Statewide Calendar

77 Scheduled Events

Feb. 3 | Feb. 4 | March 5, and 6   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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First two Fridays of the month   8:15 a.m.

Audubon Guided Bird Walks at Oracle

Oracle State Park
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We've teamed up with the Audubon society to offer a series of bird walks right here in the park! Reservations are required!

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Feb. 1-28, 2023   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Be Mine Celebration

Jerome State Historic Park
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Join us for a full month of celebrating mining in Arizona! Activities are offered every day at the park and rewards are offered while supplies last!

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Fridays and Mondays   9:00 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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Friday, February 3 and 17   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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Daily   10 a.m.

Daily Guided Nature Hikes at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life.

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Every Saturday   9:30 a.m.

Explore Sonoita Creek State Natural Area with a Ranger

Patagonia Lake State Park

Join us for this new program with weekly hikes ranging from moderate to advanced.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023   9 a.m.

Nature Hike at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join rangers at Kartchner Caverns State Park on a 2.5-mile-long hike to explore the geology and history of the San Pedro River Valley.

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Saturdays   10 a.m. | 9 a.m. in March

Guided Geology Hike at Oracle

Oracle State Park

Join Oracle State Park’s volunteer geologist, Tom Buckley, on a tour of the unique geology of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This program is by reservation only and for ages 18 and up.

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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023   10:00 am

Guided Hike- Sunset Vista Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park volunteer guide on the scenic Sunset Vista Trail that will lead you to the top of Picacho Peak. Registration required.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: The Vinyl Grooves

Catalina State Park

Come on out to Catalina State Park on February 15th and enjoy a performance from the Vinyl Grooves.

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Wednesdays and Saturdays   9 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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Saturdays   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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Saturday, February 4, 2023   11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Look Hoo's Talking: Owl Education and Rehab in the Verde Valley

Red Rock State Park
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Come meet Ranger Tori and Moonlight, her rescued western screech owl! Learn about owl ecology and biology, as well as wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in the Verde Valley. Join us for complimentary tea and cookies after the presentation. 

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Saturday, February 4, 2023   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Buffel Slayers

Catalina State Park

There are many success stories in the fight against buffelgrass! Join the Buffel Slayers to eradicate buffelgrass from the park. Be prepared to work hard!

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Sundays   8 a.m. | 7:30 a.m. Feb.

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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Wednesday, Feb. 8   10 a.m.

Beating 'Round the Bushes with Ranger Rob

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Join Ranger Rob as he guides an easygoing and informative hike highlighting some of the Sonoran Desert's most interesting native flora.

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Wednesdays   8 a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

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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Friday, February 10 | March 10   10 a.m.

Superstition Mountain Geology

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Please join us as we dive into the geologic past and bring you into the future. This talk will cover the geology of the Superstition Mountains, to include where gold comes from and the history of gold hunting in the area.

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Feb. 11 | March 11 | Apr. 8   10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Junior Ranger Experience at Kartchner

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Wondering about the Junior Ranger program at Kartchner Caverns? Come out and get a well rounded experience on what it means to be a junior ranger. Reservations are required!

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Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023   10 a.m.

How a Trail Becomes a Trail

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Join us for stories and presentations about our trails and how trails shape our out-of-doors experiences. Landmark trails being established/restored will be featured as well as recreational trails within our parks.

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Saturday, Feb. 11 | March 11   5 p.m. | 6 p.m. March

Music in Lost Dutchman State 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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Sunday, February 12, 2023   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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Sunday, Feb. 12 | March 12   9 a.m.

Feathered Friends of the Sonoran Desert

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Come learn about the iconic birds of the Sonoran Desert under the shade of the Palo Verde ramada. Arizona's birds have adapted and evolved to thrive in desert habitats, and have made an impact on the environment and even the local cultures. We will also go over bird watching basics for those that are interested!

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Sunday, February 12, 2023   3 p.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: The Next Doors

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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The regular guided tour of the Riordan Mansion takes visitors through the East House, the home of Timothy & Caroline, where you learn about their family. But what about the family in the West House?

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February 12 | February 26   9 a.m.

Sunday Geology Walk at Catalina

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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February 13, 2023   12:15 p.m.

Lunchtime Lecture: San Francisco Peaks and Flagstaff Through the Lens of Time

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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John L. Vankat is a plant ecologist, educator, and writer whose interest in the history and dynamics of forests led to an early fascination with repeat photography, in which historical photographs are retaken to show the changes that have taken place over time.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023   10 a.m.

Power Hour Variety Program: Strange Symbioses

Lost Dutchman State Park

Love may be in the air around Valentine's day, but nature's relationships can be strangely complex, and not always clearly loving! Learn more about how flora and fauna interact with each other create new forms of living, eating, and surviving from one generation to the next.

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Wednesday, Feb. 15 | March 15   9 a.m.

Nature's Bounty - Discovering the Herbal Riches of the Desert

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Come out to the park and find out how the Native Peoples of the Sonoran Desert treated a variety of ailments using the plants found in their habitat.

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Friday, February 17, 2023   5 p.m.

Music in the Park: Billy Bower

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Join us for an evening of music by the Superstition Mountains!

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February 17-19, 2023  

Rockabilly Reunion at Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park

It's all about cool cats and chicks, retro-fashion, rock-n-roll oldies music, rat-rods! Take a three-day stroll down nostalgia lane with 150 vendors of all types, food, beer garden, and the ever popular Pin-Up Girl contest.

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February 17, 2023   1 p.m.

Firewise Landscaping at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

This Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners' presentation introduces COOL ways that the home gardener/landscaper can implement Firewise landscaping techniques.

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Saturday, February 18, 2023   7-9 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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Saturday, February 18, 2023   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Nancy Elliott

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park on for its popular Music in the Mountains concert series featuring a Southwestern Americana performance by Nancy Elliott!

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Saturday, February 18, 2023   11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

TikTok in the Field: Social Media as an Environmental Education Tool

Red Rock State Park
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Can social media platforms be used to teach environmental education? How do you balance views and "likes" with meaningful messages? Join Red Rock State Park's rangers to view some ranger made videos, and tackle these questions and more!

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Monthly, November-March   Varies by Date

Guided Hike: Calloway Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join our volunteer hiking guide as you trek the Calloway Trail at Picacho Peak! Learn about hiking safety as you enjoy the surroundings up to the Calloway overlook--situated under the face of Picacho Peak. All skill levels are welcome on this guided hike! Registration required.

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February 18, 2023   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Buffalo Soldiers

Fort Verde State Historic Park
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Honor Black History Month with the annual commemoration of the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Verde State Historic Park. Learn how the soldiers earned their name and helped settle the American West.

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Sunday, February 19, 2023   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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February 21 | March 1 | March 8 | March 21   10 a.m.

Walking with Wildflowers at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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If you appreciate native flora, join a ranger as they guide you on an easy going and informative hike highlighting some of the Sonoran Desert's staple (and seasonal!) wildflowers and plants.

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Feb. 22 | March 16 | April 12   Times vary

Bird Walk at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Join us on a journey to discover the birds of the Sonoran Desert! Registration required.

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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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Friday, Feb. 24 | March 24   5 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. March

Music at Lost Dutchman with Steve Jones

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

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Feb. 25 | March 25 | April 22   Times vary

Star Party at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party! Registration is required!

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Saturday, February 25, 2023   6 - 10 p.m.

Star Party at Cattail Cove

Cattail Cove State Park
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Join us for a star party to explore the night sky at Cattail Cove State Park. Bring your sense of wonder!

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Sunday, February 26, 2023   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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Sunday, Feb. 26 | March 26   9 a.m.

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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Tuesday, Jan. 31 | February 28 | March 28   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! Registration required!

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March 3-5, 2023  

Bluegrass on the Beach Music Festival

Lake Havasu State Park

Come on out to the 2023 Bluegrass on the Beach Festival and mingle with bluegrass veterans and newcomers alike. There are jam sessions on and off stage, so don't be shy about bringing your favorite instrument and joining in.

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Mar. 4 | April 1   Varies by Date

Guided Hike to the Peak on the Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park volunteer guide on the Hunter Trail and enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Picacho Peak. Registration required.

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Saturday, March 4, 2023   6:30 p.m.

Caminata Bajo la Luna Llena

Lost Dutchman State Park

Este programa bella, siguiendo el famoso atardecer de Arizona, termina bajo la luz de la luna llena que sube las montañas misteriosos de las Superstition. El sendero es de 1.5 millas con terreno rocoso, pero sin mucha cambia de elevación.

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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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Sundays, Mar. 12 | Apr. 16   6:45 p.m. | 7 p.m. (Apr.)

America's Greatest Idea: A Park Origins Story

Lost Dutchman State Park

How many parks have you been to? Did you know that many parks today would not exist without the Roosevelt Presidents, who were both highly instrumental in pioneering the park movement in the United States? How might you and your family have benefited from their interest in promoting public lands?

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March 12, 2023   3 p.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: Stickley Room by Room

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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In celebration of Gustav Stickley’s birthday, join us for a tour focused on the Stickley furniture and the Arts and Crafts Style.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023   10 a.m.

Wildflower Walk

Lost Dutchman State Park
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This 1-1.5 mile hike is a nature-lover’s dream! Not specializing in any one subject, you’ll learn a bit about everything - the plants at your fingertips, the geology of the rocks you see, and any wildlife that crosses our path!

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March 18, 2023   10 a.m.

Strut Your Mutt Parade

Lyman Lake State Park

Come out and show off your pet at the Lyman Lake Strut Your Mutt Parade!

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Saturday, March 18, 2023   1 p.m.

Spring Nature Hike at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park
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Join rangers at Kartchner Caverns State Park to celebrate the changing of the season with this 2.5-mile nature hike. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023   6 p.m.

Music in Lost Dutchman State Park: Mark Fogelson

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Enjoy a live musical performance in the park by singer and songwriter Mark Fogelson. Sit back and listen to the quiet stories and emotions that linger in his folk songs.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023   10 a.m.

Liberty Wildlife

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Members of Liberty Wildlife will be showing birds and desert critters that are “out and about” at this time of year and discussing their habitat. What will we see and learn about today?

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March 18, 2023   7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Havasu Triathlon

Lake Havasu State Park

Triathletes from over 35 states compete in one of the premier triathlon races in the nation. The 15th Annual Havasu Triathlon & Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference is the oldest triathlon in Lake Havasu City! Known as one of the best swims in the sport with a challenging bike course.

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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 25, 2023   10 a.m.

Woodystock Blues & Brews Festival

Lake Havasu State Park

If it's spring, it must be time for the Woodystock Blues and Brews Festival, back for its 10th consecutive year in our new home, Lake Havasu State Park, in Arizona's premiere party place, Lake Havasu City, on beautiful Lake Havasu!

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Saturday, March 25, 2023   5 p.m.

Nature at Night: Bat Talk at Kartchner

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come learn all about the amazing bats here at the park as well as some around the world. We will talk about the importance bats play in our everyday lives and some misconceptions facing bats.

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Sundays, Mar. 26 | Apr. 9   6:45 p.m. | 7 p.m. (Apr.)

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. Bring a chair to sit around a campfire and ignite your curiosity for this historical narrative of the old fire tower system and how nature recovers. Bring all your burning questions!

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March 28-April 2, 2023  

Save the Date: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans 2023

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Save the date for this special anniversary celebration, featuring the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.

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April 1-2, 2023  

History of the Soldier

Fort Verde State Historic Park
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Experience a military timeline of our history, from the Revolutionary War to present day. Presentations, military drills, and fashion show. Camps, a cannon and soldiers will all be at this annual event.

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April 8, 2023   10 a.m.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Lyman Lake State Park

Calling all ages! Come join us for an Easter egg hunt, crafts, games, and more!

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April 9, 2023   3 p.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: Sustainability, a Historical Perspective

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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A special guided tour of Riordan Mansion with a focus on what we would now call green building practices.

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April 14-16, 2023   Times vary

32nd Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show

Lake Havasu State Park

In its 32nd year, the Marine Association originally designed this event to promote marine businesses in the Lake Havasu region, and, today, it is now one of the largest premier outdoor boat shows in the entire Southwest!

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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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April 20, 2023   10:00 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration

Lyman Lake State Park
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Come celebrate Earth Day with us at Lyman lake State Park! Experience the expansive views, a beautiful lake, and gorgeous Arizona skies at this awesome event!

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Saturday, April 22, 2023   1 - 9 p.m.

Star Party at Kartchner Caverns!

Kartchner Caverns State Park
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Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Kartchner Caverns, an International Dark Sky Park, for a star party!

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April 27-30, 2023  

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come to the park for a fun festival of exploring birds, bugs and nature!

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Saturday, April 29, 2023   7 p.m.

Desert Night Life on the Wing

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us on a walk through the park as our rangers and their handy bat detector help you learn about the 13 different species of bats that live in the park.

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Sunday, April 30, 2023   9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Brunch at the Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Join us for the annual Brunch at the Bridge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023   11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mothers and Daughters Tea Party at Lyman Lake

Lyman Lake State Park

Join us for a special mothers and daughters tea party at Lyman Lake State Park!

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Saturday, July 15 | Aug. 12, 2023   Varies by Date

Scorpion Seek and Find

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Learn about scorpions and their natural habitat! Join a short ranger talk about these predatory arachnids, then hike around the desert with us to locate some scorpions. Registration required.

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September 16, 2023   4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Taste at the Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Sample some of rim country's best wine, beer, food, art and music that rim country has to offer! This gala event will raise funds to benefit Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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