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Homolovi State Park

Saturday's through September, enjoy Ranger Led Tours of these important sites. Tours available Saturday & Sunday, start times vary, call the park for latest updates.

September 30: Star Party (repeats on October 14 & November 18)

6pm. Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of stars, constellations, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and glimpses of nearby planets. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

 

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 1: Fall/Winter Hours Return Today – Plus Saturday Dragonfly Walk

8:30 am. The Fall-Winter schedule resumes and daily hours are 8:00am to 5:00 pm starting Oct. 1; there’s also a special Dragonfly Walk today, guided by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche. Dragonflies are beautiful, fascinating insect predators and you’ll learn about their life cycle on this once-a-month odonate excursion – an interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features. Bring your camera because our guide usually nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects safe and unharmed to continue patrolling and hunting over Ayer Lake. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche: http://azdragonfly.net

October 1: Guided Bird Walk (more walks Oct. 9, 15, 23 & 29)

8:30am. Bright red Northern Cardinals are year-round residents at the Arboretum and can be seen along with dozens of species around the gardens. Learn to identify birds on a guided walk with Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton starting at 8:30am.; birdwalks continue with Charlie Babbitt Oct. 2 (Sunday); guided by Troy Corman Oct. 9, Richard Ditch & Mark Ochs Oct. 15, Anne Leight Oct. 23; and Charlie Babbitt Oct. 29. Find dates for other November bird walks and read bird sightings posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

October 1: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 2: Guided Bird Walk with Charlie Babbitt

8:30am. Bright red Northern Cardinals are year-round residents at the Arboretum and can be seen along with dozens of species around the gardens. Learn to identify birds on a guided walk with Charlie Babbitt starting at 8:30 am. Find dates for other October-November bird walks and read bird sightings posted athttp://cals.arizona.edu/bt

Sunday History Walk - October 2

10am. You may have walked the main trail 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? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates a walking tour that includes the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 6: Home School Day Tours (also November 3 and December 1 )

11am. Kids will get a taste of mesquite honey, nopalitos (pickled strips of cactus pads, popular in Mexico) along with prickly pear lemonade jelly - agave nectar and other products made from native Sonoran Desert plants Oct. 6 during the first of a yearly series of 'Home School Day' workshops at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Themed tours offered to public school groups are also available to home-schoolers on special Fall-Winter-Spring dates, enrollment ranges from $2 - $10 per person. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required - home-school families should signup soon by email to education coordinator lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu with this as your subject line: "Home School Days at BTA". Future home school dates are Nov. 3 with the popular Plants of the Bible Lands walking tour (pomegranates, palms, pines, figs, and more); and Dec. 1 brings a workshop about geology and rock identification. Confirm event times and read morehttp://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 7: Fall Plant Sale ‘Members-Only’ Preview (sale opens to everyone Oct. 8)

8am. Arboretum annual members get a special day of ‘sneak preview’ shopping for the most unusual plants one day before the annual Fall Plant Sale fundraiser opens to the public on Saturday – expect a big assortment of cacti and agaved, potted herbs, trees, shrubs, flowers and more. BTA annual members also save 20-percent during the opening weekend – and membership can be purchased upon arrival. read morehttp://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 8: Science & Stories Creepy Crawlies

9:30am. October’s the month of Hallowe’en; learn about scary Sonoran Desert critters (scorpions, tarantulas and more) during a guided activity. For a complete description, and to be added to her email list for the 2016-2017 activities, contact education coordinator lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu with this as your subject line: Lacey - October Science And Stories. Confirm event times and read morehttp://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 8: Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by David Morris; ethno-botanist and member of the Choctaw nation. Dave explains how prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Curandero Trails tours repeat at 1:30pm. on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday from October-through-April; desert plant enthusiasts and local authors Kathy & Tom McDonald guide the walk Oct. 23, Sunday. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 9: Guided Bird Walk with Troy Corman (more walks Oct 15, 23 & 29)

8:30am. Bright red Northern Cardinals are year-round residents at the Arboretum and can be seen along with dozens of species around the gardens. Learn to identify birds on a guided walk guided by Troy Corman Oct. 9; or Richard Ditch & Mark Ochs Oct. 15, Anne Leight Oct. 23; and Charlie Babbitt Oct. 29. Find dates for other November bird walks and read bird sightings posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

October 15: Camera Basics – Learn Basic Manual Settings Including ISO, Shutter Speed & Aperture

8:30am. Learn not just the how, but also the ‘why?" of manual settings on your DSLR or compact camera. Scottsdale Pro Photographer Lisa Langell guides a four-hour workshop teaching how to set your camera’s aperture, shutter speed, ISO, aperture priority, shutter priority, and more. Sound daunting? Its not! Lisa has a warm, friendly, supportive approach during an interactive lecture and hands-on class that introduces you to the most basic three settings that help you control your camera to design and capture exceptional photographs. Learn how settings allow light into your camera and how they create artistic effects including depth-of-field, ‘bokeh,’ motion-blur, stop-action and more. This beginner-to-intermediate level class include a slideshow lecture, interactive activities, and hands-on practice in-the-field at BTA. Enroll online at 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camera-basics-level-1-manual-settings-made-easy-tickets-27497171781 Or Check out http://www.langellphotography.com/Events-1/

October 15: Guided Bird Walk with Rich & Mark (walks continue Oct 23 & 29)

8:30am. Bright red Northern Cardinals are year-round residents at the Arboretum and can be seen along with dozens of species around the gardens. Learn to identify birds on a guided walk guided by Richard Ditch & Mark Ochs Oct. 15; then with Anne Leight Oct. 23, another with Charlie Babbitt Oct. 29. Find dates for other November bird walks and read bird sightings posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

October 15: Part 2 – Intensive Focus on Manual Settings, an ‘In The Field’ Workshop & Shoot

1:30 pm. (enrollees should have previously taken Lisa’s Beginner class – see above). Those who have completed Scottsdale Pro Photographer Lisa Langell’s Camera Basics Level 1 class have a solid foundation understanding the purpose and differences between aperture, shutter speed and ISO camera functions. If you've learned basic functions and are reasonably comfortable with controlling those on your camera, this class takes your skills to the next level. Class is predominately outdoors and ‘hands-on’. You'll be putting your camera to the test with specific field assignments designed to help you master these skills in a semi-controlled environment, supportive assistance, and additional instruction--beyond what you experienced in Level 1. You will advance your understanding of how to:
• Demonstrate a solid understanding of aperture to create shallow and deep depth of field in close-up and landscape settings.
• Demonstrate how to apply ISO settings so as to maximize image quality while enabling proper exposure --- Read a more complete description -and signup online
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camera-basics-level-2-manual-settings-intensive-tickets-27497523834

October 15: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

1:30pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. From October-through-April BTA daily hours are 8am.-5pm.; the Fall-Winter schedule resumes, and this tour returns to a 1:30pm. start time. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. 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. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

October 16: Sunday Tree Tour with Miguel Hernandez

1:30pm. Silviculturally-speaking, and since an Arboretum is by definition a living collection of trees - what guided tour could be more fitting here than a once-a-month "Trees of BTA" guided walk? We invite those who love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees to be here for a relaxed, slow-paced afternoon tour featuring Horticultural Specialist Miguel Hernandez on October 16, or next month with Arboretum staffer Jeff Payne, a and certified arborist. Here's your chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture.

October 22: Butterfly Walk with Gail Morris (2016 Season Finale)

9:30am. Gail Morris studies the migration of Monarch butterflies from Arizona to Mexico, and will search for the colorful butterflies here Oct. 22 when she guides Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Quen, Spring Azure, Pipevine Swallowtail and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Confirm event times and read morehttp://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 22: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 23: Guided Bird Walk with Anne Leight Oct 23

8:30am. Bright red Northern Cardinals are year-round residents at the Arboretum and can be seen along with dozens of species around the gardens. Learn to identify birds on a guided walk guided by Anne Leight Oct. 23; there’s one more this month, with Charlie Babbitt Oct. 29. Find dates for other November bird walks and read bird sightings posted at 
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

October 23 Hummingbird Photography Class with Lisa Langell & Kim Gray

8am. This 3-hour class offers indoor coaching followed by an outdoor shoot where you'll learn to use manual exposure settings to capture hummingbird images beautifully; $30 for Arboretum annual members and State Parks pass holders; $40 for non-members (plus ticket processing fee, too). You'll need a camera with a lens that offers magnification/zoom; instructors Lisa and Kim will demonstrate how to capture images of hummingbirds in both natural light and with special flash setups (provided). This session is part-lecture and part-field work. You will be provided with instruction on how to improve your nature photography in general, plus specific focus will be provided on hummingbird photography. Read a more complete description, and signup online 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techniques-for-photographing-hummingbirds-beautifully-tickets-2750100023

Oct. 23: Edible-Medicinal Native Plants Guided Walk with Kathy & Tom

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts and local authors Kathy & Tom McDonald, explaining ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Curandero Trail tours repeat at 1:30pm on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday from October-through-April; ethno-botanist and Choctaw nation member David Morris guides the walk Nov. 12, Saturday. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read morehttp://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 29: Guided Bird Walk with Charlie Babbitt

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30 am. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 29: Carla Keaton's ‘Paint & Wine’ Classes

12pm. Try your hand at art; with an optional glass of wine to help spark creativity; Carla Keaton launched a new series of "paint & wine" events at her Keaton Fine Art gallery -- and now she's bringing art to BTA once each month through December (Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 & Dec. 3). "They're loads of fun," says Carla, "and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens." Saturday's class will focus on hummingbirds. Enrollment of $35 for Arboretum members and $45 for nonmembers includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching and encouragement from Carla Keaton. Signup by phone; have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff during daytime 6:30-2:30 business hours at 520.689.2723.
See more of her work and connect with Carla at: https://www.facebook.com/Keaton-Fine-Art-A-Global-Encounter-260382013992101 Or call her at 480-228-1500, or email: keatonfinearts@gmail.com

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

 

October 1 – Sunshine Strings Youth Orchestra

5pm. Come out for Catalina’s First Saturday Concert in October and enjoy music with a beautiful backdrop. This month’s group is the Sunshine Strings Youth Orchestra, directed by Stacy Scheckel of Monarch Music Performance. The students have prepared two classical pieces, featuring two soloists, as well as the movie soundtrack to Harry Potter and Celtic Fiddle Tune. All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Be sure to join us at 5:00pm on October 1 and check back for our First Saturday Concert in November.

 

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park®

Kartchner Caverns Astronomy Program

October 1

5:30pm. See the wonders of the cosmos at Kartchner Caverns State Park's astronomy program! Guest Speaker Ken Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeological Center, will give a talk in the Discovery Center auditorium. Mr. Zoll will cover the results of his research in Archaeo-Astronomy in Arizona. He has studied archaeological sites across the region and during his program, he will show links between pictographs and astronomical events!

Starting in the early afternoon, the Huachuca Astronomy Club will have solar telescopes set up for observing the sun. If the skies are clear, visitors will see close-ups of sunspots and prominences through specially filtered astronomical telescopes. After sunset (around 7pm) and weather permitting, everyone will have another chance to look throguh the Astronomy Club's telescopes. Don't miss close-up views of Saturn, Mars, the Hercules star cluster (M13) and many other wonders of the night sky! Sunset will be at about 6:05pm. Bring your jackets!

3rd Annual Guano Happens 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Run

October 8, 2016

8am. The 3rd year for this event will host hundreds of avid runners, families & kids along the beautiful Whetstone Mountain trails of Kartchner Caverns State Park®. Join us for a day of competition, prizes, family activities and fun. Registration is now OPEN! CLICK HERE Information & Signup details.

 

Homolovi State Park

October 1: Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour (repeats on October 8, 9, 16, 22, 29 & November 5)

10am. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).

October 2: Hopi Pottery Talks (repeats October 30)

10am. 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.

October 14: Star Party (repeats on November 18)

Time TBA. Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of stars, constellations, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and glimpses of nearby planets. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

October 15: Petrified Wood Walk

9am. Join a Park Ranger on a walk to Homolovi’s mini petrified forest. This tour will explore the park’s paleontological history. The tour will require about 1 mile of walking, round trip, across natural landscape, to view an approximately 1 acre area of exposed petrified trees. The talk will describe the petrification process, the Triassic period, and the environment as it once was. Day use-fee required.

October 23: Petroglyph Tour

9am. 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.

October 30: Hopi Pottery Talks

10am. 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.

 

 

Fort Verde State Historic Park

October 8-9: Fort Verde Days

All Day. Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flagraising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with Indian Wars period reenactors, presentations, a fashion show, cavalry and Vintage Baseball and Dutch Oven Cooking demonstrations.

 

Lost Dutchman State Park

October 12: Getting to Know the Birds Around You

9am. Meeting in the Saguaro Day Use area, there will be a brief discussion about how to tell one bird from another. Then we’ll be looking for resident birds (from hawks to hummingbirds) and for any late migrants stopping by on their way south. After birding the Saguaro Day use area, we’ll look for birds as we walk up toward Jacob’s Crosscut Trail. We’ll make the short loop around and back to Saguaro Day Use lot, birding as we go. This is more of an “amble” than a hike as we let the birds come to us. Bring binoculars, water and wear sturdy trail shoes. No dogs please. Led by volunteer "Birder Babs".

October 14: Full Moon Hike

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

October 15: Amazing Night Under the Skies

7pm. - 9pm. Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for an amazing night under the skies! What planets will we see in the dark desert sky? Dress warmly and be prepared to be amazed at the sightings. Palo Verde Day Use parking (weather permitting).

October 19: Treasure the Loop

9am. Join us for a beginning of the season hike up and around the Treasure Loop trail. Starting at Saguaro Day Use, this 2 + mile moderate hike covers a lot of territory of different vegetation and elevations. Hikers should wear hiking shoes and carry ample water. A great hike for the beginning of the season with Hiker Barb. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area.

October 22: Star Party

6:30pm. - 8:30pm. Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide telescopic views of the night sky and will answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes and talk with very knowledgeable and experienced local astronomers! What will be in the sky tonight? Saguaro Day Use area.

October 26: Photographing the Sunset Hike

5:30pm. Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and intersecting Siphon Draw Trail, hikers will marvel at the mountain and sky full of colors especially if there are a few clouds. This can be a photographer’s delight! And what better than to have local landscape, nature and astrophotographer Lee Mednick along to share guidelines on how to use basic digital photography! Beginners to intermediate photographers are encouraged to bring cameras (not phones). During this easy 2 hour hike, you will be provided with instruction on how to improve your photography. Wear hiking shoes and carry water. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barbara.

October 28: Star Talk

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

 


Oracle State Historic Park

October 8: Bird Talk and Guided Walk

3pm. Begins with a one-hour presentation in the Kannally Ranch House living room, followed by a 90-minute pre-sunset bird walk ending about 5:30pm. Bring a snack and wrap up about 6pm with a bird list while watching the sunset. Bird enthusiast Kathe Anderson returns with a new program, "Temporary Custody of a Rainbow". Learn the backstory of ten colorful migrants, such as the yellow warbler, blue grosbeak, summer tanager and others. Free with park entrance fee. Reservation suggested, so please call (520) 896-2425.

October 9: Birding and Breakfast

7am. Kathe Anderson offers an early morning guided bird walk at the park beginning at 7am. Following the two-hour walk, participants will be treated to a special breakfast offering on the patio of the Kannally Ranch House, courtesy of the Friends of Oracle State Park. The group will review the morning sightings while enjoying coffee, treats and great views. $10 includes the park entrnace fee. Reservation required, please call (520) 896-2425.

October 15: Super Full Moon Trail Music Event

4pm. - 5:45pm. Take a pre-sunset walk along the Nature Trail Loop while enjoying the sounds of live instrumental music at designated spots along the trail from 4pm - 545pm. Walk back to the ranch house patio at sunset to see views of the Super Moon rising. The Super Moon will look extra big on the horizon because the presence of the full moon coincides with the moon's orbit at its closes position to earth. Park gates will remain open late until 730pm. Free with park admission. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park

October 22: Environmental Education Trail Program Sampler

1pm. For families and kids of all ages! Meet at the Group Use Area for a 45-minute ranger or docent-led program on the trail. Sample hands-on interactive activities taken from the Oracle Adventure Program and Oracle Odyssey Program, designed for elementary grade school field trips to the park. Consider how animals depend on the five senses for survival, their habitat needs, and the relationship between plants, animals and people. Reservation required, six participant minimum. Free with park admission.

October 30: "A Short Tour of the Sonoran Desert"

1pm. An Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum presentation by Museum Interpretive Docent Bob Elder. The program begins at 1pm in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Get a sampling from a variety of themes covered by docents presenting outdoor tours of the Museum; ecology, biodiversity, and animal life history information included. Free with park admission. Space is limited so please call for a reservation.

 

Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

October 1: Evening Lecture - Victor And Cosmos Mindeleff: Smithsonian Architects And The Study Of Pueblo Architecture, 1881-1900

7pm. Presented by Dennis Gilpin, PaleoWest Archaeology. In 1881 the Smithsonian Institution sent 21-year-old architect Victor Mindeleff to the Southwest to study Pueblo architecture. For the next 15 years, Victor and his younger brother Cosmos would continue to examine ancient and existing Pueblo architecture in the Southwest. In 1891 Victor would produce a report called A Study of Pueblo Architecture in Tusayan and Cibola (that is, Hopi and Zuni), which was the first professional study of Pueblo architecture, which ranks as one of the classics of anthropological literature, and which still stands as a classic study of Pueblo architecture. Cosmos would build models of more than 20 pueblos and pueblo ruins that would be exhibited at the Smithsonian and at World Fairs and other expositions and would publish studies of the ruins of Canyon de Chelly, Casa Grande, and the Verde Valley, as well as papers on the Hopi Snake Dance, Hopi clan residence patterns, and Navajo hogans. Victor and Cosmos were among the first scholars to explore sites in the Flagstaff area, and were certainly the first to examine the ancient buildings as architecture. The Mindeleffs developed a relationship with the Riordans, which is documented in the Special Collections at the NAU Cline Library.

October 2:Evening Lecture --Eagles and Archaeologists: The Lindberghs' 1929 Southwest Aerial Photographic Survey

7pm. Presented by Erik Berg, Historian. Famous aviator Charles Lindbergh is best known for his pioneering 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." Few people realize that Charles, and his wife Anne, also played an important role in southwest archaeology. During the summer of 1929, a newlywed Charles and Anne worked with noted southwest archaeologists Alfred Kidder and Earl Morris to conduct the Southwest's first systematic aerial surveys of prehistoric sites and geologic features. Over the space of several weeks, they took over 200 aerial images of landmarks including Chaco Canyon, Canyon del Chelly, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater. Eighty years later, these remarkable photographs give a rare view of the Colorado Plateau in the 1920s and provide unique insights into a wide range of changes that have occurred in the region since. Award-winning historian and writer Erik Berg tells the exciting tale of the Lindberghs' southwest adventures and discusses the results of a recent project to re-photograph these historic images. The presentation will include many rarely seen images from the Lindbergh survey.

 

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park

Saturday, October 8: Fall Festival

9am. Enjoy an apple cider press, blacksmithing, the Verde Valley Fly Wheelers displaying tractors and old engines, kiddie tractor pull, USFS and Smoky the Bera, quilt displays, Jay's Bird Barn Falconer and even build your own scarecrow!

 

 

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Wine, Beer, Food, Art, Music, Guided Tours & Auction. Hosted by the Freinds of onto
Natural Bridge State Park, THAT Brewery, Monika Hancock & Chris Smith Investments.

Download a poster HERE. (PDF Document 600 KB PDF)

Call (928) 474-4515 to purchase your tickets today!

 

 

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11am.–2pm. A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you.  Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

October 2: Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Tish Hinojosa

2pm. This is Ted’s 6th season as our artist-in-residence, and he has a phenomenal line-up for us this year. We begin with the fabulous Tish Hinojosa! Tish is back with us for another intimate solo concert. She’s a super-performer and it's an honor to have her grace our stage. A once-in-a-lifetime artist, Tish’s voice is beautiful and her songwriting is of the highest quality. This is a rare opportunty – to hear Tish in an intimate setting with pristine acoustics. Tickets $20 adults, free for children 14 and younger.  Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

October 6: Living History: Woodworking

11am.-2pm. For generations, humans have used and shaped wood for practical and creative projects.  See how it was done before power tools by watching and listening to a knowledgeable volunteer using hand tools to form and split wood to make staves for a bucket, and then try it yourself. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

October 8: Exhibit Opening Reception: Tubac’s Pioneer Families and the CATASTROPHE of Baca Float No. 3

2pm.-4pm. On October 8, we will open a brand new exhibit curated by members of the Gastellum family and our Presidio staff. This is a topic that has never been addressed before and it tells the story of how local homesteaders lost their lands to real estate speculators and political actions beyond their control. Tubac's Pioneer Families and the CATASTROPHE of Baca Float No. 3 opens at 2pm on Saturday, October 8 with a free opening reception when members of the Gastellum and Cota families will share memories of their family history. Dr. Tom Sheridan will be with us and have copies of his book Ladscapes of Fraud for sale. Regular admission to the Park is $5 adults, $2 youth 7-13, Kids 6 and under FREE

Visit the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park for their annual Anza Days celebration.October 15 - Anza Days Celebration

8am. - 12pm. This year’s Anza Days celebration has been re-envisioned to reflect more historical accuracy and provide for the educational engagement of youngsters in this most significant event in Tubac’s history, when Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza made the 1775 overland expedition from Tubac to the Pacific. It begins in the cool of the morning at the Tubac Presidio at 9 am with period costumed riders executing cavalry drills. On the command of, “Vayan subiendo”, the Anza riders will assemble along with a host of imaginary settlers and livestock, and proceed to the steps of St. Ann's Church (the site of Tubac’s original church, Santa Gertrudis). There they will receive a blessing for the journey and head north with the first day objective of La Canoa. Subsequently, from 10 am to noon at the Presidio we will unveil our children’s Anza Discovery Program with costumes, activities, props, ponies and superb photo ops. This is a totally FREE EVENT and a wonderful opportunity to engage your children and grandchildren in Tubac’s colorful history. For more information call the Presidio, 520-398-2252.

October 16: Book Event: It’s a (Prairie) Dog’s Life by Theodore G. Manno

2pm. A prairie dog town is a busy place. As author and field researcher Theodore Manno explains a prairie dog's life is full of mischief, romantic trysts, antipredator behavior, fighting, kissing, and infanticide. He vividly recounts the daily ups and downs of prairie dogs as well as his own trials and triumphs while observing these rare rodents in Bryce Canyon National Park with other "Dog Squad" researchers from the vantage point of a nine-foot-tall tower. Over time, they came to know the personalities and social structure of the town's inhabitants. His presentation provides a full overview of what is currently known about prairie dogs, a species that you may be surprised to learn is threatened with extinction.  His book, The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks will be available for signing and sale. Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

October 22: Special Tours of Two Rarely Available Archaeological Sites

9:30am–2:30pm. In celebration of International Archaeology Month, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will collaborate with Tumacácori National Historical Park to provide special tours of two unique archaeological sites.  Join Philip Halpenny at the Tubac Presidio for a tour of the Spanish colonial archaeological site that preserves the remains of the original 1752 Tubac town site.  The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign 'An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors' before entering.  Meet at the Presidio at 9:30 am.  After the first tour, bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy in either Parks’ picnic area.  Next, we will meet in the Tumacácori parking lot at NOON and car pool with a National Park Service ranger for a tour of the Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi mission.  Established by Father Kino in 1691 where the Pima Revolt began, excavations have revealed evidence of extensive prehistoric habitation on the mission site, along with evidence of mission era corrals and other structures.  This site is only available for special guided tours.  Fee is $15 per person and includes both tours and admission to both Parks.  Tour limited to 15.  For reservations call the Presidio at 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

October 23-31: Special Exhibit: Common Ground: Tubac Cemetery and Other Works a special exhibition

A special art exhibition by local artist/printmaker Joyce M. Jackson will be displayed in the 1885 Schoolhouse between 9am and 5pm. From October 23rd to 31st. The exhibition features images inspired by the hand hewn grave markers and memorial tributes found in the historic burial ground at the corner of Burruel Street and Bridge Road, and explores human events and emotions familiar to us all. Included with regular Park admission, $5 adults, $2 youth 7-13, Kids 6 and under FREE.

October 30: Tubac All Souls Day Día de los Muertos Festival & Procession

12pm.-4pm. The Tubac celebration of Día de los Muertos is a glorious event, exuberantly honoring our ancestors and our community.  Everyone is welcome to create an ofrenda or altar and these will be displayed throughout the community.  At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park beginning at noon and running until 4 pm, we’ll have face painting, live music, food vendors with a wonderful variety of offerings, ofrenda exhibits, intention writing, and a special bilingual presentation of the History of Dia de los Muertos by Zandra Pardi.  Then a splendid procession will march through the streets to the Tubac Cemetery and end at a symbolic bonfire in the Sculpture Garden at the K. Newby Gallery.  There will also be music, dancing, food and drink in the Sculpture Garden.  Participants are encouraged to come in costume, have their faces painted and bring mementos of loved ones to memorialize in the parade and at the bonfire. Purchase your tickets at the Presidio by October 29 and receive a discount: Adults $5, children (7-13), $1.50, children (younger than 7) are free. Day of event ticket prices $7.50 adults, $2.50 children (7-13), children (younger than 7) are free.

 

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

November 3: Home School Day Tours (also December 1)

10am. Guided tours offered to public school groups are also available to home-schoolers on special Fall-Winter dates, ranging from $2 - $10 per person; themes range from our popular Plants of the Bible Lands day for home-schoolers on November 3. December 1 brings a workshop in geology and rock identification. Pre-registration is required; for more complete descriptions of each day, or to be added to our email list for the 2016-2017 schedule, contact education coordinator lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu with this as your subject line: Home School Days at BTA. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 5: ‘Gardening for the Young At Heart’ Master Gardener Workshop

11am. Green-thumbed volunteers with Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program resume informal once-a-month Saturday morning outdoor workshops. Do you have children, grandchildren -- or are you young at heart? Join the ‘MGs’ Nov. 5 for an enchanting tour of the Arboretum’s Children’s’ Garden where you'll see ways that color, patterns, annuals, smelly plants and whimsical garden art can make us young again. Next month brings “Coming to Your Senses” Saturday, December 3 (also at 11am.); have you ever grown a daisy that smells like chocolate or a plant that sounds like a rattlesnake? Join us in planning a garden using plants that evoke the senses and know how to create your own special sensory collage. Workshops resume February 4, 2017, with “Fruits of Your Labor” - which explains how, ever since man first tasted the apple, luscious fruit has become essential to our diet. In Arizona we can grow apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, figs, plums, apricots, pomegranates and more in our backyards and even patios! Make your desert garden more “fruitful.” Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 5: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 6: Sunday History Walk

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? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 6: Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk with Kathy & Tom McDonald

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced, leisurely tour guided by Kathy & Tom McDonald, authors and desert plant enthusiasts who explains ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. This tour moves to 1:30pm in October and repeats Sunday Oct. 23 with as our guided. From October-through-April the Fall-Winter schedule resumes Arboretum daily hours are 8am.-5pm. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 13: Guided Bird Walk with Troy Corman (again Nov. 19 with Cynthia & Pete)

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am.; future bird walks are Nov. 19 guided by Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton – then Nov. 27 with Cindy West & Cindy Marple). Recent bird sighting checklist are posted athttp://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 19: Guided Bird Walk with Cynthia & Pete (again Nov. 27 with Cindy & Cindy)

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am.; another bird walk is schedule Nov. 27 guided by Cindy West & Cindy Marple. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 27: Guided Bird Walk with Cindy West & Cindy Marple

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30 am; another bird walk is schedule Dec. 3 guided by Marceline VandeWater. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 27: Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced, leisurely tour guided by David Morris, an ethno-botanist and member of the Choctaw nation, a desert plant enthusiast who explains ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. This tour repeats Saturday Dec. 10 with Kathy & Tom McDonald as our guides. From October-through-April the Fall-Winter schedule resumes Arboretum daily hours are 8am.-5pm. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

 

November 5 – Jaye Parks and the Show Cats

4pm. Catalina State Park invites you to join Jaye Parks and the Show Cats for a wonderful evening of music by the mountains. Jaye is joined by her husband and music partner, Steven Shochat, who will be playing bass and guitar. Lonesome Lee West, celebrated guitarist, singer, and songwriter will round out the Cats. Come enjoy an evening of acoustic folk and rock; nostalgic to contemporary and original works. All-day admission to the state park is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Be sure to join Catalina State Park for our First Saturday Concert in November.

 

Homolovi State Park

October 5: Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

10am. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).

November 6: Petrified Wood Walk

9am. Join a Park Ranger on a walk to Homolovi’s mini petrified forest. This tour will explore the park’s paleontological history. The tour will require about 1 mile of walking, round trip, across natural landscape, to view an approximately 1 acre area of exposed petrified trees. The talk will describe the petrification process, the Triassic period, and the environment as it once was. Day use-fee required.

November 18: Star Party

Time TBA. Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of stars, constellations, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and glimpses of nearby planets. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

November 5: Reserved for Wedding

Late afternoon, may limit access to Kannally Ranch House. Guided house tour at 11am

November 12: Reserved for Wedding

Late afternoon, may limit access to Kannally Ranch House. Guided house tour at 11am

November 13: Ranger-Led Guided Hike

1pm. Explore the new two-mile section of Arizona Trail recently rerouted through the park. Roundtrip three-mile hike returns to windmill via the Powerline Trail. Meet at the Kannally Ranch House for shuttle to Windmill. Reservation required, six participant minimum.

November 19: Tohono O'odham Basketweaving Demonstration

1pm. Oracle provides traditional bear-grass gathering grounds for people of the lower desert. Elizabeth Jose of the Tohono O'odham Nation will be on hand witha weaving project to show technique, beginning at 1pm on the ranch house patio. Free with park admission. Thanks to the support of The Friends of Oracle State Park

November 20: Ethnobotany Program: Medical Making Workshop

10am. - 12pm. With Sonoran Herbalist John Slattery. Using plants which can be found in the park, he'll demonstrate how to make an oil infusion and turn it into a salve, and include some discussion about each plant. John will bring a display of Desert Tortoise Botanicals products for sales and will sign advance copies of his new book Southwest Foraging Space is limited so reservation is required. Workshop fee: $3 with park entry. Sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.

 

Red Rock State Park

November 5: 25th Anniversary Celebration - Details TBA

 

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

December 3: Guided Bird Walk with Marceline VandeWater

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am.; another bird walk is schedule Dec. 11 guided by Anne Leight & Kathe Anderson. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 3: ‘Coming to Your Senses’ Master Gardener Workshop

11am. Green-thumbed volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program continue informal once-a-month Saturday morning outdoor workshops with “Coming to Your Senses” . Have you grown a daisy that smells like chocolate or a plant that sounds like a rattlesnake? Join us in planning a garden using plants that evoke the senses and learn to create your own special sensory collage. Workshops resume February 4, 2017, with ‘Fruits of Your Labor’ explaining how, ever since man first tasted the apple, luscious fruit has become essential to our diet. In Arizona we can grow apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, figs, plums, apricots, pomegranates and more in our backyards and even patios! Make your desert garden more “fruitful.” Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 3: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 4: Sunday History Walk

10am. You may have walked the main trail 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? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates a walking tour that includes the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 11: Guided Bird Walk with Anne & Kathe

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am. and guided by Anne Leight & Kathe Anderson. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

December 3 – Tucson Bandstand

3pm. The Tucson Bandstand invites you to Catalina State Park’s First Saturday Concert Series. They will be sharing 60s and 70s jukebox tunes along with a few holiday tunes! Kick back under the trees and enjoy wonderful music with the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. All-day admission to the state park is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Be sure to join Catalina State Park for our First Saturday Concerts throughout the year.

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

December 3: Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop

1pm. - 4pm. Make your own holiday wreath using plant material gathered at Oracle State Park, including soapberry, mistletoe, buckwheat, manzanita, juniper and more. Space is limited; please call for a reservation. The workshop fee of $10 includes park admission.

December 10: Bighorn Basics

1pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer Richard Boyer as he presents "Bighorn Basics" at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35-minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep. What are they? Where have they been? Where are they now? Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. For several years, Richard presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger. Free with park admission. Reservation preferred

December 11: Bear Necessities

1pm. Would you like to know more about the black bear of Arizona? Then this is the program for you! Information about bears, an appearance from the "Everywhere Bear," and information about safety around bears will be presented in this interactive 30 to 40-minute program presented by interpretive docent Richard Boyer in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. You might even win a prize for your knowledge about the black bear! Free with park admission; reservation suggested.

 

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