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Get Kids Unplugged and Re-Tuned to Nature by Visiting a State Park on "Kids to Parks Day"

(Phoenix, Arizona - May 9, 2014) - As proclaimed by Governor Janice K. Brewer, celebrate "Kids to Parks Day" on May 17, 2014. "Kids to Parks Day" is meant to empower kids and encourage families to get outdoors and visit parks.

It is important to introduce a new generation to our parks and encourage them to lead more active lifestyles to combat the issues of childhood obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. "Kids to Parks Day" is open to all children and adults to encourage a large and diverse group of participants.

A schedule of participating parks, hikes and events are listed below.

May 14 at 6 p.m. - Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park, Sedona
(Please note: this event is on May 14 instead of May 17). Hikers should arrive at 6 p.m. to check-in before the 6:30 p.m. hike. Led by a naturalist, this will give 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 archaeology, 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 are required prior to this event. Please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. A $5 reservation fee is required in addition to the regular park entrance fee. The regular park entrance fees are $5 per adult for those aged 14 and older, $3 for youths aged 7-13 and free for children 6 and younger. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona.

May 17 at 9:30 a.m. - Petroglyph Tour at Homolovi State Park, Winslow
Join the tour by meeting at Captain Tony's Pizza Restaurant located at 2217 N. Park Drive in Winslow, AZ at 9:30 a.m. Then the group will travel by personal vehicles to the Homolovi IV West Petroglyph site to start at 10 a.m. The walking distance will be less than 2 miles in very soft sand with some boulder scrambling. A Park Ranger will lead this tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites on the park's western border. Participants should be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately three hours. The regular day use-fee of $7 per vehicle will be charged. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Homolovi State Park is located five miles northeast of the city of Winslow.

May 17 at 6:30 p.m. - Moonlight Hike at Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson
Enjoy a moonlight hike at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Reservations are required. RSVP to reservations(at)azstateparks.gov. Reservations for camping or cave tours can be made separately by calling (520) 586-2283 or visit AZStateParks.com. Kartchner Caverns State Park is located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson.

May 17 (All Day) - Celebrate "Kids to Parks Day" at Oracle State Park, Oracle
Rangers will have interactive hands-on activities for kids with tables set up at the Kannally Ranch House. Plant seeds and decorate your own container pot to take home, identify skulls and craft your own leather-tooled key chain. Take your kids on a hike and plan a picnic at Oracle State Park! For more information call (520) 896-2425 or visit AZStateParks.com/parks/ORAC. Oracle State Park is located northeast of Tucson in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains.

May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Annual Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia
Spice up your spring with the Annual Mariachi Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of Southern Arizona Mariachi bands on stage. The event will feature authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn and 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 and hat. In addition, Patagonia Lake offers fishing, birding, boat tours, nature walks and camping. Entrance station opens at 7 a.m. The cost is $15 per vehicle (up to four adults). The park is located 7 miles past the town of Patagonia. Take I-10 East to Hwy 83 South to Hwy 82. For more information contact Patagonia Lake State Park at (520) 287-6965 or visit AZStateParks.com.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.

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