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April 2014

April 4 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Bird Walk

Meet at 9 am at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of the campground. Walk is FREE with Day Use Admission or Annual Pass. These guided walks last 2 to 3 hours and follow the birding trail at the east end of the lake, including the mesquite bosque and the cottonwood-willow riparian area along Sonoita Creek. The terrain is flat, except for steps leading down to the lake level. The distance covered is about 1 mile. No reservations are required. Repeats April 7, 11, 14

April 4 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

11 am - 2 pm. 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.

First Saturdays Concert SeriesApril 5 - Catalina State Park

First Saturdays Concert Series

On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP.

April 5: 5:00 pm. The Cowboy & the Jazz Lady (Jazz)

April 5 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Monthly Hike

3 pm. Meet at the Discovery Center. Join us for a monthly ranger-led hike on the Foothills Loop trail. Each hike will have a unique discussion theme. Visitors should bring their own water, hat, and sun protection. Trail is 2.5 miles long and moderately difficult. Dogs are welcome on a 6-foot or shorter leash. Call 520-586-2283 for more info. RSVP to reservations(at)azstateparks.gov

April 5 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Rich Ditch

8:30 am. See winter migrant birds and local residents on a walk guided by photographer Richard Ditch (click here to see his breathtaking photography http://www.richditch.com. Walks included with $10 daily admission. Walks continue April 13, 19, 27.

Wildflower Walks

10 am. See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Saturday walk guided by Pat Pingel, or Sunday walks with Cass Blodgett of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter.

History Walk

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

Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners Workshop: "Big Ideas for Small Spaces!"

11 am. Superstition Master Gardener volunteers host informal 11am workshops included with Arboretum daily admission, and no pre-registration needed. Their final session of this Spring is April 5 on the topic is "Big Ideas for Small Spaces". Courtyards, entryways, patio areas, condominiums, RV & Park Resort gardening all have something in common. Challenging gardening! This master gardener program will focus on grand ideas for petite gardens.

Arboretum Book Club: "High Tide In Tucson"

1 pm. Some 25 essays by acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver fill "High Tide in Tucson" contains; some bring laughter, some bring tears while covering topics as varied as modern motherhood, travel and the mysteries of science. Kingsolver's essays introduce Buster the stowaway crab and a persistent pesky peccary, all while stirring thoughts about life and how all the pieces fit together. Order a copy by phone 520.689.2723; RSVP to Book Club Coordinator Vicki with an email BTABookClub@msn.com or call 480.688.3342

April 5 - Oracle State Park

Nature Journal Making Workshop

1 -3 pm. Taught by Val Bembenek, local paper artisan. Make your own nature-journaling notebooks fom at the Kannally Ranch House. Learn basic Japanese stab binding technique to create blank journals of any size with unique embellishments, for your notes, sketching, photos or to give as gifts. $10 includes the park admission. Reservation required, call (520) 896-2425.

April 5 - Patagonia Lake State Park

9 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour

One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats April 12

10:15 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour

One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register after. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats:April 6, 12, 13

11:30 am Lake Discovery Boat Tour

One hour exploration of the west end of Patagonia Lake. Discover the vegetation, history, and beauty of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake as we explore Ash Canyon, the dam, and Deep Cove. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 6, 12, 13

Saturday Twilight Boat Tour

Time varies. Enjoy the evening sights and sounds of Patagonia Lake’s riparian wildlife while exploring the entire lake. Call to register and for meeting time. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 12

April 5 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Evening Slide Presentation Series: 1904 World’s Fair

7 pm. RSVP. Free! (Program is Free. Reservations are recommended due to limited availability.)By Nikki Lober, Park Ranger, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Take a step back in time to explore one of the greatest World’s Fairs ever, The Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Learn about the grandeur of the Fair, the technologies introduced, the exhibits, and the amusements that kept the world entertained from April to December 1904.

April 5 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Star Night PartyFirst Star Night Party at Tonto Natural Bridge!

J.D. Maddy, President of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, will sponsor the first Star Night Party at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park!

11 am to 4 pm. Solar viewing. Participants will be able to view the sun through a telescope with a specialized lens that allows you to look directly into the sun. 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.

7 - 9:30 pm. Star Night event. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park typically closes in the evening so reservations are required in advance for the night event. To make reservation please call (928) 476-4202 or email Gavin at gerickson(at)azstateparks.gov, reservations must be made in advance of the event, no later than 2 pm day of the event. Fees for the night event are $4 per person everyone, 14 and older, and $2 per person for everyone 7-13. PowerPoint presentation starts at 7 pm. Followed by stargazing where astronomers will volunteer their expertise and telescopes for visitors to view an assortment of night sky attractions. For the night event we ask that you bring a folding chair, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), and a sweater or jacket (the temperatures will drop after the sun sets). Learn about Star Parties, watch video, and see other park event dates.

April 5 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Cochise and His Apache War, Presentation by Jack Lasseter

2 pm. Jack will share with us the exciting story of the Chiricahua Apaches, and their greatest leader, Cochise. Anyone who has ever seen a western movie knows their Hollywood image as fierce and elusive fighters who could disappear at will into the mountains. But our knowledge of them seems to end with the movies. This is your chance to hear the true story of these remarkable people in whose land we live today. Jack will recount the story of Cochise and his war against us, give us details about the Apache culture, describe the relationship with his white blood brother, Tom Jeffords (who was a real man, and is buried in Tucson’s Evergreen Cemetery), and finally tells us what happened to the Chiricahua Apache. $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio”.

April 6 - Patagonia Lake State Park

10:15 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour

One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register after. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 12, 13

11:30 am Lake Discovery Boat Tour

One hour exploration of the west end of Patagonia Lake. Discover the vegetation, history, and beauty of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake as we explore Ash Canyon, the dam, and Deep Cove. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 12, 13

April 6 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tucson's Birthplace Mission Gardens

2 pm. Mission Garden’s four acres have an extraordinary claim: based on archaeological excavation, scientists have determined that it has been continuously cultivated for over 4000 years! Nowhere else in the United States can make that claim. Come hear Diana Hadley describe Mission Garden’s historical origin and its significance. See the history of farming in Tucson, and hear quotes from Forty-niners on the Southern Overland Trail to California about farming and ranching conditions in Tucson (and in Tubac) during the mid-19th century. This living museum is fast becoming a reality and promises to play an important part in growing local economic development by contributing to ecological, geographic and cultural tourism in the Santa Cruz Valley. $7.50 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. Fee includes admission to tour the Park.

April 7 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Bird Walk

Meet at 9 am at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of the campground. Walk is FREE with Day Use Admission or Annual Pass. These guided walks last 2 to 3 hours and follow the birding trail at the east end of the lake, including the mesquite bosque and the cottonwood-willow riparian area along Sonoita Creek. The terrain is flat, except for steps leading down to the lake level. The distance covered is about 1 mile. No reservations are required. Repeats April 11, 14

April 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Terrarium Workshop

9 am. $25-$35. Popular during the Victorian era, terrarium art is making a comeback; mixed-media artist Jenn Jansen leads an April 8 workshop teaching the history of terrariums and offering step-by-step, hands-on instructions to build your own. Registration of $35 (or $25 BTA Members) includes a drum-style fishbowl (7-by-10-by-10 along with succulents, soil, rocks, and decorating materials. Preston will explain types of succulents ideal for a terrarium, how to arrange them for aesthetic balance, and how to care for your mini-ecosystem (succulent terrariums are low-maintenance easy to maintain. This workshop is also available to private groups, for details email Lacey at lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu or call 520.689.2723.

April 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Copper State 1,000 Rallye Lunchtime Vintage & Classic Cars

11 am - 1 pm. Do you thrill to the sight of an Alfa, an Austin, Bentley, Bugatti, Cord, Duesenberg, Lotus, Maserati or Triumph? Bring your camera for a lunchtime show when some of the 80 vintage ‘rallye cars’ stop here on the final day of the annual Copperstate 1000 fundraiser: among premier vintage car road rallies in North America, celebrating working examples of pre-1974 vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the model year.

April 11 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Bird Walk

Meet at 9 am at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of the campground. Walk is FREE with Day Use Admission or Annual Pass. These guided walks last 2 to 3 hours and follow the birding trail at the east end of the lake, including the mesquite bosque and the cottonwood-willow riparian area along Sonoita Creek. The terrain is flat, except for steps leading down to the lake level. The distance covered is about 1 mile. No reservations are required. Repeats April 14

April 11 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

11 am - 2 pm. 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.

April 12 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with 'Wild Man Phil'

9 am. Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci leads the first of our Spring-Summer weekend guided outings for kids -- and for adults, for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Learn more and connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook. Lizard walks are typically on the Second Saturday of each month from April-through-September.

Saturday Wildflower Walk

10 am. See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Saturday walk guided by Pat Pingel, or Sunday walks with Cass Blodgett of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter.

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this guided tour offered twice each month, a one-hour walk where expert guides share their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. April 27 our guide is Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist Dave Morris, sharing his knowledge about edible and medicinal uses for prickly pear cactus fruits and other Sonoran Desert plants. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Pottery TalkApril 12 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. This Event is held every second Saturday of the month, except August.

Repeats: May 10, June 14, July 12, Sept. 13, Oct. 11

April 12 - Oracle State Park

Boulder Scramble

Meet at the ranch house at 8:30 am and join Naturalist volunteer, Rick Gagnon, for short hikes to explore up close some of the boulder piles along park trails. No reservation needed. Free with park admission.

Wildlife Painting at Oracle State Park from

10 am - Noon. Meet on the upper patio of the Kannally Ranch House and join the fun! – bring your own art materials or use what is provided to explore your creativity and make your own painting. The session is open to all ages, and facilitated by Keefer Gagnon, 8th grade National Junior Honor Society student at Mountain Vista School in Oracle. Please call for a reservation.

Bi-National Landscape Restoration in the Sky Islands

Noon in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Sky Island Alliance (SIA) is a conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. A cornerstone of SIA’s conservation successes lie in the on-the-ground work of the RESTORE Program, which works cooperatively with government agencies, private landowners, and a corps of capable volunteers on both sides of the US-MX international border to increase ecosystem resilience to the stresses of land management and climate change. Join Carianne Campbell, the RESTORE Program Manager, for a virtual tour of where they have been working and upcoming projects. Free with park admission. Please call for a reservation.

April 12 - Patagonia Lake State Park

9 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour

One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission.

10:15 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour

One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register after. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 13

11:30 am Lake Discovery Boat Tour

One hour exploration of the west end of Patagonia Lake. Discover the vegetation, history, and beauty of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake as we explore Ash Canyon, the dam, and Deep Cove. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 13

Saturday Twilight Boat Tour

Time varies. Enjoy the evening sights and sounds of Patagonia Lake’s riparian wildlife while exploring the entire lake. Call to register and for meeting time. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission.

April 12 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Lively Latino Multi-Media Music Event

2 pm. Join three highly regarded presenters, Blyth and Russ Carpenter and Zandra Pardi, for a lively afternoon of Mexican music in our 1885 school house. We will explore the genres of Bolero and Son Jarocho. Through a combination of video, audio, live commentary, and live performance, you will encounter a surprising range of Mexican music, from the urbane melodies of Bolero to the breathtaking virtuosity of Son Jarocho. This enchanting music will be woven into the artistic and social history of Mexico and show how cross-border influences have made the music more durable and enchanting than ever. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. Donation jars will benefit the Border Community Alliance.

April 12 & 13 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

History of the Soldier

Come 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. The camps, cannon and soldiers will all be on the parade field for this annual event.

April 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Anne Leight

8:30 am. See winter migrant birds and local residents on a walk guided by Anne Leight (she also volunteers as a bird-banding researcher at The Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River preserve). Walks included with $10 daily admission. Walks continue April 19, 27.

Wildflower Walk Guided By Cass Blodgett

10 am. See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by by Cass Blodgett, co-president of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter.

Gourd Art Classes

10 am. 'Beginners' gourd art April 13 ($30-$40), advanced "pine needle coiling" April 14 ($40-$50). Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Sign up soon for either of these back-to-back informal and fun art classes -- a four-hour workshop and your chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the Wednesday beginners class is $30-$40 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. Thursday enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction.

Swiss Society Picnic

11 am - 1 pm. If you’re of Swiss descent – or wish you were -- and yearning to yodel, don a pair of lederhosen or feast on Swiss veal bratwurst and cervelat with zopf-bread -- don't miss the Arizona Swiss Society's annual picnic held outdoors. The Swiss flag will fly above the picnic tables starting early that morning, lunch is served buffet-style from 11:00-1:00 p.m. and events include Swiss games and music. Event organizer Christian Bucher says Swiss expats and those who "wish they were Swiss for a day" are welcome to participate, and all must RSVP in advance by email so organizers have enough bratwurst and buffet food to share. Info? Email christian_bucher@yahoo.com . “Arizona Swiss Society is for anyone, not only those with Swiss genealogy,” said Bucher, a Phoenix resident. “Join us!”

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 in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times.

April 13 - Patagonia Lake State Park

10:15 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour

One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register after. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission.

11:30 am Lake Discovery Boat Tour

One hour exploration of the west end of Patagonia Lake. Discover the vegetation, history, and beauty of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake as we explore Ash Canyon, the dam, and Deep Cove. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission.

April 13 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Book Event: A Slow Trot Home by Lisa G. Sharp

2 pm. Lisa will tell her story of growing up on the U.S./Mexico border during the last half of the 20th century. The San Rafael ranch was purchased in 1903 by her grandfather, Col. William Cornell Greene, and became part of the Greene Cattle Company holdings which extended deep into Sonora, Mexico. Lisa’s memoir describes a woman’s determination to continue her family’s legacy of ranching, the story of a grand old house, and the lives of Mexican cowboys. Life lived in a sometimes harsh - always beautiful - environment make up many delightful facets of her book. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

April 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Gourd Art Classes

10 am. 'Beginners' gourd art April 13 ($30-$40), advanced "pine needle coiling" April 14 ($40-$50). Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Sign up soon for either of these back-to-back informal and fun art classes -- a four-hour workshop and your chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the Wednesday beginners class is $30-$40 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. Thursday enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction.

April 14 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Bird Walk

Meet at 9 am at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of the campground. Walk is FREE with Day Use Admission or Annual Pass. These guided walks last 2 to 3 hours and follow the birding trail at the east end of the lake, including the mesquite bosque and the cottonwood-willow riparian area along Sonoita Creek. The terrain is flat, except for steps leading down to the lake level. The distance covered is about 1 mile. No reservations are required.

April 14 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Brown Bag Lunch Lectures: Riordan Readings: Tim's Letters (Part Two: "Yours in Haste")

12:15 pm. Free! Shared by Richard Patton, Riordan Mansion State Park Volunteer. An exploration of Timothy Riordan's doings as revealed by select letters from the period of time bracketing his and Caroline's wedding in 1889. Thrill to the exploits of Tim buying a ring, writing an apology, and gaining weight. And how exactly does the Arizona Central Railway figure into this story? Learn all this and more in the latest installment of this continuing series of Brown Bag Lunch Lectures!

Printing Press DemonstrationApril 17 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

9 am - 1 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.

April 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

8:30 am. See winter migrant birds and local residents on a walk guided by Scottsdale educator Kathe Anderson. Walks included with $10 daily admission. Anne Leight & Nathan Williams guide this month's final walk on April 27.

Saturday Wildflower Walk

10 am. See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Saturday walk guided by Pat Pingel, or Sunday walks with Cass Blodgett of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter.

April 19: Spring Break Saturday Science & Stories

10 am. Ages 5-8 (grade K-3. )Looking for activities during Spring Break? A new 'Saturday Science and Stories Hour' continues with two April dates. Parents: sign up your children for Science and Stories with an email to Lacey at lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu, or call 520.689.2723. Have ready the number of children you would like to enroll, their ages, the number of parents, and which session(s) you would like to participate in. Due to the limited space available we ask that parents only sign up if they and their child are able to attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone during the program. Programs are admission-free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. April science and stories hours feature 'Bugs' and lessons about insects, stories about insects, and real live ones, too.

April 19 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18

April 19 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Monthly HikeEarth Day/Bat Day Celebration

10 am - 4 pm. Activities and Presentations are FREE with Day Use Entrance Fee of $6 (1-4 adults). Join us for the day to celebrate the Earth and the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony to Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson. The day will be filled with family activities, presentations and hands-on activities.

Activities:
Family Scavenger Hike with Ranger Lisa at 10 am
Kid’s Activity Table; Recycling Game and Crafts from 10 am - 3:30 pm
Reptiles from Huachuca Area Herpetological Association
Tombstone Animal Shelter
University of Arizona Water Wise program

Presentations:
Ranger Peter: Solar Ovens
Ted Fleming: The Columnar Cactus-Nectar Bat Connection
Ronnie Sidner, PhD: Life and Times of the Kartchner Caverns Cave Myotis (the bats!)
Ranger Robert: Rattlesnakes: Are they as dangerous as they seem?
Ranger Sandra: Conservation tips, which can save you money!
Ranger Jennifer: Rain Water Harvesting

Interpretation Station:
Ranger Rachel: Javelinas
Ranger Sinda: Soil Conservation

April 19 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Second Annual Picture Perfect Lost Dutchman State Park Wine TastingSecond Annual Picture Perfect Lost Dutchman State Park Wine Tasting

5 - 7:30 pm tasting and entertainment. 8 - 10 pm Dr. Sky show. Join us at Lost Dutchman SP for food from the Mining Camp Restaurant and just the right bold red or crisp white wine from Action Wine & Spirits, USA. Local musical entertainment, great prizes and raffle items, with Dr. Sky (Steve Kates) as Master of Ceremonies. Enjoy a sip of wine while Dr. Sky takes you on a "Walk Through the Skies," a breath-taking presentation and stroll through the stars. This event is hosted by the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park, External Link an affiliate of the AZ State Parks Foundation, all proceeds benefit the park and its programs. Couples Tickets: $75; Singles Tickets: $40; Minors (under 21) $15. For more information and to purchase tickets: www.pictureperfectpark2.eventbrite.com. External Link

April 19 - Oracle State Park

Guided Hike and Geology

Led by Gaston Meloche and guest Geologist. Meet at 8:30 am at the ranch house parking lot for a 5-6 mile hike. A reservation is required. Please call Gaston to register by 4 pm the previous day, at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee.

Reptile Walk

With Herpetologist, Ed Moll. Begins with a presentation at 11 am at the Kannally Ranch House followed by a walk to find and identify lizards and other reptiles at the park. Reservation required. Free with park admission.

Wilderness Talk

Join Rod Mondt of the Sky Island Alliance, for a presentation about wilderness and protected areas on this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Reservation suggested, free with park admission.

Printing Press DemonstrationApril 19 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11 am - 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.

April 23 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

9:30 am-12:30 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.

April 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Wildflower Walk

10 am. See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Saturday walk guided by Pat Pingel, or Sunday walks with Cass Blodgett of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter.

Spring Break Saturday Science & Stories

10 am. Ages 9-12 (grades 4-6). Looking for activities during Spring Break? A new 'Saturday Science and Stories Hour' continues with two April dates. Parents: sign up your children for Science and Stories with an email to Lacey at lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu, or call 520.689.2723. Have ready the number of children you would like to enroll, their ages, the number of parents, and which session(s) you would like to participate in. Due to the limited space available we ask that parents only sign up if they and their child are able to attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone during the program. Programs are admission-free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. April science and stories hours feature 'Bugs' and lessons about insects, stories about insects, and real live ones, too.

Geology Walking Tour

1:30 pm. Geologist Rich Leveille is our special guest guide for this once-a-month walk, 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.

April 26 - Catalina State Park

Star Party Astronomy EventFestival of the Sun, Solar Potluck & Exhibition

10 am - 6 pm. in the Gila Monster Group Area. Arizonans all know it really is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk in July, but did you know you can bake cookies in the park in April? This annual community event celebrates of the sun. Experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and enjoy solar-powered music, family activities, solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, water heating, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event also features live-music on a solar-powered stage, children's activities and discussion/lectures with community experts. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, a brimmed hat and sunscreen. More info at Citizens for Solar External Link or contact Bruce Joseph at chair(at)citizensforsolar.org. We invite the community into solar culture, and introduce the community to renewable energy solutions by bringing people together.

April 26 - Oracle State Park

Ask Your Master Gardener

11 am to 1 pm at the Kannally Ranch House. The Saddlebrooke Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. If you have a plant you want identified, or bug or pest issues, bring a picture or a sample. Otherwise, just stop by to see their display and pick up useful garden tips. Master Gardeners are dedicated volunteers who assist the Cooperative Extension Service by providing home horticulture information that is endorsed by the University of Arizona.

Garden Talk: The Native Mesquites.

11:30 am at the Kannally Ranch House, with presenter, Kathie Griffin, a Saddle brooke Master Gardener. The presentation will familiarize participants with these amazing desert legumes found in the park. Part 1 – The Tree of Life: Identification of the velvet and honey mesquites, growing patterns, and natural enemies. Part 2 – The Value of the Mesquite: Its importance to animals, plants, the soil, and to humans. Please call for a reservation. Free with park entrance fee.

April 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Wildflower Walk ‘Season Finale’ Guided By Cass Blodgett

10 am. See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by by Cass Blodgett, co-president of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter.

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this guided tour offered twice each month, a one-hour walk where expert guides share their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Guide is Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist Dave Morris, sharing his wealth of knowledge about edible and medicinal uses for prickly pear cactus fruits and other Sonoran Desert plants. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Tom Boggan Camera Basics Photo Class

2 pm. Enrollment $20 for Arboretum members, $30 nonmembers. Call 520-689-2723. Do you have a fancy new digital SLR, or even a digital point-and-shoot camera that you're eager to learn to use more effectively? Once-a-month photo workshops with Scottsdale artist Tom Boggan offer that chance all four seasons of the year at BTA. Improve your camera skills on a relaxed outing surrounded by beautiful gardens and alongside a pro -- and with plenty of chances to ask questions about the dials, settings and controls on your own camera. Learn basic photography skills including composition, lighting, white balance and aperture-exposure.

April 27 - Oracle State Park

Music in the ParkMusic in the Park at Oracle

Bring your own picnic and enjoy an afternoon of live music at the Kannally Ranch House upper patio. Creosote Ring returns to perform Americana Roots Music. Free with park admission.

April 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Digital Photo Post-Processing Basics With Rim

10 am. $20 BTA members or $30 nonmembers. with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723. OK, you have pictures in your camera -- now what? If you've wanted to learn to easily and efficiently download, organize and archive your JPG or RAW files -- including basic digital imaging skills such as resizing, cropping and simple editing, East Valley photographer 'Rim' Vidziunas offers a two-hour workshop in post-processing and work-flow. A bargain at $20 for BTA members ($30 for nonmembers) this workshop will cover skills such as transferring RAW or JPGs from camera-to-computer to basic image archiving, work-flow, resizing and basic photo editing. Bring your laptop - this will be a hands-on class; no camera required. Rim will also discuss and demonstrate basic functions of popular software ranging from Adobe Photoshop Elements to Lightroom.

Printing Press DemonstrationApril 29 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

9:30 am-12:30 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.

 
May 2014

May 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut

8:30 am. Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut leads the season debut dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Smimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. (repeats July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6)

Book Club: The Magnate

1 pm. Our Book Club celebrates it's one year anniversary in May; that's one year, twelve books -- six visits from authors and lots of good discussion. To celebrate the one year mark, we'll read The Magnate by Hermann Hagedorn, the biography of William Boyce Thompson. He was among the larger-than-life leaders during a period in the United States that included World War I and the Great Depression. Thompson started life in the West, born in a mining town, and became one of the richest men of his time. He had a lifelong fascination with botany and started the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Yonkers, New York, across the street from his palatial home he built there. In time, Thompson bought the Magma mine in Superior, Arizona and fell in love with this area. He decided to build another large home near Superior (Picket Post Mansion) and founded the Arboretum. The Colonel was a mining man with a passion for botany who had a vision that we know and love today as Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Order your copy by phone 520.689.2723; inquire about the book club meetup or RSVP to Book Club Coordinator Vicki with an email BTABookClub@msn.com or call 480.688.3342

May 4 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

History Walk with Sylvia Lee

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

May 4 - Red Rock State Park

Lecture Lecture Series: Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces

2 pm. Red Rock State Park will be welcoming Allen Dart back for our first lecture series of the month. Allen will be speaking about ‘Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces’; this lecture will explore the early Native American Cultures of the Southwest including the Mesa Verde culture of the Southern Colorado and Utah, the Chaco Culture centered in Northwestern New Mexico, and the Hohokam Culture of Southern Arizona and their relationship and skills with astronomy. These early cultures developed methods of predicting the seasons through astronomy centuries before the Old World people had settled in the area. These sophisticated skills developed will be explained in Dart’s lecture by examining architecture, settlement planning, and petroglyph sites as evidence of early astronomy and calendrical reckoning.

Allen Dart is a Registered Professional Archeologist (R.P.A.), holds a M.A. in Anthropology and has been working in archeology since 1975. He has spent time both working and volunteering for various organizations throughout Arizona and New Mexico. Currently, Dart is working for the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service in Phoenix and serves as the Executive Director for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson Arizona.

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. Please visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information. This program was made possible by the Arizona

May 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

FREE admission on National Public Gardens Day

6 am. Celebrate National Public Gardens day with FREE admission at Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP.

May 10 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks

8 am. Ed Tunstall leads the May 10 walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Popular Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ leads the walk May 31 . 'Wild Man Phil' returns June 14, then June 29 our special guest tourguide is Abi King – reptile researcher for AZ Game & Fish Department. (repeat May 31, June 14, June 29)

May 10: Mothers' Day Weekend Camera Class With Michael & Patty

10 am. Need a unique, thoughtful Mother's Day gift for your mom, your wife, sister or a friend? Enroll her in a class where she can spend a day learning photography - and practice in beautiful gardens ($40; with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723). Gilbert pro photographers Michael Madsen and Patty Van Herpen will teach camera basics and more May 10. “Mexican Evening Primrose and other flowers in BTA's Demonstration Garden are usually at their peak color around Mother's Day," said Madsen, "so Patty and I picked Mother's Day Weekend for our next workshop. Moms do a lot of photography - and 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.” Gilbert professional photographer Michael Madsen is among featured artists in our Visitor Center Gallery and is expert with Nikon gear while Patty Van Herpen, prefers Canon . 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 your own aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. With a credit card ready, call 520-689-2723

Pottery TalkMay 10 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. This Event is held every second Saturday of the month, except August.

Repeats: June 14, July 12, Sept. 13, Oct. 11

May 10 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

May 10 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff Lecture: Whiskey River

7 pm. Join river historian Richard Quartaroli, the Special Collections Librarian Emeritus at Northern Arizona University, for a lively discussion of the water of life, from rivers and whiskey. This event is free to the public. Does not include tour admission to Riordan Mansion.

May 11 - Red Rock State Park

Geology HikeGuided Geology Hike

1:00 pm. The 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. 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.

May 12 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff Lecture: Zane Grey and the Call of the Canyon

12:15 pm. Writer Zane Grey, a native Ohioan, fell in love with Arizona on his first visit in 1906 and returned another 20 times throughout the next two dozen years. He used Arizona as the setting for 2/3 of his western novels, including The Call of the Canyon, which was based in Oak Creek Canyon and also incorporated the Weatherford Hotel and other elements of the Flagstaff area. This program will highlight Grey’s fascinating life and writing career, with a particular focus on The Call of Canyon. Presented by Kevin Schindler. This event is free to the public. Does not include tour admission to Riordan Mansion.

May 14 - Red Rock State Park

Moonlight HikeMoonlight Hike

Hikers should arrive at 6:00 pm to check-in before the 6:30 pm hike. The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.

May 17 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8 am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. (repeats June 21)

May 17 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: June 21, July 19, August 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18

May 17 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Mariachi FestivalAnnual Mariachi Festival

Entrance Station Opens at 7 am. $15 Per Vehicle (up to four adults). 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, nature walks, and great camping More.

  • 10 am: Mariachi Nuevo De Nogales (Band)
  • 11 am: Nogales High Apaches (Band)
  • Noon: Ballet Folklorico De Arizona (Dancers)
  • 1 pm: Mariachi Alegre (Band)
  • 2 pm: Mariachi Aztlan Pueblo High (Band)
  • 3 pm: Sonido De Mexico Mariachi (Band)

May 24 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour Guided By ASU Prof. Steve Semken

8 am. Geologist Steve Semken is the special guest guides for this once-a-month walk, 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. (repeats June 28 with Rich Leveille)

Butterfly Walk

8 am. Jan Harding leads the season debut Butterfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. ASU Professor Ron Rutowski leads this walk June 28 at 8:30am. July 26 Adriane Grimaldi, and August 23 its Marceline VandeWater; start time moves to 9:30AM for the season finale October 25 Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (repeats June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

May 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

8 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation expert guide Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. (repeats June 22)** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

May 25 - Red Rock State Park

Lecture Series: Native American Astronomical Practices

2 pm. On Sunday, May 25th Kenneth Zoll will be joining us to talk about the Native American astronomical practices throughout history. The ability to predict seasons was essential for Native Americans in order manage environmental changes, which was vital for survival. Seasonal calendars were the foundation for early cultures for hunting, gathering, planting, harvesting, celebrating, and worshipping. Join us to learn about how the early sky watchers developed systems to synchronize their calendars around celestial events. Kenneth will describe the diverse ways in which prehistoric Native American cultures integrated the stars and their annual events.
Kenneth is an archeology enthusiast, to say the least. He’s currently the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, a site steward with the Arizona State Historical Preservation Office, an a volunteer docent at many cultural heritage sites for the Coconino National Forest. Kenneth is also a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archeological Society and has written many popular books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona.

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. Please visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information. This program was made possible by the Arizona

May 30 - Red Rock State Park

Star Party Astronomy EventStar Night Party (Reservations Required)

7:30 pm. This event is a collaboration with AZ State Parks, Astronomers of Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful. Star Parties are a great way for families to enjoy the evening sky together, there will even be a chance for children to shake hands with a surprise guest- --perhaps one from another world? 7:30 pm presentation that will last approximately 45 minutes given by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Topics of discussion will range from current astronomical events including the many clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets.

Following the presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Saturn and Jupiter will be visible; as well as the clusters of Coma Berenices, Virgo, Cancer, and Hercules. Several planetary nebulas, or exploded stars, may also be seen.

There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as snacks, and warm drinks. Please bring bottled water and a folding chair for your own comfort and dress appropriately for cool weather. If you would like to bring a flashlight, please cover the end with red cellophane to minimize the light interference of the viewing scopes. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the event. This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to 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. Learn more about Star Night Parties and watch video

May 31 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group

8 am in the Smith Building Lecture Room. These informal two-hour user’s group meetings each month are free to BTA annual members - included with daily admission of $10 for nonmembers. One of the most popular photography software packages, Adobe Lightroom, is described by the company as: "Photo editing software built for photographers, by photographers. From first look to final image, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 makes everything about digital photography easier, faster and more amazing. Perfect your shots with powerful new adjustment tools, efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere." Special guest speaker this month is Pro Photographer Jabon Eagar, demonstrating his workflow with “Portrait Photography” using Lightroom, Professional Portrait, Photoshop, Nik Software and his archival system. Read More About this Photography Software Users Group

 
June 2014

June 5 - Homolovi State Park

Star Night Party

8 - 10 pm in campground. Explore the wonders of the night sky through astronomer's telescopes at Homolovi's first Star Night Party. Online camping reservations are available (additional fee). Learn more about Star Night Parties and watch video

June 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks

8 am. Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ leads the walk June 14 walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. June 29 the special guest tourguide is Abi King – reptile researcher for AZ Game & Fish Department. (repeats June 29 with AZGFDs’ Abi King)

Pottery TalkJune 14 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. This Event is held every second Saturday of the month, except August.

Repeats: July 12, Sept. 13, Oct. 11

First Saturdays Concert SeriesJune 7- Catalina State Park

First Saturdays Concert Series

On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP.

June 7: 5:00 pm. Annon and the Late Show (Jazzed R&B)

ConferenceJune 11 - 13 - Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico

2014 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and the City of Nogales invite you to join them at the 12th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. This year’s conference, “Economic Engines of Preservation” is being held in Nogales & Rio Rico, June 11-13, 2014. The goal of the Conference is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities. Learn More & Register

June 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8 am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. (repeats July 19)

June 21 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: July 19, August 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18

June 21 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

June 22 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

8 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation expert guide 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.

June 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology Walking Tour

8 am. Geologists Steve Semken and Rich Leveille alternate as our special guest guides for this once-a-month walk, 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. (repeats July 26 with Scott McFadden)

Butterfly Walk with ASU Professor Ron Rutowski

8:30 am. Once-a-month guided butterfly walks are a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. July 26 our guest tourguide is Adriane Grimaldi, and then August 23 its Marceline VandeWater; start time moves to 9:30AM for the season finale October 25Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (repeats July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

June 29 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk guided by Abi King

8 am. AZ Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Abi King guides this walk that’s especially popular with kids – and all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Abi’s here again Saturday July 12 – with Tucson author Larry Jones as our special guest, too (Lizard of the Southwestern US). (repeats July 12)

 
July 2014

July 5 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut

8:30am. Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut leads the season debut dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Smimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. (repeats Aug. 2, Sept. 6)

Pottery TalkJuly 12 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. This Event is held every second Saturday of the month, except August.

Repeats: Sept. 13, Oct. 11

July 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8 am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times.

July 19 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: August 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18

July 19 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Corn Fest & Vintage Baseball at Fort Verde

While Corn Fest is going on next to us, come to Fort Verde to partake or sit back and enjoy the Vintage baseball game at Noon. Kids are encouraged to learn how to make Victorian Christmas ornaments as part of our Christmas in July celebration. Fee Free Day!

July 19 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

July 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden

8 am. Geologists Steve Semken and Rich Leveille alternate as our special guest guides for this once-a-month walk, 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.

Butterfly Walk with Adriane Grimaldi

8:30 am. Once-a-month guided butterfly walks are a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. August 23, Marceline VandeWater; start time moves to 9:30 am for the season finale October 25, Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (more tours Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

July 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

8 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation expert guide 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.

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her harvest season accomplice, Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean. This class will be offered again Aug. 9 and also Aug. 17, and with Tall Order Catering owners ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy as our instructors. (Class repeats Aug. 9 and Aug. 17)

 
August 2014

August 2 - Homolovi State Park

Suvoyuki Day at Park

"Suvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through at "joint effort." Suvoyuki Days start with an open house day at Homolovi State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction. The event features corn roasting, a morning run, archaeological information, and artist demonstrations. Hopi Tribal leaders and Arizona State Parks staff have been collaborating for six years to create a new model for park management and tourism to traditional Hopi lands which will preserve and protect the sacred culture, while offering special cultural tour opportunities for the public. Read story about 2013 event External Link

August 2 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut & Joanna Henry

8:30 am. Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut is joined by ASU researcher Joana Henry as leader for the once-a-month dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Smimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. (repeats Sept. 6)

August 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with ‘Wild Man Phil’

8 am. Popular Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ guides this walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles, and he’ll be back Aug. 30 for another – in fact Aug. 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of lizard walks, with Tucson author Larry Jones leading the Sunday walk. (repeats Aug. 30)

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Tall Order Catering owners ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy, alogn with Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean. This class will be offered again Aug. 17, with Tall Order Catering owners ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy as our instructors. (repeats Aug. 30)

August 16 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: Sept. 20, Oct. 18

August 16 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

August 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Steve Semken

8 am. ASU Prof. Steve Semken guides this once-a-month walk, 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.

Butterfly Walk with Marceline VandeWater

8:30 am. Once-a-month guided butterfly walks are a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. Start time moves to 9:30am for the season finale Oct. 25 with Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (more tours Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

August 24 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

8 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

 
September 2014

Pottery TalkSeptember 13 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. This Event is held every second Saturday of the month, except August.

Repeats: Oct. 11

September 20 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: Oct. 18

September 20 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

Museum Day LiveSeptember 27 - Homolovi State Park

Museum Day Live!

Free park entry on Sept. 27 with a pass from the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website. External Link

 

 
October 2014

October 4 - Oracle State Park

Oracle Re-Opens For Season

Oracle SP will re-open for weekend starting on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Pottery TalkOctober 11 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. This Event is held every second Saturday of the month, except August.

October 18 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

October 18 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

 
November 2014

November - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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December 2014

December - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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