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51 Scheduled Events

Wednesday, May 23, 2018   7:30-8:30 p.m.

Scorpion Hunting and Informative Walk

Lost Dutchman State Park

Come join us for a brief informative talk about scorpions with a Ranger, and then head out into the desert darkness in search of scorpions!

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May 26, 2018   9:00 a.m.

Arizona's Best Butterfly Photography Walk with Marceline VandeWater

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photograph and learn about Arizona's diverse butterfly species, such as the Empress Leilia, the Queen, and Spring Azure to name a few. Your guide, and regional butterfly expert Marceline VandeWater will lead guests on a leisurely, slow-paced tour down wheelchair accessible paths to explore our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections.

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May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Rocks & Geology Guided Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on an informative tour through the arboretum.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018   5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Music in the Park

Oracle State Park

Eric Schaffer & the Other Troublemakers are back to perform a unique blend of Alternative Folk/Americana with great harmonies. Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy live music from the upper patio of the historic Kannally Ranch House.

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May 26, 2018   9:00 am

Pollinators of the Southwest

Roper Lake State Park

Clara Guana of the Gila Watershed Partnership will present about the importance of pollinators in the southwest and the threats they face on a daily basis.

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May 27, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Edible & Medicinal Plants of Arizona and the Southwest: Walk Narrated by David Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how food and medicine can be made from mesquite pods, prickly pear cactus fruits (even the cactus pads) on a walking tour where you’ll see towering stalks of native Agave chrysantha – a source of agave nectar.

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May 27, 2018   11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ten Tips For Better Smartphone Photos

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Valley photographer Alex Coleman invites you to learn ‘Ten Tips For Better Smartphone Photos’ with an informal Memorial Day Weekend class.

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Monday, May 28, 2018   7:30-9:30 p.m.

Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Close out your Memorial Day with a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains under the light of the full moon!

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May 29, 2018 and June 27, 2018   May 29- 6:15 pm | June 27 6:30 pm

Sedona: Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join us for a Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State 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.

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Friday, June 1, 2018   6:30 a.m.

Guided Naturalist Hike at Oracle

Oracle State Park

Come celebrate National Trails Day at Oracle State Park! Join us for a ranger-led, hour-long hike at the American Avenue Trailhead. Leashed dogs are welcome to join!

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June 2, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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June 2 and July 7, 2018   8:00 am

Agave Nectar, Nopalitos & Tastes of the Sonoran Desert

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely guided walk with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd. You'll see prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees and more! Plus, you'll have a chance to taste a few desert edible samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar.

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June 2, 2018   10:00 a.m.

Walking History Tour of the Arboretum With Sylvia Lee

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, and imagine cavalry soldiers camped there in the late 1800s! See obscure BTA attractions on this historically related tour through the arboretum.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

National Trails Day

Arizona State Parks

American Hiking Society is pleased to announce 2018 National Trails Day® registration is now open. Join us as we rally around trails and conservation on June 2, 2018!

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June 2, 2018   6:30 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert: Desert Melodies

Catalina State Park

Enjoy an evening filled with familiar "oldies" and jukebox favorites from the 60's and 70's!

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Saturday, June 2, 2018   7:30 p.m.

Star Party at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join us for a Star Party under the dark skies of Red Rock State Park! Catch sight of the summer Milky Way, Jupiter, Venus and constellations through telescopes set up at the park. Attendance is limited, so register today!

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June 3, 2018   2:00 p.m.

Sunday Presentation: Geological Sites of Northern Arizona

Red Rock State Park

Northern Arizona has an amazingly rich collection of geological sites, many known for their exceptional beauty.  We will tour the northern tier of the state, in an illustrated lecture from Monument Valley and the Navajo lands of the NE to the Grand Canyon, continuing to the Nevada border.

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Every Tuesday in June   3:30 to 5 p.m.

Summer Camp at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Are you looking for something to keep your kids active and engaged this summer? Then look no further than Kartchner Caverns State Park! Every Tuesday in June, Kartchner Caverns State Park, in partnership with the City of Benson Parks & Recreation Department, will host an afternoon of activities, education, and fun for kids of all ages.

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June 9, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Arizona Lizard Habitat Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Casa Grande based outdoor educator Phil Rakoci will guide event participants on a walk through the amazing Arizona lizard habitat of Boyce Thompson!

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June 10, 2018   1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Tea on the Verdanda

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Step into 1904 and have tea on the veranda just as the Riordans did at the beginning of last century.

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June 13, 2018   7:00pm

Homolovi or Rock Art Ranch

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018   11 a.m.

Guided Tour of the Historic Sister's Cottage

Oracle State Park

Get an insightful peek into the past with a special extended tour to the historic sister's cottage just below the Kannally Ranch House. This rare tour is free with park admission!

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Saturday, June 30, 2018   5-10 p.m.

Star Party and Dark Sky Special Event

Oracle State Park

Join us at Oracle State Park, an International Dark Sky Park, for a guest speaker, live music, telescope raffle and star party! This fun event will culminate with a stunning view of the night sky over the park!

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July 7, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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July 7, 2018   5:30 p.m.

Introduction to Astronomy

Homolovi State Park

Join us for a fun night of activities and family planetary viewing.

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July 8, 2018   2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Learn about the town site of Milton on a guided 90 minute walk from Riordan Mansion to the Arizona Lumber and Timber company property.

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July 11, 2018   7:00pm

Rock Art of Australia at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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July 27, 2018 and August 25, 2018   July 27- 6:15 pm | August 25- 5:45 pm

Sedona: Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join us for a Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State 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.

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August 4, 2018

Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park's signature event with native dancers, pottery firing demonstrations, artists's marketplace, and a traditional native corn roast.

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August 11, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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August 11, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Flagstaff Event: Arizona Rough Riders

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Arizona Rough Riders describe the era, the war, the effects, and the social mores of turn of the century America. 

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August 11, 2018   10:00am - 4:00pm

Flagstaff Event: Arizona Rough Riders of the Spanish American War

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The Arizona Rough Riders is a living history group that brings the Spanish-American War era circa. 1898 to life.

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August 12, 2018   2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Learn about the town site of Milton on a guided 90 minute walk from Riordan Mansion to the Arizona Lumber and Timber company property.

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September 1, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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September 01, 2018   7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association has graciously provided 10 of their high quality telescopes for this Star Party event! Astronomers will be on site to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends.

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September 1, 2018   7:00 p.m.

Famous Women Astronomers

Homolovi State Park

Barry Malpas from the Coconino Astronomical Society will be presenting solar viewing techniques during his evening program about Famous Women Astronomers throughout History.

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September 09, 2018   1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Tea on the Verdanda

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Step into 1904 and have tea on the veranda just as the Riordans did at the beginning of last century.

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September 11, 2018   5:00pm to 6:30pm

17th Annual Remembrance and Reflection at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

17th Annual Remembrance and Reflection: Patriots Day 2018 at the City of Winslow at the 9-11 Remembrance Garden, 2101 E. Third Street, sponsored by Homolovi State Park Staff.

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September 22, 2018   8:00am to 5:00pm

Museum Day Live with the Smithsonian

Homolovi State Park

Annual Event celebrating America’s Rich Cultural and historic Heritage through our partners and museums.  Activities TBA.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018   2 p.m.

Colonel's Daughter

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for a set of spurs and the title of "Colonel's Daughter," inspired by the 1882 novel by Capt. Charles E. King.

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October 6, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

October 13, 2018   6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Come to Catalina State Park for our next Star Party on Saturday.  Imagine what you will see in the skies looking through 10 big telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association! 

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October 13 and 14, 2018   Saturday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with the Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars period re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game.

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October 13   2:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Kartchner Star Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us at this award winning venue October 13! The International Dark Sky Association has deemed Kartchner Caverns State Park worthy of special designation, be amazed at what you're seeing!

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November 3, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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November 14, 2018   7:00pm

Ethnography and Archaeology in NM: Capulin Volcano National Monument Ethnographic Overview and Assessment

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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November 16-18, 2018   9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

7th Annual Sand,Water, RV Expo

Lake Havasu State Park

The 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo captures the spirit and passion of these complementary outdoor recreation activities, providing motivated consumers the opportunity to browse, compare, and shop for the latest and greatest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails, ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, mobility scooters, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, fifth wheels, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, camping/hunting equipment and all related accessory recreational products and services.

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November 17-18, 2018   9am. - 4pm.

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

Arizona State Parks & Trails is strongly committed to being a good steward of the budget and resources to operate over 35 parks in Arizona. We will continue to work with any group to make their events successful at any of our state parks in Arizona.

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November 17, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

McFarland State Historic Park

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

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November 17, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135 will be hosting the annual flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

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October 19, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

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Ongoing Programs

Ongoing Daily

Self-guided tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Visit the park office/gift-shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home.

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May 19, June 23, July 21, August 18, 2018   10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Digital Photography Monthly Meet-Up

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

This fun and informative monthly meet-up, is a place where participants can both share and learn the current trends in digital image processing.

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Saturdays and Sundays   11:00 a.m.

Guided Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Drop in for a guided tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours last about 45-minutes and include a ton of interesting information about this historic family and their time in Oracle.

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Every Wednesday   8:00 a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk

Red Rock State Park

Join a Volunteer Naturalist at Red Rock State Park for an invigorating and enjoyable tour of the many feathered friends that call the park home.

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Every Saturday   8:00 a.m.

Saturday Guided Bird Walk

Red Rock State Park

 Join a Volunteer Naturalist at Red Rock State Park for an invigorating and enjoyable tour of the many feathered friends that call the park home.

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May 6, June 1, July 6, August 3, 2018   6:30 a.m.

Friday Guided Walks with Birding Experts Lisa & Peggy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join guides Lisa & Peggy for a Friday bird walk at the Arboretum! This is a great way to get into birding, sharpen your skills and get some exercise. Beginners are always encouraged and welcome.

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4th Sunday of the month (Oct-Nov, Jan-May)   1:00 p.m.

Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hike

Red Rock State Park

Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary time and wildlife.

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