Statewide Calendar

61 Scheduled Events

Wednesdays and Saturdays   8 a.m.

Guided Bird Walks at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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Join us at Red Rock State Park for guided bird walks! Learn about Sedona's diverse and beautiful bird species while taking a stroll through this gorgeous park with a veteran bird enthusiast.

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September 30   6:30 p.m.

Desert Scorpion Hunting at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Enjoy the desert under the glow of black light in search scorpions! Listen to a brief informative talk about scorpions before journeying into the desert night on your hunt.

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September 30-October 2, 2022  

Family Campout at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturdays in October   10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Catalina State Park Nature Program

Catalina State Park

Learn about and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert. Listen to our experts talk about the creatures and their adaptions to survive in the desert.

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Saturdays in October   Time varies

Volunteer at Red Rock State Park!

Red Rock State Park

Volunteer opportunities are available at Red Rock State Park! Click to learn more about how to become a volunteer at this beautiful Arizona state park!

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Saturday, October 1, 2022   5 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Mother Cody Band

Catalina State Park

Come on out to Catalina State Park and enjoy a performance from Mother Cody Band, a dance band from Oracle, Arizona!

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Various dates in October-November   10 a.m.

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

Homolovi State Park
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Join a Ranger for a tour of one the park's archaeological sites that is normally closed to the public. This pueblo consisted of approximately 200 stone masonry rooms built in a stepwise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west bank of the Little Colorado River.  It was occupied for a short time in the mid 1200s.

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Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park
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Come out to Homolovi's Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars. Bring your sense of wonder!

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First Saturday of the month   11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Saturdays at the Museum

Colorado River State Historic Park

Join us for our Saturdays at the Museum series, held the first Saturday of the month. Participants will enjoy hands-on learning while creating fun crafts.

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October 16, 2022   1 p.m.

The Forgotten Botanist - A Visual Journey of Sara Plummer Lemmon

Oracle State Park
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Wynne Brown will present a visual journey through the remarkable life and work of Sara Plummer Lemmon—including watercolors discovered in the UC and Jepson Herbaria Archives as recently as this summer.

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October 6, 2022   11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

A History of the Grand Canyon State with Jim Turner

McFarland State Historic Park
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Discover Arizona’s diverse cultures, colorful characters, and unsung heroes at Arizona: A History of the Grand Canyon State. The event is free to the public.

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Fridays, October 7 and 21, 2022   9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Raptor Demonstration

Catalina State Park

Learn about the behavior and biology of native raptors and how the ancient art of falconry has shaped modern raptor conservation efforts.

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October 8-9, 2022  

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde Days serves as the Town of Camp Verde's annual homecoming and celebrates the military post around which the town grew. There will be flag-raising and lowering ceremonies, artillery demonstrations, living history presentations with re-enactors, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, and military drills.

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October 8, 2022   12-1 p.m.

Happy Birthday, Mac!

McFarland State Historic Park
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Stop by McFarland Historic State Park to celebrate Florence’s most famous resident, Ernest “Mac” McFarland! Join docent Susan Jackman to hear little known stories about the state’s most unusual park, and how McFarland rose from a Pinal County farmer and teacher to the ranks of US Senator, US Senate Majority Leader, Arizona Governor and much more.

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Most Saturdays in October   6-8 p.m.

Haunted House and Carnival

Lyman Lake State Park
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Join Lyman Lake State Park for a spooktacular Haunted House and Carnival event, on Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29. All ages are welcome! 

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Saturday, Oct. 8   4:25 p.m.

Full Moon Hikes at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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This hike is full! The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Join us for an exciting evening under the night sky of Sedona.

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October 8 and 22, 2022   10 a.m.

Sunset Cemetery Hike at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

Join a Park Ranger on a hike to the last remnants of the settlement of Sunset. Sunset was established by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1876. The ranger will present about the history of LDS settlement of the middle Little Colorado River Valley. The trail is .8 miles round trip on an old dirt road.

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October 8 (in Spanish)   Varies by Date

Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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This beautiful program is designed to start with a famous Arizona sunset draping gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, and end under the light of the full moon. The easy 1.5 mile trail features some rocky, rough terrain but with little elevation gain. It is a ranger-guided hike focusing on the aesthetic, while offering opportunities to stop and interpret what you see on the trail.

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Sunday, October 9, 2022   1:00 p.m.

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Our monthly-guided geology hike led by our knowledgeable volunteers will take you out on our trails to discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker. Reservations are required.

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Sundays beginning October 9   7:30 a.m.

Sunday Guided Bird Walks at Catalina

Catalina State Park
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Experienced bird guides lead this bird walk. They will help you spot and identify various birds that live and visit the park. Novices, seasoned birders, and every experience level of birder will enjoy this event.

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Sundays, October 9 and 23, 2022   5:45 p.m.

Wildfire - Friend or Foe?

Lost Dutchman State Park

Throughout history, foresters have had an interesting relationship with wildfires as they learned more about their ecological impact. More than a destructive force, fires promote growth and revitalization. Ignite your curiosity and join us for this historical narrative of the old fire tower system and how nature recovers. Bring all your burning questions!

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Monday, October 10, 2022   12:15 p.m.

Lunchtime Virtual Lecture: Browsing the Riordan Library

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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The personal libraries of the Tim and Mike Riordan families contain books that date back to the Civil War. They reveal the families’ broad interests, and include religious, fiction, and nonfiction titles.  Karen Washabau, a docent at the Riordan Mansion, has spent several years browsing the bookshelves. She’ll give us a glimpse behind the covers of some of the Riordans’ well-worn books.

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Wednesdays beginning October 12, 2022   7:30 a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk

Catalina State Park
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Both novice and seasoned birders enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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October 14-16, 2022  

Family Campout

Lake Havasu State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Friday, October 14, 2022   5:30 p.m.

Music in the Park: Singer Songwriter Steve Holmquist

Lost Dutchman State Park

Local singer, guitarist, & songwriter from Copper Country will be performing all original stories and songs focusing on our local areas, animals, and characters. Bring a chair and join us around the campfire!

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Saturday, October 15, 2022   1 p.m.

Curious Creatures - Spanish-language program

Lost Dutchman State Park

La naturaleza esta llena de sorpresas. Como un telenovela, si te fijas bien, la naturaleza se revela actores raras y conjuntos inexplicables. Amor, traicion, vinculos, enganos - las criaturas del desierto demuestran todo.

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October 15 and November 12   10:00 a.m.

Hopi Pottery Talk

Homolovi State Park

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.

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Saturday, October 15, 2022   6:30-8:30 p.m.

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park
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Imagine what you can see with telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association at Catalina State Park! Join us for an exciting, educational Star Party!

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Sundays, October 16 and October 30, 2022   8:00 a.m.

Sunday Geology Walk

Catalina State Park

How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed? What are some of the different rocks in the park? Learn about the geology of the park with experienced geologist, Karen.

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Sunday, October 16, 2022   1:00 p.m.

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park. The hike will identify the various archaeological features visible from park trails and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. The guide will also touch on ideas of other cultures that likely have made use of the park’s resources. Reservations are required.

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October 22, 2022   9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Victoria Wilcox Book Signing and Presentations

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Join us over Helldorado Weekend to honor Doc Holliday with award winning author Victoria Wilcox.

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October 22-23, 2022  

Family Campout at Roper Lake

Roper Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturday, October 22   4 p.m.

Spooktacular Camping

Lyman Lake State Park

Join Lyman Lake State Park for fall festivities at the Spooktacular Camping event! Participate in a campground and costume contest, BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) Pumpkin Carving Contest, a raffle, haunted house, Trunk or Treat...

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September 25 and October 23   8 a.m. | 9 a.m. October

Power Hour: Rattlesnakes Alive!

Lost Dutchman State Park
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This in-person casual presentation invites you to empower yourself and your community - because knowledge is power! Join a ranger as we enlighten you with special guests and topics of interest.

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Sunday, October 23, 2022   1:00 p.m.

Ethnobotany Guided Hike at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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Learn more about the native plants of Sedona and how they're interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, wildlife, and even modern society.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022   9:00 a.m.

Desert Birding at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Meet in the Saguaro day use area to learn how to distinguish between birds and seek out hawks to hummingbirds all throughout the trail!

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October 27-30, 2022   7, 8, and 9 p.m. each night

Riordan Mansion Halloween Tours

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The historic Riordan Mansion makes a great backdrop for spinning yarns appropriate to the Halloween season. This very popular guided tour for adults is a storytelling session involving tales of the fantastic and the factual.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Specters of the Past – Ghost Towns That Built Arizona with Jay Mark

McFarland State Historic Park
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In addition to an entertaining, visual display of the communities, towns and settlements that contributed to the early growth of the state, this presentation also focuses on respect for these diminishing historic resources.

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Saturday, October 29, 2022   6:00 p.m.

Halloween Fun

Patagonia Lake State Park

Get into the spooky spirit with trick-or-treating and decorate your campsite for Halloween!

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Sunday, October 30, 2022   6:30 p.m.

Legends of the Superstitions

Lost Dutchman State Park
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The Superstition mountains have long been shrouded with mystery, intrigue, and an element of fear. Those who frequent them may say they are sacred, serene, or even spooky.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Miners, Cowboys and Washerwomen: The Worksongs of Arizona with Dr. Jay Cravath

McFarland State Historic Park
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In a narrative and musical portrait of working-class music, Dr. Craváth explores its roots and rhythms in our state. From Hopi basket songs, the Yavapai acorn gathering songs, to the cotton fields of Chandler and the crooked streets of Jerome, songs were companions to the immigrants who explored and built our state.

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Fridays and Mondays in November   8:00 a.m.

Guided Bird Walk at Patagonia

Patagonia Lake State Park
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Join us for a ranger led hike to learn about  the diverse avian wildlife at Patagonia Lake and Sonoita Creek.

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November 5-6, 2022  

Family Campout at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturdays-Sundays in November   Varies

Boat Tours at Patagonia

Patagonia Lake State Park
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Experience a boat tour around Patagonia Lake! Discover the history, vegetation, and overwhelming beauty of the surrounding area.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022   9:00 a.m.

Petroglyph Tour at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

Join a Park Ranger on a hike to discover Homolovi's petroglyphs. This will require participants to have their own vehicle.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022   4 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Austin Owen

Catalina State Park

Austin Owen will return to Catalina State Park to perform an eclectic mix of music ranging from R&B to Bossa nova! 

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November 19-20, 2022  

Family Campout at Tombstone Courthouse

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue...

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Saturday, November 19, 2022   11:00 a.m.

Flag Disposal Ceremony

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135 will be hosting the annual flag disposal ceremony.

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Saturday, December 2, 2022   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Kevin of KT Klassics

Catalina State Park

Join KT Klassics for a second concert in April with Catalina State Park's Music in the Mountains Concert Series!  Kevin from KT Klassics plays your favorite classic rock covers.

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December 3, 2022 - January 7, 2023   Normal park hours

Victorian Christmas at Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park
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Celebrate the holidays with Fort Verde State Historic Park when we decorate the fort with Victorian-style holiday decorations.

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December 3, 10, 17, 2022   5-8 p.m.

Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park
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Join us as we host candlelight tours through Fort Verde State Park's historic homes along Officer's Row.

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December 10-11, 2022  

Family Campout at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturday, December 10, 2022   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Victorian Christmas at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
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Celebrate the holidays with Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. The Courthouse will be styled in Victorian decorations and offer festive activities for all ages.

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December 17, 2022   Noon

Holiday fun at Patagonia Lake!

Patagonia Lake State Park

Celebrate the holidays at Patagonia Lake State Park!

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December 22, 23, 26, 27, 2022   5-6 p.m.

Riordan Special Tour: Christmas Twilight Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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This guided tour will focus on Christmas traditions and guests will have the special treat of seeing the Christmas tree and billiards room photo transparency windows at night. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2023   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Arizona Goes to the Movies: A Filmmaking History with Jim Turner

McFarland State Historic Park
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The program looks from “Real to Reel” to see how Hollywood has affected popular views of Western settlement and continues to impact social interactions. The show runs the gamut from Tom Mix to Val Kilmer with information about the plots, players, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Tom Mix, Jean Harlow, John Wayne, and Elvis in this history of Arizona-filmed movies from silents to Cinemascope.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero

McFarland State Historic Park
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Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000-year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest.

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March 11, 2023   TBD

Music in the Park with Steve Jones

Patagonia Lake State Park
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Yampa Valley Steve (Steve Jones), a singer-songwriter, will entertain you at Patagonia Lake State Park.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere

McFarland State Historic Park
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Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel of Tucson.”

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March 29-April 3, 2023  

Save the Date: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans 2023

Fort Verde State Historic Park

The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event has been moved to March 29-April 3, 2023.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Evolution of an Icon–The History of Arizona Highways Magazine with Win Holden

McFarland State Historic Park
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In this presentation, former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world.

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