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February 19, 2017   1:00pm

Archaeology Hike

Red Rock State Park

Come and hear the fascinating story of the Native American Sinagua culture, pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in Red Rock State Park.

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February 19, 2017   1:30pm

Sunday Tree Tour with Jeff Payne

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Our monthly tour of the park's collection of trees takes us from the native to the exotic and back on this leisurely tour. Learn new tips on tree care and horticulture.

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February 19, 2017   1pm

Speaking of Ravens

Oracle State Park

Toni Kahklen-Hoffman and Bob Elder will team up to discuss Ravens and their kin. Learn about this amazing avian and its place in nature as well as its place in native mythology.

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February 19, 2017   1pm - 2pm

Brown Bag Series: Surprising Saguaros

Lost Dutchman State Park

Did you know that a saguaro can weigh up to 8 tons? Ever wonder how it thrives in a desert with just a few inches of annual rainfall and animals burrowing in it? Ranger Erica explains all this and more!

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February 19, 2017   9am

Geology Walk in Catalina State Park

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 Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen.

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February 19, 2017   4pm

Bighorn Basics

Catalina State Park

As the Bighorn Sheep have been reintroduced into the Santa Catalina Mountains, learn about these animals through a family friendly, interactive talk given by Richard, retired Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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February 19, 2017   2pm

Teodoro "Ted"Ramirez Artist-in-Residency Concert Series: The Remuda Triangle with Sue Harris

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The group’s poems are laced with raw humor, irony, and commentary on the state of just about everything, blended seamlessly with songs that range from poignant reflections on days gone by to uplifting celebrations of modern cowboy life.

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February 19, 2017   2pm

Talk: Washington's Medicine: Blood and Guts in the 18th Century

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us on Washington’s birthday for a sometimes humorous and interactive look at the crude and frequently innovative medical treatments of 18th century medicine.

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February 20, 2017   9:00 am

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk

Catalina State Park

Park Ranger, Jack, leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park.  

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February 22, 2017   9am - 12pm

Exploring the Siphon Draw Trail

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us at Siphon Draw Trailhead for a 4.2 round trip hike to the basin (slick rock waterfall area). Be ready to hike a steady uphill grade (1030 ft. elevation change) on a rocky trail.

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February 23, 2017   9am - 12pm

Annual Volunteer Training: School Programs

Oracle State Park

Learn the Oracle Adventure Program, an environmental education program on the trail, designed for grades 1-3. Please call for a reservation.

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February 23, 2017   7:30am - 9:30am

Bird Walk at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join volunteer “birder Vera” for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert. Learn how to identify the birds in your back yard, the proper use of binoculars, where to find birds in our area and then take a guided walk through the desert to practice new skills.

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February 23, 2017   11am - 2pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstration

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering.

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February 24, 2017   9:00 am

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk

Catalina State Park

Park Ranger, Jack, leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park.  

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February 24, 2017   11am - 1pm

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.

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February 24, 2017   10am - 1pm

Living History: Spinning

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Watch and learn how fiber and spinning impacted human activity from ancient to modern times.

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February 25, 2017   8am

Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park Dankworth Pond learning about native and seasonal birds with volunteer Jeff Coker.

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February 25, 2017   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Rich Laveille

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geologist Rich Leveille takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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February 25, 2017   February 25, 2017

Cattle and Grasslands: A History of Ranching in Southeastern Arizona

Oracle State Park

Presenter Robin Pinto is a historian who will speak about ecological, political and economic issues and events that influence the history of cattle and ranching in southeastern Arizona.

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February 25, 2017   10am - Noon

Walking Tours of Old Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Stevens, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement.

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February 25, 2017   10am - 1pm

Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate.

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February 25, 2017   2pm

The Archaeology of Arizona - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Wherever you travel in Arizona you see archeological sites. This talk tells us about the six major pre-historic peoples in Arizona: the Ancient Puebloan People (Anasazi), the Mogollon, the Hohokam, the Sinagua, the Salado and the Patayan.

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February 26, 2017   1:00pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hike

Red Rock State Park

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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February 26, 2017   1:30pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Kathy & Tom

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts and local authors Kathy & Tom McDonald.

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February 26, 2017   8am

Guided Bird Walk

Oracle State Park

Volunteer Craig Anderson takes visitors on a guided bird walk to learn about the park's feathered friends. Please call for a reservation. Free with park admission.

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February 26, 2017   1pm - 2pm

Brown Bag Series: Coffee with a Ranger

Lost Dutchman State Park

Come to the amphitheater and meet ranger Jacque as she guides you through a coffee “cupping” (tasting) and discusses coffee origins, culture and uses. Then over coffee, share lively conversation on various natural, historical, or cultural themes of Lost Dutchman State Park.

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February 26, 2017   9:00 am

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk

Catalina State Park

Park Ranger, Jack, leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park.  

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February 28, 2017   9am - 11am

Medicinal Plant Walk at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

During this informative walk you will be introduced to edible/medicinal plants of the Sonoran Desert. Healing plants will be identified and discussed. This will be an easy one mile “stroll” beginning at Cholla Day Use Parking lot.

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Every day in March   11:00 am

Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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Every Day in March   8am - 5pm

Mary Isham Watercolor Exhibit

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

All month Boyce Thompson Arboretum will exhibit the works of painter and fabric artist Mary Isham. Come see her work which celebrates color in all flora and fauna.

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Every Friday through March   7pm

Campfire Fridays

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Bring a chair, a flashlight, a musical instrument or your favorite story and share it with the rest of the park's guests around an open campfire. Be prepared to have fun!

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March 1, 2017   8am

Oracle State Park reopens to the Public 7 Days a Week!

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park will be accepting guests seven days a week for the first time in years. Join us at the park to rediscover one of State Parks & Trails's best kept secrets.

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March 1, 2017   10am - 2pm

Living History: Blacksmithing in Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Visit our blacksmith as he creates all those wonderful tools for daily life, from nails, to latches, to spoons and forks. Includes all day admission to tour the Presidio.

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March 1, 2017   11am - Noon

Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history.

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March 2, 2017   9am - 12pm

Annual Volunteer Training: School Program Guide

Oracle State Park

Learn the Oracle Odyssey Program, an environmental education program designed for grades 4-6. Please call for a reservation.

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March 3, 2017   11am

Anniversary of "The Weekly Arizonan"

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for cake and a celebration of the 158th anniversary of Arizona’s first newspaper, which was printed in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The original 1858 Washington Hand Press that printed the newspaper is still in operation at the Tubac Presidio.

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March 4, 2017   10:00 am

Thunder Gourd Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Experienced gourd artists can learn how to make a "thunder gourd" which makes a dramatic and rumbling noise. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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March 4, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Cynthia and Pete

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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March 4, 2017   1pm

The Photographer's Eye - How to Compose Great Images

Oracle State Park

Making great photographs requires both technical and artistic abilities. This class focuses on the artistic elements of photography.

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March 4, 2017

Star Party

Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove State Park will be joining with volunteers from the Lake Havasu Astronomy Club (LAHC) to host a Star Party. Telescopes and associated equipment will be provided by the Club so that people can better experience the thrill of stargazing.

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March 4, 2017   10am - 4pm

Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month: Mountain Man Display and Presentation

Fort Verde State Historic Park

A must-visit for fans of "Jeremiah Johnson," The History Channel's "Mountain Men," or Discovery's "Alaska: The Last Frontier." Learn about how Mountain Men were important in opening up new territories.

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March 4, 2017   10am - Noon

Walking Tours of Old Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come explore the colorful history of Old Tubac. Learn about Arizona's first European settlement and how explorers, pioneers, and natives lived together.

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March 4, 2017   2pm

Roy Purcell: Tubac Takes Flight: The Artist's Experience

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join artist Roy Purcell as he talks about his experience creating a painting depicting a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny bi-plane and a Lockheed Sirius aircraft flown by Tubac residents Clarence “Dutch” and Joan Shankle.

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March 5, 2017   1pm

Bear Necessities at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Would you like to know more about the black bear of Arizona? Information about bears, an appearance from the "Everywhere Bear," and information about safety around Bears will be presented in this 30-40 minute program.

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March 5, 2017   10:00 am

Intro to Gourd Art Basic Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Beginners to gourd art can take this class to learn the basics of cleaning and preparation. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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March 5, 2017   2pm

The World of the Permian Period presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork

Red Rock State Park

The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. Our session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time.

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March 5, 2017   2pm

Tuba Takes Flight Presentation: Nature Rescue, Rehab & Release

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

You just found a wild animal that needs help. Who can you call? What should you do and not do? Joan Cass, education director at the Tucson Wildlife Center will give us the answers and information about helping our fellow earthly creatures when they are in distress.

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March 7, 2017   10am - Noon

"Hell Bent for Resurrection": A Hike through Tubac's Many Layers

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a new program of History Hikes to take advantage of the great outdoors and our amazingly rich cultural heritage.

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March 9, 2017   2pm

Concert: Joni Harms

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Joni wants to put the “Western” back into “Country” music and has won numerous awards and accolades over two decades. Harms was named Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association.

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March 10, 11 and 12   9:30am - 3pm

Walk-In Terrarium Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn the history of terrariums and get step-by-step, hands-on instruction to assemble your own portable little garden-in-glass. Materials provided to participants.

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March 11   9am - 1pm

Geocache Desert Bash

Cattail Cove State Park

If you're looking for a fun and adventurous way to get some exercise in the great outdoors, then come to Cattail Cove State Park's annual Geocache Desert Bash. There's treasure in them thar hills!

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March 11, 2017   1:30pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Jim Shepherd

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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March 11 - 26, 2017   8am - 5pm

Spring Plant Sale

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

It's that time of year again! Support the Arboretum when you purchase one of our trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti or succulents for your personal garden. Free planting and landscaping advice will be available from our master gardeners on the weekends.

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March 11, 2017

M.O.V.E. ACROSS 2 RANGES

Catalina State Park

This event is an awesome way to explore nature and get active. Hit the trails and experience the challenge and beauty of Southern Arizona’s Tortolita and Catalina Mountains in one day!

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March 11, 2017   10am - 4pm

Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month: Military Medics during the Indian Wars period

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Learn about early Frontier Army medical tools and equipment used by medics.

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March 11, 2017   2pm

Presentation: Rio Rico's Most Unusual Real Estate History by Dwight Thibodeaux

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

In a series of very successful and ground breaking land sales techniques, some legal and some less than legal, the Rosen brothers would test their land sales methods by developing several communities in Florida.

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March 12, 2017

Guided Bird Walk with Troy Corman

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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March 12, 2017   1pm

"Craig's Big Year" at Oracle

Oracle State Park

Survey of 25 Arizona Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Learn about these unique and beautiful habitats and the birds that inhabit them. Join Presenter, Craig Anderson, in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House for a program beginning at 1pm for one hour.

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March 12, 2017   1pm

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet.

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March 12, 2017   2pm

Teodoro "Ted"Ramirez Artist-in-Residency Concert Series: Don Armstrong

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Don Armstrong has been a favorite on the Tucson folk music scene for many years now. He will present a solo concert, but if we know Don he may have talented musicians in tow.

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March 12, 2017   6pm

Moonlight Hike at Patagonia Lake

Patagonia Lake State Park

Experience the beauty of Patagonia Lake and the Sonoita Creek Natural Area by the light of the moon. Follow our rangers up the trails to get the best view of the moon hovering over the lake.

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March 15, 2017   10am - Noon

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.

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March 16, 2017   9am - 12pm

Annual Volunteer Training: School Program Guide Training

Oracle State Park

The final session of the annual volunteer training concludes with an introduction to the plants, wildlife and geology of the park; also, safety protocol on the trail. Please call for a reservation.

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March 16, 2017   11am - 2pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstration

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering.

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March 17, 2017   9am

Petroglyph Hike at Patagonia Lake

Patagonia Lake State Park

Take a 3-mile round trip hike around the lake and discover the marvelous world of Native American petroglyphs. Reach across time and space and see what ancient peoples left behind.

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March 18, 2017   6pm - 9pm

Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month: Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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March 18-19, 2017

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park's signature event, Civil War in the Southwest faithfully recreates the westernmost battles in the war between the states. Reenactors also recreate military camps from the Union and the Confederacy for visitors to experience.

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March 18, 2017   1:30pm

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk:

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Volunteer tour guide Dave Oberpriller takes visitors through the park touring plants that are found in the Sinai Desert. A leisurely 90-minute tour that is wheelchair accessible.

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March 18, 2017   2pm - 9pm

Dark Sky Celebration - Second Anniversary

Oracle State Park

It’s been two years since Oracle State Park received designation as an International Dark Sky Park, recognizing dark skies as a limited resource needing protection, and celebrating Oracle as an exceptional place for telescope viewing! Events all day in the park!

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March 18-19, 2017

Family Campout

Lost Dutchman State Park

Arizona Family Campout 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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March 18, 2017   10am - 4pm

Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month: Ancient Indian Technology Display & Presentation

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Learn about ancient Indian technology as well as the history of the Fort.

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March 18, 2017   10am - Noon

Walking Tours of Old Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come explore the colorful history of Old Tubac. Learn about Arizona's first European settlement and how explorers, pioneers, and natives lived together.

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March 18, 2017   2pm

Transportation in the Old West - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Boring you think? Not on your life. Come and hear about the various routes across the Old West, and particularly across Arizona.

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March 19, 2017   1:30pm

Sunday Tree Tour with Jeff Payne

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Our monthly tour of the park's collection of trees takes us from the native to the exotic and back on this leisurely tour. Learn new tips on tree care and horticulture.

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March 19, 2017   1pm

Bighorn Basics at Oracle

Oracle State Park

oin Arizona State Parks volunteer, Richard Boyer, at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35-minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep. For several years, Richard presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger.

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March 19, 2017   1pm

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock

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 and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites.

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March 19, 2017   2pm

Concert: Arizona Balalaika Ensemble

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

For over thirty years, the group has toured throughout southeast Arizona and Mexico to the delight of all. Authentic and lavish Russian-themed hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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March 24, 2017   10:00am - 1pm

Living History: Spinning

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Spinning wheels aren't just for sleeping beauties. Watch and learn how to make thread from fiber, then try it out yourself.

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March 24, 2017   10am - Noon

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.

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March 25, 2017   10:00am - 1pm

Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest and how it helped fuel the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California.

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March 25, 2017   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geologist Phil St. George takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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March 25, 2017   12pm - 4pm

Bugs of America

Oracle State Park

Learn more about the world of bugs with Shane Burchfield out of Portal, AZ. He’ll start with a formal talk, and stick around for an interactive opportunity with visitors.

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March 25, 2017   8am

Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park Dankworth Pond learning about native and seasonal birds with volunteer Jeff Coker.

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March 25, 2017   2pm

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: The Ronstadt Review

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

John Ronstadt and Jeanne Ronstadt (husband & wife), along with Bill Ronstadt (cousin) will close out the season with a truly Arizona-style concert.

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March 26, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Anne and Kathe

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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March 26, 2017   1:30pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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March 26, 2017   1pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona

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 times and wildlife.

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March 26, 2017   2pm

Presentation: Life and War on the Edge: Spanish Colonial Arizona

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join Rick Collins, our new interpretation ranger, for a fascinating talk on what it was actually like to live on the Spanish Frontier. You will learn about daily life, relations with the native people and the realities of living on the edge of civilization at a time when southern Arizona was the northern outpost of New Spain.

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March 28, 2017   11am - Noon

Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history.

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April 1, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe and Mark

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Every day in April   11am

Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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April 1, 2017   11am

‘Going Vertical’ Gardening Workshop With Pinal Master Gardeners

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Make some big changes in your garden! Learn about vertical gardening from Pinal County's Master Gardeners at this free workshop.

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April 1, 2017   5:00 - 11:00pm

Road to Country Thunder

McFarland State Historic Park

Historic downtown Florence, Arizona will come alive with great country music at the Third Annual "Road to Country Thunder" event on Saturday, April 1, 2017, in the lead-up to the Country Thunder music festival.

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April 1, 2017   4pm

Birding Program with Kathe Anderson

Oracle State Park

earn the backstory of ten colorful migrants, such as the yellow warbler, blue grosbeak, summer tanager, and others. The talk will be followed by a 90-minute bird walk outside.

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April 1-2, 2017

Family Campout

Catalina State Park

Arizona Family Campout 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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April 1, 2017

Star Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Explore the skies above southern Arizona. There will be solar viewing during the day and astronomy viewing after dark.

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April 2, 2017   7am

Birding and Breakfast

Oracle State Park

Kathe Anderson returns to offer an early morning guided bird walk at the park, beginning at 7am. Following the two hour walk, participants will be treated to a special breakfast offering on the patio of the Kannally Ranch House, courtesy of the Friends of Oracle State Park.

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April 8 - 9, 2017   9:00am - 6:00pm

History of the Soldier

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Reenactors bring military history to life from the American Revolution to the present day. Guest speakers, reenactments, military encampments, and weapons demonstrations make this an outstanding experience for all military aficionados.

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April 8, 2017   1:30pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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April 8, 2017   1pm

The Photographer's Eye - How to Compose Great Images

Oracle State Park

Making great photographs requires both technical and artistic abilities. This class focuses on the artistic elements of photography. It will cover image composition techniques that the photo-enthusiast can do with most any camera from smartphones to DSLRs.

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April 8, 2017   10:00 am

Intro to Gourd Art Basic Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Beginners to gourd art can take this class to learn the basics of cleaning and preparation. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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April 8-9, 2017

Family Campout

Patagonia Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout 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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April 9, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe and Mark

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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April 9, 2017   10am - 2pm

Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Students will learn to weave pine needles on the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish.  A clean and prepared gourd and all materials are provided, but students may bring special feathers, beads or other adornments if they like.

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April 15, 2017   1:30pm

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk:

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Volunteer tour guide Dave Oberpriller takes visitors through the park touring plants that are found in the Sinai Desert. A leisurely 90-minute tour that is wheelchair accessible.

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April 15, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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April 22, 2017   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geologist Phil St. George takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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April 22, 2017   8am

Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park Dankworth Pond learning about native and seasonal birds. Follow volunteer Jeff Coker as he imparts his 18 years of birding experience.

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April 22-23, 2017

Family Campout

River Island State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.

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April 22, 2017

Bat Day

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us on Earth Day for Kartchner Caverns State Park's annual celebration of its most well known seasonal residents.

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April 23, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Cathy Wise and Steven Prager

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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April 27

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Take an exciting hike through the world of birds. Celebrate nature with workshops and field trips with expert guides to the area's birding hot spots.

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April 29-30, 2017

Family Campout

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017   10am - Sunset

Solar Potluck

Catalina State Park

Taste foods cooked using the raw power of the sun while learning more about this alternative energy source at Catalina State Park's exhibition and potluck.

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Every Saturday (Memorial - Labor Day)   4pm

"Nature's Calling" Children's Hour

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

A special program sponsored by our partners at the US Forest Service, this weekly program lets children explore all that nature has to offer around Fool Hollow.

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May 13-14, 2017

Family Campout

Roper Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.

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May 20, 2017   9:00am - 4:00pm

Mariachi Festival 2017

Patagonia Lake State Park

Come and celebrate mariachi music, heritage, food, and culture at Patagonia Lake's signature event. Take a dip in the swimming area and lay out on our white sand beach between performances.

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May 20 - 21   9am - 3pm

Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour 2017

Jerome State Historic Park

Want to make the most out of your visit to Jerome State Historic Park? The longest running home tour in Arizona boasts never before seen Historic and Significant homes in this Guided Tour through the mile high town’s back streets.

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May 20, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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June 2 - 4, 2017   5am - 5pm

Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival 2017

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

TriSports Racing is pleased to present the 14th Annual Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival! The Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival will consist of four races. To register for the race, visit deuceswildtriathlon.com. Attending other race-related events is free with park admission.

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June 3

Verde Valley Fishing Day Fun 2017

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Join Arizona State Parks & Trails and Game & Fish for a fun-filled, family-friendly full day of fishing. Bait and poles available, or bring your own.

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June 3, 2017   7am

Yarnell Memorial Run 2017

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

On June 7, 2014, the first Yarnell Memorial Run was held in Memory of the Hot Shot Crew to raise funds to support the work of local firefighters. The Yarnell Memorial Run has grown, giving runners and walkers four different options including a 5k, 10k, 19k and family/child friendly Fun Run & Walk.

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June 17, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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July 15, 2017   10am - 4pm

Corn Fest at Fort Verde! Vintage Baseball and Ancient Native Technology Display

Fort Verde State Historic Park

It's Corn Fest at Camp Verde! Come celebrate the town's signature summer event with a vintage baseball game and a presentation of ancient Native technology.

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July 15, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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August 5, 2017

Suvoyuki Day

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 19, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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September 16, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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September 23   9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Verde River Day 2017

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Celebrate all things outdoors while learning about the dynamic ecology of the Verde River. A free family event from your state parks.

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September 24, 2017   2pm

57th Annual Colonel's Daughter Contest

Fort Verde State Historic Park

A Camp Verde tradition, sponsored by the Camp Verde Cavalry. Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for the title of "Colonel's Daughter."

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September 30, 2017   4pm - 7pm

Taste at the Bridge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Sample some of rim country's best wine, beer, food, art and music at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park's annual Taste of the Bridge event, sponsored by the hidden gem of Pine, THAT Brewery.

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October 14-15, 2017

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Take a trip through time and commemorate the history of Fort Verde with historic reenactors, vintage baseball games, and talks on the history of our nation's servicepeople.

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October 14, 2017   8:00am - 12:00pm

Anza Days 2017

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio's hallmark event, historic reenactors enter the park on horseback from the Anza Trail to recreate the 1775 expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza to the Pacific.

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October 21, 2017   9am - 3:30pm

Fall Fest 2017

Slide Rock State Park

Visit Slide Rock State Park during our signature event. Enjoy food, games, a hay ride for the whole family, and learn more about our picturesque Oak Creek.

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October 21, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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October 27 - 29   7pm, 8pm, and 9pm

Halloween Tours at Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Halloween is a great time of year for a story. The Riordan Mansion provides a perfect backdrop. Tour this beautiful historic house and hear tales of the fantastic and the factual.

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October 28, 2017

Olympic & Sprint Distance Triathlon 2017

Patagonia Lake State Park

A perfect opportunity for endurance racers to challenge themselves immersed in the unique vistas around Patagonia Lake. Swim, bike, and run to the registration page to sign up!

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November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day Celebration

McFarland State Historic Park

Honor our veterans past, present, and historic at McFarland State Historic Park's Veteran's Day Celebration. Military reenactors from the Revolution to today display the history of our country's armed forces.

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November 18   3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alamo Lake State Park's Night Under the Stars 2017

Alamo Lake State Park

Alamo Lake offers some of the best conditions for stargazing. Be prepared to stay up late and use your imagination as we view the night sky through professional telescopes.

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November 18, 2017

Veterans Day Memorial Service

Fort Verde State Historic Park

We pay tribute our veterans from the past, present, and throughout history with our annual celebration. Give Old Glory a proper sendoff by bringing in your old and tattered flags for retirement.

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November 18, 2017   30 minutes after dusk

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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December 1-2, 2017

35th Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu State Park

Bring your family to Lake Havasu State Park to watch the holiday boat parade of lights. Watch brightly-lit floats from over 50 participants float around the lake.

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December 2017

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Make a holiday wreath out of natural, locally-sourced plant materials gathered around the park. Visitors usually can't take natural materials from the park, so make the most of this rare opportunity.

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December 1 - 3, 2017   8am - 5pm

Arizona Roundup Vintage and Teardrop Trailer Gathering

Buckskin Mountain State Park

If you have a vintage trailer (1979 or older) then Arizona Roundup invites you to gather with other enthusiasts for Buckskin Mountain State Park's roundup gathering!

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December 2, 2017   10am - 2pm

Holidays in the Parks: Victorian Ornament Workshop

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Come to Fort Verde's Victorian ornament workshop where we'll look at classic period decorations and use similar materials to recreate the texture, style, and appearance of that bygone era.

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December 2, 2017 - January 5, 2018   Ongoing

Holidays in the Parks: A Victorian Christmas

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Fort Verde State Historic Park when we decorate the fort with Victorian-style holiday decorations. A perfect backdrop for your family holiday card!

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December 8-9, 2017   5pm - 830pm

Holidays in the Parks: Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Take a candlelight tour of the Officers's quarters at Fort Verde State Historic Park, decked in Victorian-style decorations.

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December 9, 2017   6:30pm - 8:30pm

Lighting of the Luminaries at Tombstone Courthouse

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

The staff at the courthouse will begin lighting the luminaries at dusk.   All luminaries and the Courthouse tree will be fully lit upon conclusion of the Tombstone Christmas Parade.

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Ongoing Programs

Every Tuesday   2pm

Weekly Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Bring a bowl and a spoon to Buckskin Mountain State Park for their weekly ice cream social. Get to know your park and the great staff who keep it running. Show your appreciation with a $1 donation per bowl of ice cream.

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Daily in February, 2017   10am

Daily Guided Nature Walks in February

Red Rock State Park

Every morning at 10am, 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 day in February   11am

Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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Every Sunday   7:00 am

Sunday Morning Hikes

Catalina State Park

Come and explore the trails of Catalina State Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains on one of our Sunday morning hikes through park. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

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Ongoing

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

Homolovi State Park

Tour the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos with our limited access tour of Homolovi IV. Learn about history of this ancestral Hopi site and its significance to their people.

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Every weekend in February   11:00 am

Guided Tour of the Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Take an extended tour of the Kannally Ranch House and get a rare look inside of the sister's bedroom cottage in this historic family mansion.

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Daily, 2017   9:00am

Ztsu'vo Trail Hike at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Enjoy a hike along the ancient Tsu'vo Trail, 2 miles of sandy trails to Diné Point and back. Marvel at ancient petroglyphs left by indigenous peoples centuries ago.

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Every Saturday through March   9am

Guided Nature Walks

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Take a guided nature walk through the park with our rangers and volunteers. Learn about the local wildlife, ecology, and more about the Colorado River while getting in some good exercise.

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Daily from September to December, 2017

Petrified Wood Walk

Homolovi State Park

Tour Homolovi State Park's small petrified forest exploring the park's paleontological history. Learn all about petrification and the ecology of the Triassic period in Arizona.

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Every Friday in February   1pm - 5pm

Music in the Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Bring your guitar, handheld instruments, and singing voice to the amphitheater every Friday afternoon for a music jam session. Volunteer Hostess “Miss America Linda” will bring her karaoke sound system and give our visitors the opportunity to sing some of their favorite tunes while at the base of the Superstition Mountains!

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Ongoing

Hopi Pottery Talks

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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Ongoing

Petroglyph Tour at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Take a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites on this adventurous outdoor hike. Visitors will need their own vehicle to reach the petroglyph site, and plenty of water for this 3-hour tour.

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Sundays in February, 2017   8am

Sunday Guided Bird Walks in February

Catalina State Park

Experienced bird guide, Max, leads this bird walk.  He will help you spot and identify various birds that live and visit the park.  Novices, seasoned birders, and every experience level of birder enjoy this event.

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Mondays in February, 2017   8:30am

Our Knights in Spiny Armor

Catalina State Park

This short hike with leader, Monty, is about the majestic cactus, the saguaro, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert.  Whether you are new to the desert or simply love saguaros, this event is for you!

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