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May Calendar of Events at Arizona State Parks

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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May 22: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By David Morris

8am. Explore our Curandero Trail on a one-hour walk guided by Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist David Morris on May 22 and also June 26. learn about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Daily hours move to the summer scheduled of 6am-3pm from May-through-September, and this tour moves to an 8:00 am start time May 22 and June 26. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

May 22: LightRoom 5 Users Group

9am. Smith Building Lecture Room. Photographers and digital photo editing enthusiasts coordinate our once-a-month meeting of the LightRoom5 users group. These informal workshops are open to the public, free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members.

May 28: Guided Butterfly Walk with ASU Professor Marceline VandeWater (next is June 25)

9am. Marceline VandeWater guides visitors to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. ASU Professor Ron Rutowski and Laura Miller team-up again to guide the walk at 8:30am. June 25. Start time remains 8:30am. July 23 with Marceline VandeWater as guide, and also 8:30am. on August 27 with Adriane Grimaldi ; she's also our guide September 24 when the start time moves to 9am.

May 28: Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille

1:30pm. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour with professional geologist Rich Leveille on May 28 starting at 8am. This tour 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. June 25 our guide is Scott McFadden, then July 23 Rich Leville returns.

 

Catalina State Park

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Sunday, May 22: Romero Pools, Upper [7mi/1600’]

7am. Park at and hike from the main trailhead to Romero Canyon Trail to upper pools and return by the same route. Gaston Meloche, VHC.Gaston@gmail.com
Sunday, May 29, 2016 CSP - Medium Loop [9mi/500’/7am] Park and hike from main trailhead to Canyon loop for part, Sutherland Tr. E., Cargodera Flat rocks Link N., Connector and return to cars Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

 

Homolovi State Park

May 28: Tsu'vö Loop Trail and Petroglyphs

9:30am. Join a Park Ranger on a two-mile hike (estimated time 1:45 hours) to the Tsu'vö Petroglyph Site. This easy hike through upper-Sonoran grassland will explore some of the park's prehistoric petroglyphs and offers panoramic views of the Little Colorado River Valley. Day use-fee of $7 is required. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Saturday, May 21: Nature Art Workshop with local Oracle artist, Aviva Gold

2pm.-4pm. Local artist Aviva Gold will present a workshop that guides participants in creation of a personal art piece on Saturday, May 21, at Oracle State Park. The following day, widely known geologist Bob Scarborough will give a program on “Geology of the Catalina Mountain Region” and lead a trail walk. Both events are free with park admission. Art Medicine Woman and internationally acclaimed author, artist, and therapist, Gold is a master facilitator of “Drawing from the Source.” No art experience is necessary, but reservation is required for the 2PM workshop, due to limited space. Her workshop begins outside with participants taking a short solitary walk or sitting quietly to take in the surrounding beauty. Participants then create a spirit drawing in oil pastels and nature materials that expresses their experience. Presented with the support of Friends of Oracle State Park.
Scarborough’s program begins at 9:30AM, and covers the geology of Oracle State Park, San Pedro River Valley, Galiuro range, and local mountains. Reservation suggested.

Sunday, May 22: Geology of the Catalina Mountain Region

9:30am. With Bob Scarborough. The program will begin in the living room of the ranch house with a talk on the geology of Oracle State Park, San Pedro River Valley, Galiuro range and local mountains. Following the presentation, Bob will lead a geology walk to interpret sites along the trail. 9:30am-12:30pm. for both the talk and guided walk. Reservation suggested, free with park admission.

Saturday, May 28: Guided Hike: Mariposa/Wildlife Corridor Trail Loop

7:30am. Approximately 6.5 miles. From the Kannally Ranch House parking lot, hike Mariposa Trail to National Scenic Arizona Trail to Windmill and return via Wildlife Corridor Trail. Reservation required. Please email directly to Hike Guide, Gaston Meloche to sign up: VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

 

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Save the dates for Riordan Events:

All summer - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour
June 13 - Brown Bag Lecture: The Art of Cameras
June 18 - Route 66 Comes to Riordan - Route 66 Car Club and the Flagstaff Community Band
June 18 - Evening Lecture: Fred Harvey
July 11 - Brown Bag Lecture in Memory of Ken O'Dell
July 23 - Evening Lecture: Route 66

 

Red Rock State Park

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Saturday May 21: Full Moon Hike

6pm. The Full Moon 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. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 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 non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight.

Sunday, May 22: Ethnobotany Hike

1pm. Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. The hike is included with your entrance fee. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Meet up with Jim in the Visitor Center a little before 1pm.

Saturday, May 28: Monarch Conservation Day

Come enjoy our newly unveiled butterfly garden that has been developed to provide resources that attract butterflies and moths, with an emphasis on Monarchs. In this habitat, visitors will be able to learn about the ecology of these beautiful creatures and observe a variety of free flying butterflies. As a certified Monarch Waystation, Red Rock State Park seeks to provide shelter and resources for the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. In addition, butterflies will be raised at the park as they become available, with butterfly releases throughout the season. The public can call the park to see if any releases are scheduled in June. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11am. and 2pm. In the park's theater we will be playing “Flight of the Butterflies” a program by Nova, all day on a loop. Information on butterflies local to the Sedona area will be available for visitors who would like to go on a butterfly scavenger hunt on the park's hiking trails. So come and enjoy the gardens and learn about Monarch conservation efforts on May 28th.

 

June events at Arizona State Parks

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

June 4: Guided Dragonfly Walk (repeats July 2)

8:30am. learn to identify Arizona’s most common dragonfly species on a walk guided by Odonate enthusiasts on the first Saturday of each month this summer. The interpreted walking tour visits Ayer Lake and garden water features; a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Bring your camera - guides often will safely net a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. 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

June 4, Saturday - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom basic photo editing software class

9am. Enrollment’s $20 for BTA members, $30 nonmembers. Call (520) 689-2723 daytime business hours to enroll and prepay.
If you have great camera gear and an eye for interesting photos -- this class introduces a popular software tool which can take your photography to another level. Lightroom delivers essentials so you can organize, perfect, and share your images—quickly, easily, and powerfully. Workshop is coached by ‘Rim’ Vidziunas, coordinator of the once-a-month Lightroom Users’ Group which meets at BTA June 18. Register and pre-pay; have a credit card ready and call gift shop staff at (520) 689-2723 during daytime business hours (6:30am. – 2:30pm. during May and June). Details https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.html

June 11: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk (repeats July 9, August 13)

8am. Kids love this entertaining guided tour around the gardens for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci’s the special guest tourguide; connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildman-Phil/282933625679
Guides for next month’s walk July 9 will be Arizona Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt and Tucson author Larry Jones (he wrote ‘Lizards of the American Southwest’). Walks August 13 and also September 10 feature Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at start time. See photos and read more
http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

June 18 - Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats July 16)

8am. 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. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTA.POTBL
Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/bibleplants.html

June 18: Main Trail Guided Walk

9am. Can you name the oldest tree or oldest plant in Arizona? How old is a five foot Saguaro...and can you identify a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a relaxed, leisurely guided walking tour of the main trail with an Arizona State Parks Volunteer guide. Tours depart from the visitor center at 9am. and are included with daily admission $10 -- free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. https://ag.arizona.edu/bta

June 18: Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs

6:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week – join a birdwalk June 18 with by Mark Ochs and starting at 6:30am. Read up-to-date reports from visitors https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

June 19 Tree Tour guided by Certified Arborist Jeff Payne

8am. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more.
https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

June 25 - Geology Walking Tour with Scott McFadden (then with Rich Leveille July 23)

8am. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour guided by professional geologist Rich Leveille. BTA’s website has links to a detailed interview with the Geology Tour guide; these walks compress 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. Note that BTA ‘rock walks’ move to an 8am. start time June 25 with Scott McFadden, and July 23 with Rich Leveille. Here’s a short profile of Rich Leveille
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/2015/06/20/geology-walk-among-offerings-boyce-thompson-arboretum-cbt/29047429/

June 25 - Guided Butterfly Walk with Ron Rutowski & Laura Miller (next butterfly walk July 23)

8:30am. ASU Professor Ron Rutowski and Laura Miller team-up and guide visitors to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Start time remains 8:30am. July 23 with Marceline VandeWater as guide, and also 8:30am. on August 27 with Adriane Grimaldi. Adriane’s the guide September 24 when the start time moves to 9am.
https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

June 26: Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk With David Morris (next walk is July 24)

8am. Explore our Curandero Trail on a one-hour walk guided by Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist David Morris. learn about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. East Valley authors and native plants enthusiasts Kathy & Tom McDonald guide this tour when it recurs July 24. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

 

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Why Dark Skies Matter eventSunday Lecture - June 5: "Why Dark Skies Matter" with Dr. Matthew Goodwin Ph.D.

1pm. Why should we turn out the lights and enjoy the darkness? Why is it important that we protect our nighttime views of the sky? Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. In this talk we will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky with our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Philosophy, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience—an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees.

 

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