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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 in December. 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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January 24 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"The Science of Soils" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes 

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne launches a new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures with a seminar on soil. These are included with daily admission of $10; no pre-registration required. If soil isn't dirt, what is it - what does soil do, and how does it work? How does water actually move through soil - and what's it composed of? Jeff will guide participants through an informative talk and hands-on lab about soils. Future topics include 'Selecting the Best Tree or Plant' Feb. 21; 'Planting and Establishment' March 21, and 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18. 

ASU Prof. Steve SemkenGeology walking tour with ASU Prof. Steve Semken

1:30 PM. 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. Read more
http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html

January 24 - Catalina State Park

Buffelgrass Removal

Buffle GrassAll Day The Coalition of the Sonoran Desert Protection has asked for our help in Catalina State Park on buffelgrass removal on Saturday, January 24th. We will be removing Buffelgrass from beautiful Catalina State Park. We will meet at the Equestrian Center parking lot and hike a short distance (about 10 minutes) to the work site, where we will spend 3-4 hours at work pulling this invasive species of grass.

SPECIAL NOTE: Volunteers for this project will have FREE admission to Catalina State Park. Tell the Volunteer at the Park entrance that you are participating in Beat Back Buffelgrass Day! We will provide a bag lunch for all participants at the end of the project.

PLEASE BRING: Gloves, hat, water bottle, wear long sleeves, long pants and good shoes. If you have a favorite hoe, trencher, etc., bring that also. We look forward to having a nice day in the park with you.

FOCSP and CSDP would really appreciate your help. Please Sign Up Here

Treasure Loop trail at Lost Dutchman State ParkJanuary 24 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Ranger Led Hike

9 a.m. Ranger Diana leads a guided hike up Treasure Loop to Prospector’s View and down to Jacob’s Crosscut, 2.7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Ratedmoderate, the hike will last approximately 2 hours. Along the way you will learn about desert plants and animals and legends of the Superstition Mountains. Meet at the Saguaro Day Use Area.

Starry sky photo at Oracle State Park. Photo courtesy of Michael WeasnerJanuary 24 - Oracle State Park

Winter Evening Stargazing Event – following live music and guest speaker

Help celebrate the accomplishment of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee in bringing recognition and attention to Oracle State Park’s dark sky resource in need of protection!

From 3-5pm enjoy live music in the living room by Oracle's own "Drumension": introducing world ambient electronica, or "electronic dreamscapes" to put us in an introspective mood before the evening star party.

 At 5pm, Arizona Humanities Council guest speaker, Ken Zoll, will offer a presentation on "Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices".

Stick around after dark for stargazing with telescopes. Stay warm by the indoor fire, outdoor heater and upper patio fire pit, and sip hot cider and hot chocolate. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park for sponsoring the speaker and live music! Free with park entrance fee. No reservation needed.

January 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible Cactus examples at Boyce Thompson Abroetum State Park.Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Tom McDonald

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where desert plant expert Tom McDonald (owner of Smiling Dog Ranch in Gold Canyno) 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. This tour repeats Feb. 14 at 1:30 pm with author Jean Groen as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

January 25 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Inspirational Music

5 p.m. Listen and sing-a-long with Jim Potocki, local seasonal resident. Jim will be bringing a sampling of songs with him from Sunday appearances in Pennsylvania. Join us at the Palo Verde Ramada at 5 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a chair.

Lost Dutchman State Park - Photo from Crosscut hiking trailJanuary 28 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Treasure the Hike

9 a.m. This hike along the Treasure Loop Trail offers the hiker opportunities to stretch the legs as the elevation changes approximately 500’ within the first mile, with views of the Four Peaks and downtown Phoenix (on a clear day), rock formations, and a gentle decline on the return of the loop trail. Considered a moderate hike due to elevation change and length of hike (2.5 mi.), the average hiker will find it a most enjoyable hike. Meet at Cholla Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barb.

Gourd art examples at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.January 29 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: Thunder Gourds

9am - 1pm. Repeats March 1. $75-$85. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Thunder gourds make a low rumbling noise like thunder when shaken, BTA "Artists-In-Residence" Vicki and Gerald Johnson will demonstrate how to make your own version of this popular musical noisemaker in this unique new class. Students will burn a design onto the gourd, then color it. After the gourd is sealed with a topcoat, students will attach a membrane and spring to the bottom of the open gourd. All materials including a clean, prepared gourd are included. Would your music club, drum 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

January 31 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walks

Buzzards viewed through a telescope8:30 am. (bird walk repeat Feb. 7, 21 & 22) White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch 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 guided by Anne Leight January 31, Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton February 7, Cathy Wise & Steve Prager Feb. 8; Anne Leight Feb. 21, Kathe Anderson Feb. 22; Cynthia & Pete return March 7, with Mark Ochs March 8. Revisit this page in January-February for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Read more Here

 

January 31 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Moonlight Hike photoFull Moon Hike

7-9 pm. (Repeats on February 1) Due to popular demand during our busy season, we are now offering two moonlight hikes per month. 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 (no headlamps please). 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.

January 31 - Oracle State Park

Mariposa Flower blooms at Oracle State Park.Guided ‘Manzanita to Mariposa’ Loop Hike

8:30am. (6 miles) Meet at the Kannally Ranch House. Hike Nature Trail to Manzanita Trail, AZ Trail to Windmill, on 2-track AZ Trail all the way to Cherry Valley Wash, to Mariposa Trail back to ranch house. Reservation required the day prior, Friday, January 30, by 4pm, by calling Guide, Gaston Meloche, directly at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee or display an AZ State Parks Annual Pass. A minimum of four hikers is required for a hike to take place.

Arizona Trail Logo

Arizona Trail Virtual Tour

NOON. Join Sirena Dufault, Gateway Community Liaison for the Arizona Trail Association, for a talk and slide show in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Whether you are a hiker, mountain biker, equestrian, or Arizona visitor wishing to see more of the diverse landscape of our state, this Arizona Trail Virtual Tour will share views along the National Scenic Arizona Trail. The AZ Trail is an 800 mile stretch that passes through the entire length of Arizona, beginning just south of the Mexican border, passing through Oracle State Park, and ending north of the Grand Canyon into Utah. Free with park entrance fee, reservation suggested.

January 31 - Red Rock State Park

UPDATE: This event is FULL

"Big 5 Survival Priorities" with Tony Nester

Tony Nester, painter8am - 4pm. Have you ever wondered what to do if you were lost and had to spend the night in the wild unprepared; Or maybe how you can prepare yourself for a similar situation? Join us on January 31st for a daylong survival class with nationally known Tony Nester. Tony will be covering the "Big 5 Survival Priorities” - the class will cover shelter, emergency fire-making, water location, signaling and survival kits.

The workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental skills needed for surviving in a desert region and the hazards that are associated with traveling in the desert. Between lecture, slideshows, and hands-on exercises participants will become familiar with skills required for desert survival including emergency shelter building, water location, mirror signaling, heat related injuries, venomous creatures, and survival kits for travel.

Tony Nester teaches firestarting with a group outdoors.Tony Nester, local to the Northern Arizona region, is a nationally known survival instructor whom founded Ancient Pathways; a wilderness skills company dedicated to desert survival and primitive technology. He holds a degree in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B); he has also published many books on outdoor survival including The Modern Hunter-Gatherer and Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills.Tony has extensive experience teaching desert survival courses to various groups including the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, National Park Service, U.S. Military Operations, Desert Institute and other private organizations.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $65.00,which includes entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

Martha Summerhayes photoJanuary 31 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes

7:00 pm. Presented by: Wayne Ranney, Author. In the 1870s a refined New England woman traveled with her lieutenant husband to the untamed Arizona Territory. Traveling in terrible conditions and initially horrified by the desert landscape, she eventually gave birth to the first Anglo child born at Fort Apache. Ultimately, Ms. Summerhayes came to love the starry nights, the clear air and the relative simplicity of life in Arizona. In fact, she wrote what is now a classic in Southwest literature, Vanished Arizona. Join Ranney as he recounts this tale of hard-won love and reveals his personal connection to Martha Summerhayes! In Cooperation with the Grand Canyon Historic Society

January 31 - February 1- Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

Civil War Days BannerCivil War Days

9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Enjoy two days of authentic recreations of famous battles, artillery demonstrations, blacksmithing, fashion shows, music and dancing with volunteers, park staff and visitors dressed in period clothing. For more information please call Yuma Quartermaster Depot at (928) 373-5196 or visit yumaheritage.com.


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February 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photo of the main trail at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park with Chinese Pistachio tree.History Walk Sunday

10am. 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 http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

February 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

February 5 - Gourd Art Classes: Basic Gourd Art for beginners Feb. 5,  advanced pine needle coiling Feb. 7

Gourd Art Class example from Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.9am - 1pm. $35-$55. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll 
Sign up soon for any of these informal and fun art classes -- a basic class for beginners and intermediates February 5 (Thursday), or the advanced class in pine-needle coiling for experienced gourd artists on February 7. Each is a four-hour workshop where participants have the use of tools and art supplies to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the beginners class is $35-$45 and includes a gourd, use of paints and brushes, tools and art supplies for the day, plus four hours of coaching and inspiration from Vicki & Jerry. Pine Needle Coiling enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction. Read complete details Here.

February 1 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Moonlight Hike photoFull Moon Hike

7-9 pm. Due to popular demand during our busy season, we are now offering two moonlight hikes per month. 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 (no headlamps please). 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.

February 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Bird Photo by Jim Van Housen for Bird Walk event at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Guided Bird Walk with Cynthia & Pete

8:30am. (more bird walks Feb. 8, 21 & 22)
White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 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. Guides include Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton February 7, Cathy Wise & Steven Prager Feb. 8; Anne Leight Feb. 21, Kathe Anderson Feb. 22; Cynthia & Pete return March 7, with Mark Ochs March 8. Check an updated list of dates & bird walk leaders Here

Photo of Pine Needle Coiling on a clay pot rim.Gourd Art Classes: Pine Needle Coiling for Advanced gourd artists

9am - 1pm. $35-$55. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Sign up soon for any of these informal and fun gourd art classes -- which range from a basic class for beginners and intermediates to this advanced class in pine-needle coiling for experienced gourd artists on February 7. Each is a four-hour workshop where participants have the use of tools and art supplies to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the beginners class is $35-$45 and includes a gourd, use of paints and brushes, tools and art supplies for the day, plus four hours of coaching and inspiration from Vicki & Jerry. Pine Needle Coiling enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction. Other gourd art workshops on the calendar include Gourd Mask-making February 26-27 and "Thunder Gourds" March 1. Read complete details Here.

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk 

10:30am-11:30am. (Repeats March 7, April 4)
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

Master Gardeners Present: 'Amazing Aloes' (their next workshop is March 7)

A desert Aloe Vera plant11am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed; volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday seminars demonstrating 'Amazing Aloes'. February's a Winter month not known for color, but a peak month for these African succulents which thrive in our corner of the Sonoran Desert. Aloes are a staple in the desert garden; with sensual shape that adds structure and grace to our hot environment. Evergreen Aloes offer long lasting blooms much loved by our native hummingbirds. There's no pre-registration required to attend these once-a-month workshops offered by Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers, and no additional fee or enrollment - these are included with daily admission of $10 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn about other Arboretum guided tours and events at ag.arizona.edu/bta; for more info about our local Master Gardeners group, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com. Future workshops include "Right Plant - Right Place" March 7. Confirm event times Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk

1:30pm (repeats March 7, April 4)
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 av private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

February 7 - Catalina State Park

First Saturday Concert Series

First Saturday Concert Series - Cataline State ParkCome 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. February's concert will also feature Mike's Roadside Cafe Food Truck, sponsored by the Friends of Catalina State Park and they are "featuring cheesesteaks, bbq beef, and greek salads." and free popcorn is available, brought to you by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Our February 7th Musician is: Johnny Cashew - Live in Concert at 4pm. (Additional Concert on 2/21)

February 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Cathy & Steven

8:30 am. (more bird walks  Feb. 21 & 22)
White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 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. Guides include Cathy Wise & Steven Prager Feb. 8; Anne Leight Feb. 21, Kathe Anderson Feb. 22; Cynthia & Pete return March 7, with Mark Ochs March 8. Check an updated list of dates & bird walk leaders Here

February 8 - Red Rock State Park

Geology Hike Sunday

1 pm. 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 February 8th 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.

February 9 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Book cover: Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers.Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers

12:15pm. Presented by: Roger Naylor. Finally, a fun and exciting hiking book! Everyone in Arizona lives within 15 minutes of a trail (and everyone eats) so Roger Naylor leads the way to beautiful hikes and incredible bites. Walk off some calories and put them back on! A humor and travel writer, Roger highlights his favorite trails all over Arizona, featuring Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, the Phoenix area, Tucson and the southern deserts, the forests of the White Mountains, and Arizona’s “West Coast.” Each trail is followed up by a nearby mom and pop eatery. Pass the mustard!

Rogor Naylor poses with his book about Arizona's Route 66.

This book is a love letter to Arizona and a departure from the typical dry hiking book. Experience in full color the beauty and wonder of Arizona in over 170 stunning photographs. Featuring: 37 trails, 38 eateries, trail guides, maps, fascinating fun facts, attractions along the way, and . . . fruit burritos.

Roger Naylor is a Southwest travel writer, humorist, and author of Arizona Kicks on Route 66 andDeath Valley: Hottest Place on Earth. His work has appeared in The Arizona Republic, USA Today, Go Escape, Arizona Highways, and Route 66 Magazine. He is also a senior writer for The Bob and Tom Show. Roger lives in Cottonwood, Arizona

In Cooperation with the Grand Canyon Historic Society

February 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day 'Trees' Tour & Workshop 

HomeSchool families enjoy outdoor activities at State Parks.10 am. (future workshops March 11, April 8)
Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families: a 'Trees' workshop and tour Feb. 11, the 'Arizona' workshop March 11, and 'Plants of the Bible Land. April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions begin Wednesday, February 11 with the Trees workshop: BTA is a natural fit for the study of trees, this tour teaches students about basic tree physiology; how trees work, plant classification, and even some mathematics with a 'tree-ometry' activity. (2 hours). Then Wednesday, March 11 is the Arizona workshop. This special tour highlights unique attributes of Arizona, including geology, edible plants, state symbols, and habitats. (2 hours)

Fig leaf from the Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Wednesday, April 8 is "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). 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. Read more via this informative PDF Here.

Craft Class: Twig Art

Twig Art example. Attend the craft class at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park from 12:30-4:30 on February 14, 2015.12:30-4:30 pm. (repeats February 20 & 22)
Learn how to make unique pieces of art from twigs, bark seed pods, and other materials nature provides. Apache Junction artist Ruth Ipsan-Brown has constructed intricate shrines, kachinas, figures, furniture and other oddities using items found in nature. During this class students will create a small chair and a small figure measuring 6” to 10” tall. Everything is furnished but feel free to bring a stick, pod, feather or stone to add to your creation. The pieces can be adorned with a braid, cord, basket or dream catcher all which can be made during the class. Enrollment is $20 - $30. With your credit card ready, call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 daytimes from 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

David Morris leads a Medicinal Plants Walk on 02-14-15 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.February 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk

1:30 pm. Guided By David Morris. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk guided by Ethno-botanist David Morris, a member of the Choctaw nation who shares his trove of knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran Desert 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 March 14 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm with a guide "To Be Announced." Included with $10 daily admission. Confirm event times Here

February 14 - McFarland State Historical Park

Flyer promoting the 30th Annual Florence Historic Home Tour. Get more details at: http://azstateparks.com/Parks/MCFA/downloads/MCFA_Home_Tour_Flyer.pdf30th Annual Florence Historic Home Tour

The sixth oldest community in the state, Florence, Arizona is the site of the 30th Annual Historic Home Tour on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   This year’s theme is “The Heart of Florence – Adobe Walls of Love and Heartbreak.”  Come celebrate the Town’s rich history with your favorite valentine on Valentine’s Day and Arizona Statehood Day. The tour is a special celebration of the Town’s rich territorial history.  Unique homes and buildings are featured on this historic home tour.  The route is planned for those to enjoy a leisurely stroll through Main Street or hop a ride to some of the outlying buildings, including our historic Courthouse. Please contact the Park for more information at (520) 868-5216. Download an event Flyer Here

February 14 - Oracle State Park

Guided Hike, Granite Overlook to Cherry Valley Wash Loop 

8:30am. (6 miles) Meet at Kannally Ranch House parking lot. Reservation required the day prior, Friday, February 13, by 4pm, by calling Guide, Gaston Meloche, directly at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee or display an AZ State Parks Annual Pass. A minimum of four hikers is required for a hike to take place.

February 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Camera Basics: 'Switching to Manual' Sunday Photo Class with Michael & Patty

Photographer from the Camera Basics class at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.10am - 3pm.  $30 BTA annual members, $40 non-members, call 520-689-2723 to enroll and pre-pay.  Gilbert pro photographers Michael Madsen and Patty Van Herpen will teach camera basics and more -- here's a chance to learn camera functions and to practice what you have learned in the Demonstration Garden alongside two professionals, a Canon and a Nikon expert. Classes with Michael and Patty coach beginning-to-intermediate photographers who are ready to harness the horsepower of their digital cameras by getting past the "auto" settings in favor of manually controlling their own aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. "We will switch our cameras to manual mode and learn to take chargeof our cameras, and explore the creative side of photography," says Madsen. "You'll be taught how to adjust your camera settings, and the photographic effects that occur based on these settings. Heading outdoors after lunch allows us to apply techniques we have learned in the classroom and experiment with camera settings together and one-on-one." Two hours in the classroom from 10:00 am to noon will be followed by a optional lunch break together at the Jade Grill or another restaurant in the nearby town of Superior, and another 90-minutes from 1:30-3:00 pm spent outside, shooting and practicing alongside Michael and Patty in Arboretum gardens. Connect with Michael & Patty, and read more complete details on our Photo Class Page Here

Eric and Terri - Tall Order CateringFeed Your Post-Valentines Day Passions > Honey Baklava & Hibiscus-Ginger Tea With Tall Order Catering

11am. Get your blood pumping for a post-Valentines Day rush of sensation Sunday with a vigorous walk around the main trail – and the chance to meet amorous Chefs Eric & Terri from Tall Order Catering. The AZ State Parks volunteer couple will be onsite Feb. 15 from 11 am-2 pm to share a few exotic foods chosen for their allegedly libinous  ability. Honey, for example: reputed to be an aphrodisiac since ancient times. Chef Eric will demonstrate how to make the famously gooey Greek dessert baklava starting at 11am, and during the food demo visitors are invited to try a hibiscus-ginger drink with a vasodilating kick! Ginger has been famous for centuries as both a digestive aid and aphrodisiac. The entertaining blog eatsomethingsexy.com asserts "its classification as a natural aphrodisiac comes from its ability to increase circulation. Served pickled, candied or in the raw, ginger increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones. French legend Madame du Barry made a practice of serving ginger to her lovers." Chefs Eric and Terri are sure to post a few more thoughts, comments, and pre-event photos Here

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Sunday Walk

Pomegranates in a bag from Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.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. Tours are scheduled March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. 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. Read more Here.

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. Read more here Repeats March 15. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

February 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park


Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. With Anne Leight (more bird walks Feb. 22, March 7 & 8)
White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 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. Guides include Anne Leight Feb. 21, Kathe Anderson Feb. 22; Cynthia & Pete return March 7, with Mark Ochs March 8. Check an updated list of dates & bird walk leaders Here

"Selecting the Best Tree or Plant" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 2nd in his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What is a Site Analysis? Why plant Native? What is a “naturalized species”? What is Acclimation? Adaptability? Hardiness? What is a “Microclimate”? What should I really be looking for when selecting from a nursery? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through an informative talk and hands-on lab about tree and plant selection from the ‘roots up.’ This hands-on lab includes a mini field trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Retail Nursery. Future topics include 'Planting and
Establishment' March 21,  and 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18. 

Fig Leaf photoPlants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats March 21)

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 inour 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 scheduled February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. 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. Read More Here

February 21 - Catalina State Park

First Saturday Concert Series

First Saturday Concert Series - Cataline State ParkAnnon and the Late Show musical group.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. February's concert will also feature a food truck and free popcorn is available, brought to you by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Our February 21st Musician is: Annon & the Late Show (Jazz and R&B) - Live in Concert at 3pm.

February 21 - Oracle State Park

Maynard DixonMaynard Dixon Art Talk

11am. Talk featuring Jacquelyn Feller. Begins in the Kannally Ranch House Living Room. Details TBA. Please call for a reservation.

 

February 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tom McDonaldEdible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Tom McDonald

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Smiling Dog Landscapes owners Tom & Kathy McDonald shares their collected 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 March 14 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm with a guide "To Be Announced." Included with $10 daily admission. Confirm event times Here

February 26-27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: Gourd Masks (2-Day Workshop

9am - 1pm. Repeats March 1. $85-$95. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll Students will create a colorful mask made of half of a gourd during this two-day class. On the first day of class, students will create their own design, burn it into the gourd and then color it and
seal it with a topcoat. On the second day of class, students will learn how to add adornments such as feathers, wire and beads to complete their face mask. Would your gourd club, craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at Here.

February 28 - Oracle State Park

Arizona Trail LogoGuided Arizona Trail Loop Hike

8:30am. (6 miles) Meet at the Kannally Ranch House parking lot. Hike the Wildlife Corridor Trail to the Arizona Trail, and return via the Manzanita Trail. Reservation required the day prior, Friday, February 27, by 4pm, by calling Guide, Gaston Meloche, directly at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee or display an AZ State Parks Annual Pass. A minimum of four hikers is required for a hike to take place.

February 28 - Red Rock State Park

Structures and Building Watercolor Workshop

10 am. – 2 pm. Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing workshop series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-instruction and techniques with a theme each month; February’s theme will be incorporating buildings and structures within the landscape with the option to focus on Red Rock’s very own House of Apache Fire.
 
Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor in 1997 when she started a community class. Shortly after retiring in Sedona in 2000, she began teaching watercolor classes at the Sedona Community Center, where she is still currently teaching classes. “Teaching is simply my best learning tool and I hope to bring others along as I learn”, says Stedman. She has taken classes from several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez.
 
This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 28th from 10:00-2:00 P.M. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes entry and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.

Book cover: From Powell to Power: The First One Hundred Grand Canyon River RunnersFebruary 28 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The First One Hundred Grand Canyon River Runners

7:00pm. Presented by: Tom Martin, Author. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon. Dock Marston thought his recounting would take six months to write in 1947 and soon realized what had been previously written was woefully incorrect and incomplete. Over the next thirty years, Dock amassed a huge collection of first-person accounts of these river runners, from James White on a log raft in 1867 to the first powerboat runs of 1949 through 1951. Tom Martin will touch on who Dock Marston was, and look at some of the highlights of Marston’s recounting.


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March 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Build & Play an Agave Didgeridoo 2-Day Workshop

9am. Enroll today, spaces are limited; its $120, have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Participants will make their own Agave Didgeridoo with instruction from West Valley recording artist Scott Schaefer. Saturday you’ll cut, sand and glue your agave; Sunday participants will learn the technique of ‘circular breathing’ that allows players to create an unbroken drone. Enrollment of $120 for non-members and $100 for members includes two days worth of instruction, an Agave stalk, and lessons to play it using the challenging technique of circular breathing (daily admission, too). Class participant will need to furnish their own chisel, sandpaper and other supplies -- all easily obtained from your local hardware store; Scott will supply a complete list of supplies to enrollees. During the workshop Scott will be demonstrating on a truly ‘larger than life’ Agave Americana stalk he plans to turn into The World's Largest Didgeridoo. Read more Here

Master Gardeners Present: "Right Plant - Right Place"

11am. (their next workshop is April 4) Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Is there a challenging spot in your garden or landscape where nothing will grow? Learn the biggest little secret to successful gardening: selecting the right plant for the right place. Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers live in Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Mesa and Florence - they've learned which plants love full sun, shade, wind or very little water. March 7, just in time for BTA's annual Spring Plant Sale, they'll share suggestions for a perfect plant for every space! And then April brings a session focused on Butterfly Gardening. Did you know butterflies are nearsighted? That they don't like fresh water? Or which plants butterflies must have to mature from egg to the adult? Mark your calendar, hear the answers to these questions and many more with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners. Workshops offered by Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers, and no additional fee or enrollment - these are included with daily admission of $10 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn about other Arboretum guided tours and events at ag.arizona.edu/bta; for more info about our local Master Gardeners group, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com. Their next workshops is "Butterfly Gardening" April 4. 

March 7-8 - 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! Repeats April 18 & 19.

March 7-8 - Patagonia 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!

March 7 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

2015 AZ Archaeology Expo

Ariaona Archaeology Expo LogoThe 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 Historic 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 Historic 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.

Example of an 1880's Sewing Machine.March 9 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

En Vogue: 90 Years of Riordan Women’s Fashion”

A special Brown Bag in celebration of Women’s History Month

12:15pm Free! Adrienne Rose, Volunteer & Textile Historian, Riordan Mansion State Park

Adrienne Rose will discuss styles of women’s clothing popular from the late 1880’s through the 1960’s. This program is a slide presentation featuring garments worn by three generations of Riordan women.  Clothing and accessories from the early 1880s to the mid 1970s are included.  In some cases a picture of a family member wearing a particular garment can be viewed.  Men’s formal wear will also be featured. Adrienne will also discuss the restoration, repair and use of an 1890s sewing machine.

Adrienne Rose holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clothing and textiles.  She is now retired from operating The House of Rose Fashion Services, except for very special projects, a design and custom sewing business in Flagstaff which she owned and operated for over 20 years.

March 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day 'Arizona' Tour & Workshop (one more workshop April 8)

HomeSchool Families enjoy outdoor activities at State Parks.10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families: the 'Arizona' workshop March 11, and 'Plants of the Bible Land' April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, March 11 with the Arizona workshop. This special tour highlights unique attributes of Arizona, including geology, edible plants, state symbols, and habitats. (2 hours) Read more via this informative PDF Here.

March 13-29 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Spring Plant Sale - Members-Only Friday March 13; sale open to all March 14

8am. Stock-up on plants for your garden, backyard or patio; many of the plants available for purchase during this seasonal fundraiser are grown by arboretum horticultural staff in our own nurseries here on-site. Experienced arboretum horticultural staff and Pinal County master gardeners are on hand weekends during the plant sale to answer your questions about plants and landscaping. Arboretum staff grow the plants for the sale and also maintain many of these same plants in our gardens and exhibits - they know firsthand how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in an Arizona garden and landscape.

March 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: "Senses" for Brownies

9am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum. Download our Registration PDF.

Girl Scouts Activities at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkRegistration 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. Spring 2015 workshops for Brownies are 'Senses' March 14,'Arizona' April 25 and 'Bugs' May 23; for juniors workshops are Animal Habits' March 21, Flowers April 18 and Gardener May 16; and for Cadettes Woodworker May 9. More information here

March 14-15 - 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! Repeats April 18 & 19.

March 14 - Oracle State Park

Traditional Native American food items, including Corn, Pumpkins and Squash.Presentation: Gathering and Preparation Techniques of Traditional Apache Foods

Noon in the Kannally Ranch House living room, with Herb Stevens, San Carlos Apache and Cultural Center Director. Join us as we celebrate March as Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Awareness Month. The talk will highlight the use of acorn powder and acorn soup, and using sumac berries to make "Apache Kool-aid". Oracle State Park, located in the high desert oak-grassland foothills at 4500 feet elevation, has a variety of useful plant resources that continue to be collected and used traditionally by native people of the region for medicine and food. Examples are the edible acorns from the Emory Oak and Arizona White Oak; also the lemonade sumac bush, mesquite pods and annual wildflowers. This is a family-friendly event that is free with the park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Reservations are suggested.

March 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops "Animal Habits" for Junior Scouts

Girl Scouts Activities at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park9am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum. 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. Spring 2015 workshops for Brownies are 'Senses' March 14, 'Arizona' April 25 and 'Bugs' May 23; for juniors workshops are Animal Habits' March 21, Flowers April 18 and Gardener May 16; and for Cadettes Woodworker May 9. More information here

"Planting and Establishment" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. You’ve bought the “RIGHT” plant, now what? What is a girdling root - and do I need to prune a newly planted tree? Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 3rd in his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What do I prune off or why
not? Are cacti planted differently than planting trees or shrubs? How wide must the planting hole be? How deep? Should I amend the soil and backfill? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through an informative talk and hands-on lab about the best practices for planting your new plant and what you should and should not do. This hands-on lab
includes field work on the grounds at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Jeff's Spring series concludes with 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18. 

Pomegranites at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Plants of the Bible Land 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 inour 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 scheduled February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. 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. Read More Here

Photo of the Milky Way Galaxy above Oracle State ParkMarch 21 - Oracle State Park

Going for the Gold - Dark Sky Celebration

Oracle State Park has recently been designated the 20th in the world “International Dark Sky Park”. More details to come on this all-day-into-evening celebratory special event.

 

March 21 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

In Celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

Newest Archaeological Discoveries from the Old Kaibab

7pm. Free! Neil Weintraub, Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest. During the past decade, Kaibab National Forest volunteers and partners have helped bring seemingly trivial discoveries to life causing archaeologists to re-think how people adapted to the rugged landscapes of the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts south of the Grand Canyon.


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April 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day - "Plants of the Bible Land" Tour & Workshop

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families with a 'Plants of the Bible Land' tour and activity April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, April 8 with "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). 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. Read more via this informative PDF here

April 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: Tipsy Pots

9am - 1pm. $30-$40. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll  Artists-In-Residence Vicki and Gerald Johnson offer this new class in ways to 'faux finish' terra cotta pots to make them look aged, then use those pots to create a whimsical tabletop tower planter that appears to defy gravity. All materials are included, including terra cotta pots, paint, plants and soil. Would your garden club, Red Hat ladies or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

March 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!

March 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 18 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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.

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!

March 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!

March 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.


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March 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 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

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.


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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!


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