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104 Scheduled Events

Daily   10:00 a.m.

Daily Guided Nature Walks at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park

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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October 19 and 26   8:00 a.m.

Romero Ruins Adventure Walks in October

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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10/19, 11/02, 11/16, 12/7, and 12/21   6:30 a.m. in Sept., 8:30 a.m. all other dates

Friday Bird Walk with Lisa Murphy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join guide Lisa Murphy 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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October 19, 2018   3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beyond Color and Shape Bird Guide with Kathe Anderson

Oracle State Park

How do some guides immediately know a bird by seeing only a fleeting glimpse or a silhouette? For a peek into the world of bird identification, come to an interactive class, including an on-site field trip!

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Saturday, October 20, 2018   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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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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October 20, 2018   7:00 a.m.

Birding and Breakfast

Oracle State Park

Join Kathe Anderson, resident birding expert, on an early morning stroll through Oracle State Park in search of the various bird species that call this beautiful place home.

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October 20, November 24, December 22   4:30 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns Photo Tours!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Have you ever wanted to take photos of the amazing underground world of Kartchner Caverns? Here's your chance! Arizona State Parks and Trails now offers an opportunity to take photos inside the cave every month. Registration for this tour is $125 per person.

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October 20 and 27; November 4, 2018   10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Homolovi IV Fall Tours

Homolovi State Park

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

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Saturday, October 20, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wilderness Survival Hike

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join Ted Johnson as he shares skills and tools for determining your location and finding your way through the wilderness.

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October 20 & November 10, 2018   6-7 p.m.

Performance by Steve Holmquist

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join singer-songwriter Steve Holmquist for original stories and songs in the heart of the desert.

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2nd Sunday of the month, October to May   1:00 p.m.

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Our monthly-guided geology hike will be held at 1:00 PM. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today.

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3rd Sunday of the month, October to May   1:00 p.m.

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

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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October 21 and 27, 2018   7:30 a.m.

Sunday Guided Bird Walks in October

Catalina State Park

Experienced bird guide Mike 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 will enjoy this event.

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October 21, 2018   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Lisa Murphy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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October 21, 2018   6:30 a.m.

Sunday Guided Hikes: 50-Year Trail and Beyond

Catalina State Park

The trail begins at the park’s Equestrian Center and meanders along an old Jeep trail through the surrounding desert. Your return trip to the equestrian center will be via one of numerous scenic trails which share the same destination.

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October 21, 2018   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Special After-Hours Macro Photography Class with Paul Landau

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The human eye can only look so close; Scottsdale photographer Paul Landau has learned to capture microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing intricacies and patterns almost invisible to the human eye.

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October 21, 2018   12:00 p.m.

‘Paint and Wine’ Class with Carla Keaton

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Let Carla Keaton coach you through your original painting at the Arboretum while sipping a good wine. Take home your original piece to enjoy for years to come!

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October 21, 2018   10:00 a.m.

New Wayside Exhibit Signs Unveiled at Tubac Presidio

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio, in cooperation with The Tucson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution announces the first ever grave marking ceremony for a Revolutionary War patriot buried in Arizona. This event recognizes the Hispanic contribution to Southern Arizona’s history.

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October 21, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Anza Family Fun Day Celebration

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Anza Day reflects Tubac’s Spanish history and provides educational engagement of youngsters in this significant event in Tubac’s history.

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October 23, 2018   October 23- 4:30 p.m.

Sedona: Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes 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. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide.

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October 25 & November 29, 2018

Bird Walk

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join "birder Vera" for an amazing experience learning about the birds of the desert!

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Thursday, October 25, 2018   5:30-7:30 p.m.

Call Him Mac Book Signing and Reception with Gary L. Stuart

McFarland State Historic Park

Join us for the announcement of “Call Him Mac, Ernest W. McFarland, the Arizona Years,” being released nationwide by the U of A Press. This catered event is free to the public and will include a presentation by the author, Gary L. Stuart, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet members of McFarland’s family.

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October 26, 27 and 30   7:00 pm., 8:00 pm., 9:00 pm. each night

Flagstaff Special Evening Halloween Tours

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Park offers a special nighttime program during the week of Halloween every year. This very popular guided tour is a storytelling session involving tales of the fantastic and the factual.

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Friday, October 26, 2018   5-7 p.m.

Halloween Party at Kartchner Caverns!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us at Kartchner Caverns for some Halloween fun! Come for the fun and stay to learn about everyone's favorite Halloween animal - the bat! Don't forget to dress up. This event will support the Benson Food Bank.

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October 26 - 27, 2018   4:00 p.m.

Flagstaff Special Afternoon Hallo-Tween Tours!

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Hear some local tales and learn about the history of Halloween on this special tour for tweens! Tours are for ages eight and older.

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Friday, October 26, 2018   7:30-9:30 p.m.

Full Moon Hike

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us for a hike under the stars! Hikers will experience the sun setting over the Superstition Mountains and gaze up at the full moon glowing overhead.

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October 20 and 27, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Park Nature Program: Saturdays

Catalina State Park

Every Saturday, join us at the main trailhead for a one of a king reptile presentation. Our local experts will have many reptiles on hand for visitors to see and learn about first hand.

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October 27, 2018   2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Luis Coronado Guel presents "A Cultural History of the Day of the Dead in Mexico"

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Mexico's Day of the Dead tradition has been declared intangible cultural heritage of the humanity by UNESCO since 2003. How did this celebration become worldwide?

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October 27, 2018   5:30 p.m.

3rd Annual Halloween Event at the Arboretum – Members Only

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join us for a fun family Halloween event! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

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October 27-28

Family Campout

Kartchner Caverns State Park

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

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4th Sunday of the month, October to May   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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October 28, 2018   1:30 pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants Walk with David Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how food and medicine can be made from mesquite pods, prickly pear cactus fruits, and 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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October 28, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tubac’s 5th Annual Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Tubac celebration of Día de los Muertos is an event exuberantly honoring our ancestors and community.  Everyone is welcome to create an ofrenda or altar and these will be displayed throughout the community.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018   6-7 p.m.

Superstitions & Legends Campfire Program

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us for ghost stories around the campfire to listen and share stories and legends of the Lost Dutchman and his missing gold!

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November 2, 2018   9:00 a.m.

Arboretum Book Club Friday: "Gardens in the Dunes" by Leslie Marmon Silko

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"Gardens in the Dunes" is the powerful story of one woman's quest to reconcile the cherished traditions of heritage on the brink of extinction and an encroaching white culture.

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November 2, 2018   9:00 am

Arboretum Book Club Friday – ‘Gardens in the Dunes’ by Leslie Marmon Silko

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

When David and Courtney Reeder Jones moved into two rooms reached by ladder in a northern Arizona Indian ruin, they had been married only two weeks. The year was 1938, and the newlyweds had come to Wupatki National Monument as full-time National Park Service caretakers for the ruin. Courtney's letters to her family and friends reflect all the charm of the earlier time as they convey the sense of rapid transition that came after the war.

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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 3, 2018   4:00 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Way Out West

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park on November 3rd for cowboy and Western tunes brought to you by the band Way Out West!

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November 3, 2018   11:00 a.m.

Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners Present: Gardeners ‘Short Stuff’

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners as we explore “small” plants that make a “big” difference by bringing interest and color to dull garden spaces.

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November 3-4, 2018

Family Campout

Oracle State Park

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

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November 4, 2018   2:00 p.m.

"Arizona Goes to the Moon" with Kevin Schindler

Red Rock State Park

A fascinating lecture by Kevin Schindler describing the key role Arizona played in preparing astronauts for the original moon landing.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018   8:30 a.m.

Nature Hike

Lost Dutchman State Park

Take this guided hike to explore the park! If you've ever wondered about the Superstition Mountains or the Lost Dutchman's gold mine, this hike has your answers!

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November 9, 2018   2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Special Event: Canoa Speaks O'odham

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Please join us in the Schoolhouse for an exciting exploration of the Tohono O’odham history, beliefs, and education, with speakers including O’odham tribal elders and community leaders who will discuss and answer questions from the audience.

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Friday, November 9, 2018   2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Special Event: Canoa Speaks O'odham

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for an exploration of the O'odham history in this series by the Friends of Canoa heritage Foundation! Learn more about the culture and foods at the Presidio!

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November 9-11, 2018

33rd Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic

Lake Havasu State Park

The annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic is a pageant of aerial hi-jinx that has few equals. Hobbyists from all over the country gather together for three days to showcase their scale model planes and delight the crowd of spectators. Nowhere in the Southwest can you see over 100 radio-controlled planes of all sizes and shapes on floats. Bring the family and come out to enjoy the balmy weather, lake and mountain views, and maybe even develop a new hobby.

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November 10   3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alamo Lake State Park's Night Under the Stars 2018

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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Saturday, November 10, 2018   11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10th Annual Walkin' on Main

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

The Verde Valley celebrates Historic 89A with the 10th Annual "Walkin' on Main" on November 10th, 2018. Art exhibits, retail vendors, and interactive displays will accompany the charming galleries, shops, and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood.

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November 10, 2018   7-8 p.m.

Dr. Sky: An Amazing Night Under the Skies

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for An Amazing Night Under the Skies. What planets will we see in the dark desert sky?

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November 10, 2018   10:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Old Town Tubac Historic Building Guided Tour

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Ever been curious about one of southern Arizona's small towns? This is a rare opportunity to experience Tubac’s historical treasures, and to learn about the people that lived here in the past.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Old Town Tubac Historic Building Guided Tour

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a guided tour of the Presidio and experience the history of Tubac from a new perspective.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018   7:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture: Leupp's 83 Prisoners: Arizona's Forgotten 1943 Japanese-American Internment Tragedy

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Dr. John Westerlund guides you through the history of Leupp, AZ and the events that led to the tragedy that occurred in the 1940s.

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November 11, 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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November 11, 2018   2:00 p.m.

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Stewart MacDougall

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Ted is in his 6th successful season of bringing stellar folk music to the Tubac Presidio, a diverse spectrum of authentic American, Mexican and Indigenous music styles. For our opening concert, Stewart MacDougall will perform on vocals and keyboard.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018   2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Explore Riordan Mansion! Take a walk through Flagstaff along the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company and Milton.

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November 12 & 19, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Watch a knowledgeable volunteer demonstrate the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859! Your host will answer a variety of questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering.

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Varied Weekdays in November   Mon 9:30 a.m., Tues/Wed/Thurs 9:00 a.m.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join an instructor to learn the rich history of Arizona's first newspaper and print a few small souvenirs yourself!

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Monday, November 12, 2018   12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: The Adventures of a 1901 Toledo Steam Car

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Learn about the history and adventures of the Toledo steam car and its wild trip to the Grand Canyon!

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November 16, 2018   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin host a special tour of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the park. This site preserves the remains of the original Tubac town, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.

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Friday, November 16, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a special tour of the grounds south of Tubac Presidio!

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November 17, 2018 to December 30, 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 17-18, 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, 2018   1:30 pm

Plants of the Bible Lands Lecture: Agriculture in Ancient Israel with David Oberpillar

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

David Oberpriller has guided popular “Plants of the Bible Lands" walks around the Arboretum for more than a decade, pointing out plants mentioned in the Bible that can grow and thrive here in AZ, while sharing anecdotes from scripture.

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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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November 17, 2018   10:00 a.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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Saturday, November 17, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wilderness Navigation Hike

Lost Dutchman State Park

Where lost and found spell the difference between dead or alive; nothing will boost your confidence in the wilderness like improving your route-finding skills. 

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Saturday, November 17, 2018   2-4 p.m.

Liberty Wildlife

Lost Dutchman State Park

Member of Liberty Wildlife share birds and critters and discuss the wildlife which call the Superstition Mountains their home.

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November 17, 2018   12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Basket-weaving with Bear-grass Demonstration

Oracle State Park

Teresa Parley of the Tohono O’odham Nation offers an informal opportunity to observe technique and ask questions while she shares the process for making a basket using locally gathered Bear-grass.

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November 17, 2018   2:00 pm

The Plains Indian Wars, 1st Half - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Jack Lasseter takes visitors on an oral tour of history as conflict with the Native Americans in the plains escalates.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018   2:00 p.m.

The Plains Indian Wars, Part One - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

It is an American saga that is too large to be told in one sitting. Join Tubac for Part One of the Plains Indian Wars story!

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Saturday, November 17, 2018   9 a.m.

Lake Havasu Fall Cornhole Championships and Paddlefest

Lake Havasu State Park

Paddle and cornhole enthusiasts are invited Lake Havasu State Park at Windsor Beach for a full day of fun! Cornhole is everybody’s favorite fall and winter game…any age can play and enjoy. Activities include a kayak fishing tournament, poker run, group photo, and paddle games. The newest Hobie kayaks and paddleboards will be on display and available for demonstrations, and experienced paddling professionals can assist beginners and novices.

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November 18, 2018   9:00 a.m.

Photography for Beginners: Informal Workshop & Sunday Outdoor Shoot

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to ask their specific questions answered in a supportive small groups, each with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to "put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners."

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Sunday, November 18, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Eat Mesquite!

Lost Dutchman State Park

Watch a demonstration of how Native Americans made flour out of mesquite, then try it for yourself! Taste mesquite flour pancakes and prickly pear syrup too!

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Monday, November 19, 2018   8-10 a.m.

Hiking with Dogs

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join this dog friendly hike starting from the Cholla Day Use Area and follow a social trail down to the Crosscut Trail towards First Water Road and back. Make the most of this opportunity to get your dog used to hiking and socializing with other dogs while you get some exercise after the long hot summer! New dog owners can also have their questions answered on safely hiking with dogs.

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November 23 & 24, 2018   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Full Moon Hikes

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us for 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! This popular hike showcases the park and the beautiful Arizona sky.

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November 24, 2018   1:30 p.m.

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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Saturday, November 24, 2018   10 a.m.

Hike Series of the Ocotillo Trail

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Get a taste of the Whetstone Mountains backcountry on the Ocotillo Trail! Join an experienced park ranger for a 3.2 mile hike over moderate terrain.

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November 24, 2018   8:30 a.m.

General Guided Tour of Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden and point out colorful plants and birds during guided nature walks.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018   2-4 p.m.

Musical Trio with Indigenous and Modern Instruments

Lost Dutchman State Park

Bernie Haley with Robert Johnson and Jenn Steege will be presenting a musical interweaving through indigenous and modern instruments, including wooden flutes, didgeridoo and guitar.

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November 24 and 25, 2018   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fall into Nature at the Fall Foliage Festival

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Arboretum’s famous Chinese pistachio trees typically show their vivid shares of harvest gold, pumpkin orange and burgundy during Thanksgiving Weekend.

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November 25, 2018   1:00 p.m.

Oral History Talk: 1900s Oracle at the time of the Kannally family

Oracle State Park

Join local author Barbara Marriott who wrote "Annie’s Guests: Tales from a Frontier Hotel," for a presentation in the living room of the historic Kannally Ranch House.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018   4 p.m.–9 p.m.

Holiday Light Parade

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy the Holiday Light Parade on Main Street and the City Hall Lawn in downtown Safford. Featuring Santa, entertainment, food vendors, and the parade.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018   6 p.m.

Show Low Shines Christmas Parade

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come enjoy this holiday event, the annual Show Low Shines Christmas Parade. Don't miss Santa!

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Thursdays to Mondays in December   Every Hour 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Tours at Riordan

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Riordan!

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December 1-2, 2018

Family Campout

Lost Dutchman State Park

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

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Saturday, December 8, 2018   6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Annual Christmas Party and Crafts

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Get into the holiday spirit at Riordan Mansion!

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Sunday, December 9, 2018   4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Christmas Twilight Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

This 90-minute guided tour will focus on Christmas traditions and guests will have the special treat of seeing the Christmas tree and Billiards room photo transparency windows at night. 

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Monday, December 10, 2018   12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Ben Doney and Other Doney Park Place Names

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Pioneer Museum curator, Joe Meehan, will share Ben Doney’s story and explain various other place names around Doney Park.

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January 10-13, 2019   12 p.m.

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair

Lake Havasu State Park

The three day festival and fair is jam packed with tethered balloon rides an art village, face painting, dog shows, great bands and entertainers on the main stage, paper balloon launching, a carnival, musical and theatrical groups, classic cars, remote control planes, untethered balloon rides, Night Glow, delicious food in the food court, and much more!

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January 17-20, 2019

Buses by the Bridge

Lake Havasu State Park

Who doesn’t love the quirkiness of an old VW bus? What started as a split-window campout has turned into a Volkswagen extravaganza with VW buses coming from all over the country for a giant campout at Lake Havasu State Park.

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Saturday, February 9, 2018   7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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March 1-3, 2019   10 a.m.

Bluegrass on the Beach at Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu State Park

Come on out to The 2019 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. Events include workshops, arts and crafts, great food and beer, and more.

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March 16-17, 2019

Family Campout

Lost Dutchman State Park

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

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March 23-24, 2019

Family Campout

Catalina State Park

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

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April 6-7, 2019

Family Campout

Patagonia Lake State Park

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

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April 13-13, 2019

Family Campout

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

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

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April 27-28

Family Campout

Red Rock State Park

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

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May 11-12, 2019

Family Campout

River Island State Park

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

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May 18-19, 2019

Family Campout

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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

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Saturday, June 1, 2019   8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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August 24 to October 6, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Community Event - Camp Verde Community Library

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October 19 to December 1, 2019

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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February 8 to March 22, 2020

Water/Ways Exhibit

Lake Havasu State Park

Community Event - Lake Havasu Museum of History

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Ongoing Programs

Every Sunday   8:00 a.m.

Sunday Geology Walks

Catalina State Park

Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen.

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Every Sunday   1:00 p.m.

Introduction to Geocaching

Catalina State Park

What exactly is geocaching, and how do you do it? Essentially, this quickly growing pastime is a high tech treasure hunt that  takes place in backcountry areas.Join park volunteer, and geocaching aficionado, Tony he introduces visitors to geocaching.

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Sundays in October   9:00 a.m.

Introduction to Geocaching

Catalina State Park

Did you ever wonder about geocaching?  It's a high-tech treasure hunt! Join park volunteer Tony for this introduction to geocaching.  It includes a hands on demonstration.

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Wednesdays in October   7:30am

Wednesday Guided Bird Walks in October

Catalina State Park

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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10/14, 10/21 and more   8:30 a.m. in Sep., 10:00 a.m. in Oct.

Sunday Guided Tours at the Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden and point out colorful plants and birds during guided nature walks.

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Sundays in October   6:00 a.m.

Sunday Guided Hikes in October

Catalina State Park

Explore the beauty of the Catalina foothills in southern Arizona on a beautiful Sunday morning guided hike. These 6-mile hikes will take you through the park and beyond!

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Saturday, 9/22 to Saturday, 11/17   10:00 a.m.

Digital Photographers Monthly Meet-Up

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how to process and enhance digital images, review photos with a group, and discuss the art and science of digital imaging.

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October 13 thru 28, 2018   8:00am - 5:00pm

Fall Plant Sale

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum's Fall Plant Sale is a wonderful opportunity to take one of our exotic plants home with you! Volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program will be present to advise and assist buyers with suggestions for trees and smaller plants ideal for a wide range of landscaping projects.

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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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Sunday 10/14 to Wednesday 10/30   9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Special Exhibit: When Bronc Busters Wore Lipstick

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Western enthusiast and preservationist Cheri Raftery shares her display of rare items from a "very personal" collection of cowgirl memorabilia.

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Every Wednesday and Saturday   8:00 a.m.

Bi-Weekly Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginners and advanced birders.

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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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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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