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June 30, 2017   Sunrise - Sunset

A Day of Remembrance

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

June 30 will be the fourth anniversary of the Granite Mountain wildfire in Yarnell that tragically took the lives of 19 Hotshot firefighters. Anticipate increased hiking traffic on the memorial park trail.

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July 1, 2017   6:00pm

First Saturday Concerts: Jimmy and the Jitterbugs

Catalina State Park

The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. Jimmy and the Jitterbugs will perform smooth oldies.

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Saturday 7/1   11am-3pm

Freedom Days, A Celebration of the American Experience

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come join the celebration of the American experience at Freedom Days in Tombstone Arizona. It all starts with a parade! There will be music, wheelbarrow races and of course outlaw gunfights. Old West fun for the entire family.

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July 1, 2017   10am

Pictures from the Past - Slideshow & History Talk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

As a special Summer indoor bonus on July 1, Sylvia hosts a 10am slideshow of vintage photos projected enlarged on a big screen - a chance to get better acquainted with Col. Thompson and his namesake Arboretum.

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Saturday 7/1

63rd Annual Taylor Independence Day Celebration & Night Rodeo

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come enjoy the 63rd Annual Taylor Independence Day Celebration & Night Rodeo – Taylor Rodeo Complex. A flag raising ceremony, firing of the anvil, a BBQ, rodeos, dances, patriotic program and fireworks, a 10K & two-mile run, softball.

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July 2, 2017   8am

Sunday History Walk with Sylvia Lee

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017   2:00pm

Sunday Lecture: Killer Bees: What they tell us about who we are with Patrick Pynes

Red Rock State Park

Arizona is the only state in the Union that has been documented as having Africanized bees in every single county. The story of Africanized bees in Arizona is very much a story about the Southwest, and its distinct differences from the rest of the United States.

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July 02, 2017   7:00 a.m.

Park's Best Short Trails at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Meet at the main trailhead in the parking near the two buildings. Return to the main trailhead by using different short trails.

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Tuesday 7/4   10:00am

4th of July Celebration in Safford Arizona

Roper Lake State Park

Come join Gila Valley in celebrating the 4th of July 2017. An annual event in Safford AZ. on Main ST. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. with food and beverage vendors. Kids Bicycle Decorating Contest. At dusk, the annual fireworks display at Graham County Fairgrounds will begin.

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July 4, 2017   10 a.m. - Noon

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and others. This old-fashioned family celebration is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce with help from our local non-profit organizations.

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Independence Day

Holbrook 4th of July Celebration

Homolovi State Park

Come join the 4th of July celebrations in Holbrook Arizona. This event includes the Pop Walk – 5K, Fun at the Park, bike parade at Hunt Park, Fireman’s BBQ at noon and fireworks at Navajo County Complex.

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Tuesday 7/4   4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

4th of July Celebration in Yuma

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

The City of Yuma's biggest 4th of July celebration lights up Desert Sun Stadium!  This amazing family event will include picnic style food, pie eating contests, entertainment, fun water features, and of course for the grand finale....a fireworks display!

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Tuesday 7/4   4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

4th of July Celebration in Yuma

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

The City of Yuma's biggest 4th of July celebration lights up Desert Sun Stadium!  This amazing family event will include picnic style food, pie eating contests, entertainment, fun water features, and of course for the grand finale....a fireworks display!

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Friday 7/7 to Sunday 7/9

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire 2017

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Take a step back in time. Come enjoy Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire. You'll find a little of everything at this faire - food, music, fun, wares and of course sword fights - all in the beautiful tall pines of the White Mountains.

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July 7, 2017   6:30am

Guided Bird Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

A dozen Yellow-breasted Chats were counted during our annual Spring migrant bird census; visit this week to hear their vocal chorus around the gardens.

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July 8, 2017   6:30pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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July 8, 29, and 30, 2017   8am

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular Lizard Walks are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles.

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Saturday 7/8   7:30 p.m.

Full Moon Night Hike

Oracle State Park

Join a ranger-led evening nature walk in the park, ending by 9 p.m. Reservation required; free with park admission. More details to be announced.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017   7:00 pm.

Evening Lecture: Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad – History and Route

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Few people realize that a railroad, the Prescott & Arizona Central, was built to the Territorial Capital before the longstanding SFP&P was completed. But, 131 years ago this year, just such a thing happened – the P&AC was finished on New Years Eve in 1886, by torchlight.

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Saturday 7/8   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Full Moon Kayaking Trip

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

Bring your binoculars along on this trip!  You'll be amazed by all that can be seen so clearly in the night sky as you kayak the Colorado River.

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Saturday 7/8   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Full Moon Kayaking Trip

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Bring your binoculars along on this trip!  You'll be amazed by all that can be seen so clearly in the night sky as you kayak the Colorado River.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017   10:00am.-11:30am.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Room by Room

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Join us for a Stickley furniture tour of Riordan Mansion. Enjoy hearing which were Caroline and Timothy Riordan’s favorite chairs.

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July 9, 2017   7:00 a.m.

Nature Trail/Canyon Loop

Catalina State Park

Meet in the main trailhead of the CSP. Hike Nature Trail to Montrose Pool and Birding Trail. Return by Bridle Trail to parking.

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Monday, July 10, 2017   12:15pm.

Brown Bag Lecture: The Disappearances

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Scott Thybony will talk about the writing of his recent book, The Disappearances.  In it he tells a story of exploration, murder, and mystery set in the Four Corners country.

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Friday 7/14 to Saturday 7/15

26th Annual Cornfest

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come enjoy the 26th Annual Cornfest at Soccer Field. Includes lots of fresh roasted Hauser sweet corn, local vendors, craft fair, food, music, lots of family fun, kids games, historical sites and Fort Verde Historical State Park (an authentic, original 1870s military fort).

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July 15, 2017   10am - 1pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

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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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 sunset

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   9am - 11am

Digital Photographers Roundtable: Lightroom, Photoshop, and More

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building Lecture room, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup.

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July 15, 2017   8am

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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Sunday, July 16, 2017   2:00pm

Sunday Lecture - Sedona and Our Relationship with Nature with Dr. Robin Weeks

Red Rock State Park

Many visitors come to Sedona looking for a kind of healing or searching for something meaningful in their lives. For many, Sedona’s incredible natural beauty “speaks to them” and can motivate questions about the human relationship with the natural world. Can we hear what nature is saying to us?

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July 16, 2017   7:00 a.m.

Cliffs/Rolling West Dunes Loop

Catalina State Park

Meet in parking the Equestrian Center. (If you don’t know the direction, please inquire at the entrance kiosk and get a free small map).

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July 16, 2017   8am

Tree Tour with Certified Arborist Jeff Payne

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

If you love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees – don’t miss this relaxed, slow-paced tour featuring Arboretum staffer and certified Arborist Jeff Payne, a chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture.

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Friday 7/21 to Saturday 7/22

Snowflake Annual Pioneer Days Celebration

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Events over the two-day celebration include a parade, rodeos, car show, arts & crafts fair, Pioneer Day Run, softball and golf tournaments, fireworks, theatrical performances, kid’s entertainment, barbecue, dancing, historic home tours and more.

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Friday 7/21 to Saturday 7/22

13th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Uptown Sedona

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on,” with gunfights, roping, cowboy action shooting, historical re-enactments, musical revues, storytelling, poetry, cowboy/cowgirl outfit contest, and country music and performances.

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July 22, 2017   12:00pm - 2:00pm

‘Paint & Wine’ Class

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Try your hand at art with an optional glass of wine to help nudge your creativity in Carla Keaton's "Paint and Wine" event.

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July 27, 2017   8am

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

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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July 22, 2017   8:30am

Butterfly Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join us for a guided butterfly walk once-a-month throughout the Summer -- a slow-paced tour where you can see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more.

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July 22, 2017   9:00pm - 12:00am

A Midsummer Night's Dream - After Dark Photography Shoot

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Lisa Langell hosts special after-hours access during a ‘dark skies’ night that could be optimal for astro-photography. This session does not have an indoor classroom portion.

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July 23, 2017   8am

Agave Nectar, Nopalitos and a Taste of Desert Edibles with Jim Shepherd

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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July 23, 2017   7:00 a.m.

Romero Trail Hike

Catalina State Park

Timed hike on Romero Pools Trail. For one and a half hours (1.5 hr.) and after time elapsed return by same trail. Park and meet in the main trailhead parking, near the two small buildings.

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July 24, 2017   10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

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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Saturday 7/29   7:30 p.m.

Bat Night

Oracle State Park

Bat Night begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kannally Ranch House for a 30-minute PowerPoint introduction to the bats of Arizona. The talk will be followed by an optional netting event excursion. The remote netting site will require an easy one-mile roundtrip trail hike. However, participants should be prepared for walking on non-level park trail, in the dark with the help of flashlights and ranger guide. Research Ecologist and Regional Manager for Arizona Game and Fish, Joel Diamond, Ph.D., is back by popular demand for this evening program to learn more about bats and get up close and personal to some of the flying mammal species living in our neighborhood. Please call for a reservation, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission. Bring your own flashlight if you have one!

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Saturday 7/29

2017 Harvestfest at Sonoita Vineyards

Patagonia Lake State Park

Come enjoy the Annual Celebration of the Harvest! Featuring wine & food pairings, winery tours with the winemaker, vineyard tours by wagon throughout the day, and GRAPE STOMPING at southern Arizona`s, Sonoita Vineyards.

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July 30, 2017   7:00 a.m.

Hole-in-Boulder Hike

Catalina State Park

Meet in parking, near the two buildings at the main trailhead.

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July 30, 2017   11:00am

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how to pick a peck o’ prickly pears, remove the spines and turn the bright red fruits into tasty jelly, ice cream – or margaritas. Opuntia expert Robert Lewis leads his audience for a short walk, and demonstrates proven techniques for picking and de-spining cactus fruit.

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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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Saturday, August 5, 2017   5:30pm

First Saturday Concerts: Nancy Elliott

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park in welcoming Nancy Elliott for the First Saturday Concert on August 5, 2017. Bob Atkinson, a Tucson, Arizona Poet, describes Nancy this way; “Nancy's feeling for Southwestern Culture gets displayed in each concert she performs.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017   7:00 pm.

Evening Lecture: Todo Unidos

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Working for the Arizona Historical Society's Pioneer Museum and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is what founded Breann Velasco's research interest of the Hispanic history in Flagstaff. It is a community whose role in Flagstaff's past has often been overlooked.

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August 5, 2017   10:00am - 2:00pm

Photographing Botanicals Indoors: Creative Lighting & Creative Shots

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

In Arizona's Valley of the Sun, many photographers agree it's just TOO HOT to shoot outside during early August – so Lisa Langell is bringing the botany indoors for a fun, imaginative and creative shoot using tools you can find right around your house.

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August 5 and September 2, 2017   8:30am

Dragonfly Walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographer and dragonfly fan Roger Racut guides ‘an odonate excursion’ and interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators.

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August 6, 2017   8:00am

Sunday History Walk with Sylvia Lee

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017   2:00pm

Sunday Lecture: Rafting the Grand Canyon: A Journey Through Space and Time with Jan Taylor

Red Rock State Park

Jan will speak primarily about rafting the Grand Canyon but also a little about the geology, archaeology, and history of boating the Grand Canyon with a focus on the adventure and magical beauty of a place unlike any other on earth.

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August 7, 2017   6pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017   10:00 am.

Flagstaff Event: Arizona Rough Riders - FREE Event!

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

FREE Event! The Arizona Rough Riders is a living history group which brings the Spanish-American War era (1898) to life. Dressed in authentic period dress of the famous Rough Riders, and their ladies, and carrying 100 year old weapons for the public's examination, the Arizona Rough Riders describe the era, the war, the effects, and the social mores of turn of the century America.

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Friday 8/18   6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Heat on Main Street

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

The city of Yuma’s Heritage Festivals invites you to Celebrate the Heat on Main Street with live music and entertainment, great food, shopping and family fun!

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Friday 8/18   6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Heat on Main Street

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

The city of Yuma’s Heritage Festivals invites you to Celebrate the Heat on Main Street with live music and entertainment, great food, shopping and family fun!

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August 19, 2017   30 minutes after sunset

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 19, 2017   9am - 11am

Digital Photographers Roundtable: Lightroom, Photoshop, and More

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building Lecture room, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017   2:00pm

Sunday Lecture: Conserving Arizona's Streams and Biodiversity in a Changing Environment

Red Rock State Park

Experimental forests were planted from Arizona to Alberta, Canada as part of habitat restoration. Findings from these forests have played an important role in the development of genetics solutions to help mitigate the impacts of drought, invasive species and other challenges to which southwestern streams are especially susceptible

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Friday 8/25   9 a.m.

Foraging Walkabout

Oracle State Park

Identify and discuss a variety of plants along the trail, plus have a treat at the end prepared from foraged foods. The fee for the two-hour ethnobotany program is $10 in addition to park admission. Sonoran Herbalist and Presenter, John Slattery, will also bring a display of Desert Tortoise Botanicals products for sale, and copies of his new book, Southwest Foraging. Program sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park. Reservation required; limit 25.

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August 26, 2017   8:30am

Butterfly Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join us for a guided butterfly walk once-a-month throughout the Summer -- a slow-paced tour where you can see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more.

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September 2017

11th Annual Salsa Festival

Roper Lake State Park

Come join us for The 11th Annual Salsa Festival for 2017. This 2-day event offers dozens of food vendors and crafts and features the Salsa Challenge, Car Show, a beer garden and live entertainment.

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September 5, 2017   5:30pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017   7:00 pm.

Evening Lecture: From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First 100 River Runners through the Grand Canyon

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A special presentation for Colorado River Days made possible by River Runners for Wilderness. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a 50 minute behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book “From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon.”

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September 16, 2017   30 minutes after sunset

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   7pm

Star Party at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky.  This program is limited to 75 participants.

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September 16, 2017   9am - 11am

Digital Photographers Roundtable: Lightroom, Photoshop, and More

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building Lecture room, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup.

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Saturday 9/16   8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Prickly Pear Fruit Processing Workshop

Oracle State Park

Join Sonoran herbalist John Slattery for a trail walk and talk to learn about the wonders of the prickly pear cactus, with some discussion of prickly pear medicine. With a blender and straining equipment, John will demonstrate a relatively quick and simple method to process prickly pear at home. Enjoy a freshly made juice drink at the end. Botanical products and books for sale as well. Workshop is $15 in addition to park entrance fee. Reservation required, limit 15. Program sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.

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September 23, 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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Saturday 9/23   7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Star Party

Oracle State Park

Join us for a star party with telescopes and night sky interpretation by Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association. More details to be announced.

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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 24, 2017   6:30am - 9:30am

Split Endz Trail & Road Run

Catalina State Park

September means the April course in reverse, but this year we're adding a 5k road race on the park's paved roads. All feature those same spectacular mountain views!

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September 30, 2017   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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October 4, 2017   4:45pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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Thursday 10/5 to Sunday 10/8

91st Annual Graham County Fair

Roper Lake State Park

Come join the fun at the 91st Annual Graham County Fair in Safford AZ. Carnival, exhibits, animal shows and auction, gymkhana, horse show, live entertainment, talent show and free games with cash prizes.

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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 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   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   30 minutes after sunset

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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Saturday 11/4 to Sunday 11/5

Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine Tasting Festival

Roper Lake State Park

The Gala Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine tasting will be held on Historic Chase Creek in Downtown Clifton Arizona. Wines from some of Arizonas finest vineyards. Art Show will showcase a variety of submittals from Arizona, California and Colorado.

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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 sunset

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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Saturday, November 17, 2018   9am. - 4pm.

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

Join us for the annual re-enactment celebration, same place, different time. This event has been moved from March 2018 to November 2018. We'll have cooler weather & a bigger event to celebrate the start of the re-enactment season.

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November 17, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

McFarland State Historic Park

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

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October 19, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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Ongoing Programs

Summer 2017

USFS Summer Interpretive Programs

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Planning to visit Fool Hollow Lake this summer? Enjoy any of the interpretive programs sponsored by the US Forest Service put on from late May to early September, everything from nature hikes to children's programs to wildlife education.

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Ongoing

Ongoing Exhibit: Unique 1800's Ambulance

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This exhibit at the Tubac Presidio is a rare original 1800’s period carriage called an ambulance.  It has been restored and modified to replicate the ambulance that Phocion R. Way, an engraver from Cincinnati, Ohio, rode on from Mesilla on the Rio Grande River to Tucson in June of 1858.

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Ongoing

Ongoing Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Alan B. Davis Gallery is open with 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona’s colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part “Cavalcade of History” series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990.

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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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Tuesday 5/30 to Sunday 12/31

Experience Our New Children's Garden

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The children’s garden by the schoolhouse allows children of all ages to play hopscotch, marbles, and jump rope the old-fashioned way. Come be as sunny as the sunflowers and delight in some summer fun.

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Ongoing

Exhibit of Paintings by Lee Kannally

Oracle State Park

An exhibit of impressionist-style paintings by self-taught cowboy artist, Lee Kannally, is on display at the Kannally Ranch House. Nearly 30 oils are included in the exhibit, thanks to the Oracle Historical Society and Friends of Oracle State Park.

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Saturdays and Sundays   11am

Guided Tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Guided Tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House begin at 11am every Saturday and Sunday, for the drop-in public. 45-minute duration.

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Ongoing   Seasonal

Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

Take an invigorating and enjoyable tour of the park learning about all of the feathered friends that call the park home.

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Ongoing

Wildlife Slideshow

Oracle State Park

See what's showing up at waterhole cameras in the park.

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Ongoing

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. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built 1929-1933, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Ongoing

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

Homolovi State Park

Tour only offered in the fall season. 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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Ongoing   Seasonal

Daily Naturalist Hike

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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