photos Here

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April 3 & 4 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Full Moon Hikes

7:30-9:30 pm. There is a limit of 100 hikers, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. Join us for a guided 2.5 mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Hikers should dress appropriately and wear trail shoes or boots. Please bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades (elevation gain: 120’). Participants should be in good health with no walking or night vision difficulties. Trail is NOT suitable for strollers or walkers. After the hike gather round the campfire for a marshmallow roast (marshmallows and sticks provided). All ages welcome. No pets, please. Parking in Cholla Day Use Area.

April 2 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 9, 16, 23 & 30)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that Pat guides 10am wildflower
walks every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 2 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Book Talk & Signing: Juan Bautista de Anza: The King’s Governor in New Mexico by Carlos Herrera

2pm. Most of us are familiar with Juan Bautista de Anza the famous leader who led a group from Tubac to found what is now the great city of San Francisco.  But what do we know about Anza’s skills as a colonial governor, military leader and politico?  Do not miss Prof. Herrera’s presentation of this first comprehensive biography of Anza and his historical importance to southern Arizona and northern Mexico.  $7.50 includes admission to tour the Park.

April 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk (repeats April 4, 10 & 18)

10:30am-11:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour.
Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk (repeats April 4, 10 & 18)

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat, where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert” guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

April 3 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Presentation: Marking the Divide: Photographs and Monuments along the U.S./Mexico Border, by Katherine Morrissey

2pm. How do we visualize the border? For over 100 years--from the 1890s International Boundary Commission photographs to tourist snapshots to re-photography projects--the U.S./Mexico borderline, and the monuments that mark it, has fascinated photographers. In this illustrated talk, historian Katherine Morrissey, University of Arizona, explores this question as she shares border images taken over the long 20th century.  Katherine G. Morrissey is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses in western U.S., Arizona & the Southwest, U.S. cultural and environmental history. $7.50 includes admission to tour the Park.

April 4 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs & Troy Corman (next bird walk April 12)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be April 12 with Marceline VandeWater. Revisit this page in March-April  for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports Here

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk  (repeats April 10 & 18)

10:30am-11:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour.
Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel  (repeats April 11, 18 & 25)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that Pat guides 10am wildflower walks every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 4 - Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers Group logoBuffelgrass Event

7am.–11am. Equestrian Center Parking Lot. Help ‘slay’ buffelgrass in the park!  Please bring water, hat, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, snacks, tools (opt), and gloves.
For more information: Patty Estes, 520-742-6131, sonorandesert.org or buffelgrass.org

 

 

First Saturday Concerts

5pm. Come and enjoy music the first Saturday of each month in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. All of the concerts take place at the Trailhead picnic area. Feel free to bring a chair and your dinner and enjoy the evening outside. Each concert will also feature a Food Truck from the community and free popcorn brought to you by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Today's featured performer is: Guitar Lounge (Cowboy/Folk/Blues)

Adventures with the Moon

7:30pm. Granite Group Area. The moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, with its mystery and intrigue continues to provide interest to Earth’s humans. Join Catalina State Park volunteer Richard as he takes you to the moon and back through interactive family friendly activities and displays. At the end of the program, sit around the campfire and enjoy smores under the full moon. Program will happen on the full moon each month, dates will vary but the location will remain the same. Park Entrance Fee Required.

April 5 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday History Walk With Sylvia Lee

10am. You may have walked the Arboretum 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 Here

April 5 - Catalina State Park

Geology Walk

8am. Meet at the Picnic Area. Learn about the geology of the park.  This 2 mile walk begins with an informative talk.  The event lasts about 2 hours.

April 5 - Oracle State Park

Sunday, April 5: Bighorn Basics

12:3 0pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer, Richard Boyer, as he presents "Bighorn Basics" at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35 minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep - including reintroduction efforts and updates on a proposed wildlife corridor to cross Highway 77 near Catalina.  What are they? Where have they been? Where are they now? Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. For several years, Richard has presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he recently retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger. Free with park admission. Reservation preferred.

April 7 - Multiple Parks

Arizona Gives Day LogoArizona Gives Day

All Day This statewide, 24 hour, online giving campaign. Arizona Gives Day is a way for people to find, learn about, and contribute to causes they believe in. It provides nonprofits with a way to share their story and engage the community through a unique online giving platform. Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. The Statewide Steering Committee is comprised of leaders across sectors. Learn more HERE.

April 8 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Sunset Hike

5:30 pm. Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and intersecting with Siphon Draw Trail will find hikers marveling at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there a few clouds. A photographer’s delight! Elevation change is 102 ft. on very well maintained trails. Easy, 2 hour hike. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Nancy.

April 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: Tipsy Pots

9am $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own clay pot wreath during a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials included. Would your craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

 

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 16, 23 & 30)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also offered at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 9 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Presentation: Rediscover Nogales with Mary Darling

2pm. You’re invited to a virtual tour and discovery of Nogales thanks to Google Earth. Nogales is a gem of a city with rich history, architecture and culture. Mary will “drive” us to Las Lagunas de Anza, the Pimería Alta Museum, describe the Arizona Rangers showcased at the 1904 Courthouse, and much more. There is plenty to explore and discover in our friendly neighboring city to the south. Mary Darling is a resident of the downtown Crawford Street Historical Neighborhood & chair of the Tourism Partnerships.  $7.50 includes admission to tour the Park.

April 10 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk (repeats April 18)

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat, where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert” guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

April 10 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Star Talk

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

April 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 18 & 25)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are offered at 10am every Thursday & Saturday this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Mrs. Lincoln Band at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkThe Valley’s own “Mrs. Lincoln” live with an outdoor picnic area concert

11am-1pm. Music is included with daily admission of $10; of course, though, its free to BTA annual members who help support the Arboretum – and also free if you have an AZ State Parks annual pass. Mrs. Lincoln is a self-described “eclectic attack of acoustic folk music, down-home country rock & original singer-songwriting,” featuring Annrenee Jones, Marconias, Gram Benike, Chad Standlea & David Wells. Check ‘em out on Facebook HERE 

April 11 - Catalina State Park

33rd Annual Solar Potluck

10am.–6pm. Meet at Gila Monster and Flycatcher Group Areas. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances, exhibitions, and solar arts. Listen to speakers and musicians throughput the day. Actual potluck is at 5:00 pm. Bring your own oven. For more information: Bruce Joseph at 520-258-8540 or chair@citizensforsolar.org. Entrance fee: $7

Star Party

7:00pm. Meet at the Trailhead. Starting with an event introduction by Jim O’Connor with excerpts from his book, Native American Night Sky Stories, featuring creation stories from the Tohono O’odham Nation & Navajo people. After the introduction see planets, stars, comets, galaxies, and much more through Astronomers telescopes. Event supported by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association.

April 11-12 - Cattail Cove State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

History of the SoldierApril 11-12 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

History of the Soldier

Experience a military timeline of our history, from the Revolutionary War to present day. Presentations, military drills, fashions show, vintage baseball and a period church service Sunday morning. Camps, cannon and soldiers will all be at this annual event.

April 11-12 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Repeats 25 & 26.

April 11 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Wine Tasting Event - 04-11-2015 - Lost Dutchman State ParkThird Annual Picture Perfect Park Wine and Food Tasting/Star Talk

Join us Saturday, April 11th, for the Third Annual Picture Perfect Park Wine and Food Tasting in the Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. 

This event is hosted by the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park to raise funds for the park and its great out-of-doors programs. Event begins at 5:00PM with wine and food service until 7:30. Chef, Dennis Bagnasco from the Mining Camp Restaurant grills up sumptuous and elegant bites paired with just the right crisp white or bold red wine provided by Action Wine and Spirits. While you taste enjoy the musical entertainment and jump in on the raffle for great wines, wine baskets, gift certificates, and more.  At 7:30 we turn down the lights and Steve Kates/Dr. Sky takes you on an amazing "Walk Through the Skies" above the Superstition Mountains. 
Couple: $75, Single: $40, Minor (must be accompanied by an adult): $15 (processing fees not included). Purchase tickets and get more information at: www.pictureperfectpark3.eventbrite.com

NOTE: camping sites are still available for this date if you'd like to stay after the event, separate overnight fee payment and reservation must be made: azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/attractions.html

April 11 - Oracle State Park

Nature Drawing Workshop

11am.-1pm. with Joella Mahoney. Reservation required.

Ancient Native American Astronomical Observations

3 pm. Repeat program by Archaeologist, Ken Zoll. Free with Park Entrance Fee.

April 11 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Presentation: Camels in Arizona? by Jack Lasseter

2pm. Are you kidding me? No, they were really here. This is the story of the introduction and use of camels in Arizona and why they are no longer here.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.”

April 12 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park


April 12  - Arizona Swiss Society Spring Picnic

Yearning to yodel, strap on leiderhosen -- or feast on Swiss veal bratwurst and cervelat with Zopf-bread? Then don't miss the Arizona Swiss Society's Spring picnic, held outdoors in the picnic area at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The Swiss flag will fly in the picnic area starting early that morning, lunch is served buffet-style from 12:00-1:30 p.m. and events include Swiss games. Arboretum admission is $10 for the day, the Swiss Society asks an additional $10 to join their potluck - and please bring a dish to share. Event organizer Christian Bucher says Swiss expats and those who'd like to be Swiss for a day are welcome to participate. Swiss Society non-members are asked to sign up in advance so there will be enough bratwurst and cervelat for all. Sign up by email to azswiss@cox.net, and connect at http://www.arizonaswisssociety.com/ or on Facebook HERE

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (repeats April 26)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Also, Az State Parks Volunteer Pat guides wildflower walks at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats April 18)

1:30pm. 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. Tours are also scheduled April 12 & 18. The tour's 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. Read more Here

April 12 - Red Rock State Park

Geology Hike Sunday

1:00 P.M. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. Our monthly-guided geology walk will be held on April 12th at 1:00 P.M. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

Tonto Natural Bridge State ParkApril 12 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Geology and History of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

2pm. Come out to the park and enjoy an easy to moderate walk around the park, where volunteer Barry Jones will teach you about the geology and history of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. This event is free with the purchase of the regular admission fee of $5 per person for everyone 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and 6 and under are free as long as an adult accompanies them. Tour is friendly for all ages. Please wear good shoes and make sure to bring water with you.

April 13 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Widforss Gunnar: Plateau Point Grand CanyonGunnar Widforss: A Swedish Artist in the Arizona Desert

12:15pm. Alan Petersen, Curator of Fine Arts, MNA                   
Through the Roaring Twenties and first half of the Great Depression, the Swedish-born landscape watercolorist Gunnar Widforss (1879-1934) focused his discerning eye and passionate energy on the national parks of the American West. Partly because of his untimely death at age 55, and partly due to the rise of abstraction after World War I consigned many prewar landscapists to obscurity, Widforss’ oeuvre is now known only to a small number of dedicated collectors, the descendants of his family and friends, and those who discover his gem-like pictures when they visit the parks he depicted. Widforss spent much of his time between 1923 and 1934 in Arizona and this talk will focus on this period of his life and work.

April 15 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Geology, History, Legends and Lore Hike

8:30 am. Following the Treasure Loop Trail, Volunteer hiking leader Jim will discuss the geology, history, along with legends and lure of the gold in the Superstitions.. This 2.5+ mile round trip with an elevation change of approx 520’ is a moderate hike. Hikers should wear hiking shoes and carry ample water. Meet in the Cholla Day Use.

April 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 23 & 30)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also offered at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 18 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs (next bird walk April 26)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be April 26 with Kathe Anderson. Revisit this page in March-April for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports Here 

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshop: "Arizona Badge" (new workshops April 25, May 9 & 16)

9am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum. Spring 2015 workshops continue with the Flowers badge April 18, the 'Arizona' badge April 25, 'Bugs' May 23; May 16; and for Cadettes  Woodworker May 9. Download our Registration PDF [Here]. Registration of a non-refundable down-payment of $20 is required to hold a position for a scout or troop. Workshop admission fees are $10 per scout and $10 per adult chaperone; $5 for each non-scout between ages 5-12 (yes, these workshops are open to kids other than girl scouts – even boys). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date, and when you call please tell our staff the specific workshop and date you wish to register for, your Girl Scout troop number, your name (or the troop leader's name); contact phone numbers, and the number of scouts and chaperones attending. Questions? email Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. 

"Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 4th and final of his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What is wrong with my plant? Is my plant dead? Why are the leaves yellow? I found bugs on my plants are they good or bad? What can cause dieback? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through problems that occur or can go wrong with your plants in your own backyard and what to watch out for during an informative talk and hands-on field lab diagnosing common problems with plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum that the Horticulture Staff encounter on a daily or seasonal basis.

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 25)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are offered at 10am every Thursday & Saturday this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to
spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat,
where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert” guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

April 18-19 - Catalina State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

A Walk on the Wild Side

9 am. Meet at the Trailhead. Come learn about the animals of the park, get a close look at the desert floor, take a "picture" of the park, and experience the web of life on this family friendly nature hike. Featuring several kid and adult oriented activities, the program will last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and be prepared to "climb the hill" to the beginning of the Nature Trail.

First Saturday Concerts

Time TBD. Come and enjoy music the first Saturday of each month in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. All of the concerts take place at the Trailhead picnic area. Feel free to bring a chair and your dinner and enjoy the evening outside. Each concert will also feature a Food Truck from the community and free popcorn brought to you by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Today's featured performer is: Grey Sails (Indie Rock)

April 18-19 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

EarthDay 2015EarthDay/BatDay 2015

10 am. Kartchner Caverns State Park will celebrate Earth Day and Bat Day, with the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony. The day will be filled with family activities, presentations and hands-on activities.

The event will include presentations in the theater by visiting bat experts plus family activities throughout the day. Some of the activities and presentations will include:
• Children’s Activities • The Cave Sim (Cave Simulator) Squeeze Box • Bat Display -Game and Fish
• Huachuca Area Herpetological Association (Live Reptiles) • Soil Types - Ranger Dawn Allen
• Speleothem Display - Ranger Marlo Buchmann

Bat Day at Kartchner Caverns State ParkDuring the summer months, the cave’s Big Room serves as a nursery for around 1,000 female cave myotis bats (scientific name Myotis velifer). Pregnant females return to Kartchner Caverns around the end of April, where they give birth to a single pup in late June. Arizona State Parks conducted several studies before development to see how the bats could be best protected. The results of the studies led Arizona State Parks to close the Big Room for tours while the bats are using it. The bat populations are monitored each summer to see that they remain stable.

Download an event flyer HERE for full details or contact the Park at (520) 586-2283.

April 18-19 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping.

Star Party

7:30-9:30 pm. Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide telescopic views of the night sky and answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using a sophisticated telescope and also talk with very knowledgeable and experienced local astronomers! What will be in the sky tonight? Meet at Saguaro Day Use.

April 18 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am.-2pm. When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Kiss Every Step - Book by: Doris MartinApril 18 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor

7:00 pm. Holocaust survivor, Doris Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step recounts her miraculous survival during Nazi occupation. The German army swept into Poland on September 1, 1939, and four days later into Dora Szpringer's home town of Bendzin. To begin their reign of terror, the Nazis burned down Bendzin's beautiful synagogue with some 200 helpless Jews inside. Most Jewish families in Bendzin, and rest of Poland were completely wiped out by the Holocaust. The Szpringers were just an ordinary middle-class family, but through many incredible strokes of luck, or perhaps miracles, all seven of them survived. For an entire Jewish family in Poland to survive the Holocaust is amazing. What is more remarkable is how they survived. This is their story. Martin will also be selling and signing her book after the program.

April 18 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am.-2pm. When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11am-3 pm. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, typesetting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. (Repeats April 28, 9am.-1pm. & April 30, 9am.-1pm.)

April 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Gourd Art for Beginners"

9am. $35-$45. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Paint, etch, cut, burn, emboss and decorate gourds during a 3-hour workshop coached by artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials are included, plus use of paints, brushes and tools. Would your craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30pm. 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. Jeff leads this tour again April 19. Confirm event times Here

April 19 - Catalina State Park

Geology Walk

8am. Meet at the Picnic Area. Learn about the geology of the park. This 2 mile walk begins with an informative talk. The event lasts about 2 hours.

Bighorn Basics

4pm. Meet at the Trailhead Stage. A family friendly talk, focused on the Bighorn Sheep of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Learn more about these animals and their return to this area through a fun and interactive talk given by Catalina State Park volunteer, Richard, a retired Ranger from Rocky Mountain National Park.

April 19 - Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park welcomes the Oak Creek Watershed CouncilLoved To Death – The story of Oak Creek

2:00pm. Oak Creek is internationally recognized for its outdoor beauty. Many visitors seem to forget that with this natural beauty comes responsibility. The Oak Creek Ambassadors have taken it upon themselves to address this issue through organized clean ups and public education. Their efforts have been chronicled in an informational documentary, titled Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek. The documentary exemplifies the overall goal of the ambassador program, which is to educate the public about their impact on the environment. Working in partnership with the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC), the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), the ambassadors aim to help preserve and protect our region’s natural beauty. The program has reached “thousands of visitors who recreate in the watershed,” according to the regional director of AZCC, Allison Laramee.
The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead for reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

April 19 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Book Talk & Signing: Albert Monreal Quihuis: Sofia and Pepe Adventure Series Children’s Books

2pm. This award winning author presents the story and model behind his delightful children’s adventure series. After writing his first children's book to honor his parents and family traditions, Albert became passionate about writing books that not only to entertain but also enrich and inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture and history, and take pride in their Latino heritage. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.

April 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Advanced Gourd Art: Pine Needle Coiling"

9am. $45-$55. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Experienced gourd artists take their craft to the next level during a 3-hour workshop coached by artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald, where you'll learn the intricate art of pine needle coiling. One gour for each enrollee -- plus materials are included. Would your  craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

April 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Butterfly Walk guided by ASU Professor Ron Rutowski

9:30am. learn about the life cycle of Pipevine Swallowtails, Queen and Monarch Butterflies while seeing the colorful insects around the gardens on a walk guided by ASU Prof. Ron Rutowski. Read more Here

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (season finale!)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille (moves to 8am May 23)

1:30pm. 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. This tour moves to 8am on May 23 with geologist Scott McFadden as guide. Read more Here

April 25-26 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Repeats 25 & 26.

April 25 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am.-2pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

April 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to find birds at the Arboretum. Check out recent birder checklist reports at Here

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (Season Finale!)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 30 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Make a Terrarium"

9am. $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own terrarium, a portable and self-contained indoor garden, in a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials included. Would your  craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here


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May 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday History Walk With Sylvia Lee

10am. You may have walked the Arboretum 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 Here

May 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Friday National Public Gardens Day - FREE ADMISSION at the
Arboretum

6am-3pm. Please note that Hours at BTA return to the Spring-Summer schedule in May, and the garden is open from 6am-3pm daily. Verify specifics about the Public Gardens Day free admission coupon at
http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

May 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by Wild Man Phil & Steven Prager

8am. Sonoran Desert educator "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci and Arizona Audubon's Steven Prager guide a walking tour in search of Ornate Tree Lizard and Western Whiprtails, Desert Spiny and Side-blotched Lizards. Bring a camera for close-up pictures of these colorful little reptiles. See photos and read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

May 9 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff's Fort Tuthill's Role in Arizona's Military History

7:00. Presented by: Jim Warbasse
The story of Flagstaff's military history and its association with the 158th Infantry Regiment can be traced from the units organization in 1865 as the 1st Regiment Arizona Volunteers through Afghanistan service of 1st Battalion 158th Infantry from 2007-08 and deployment of smaller units until June 2013. The regiment became best known in WWI1 as the infantry component of the 158th Infantry Regimental Combat Team "Bushmasters". The history  of this famous regiment  and the role Fort Tuthill played in that history will be discussed by Jim Warbasse a former  member of  the regiment and Grandson of General Tuthill.

May 9 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Star Night

11 am. - 4pm. & 7 - 9:30 pm. J.D. Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, will be sponsoring the Star Night event at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. There will be two separate viewings at the park, the first one being a solar viewing from 11 am to 4 pm.   Participants will be able to view the sun through a telescope with a specialized lens that allows you to look directly into the sun. There will also be crafts available for kids to do that will help increase their knowledge of the solar system. This viewing will be open to the public at just our regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone 14 and older, and $2 per person for everyone 7-13. Reservations are required for night event. Read more Here.

May 11-12 - Red Rock State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

May 11 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The Man in the Woods

12:15 pm. Shared by Riordan Mansion volunteers. Celebrating the poetry of Michael Riordan in the month of his birth. A Riordan Readings Special Edition. Please join us for a reading of selected poems from Michael's pen, including works expressing his relationship with nature, art, and his faith. Shared by Riordan Mansion volunteers: Rosemary Gray, Erik Larson, Charlotte Madden, and Richard Patton. Refreshments will be offered.

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

May 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Plants-of-the-Bible Land walk guided by Dave Oberpriller

8am. Pomegranates, figs, pines and palms are all plants referenced in scriptures -- they can also be seen in the gardens at BTA. See photos and read more HERE

May 16 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Annual Mariachi Festival

7 am. - 5pm. 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. $15 Per Vehicle (up to four adults).

May 16 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff's Fort Tuthill's Role in Arizona's Military History

7:00pm. Presented by: Jim Warbasse. The story of Flagstaff's military history and its association with the 158th Infantry Regiment can be traced from the units organization in 1865 as the 1st Regiment Arizona Volunteers through Afghanistan service of 1st Battalion 158th Infantry from 2007-08 and deployment of smaller units until June 2013. The regiment became best known in WWI1 as the infantry component of the 158th Infantry Regimental Combat Team "Bushmasters". The history  of this famous regiment  and the role Fort Tuthill played in that history will be discussed by Jim Warbasse a former member of  the regiment and Grandson of General Tuthill.

May 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden (note 8am start time)

8am. Daily hours at BTA are 6am-3pm from May-through-September, and this tour moves to an 8am start time during summer months. 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. See photos and read more Here

Saturday Butterfly Walk

9am. Central Arizona Butterfly Association volunteers Jan Harding and Laura Miller guide a walk in search of colorful butterflies around the gardens. Learn tips on how to ID them by color, patterns - and "host plants" essential to their life cycle. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta 

May 23 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Amazing Night Under the Skies

8-9 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).

May 24 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants walk with Dave Morris

8am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation tribal member Dave Morris shares his 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.
http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

Tonto Natural Bridge State ParkMay 24 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Geology and History of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

2pm. Come out to the park and enjoy an easy to moderate walk around the park, where volunteer Barry Jones will teach you about the geology and history of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. This event is free with the purchase of the regular admission fee of $5 per person for everyone 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and 6 and under are free as long as an adult accompanies them. Tour is friendly for all ages. Please wear good shoes and make sure to bring water with you.


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June 6-7 - Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

June 6-7 - Lyman Lake State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

Tonto Natural Bridge State ParkJune 7 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Geology and History of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

2pm. Come out to the park and enjoy an easy to moderate walk around the park, where volunteer Barry Jones will teach you about the geology and history of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. This event is free with the purchase of the regular admission fee of $5 per person for everyone 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and 6 and under are free as long as an adult accompanies them. Tour is friendly for all ages. Please wear good shoes and make sure to bring water with you.

June 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by Wild Man Phil and Steven Prager

8am. Sonoran Desert educator "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci and Arizona Audubon's Steven Prager guide a walking tour in search of Ornate Tree Lizard and Western Whiprtails, Desert Spiny and Side-blotched Lizards. Bring a camera for close-up pictures of these colorful little reptiles. See photos and read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

June 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Plants-of-the-Bible Land walk guided by Dave Oberpriller

8am. Pomegranates, figs, pines and palms are all plants referenced in scriptures -- they can also be seen in the gardens at BTA. See photos and read more HERE

June 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden (note 8am start time)

8am. Daily hours at BTA are 6am-3pm from May-through-September, and this tour moves to an 8am start time during summer months. 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. See photos and read more HERE

June 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants walk with Kathy & Tom Mcdonald

8am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where desert plant enthusiasts Kathy & Tom McDonald share their 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. Read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta


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