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Wednesday, January 23, 2019   2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Lighting the Fuse: “Colonel” Greene and the Mexican Revolution

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Presidio and The Border Community Alliance are collaborating on an exciting presentation. Few Americans know much about the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), why it happened, and how American policies and business interests were involved.  

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4th Saturday of the Month   30 minutes after sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Come out to Homolovi's Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars. Dress warmly and bring your sense of wonder.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019   2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presents: Dr. Deni Seymour

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Archaeologist, Dr. Deni Seymour, talks about 1780's Missions – in April 1780, Military Governor Ugarte and Chief Engineer Rocha were sent on a reconnaissance mission to the northwestern frontier of New Spain, land that today is northern Sonora and southeastern Arizona.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cave Fest

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Celebrate the scientific value and the beauty of caves at Kartchner Caverns State Park. The day will include expert talks by cave researchers, games, crafts, activities, science experiments, live animals, and more!

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January 26, 2019   1:30 p.m.

Geology Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist, and your guide Rich Leveile.

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January 26, 2019

Saturday, Third Annual Arizona Trail Oracle Rumble

Oracle State Park

Desert trail races for runners of all levels! Third annual AZT Oracle Rumble!

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January 26 & 27, 2019

Civil War Days

Colorado River State Historic Park

Join us at the river for a Civil War reenactment featuring President Lincoln and Mrs. Mary Lincoln, General Grant and Mrs. Julia Grant, and Union, Confederate, and Civilian encampments!

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4th Sunday of the month, January 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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January 27, 2019   1:30 p.m.

Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn the edible and medicinal uses of native desert plants on a walk along our Curandero Trail.

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January 30, 2019   2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Brilliant Bones: the Calavera Art of Mexico

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Presidio and The Border Community Alliance will host another exciting informational presentation. Stay tuned for further information!

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January 30, 2019   4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Live Music with Marty Davis

Lost Dutchman State Park

Legend of the Pioneers is a truly unique show that highlights Marty Davis and his special blend of Americana.

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February 1, 2, 10,15, 16, 24 2019   8:30 a.m.

Bird Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Engaging bird walk guides Lisa Murphy and Peggy Trantham invite all who love birds to join them for a walk around the main trail. Arboretum guided bird walks are an ideal way to get into birding and to sharpen your skills!

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February 1, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Book Club and Author Meet: The Red Light Runner by Bobbi Lancaster

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Red Light Runner by Bobbi Lancaster is her compelling memoir detailing her life and her transition from Bob to Bobbi. Meet the author as she joins our meeting to discuss her book and her life.

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February 2, 2019   10:00 a.m.

Hike the Peak on the Hunter Trail (Guided Hike)

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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February 2, 2019   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Rene Taylor

Catalina State Park

Vocalist Rene Taylor will be performing jazz standards for Catalina State Park’s Music in the Mountains concert series! She is a true Tucson treasure and has captivated audiences locally as well as nationally and internationally.

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February 2, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Switching to Manual with Michael Madsen

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Gilbert artist Michael Madsen will be offering a beginning to intermediate photography workshop on switching to manual. Madsen has traveled much of Arizona in search of the perfect picture; on this Saturday he will coach beginning to intermediate photographers who are ready to harness the horsepower of their digital cameras by getting past the "auto" settings in favor of manually controlling their own aperture, shutter speeds, and ISO.

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February 3, 2019   2:00 p.m.

Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Mining of Salt in Arizona with Todd Bostwick, PhD

Red Rock State Park

This presentation describes several Native American salt mines and deposits including a famous salt mine in Camp Verde where prehistoric tools used for mining salt were discovered in the 1920s by historic miners.

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February 3, 2019   10:00 a.m.

History Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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February 6, 2019   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gourd Art Class: Pine Needle Coiling

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Students will learn to weave pine needles on the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish.

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February 7, 2019   4:30 p.m.

Live Music and the Story of Cowboy Heritage

Picacho Peak State Park

Enjoy some good old Western Music that tells the story of our cowboy heritage as it was presented in the movies on the Silver Screen.

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February 7, 2019   4:30 p.m.

The Marty Davis Show!

Picacho Peak State Park

Enjoy some good old Western Music that tells the story of our cowboy heritage as it was presented in the movies on the silver screen.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019   9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

34th Annual Florence Historic Home Tour

McFarland State Historic Park

Visitors to the 34th Annual Historic Florence Home Tour on Saturday, February 9, 2019 can view at total of 17 homes and historical structures, each with unique architectural styles. The tour begins at Jaques Square located at 291 North Main Street.

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February 9, 2019   7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

February 10, 2019   2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: The Next Doors

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The guided tour of the Riordan Mansion takes visitors through the East House, the home of Timothy and Caroline, where you learn about the fascinating history of their family.

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February 11, 2019   12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: The Ladies of the Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Meet the ladies of the early 1900s, Caroline and Elizabeth Metz-Riordan, two sisters from Cincinnati who left the city and moved to the wilds of Flagstaff, Arizona.

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February 12, 2019   11:00 a.m.

Coffee with a Ranger at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Getting to Know the Birds Around You!

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us at Lost Dutchman State Park for a great day of birding in the park! We will meet in the Native Plant Trail area, where there will be a brief discussion about distinguishing the birds you'll see. We’ll be looking for resident birds (from hawks to hummingbirds) and for any late migrants on their way south. After birding the Saguaro Day use area, we’ll look for birds as we walk up toward Jacob’s Crosscut Trail.

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February 13, 2019   7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art

Homolovi State Park

Ancient Native American pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols cared or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves?

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February 16, 2019

Buffalo Soldiers and Vintage Baseball

Fort Verde State Historic Park

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

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February 16, 2019   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Saguaro Sunset Trio

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is pleased to welcome back the Saguaro Sunset Trio for a second Music in the Mountains concert in February. The Trio combines harmonizing vocals, instrumentation, and rhythm for an entertaining set.

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February 16, 2019   5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter 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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February 17 and 18, 2019   6:30-8:30 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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February 17, 2019   12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Keaton Fine Art “Paint and Wine”

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art Gallery, is leading a series of ‘Paint and Wine’ classes Sunday, February 17, and Saturday, March 16.

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February 18, 2019   8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Medicinal Plant Hike

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join volunteer Georgy as she introduces you to edible and healing plants of the Sonoran Desert!

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March 2, 2019   10:00 a.m.

Picacho Peak via the Sunset Vista Trail (Guided Hike)

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hummingbirds of Sedona

Red Rock State Park

Join Ross Hawkins as he leads you through various hummingbird species who call Sedona their home! 

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March 10, 2019   2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Stickley Room by Room

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Join us for a Stickley furniture tour of Riordan Mansion. Enjoy the stories behind which chairs were Caroline and Timothy Riordan’s favorites, how the five Stickley Brothers competed and mostly succeeded in a very competitive market, and see five very rare pieces with metal inlay embellishment designed by Gustav Stickley’s designer, Harvey Ellis. 

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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 6, 2019   8:00 a.m.

Hike the Peak on the Hunter Trail (Guided Hike)

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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April 13-14, 2019

History of the Soldier

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Experience a military timeline of our history, from the Revolutionary War to present day. Presentations, military drills, fashion show and a period church service Sunday morning. Camps, cannon and soldiers will all be at this annual event.

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April 13-14, 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 20-21, 2019   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Earth Day at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us in an Earth Day celebration at Kartchner Caverns State Park. We will have live animals, an owl pellet dissection activity, crafts, presentations, and interactive activities of all sorts to showcase and celebrate the beauty of our planet and to foster good stewardship of our natural resources. 

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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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June 8 & 9, 2019

Deuces Wild Endurance Festival

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

The Deuces Wild Endurance Festival is held in the cool White Mountains of northeastern Arizona.  Held over two days in June, there are 15 separate races to choose from including triathlons, aquabike, runs and relays! Deuces Wild is also home to the Triathlon Club & Team World Championships with people from around the world coming to compete for the coveted titles!

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Jul 12-14, 2019   10:00 a.m.

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Fair

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire is the largest fund raising event held by the Medieval Mayhem Historical Arts Foundation, a White Mountain scholarship fund. Visitors experience walking back in history to the time of knights, vikings, pirates, kings and queens!

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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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September 29, 2019   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colonel's Daughter/Little Britches & Petticoat Contes

Fort Verde State Historic Park

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

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October 12-13, 2019

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

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

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October 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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November 2, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vintage Baseball Opener

Fort Verde State Historic Park

November 16, 2019   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Flag Disposal Ceremony

Fort Verde State Historic Park

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

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December 6, 20189 - January 4, 2020   5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Victorian Christmas at Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Fort Verde State Historic Park when we decorate the fort with Victorian-style holiday decorations. Discover all of the events celebrated at the Fort and in the town of Camp Verde!

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December 6,7 & 13,14, 2019   5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Join us as we host candlelight tours through Fort Verde State Park's historic homes along Officer's Row. December 8 is a fee free day sponsored by Camp Verde Parks & Recreation!

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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

January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019   8:00 am

Wednesday Guided Bird Walks

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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January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2019   2:30 p.m.

Guided Meditation

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Arboretum’s atmosphere of beauty, peace, nature, and wildlife is the perfect place for the healing practice of meditation. Meditation is like a reset for the brain and impacts all of our body systems. Join us for a relaxing mediation session at the Arboretum.

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January 15, 22 & 29, 2019   10:00 a.m.

Tai-Chi Chi-Gong

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

This standing or sitting practice moves your chi (energy), improving circulation, relaxation, and overall wellbeing. meet at the Visitor Center and practice in a variety of beautiful places in the Arboretum.

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January 13 & 27, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Sunday Geology Walk

Catalina State Park

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

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January 4, 10, 13, 25 & 31, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Romero Ruins Adventure Walks in January

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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3rd Sunday of the month, January 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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January 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2019   8:00 a.m.

Sunday Guided Bird Walks

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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December 29, 2018 and January 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2019   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 kind reptile presentation. Our local experts will have many reptiles on hand for visitors to see and learn about first hand.

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December 22, 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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Daily, January 2 thru 31, 2019   11:00 a.m.

General Tours at 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 this guided nature walk.

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Every Wednesday and Saturday   9:00 a.m.

Wednesday and Saturday 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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2nd Sunday of the month, January 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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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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January 17, 24 & 31, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Guided Walking Meditation

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The big trees, flowers, and butterflies of the Arboretum along with Deborah Joy’s intuitive guidance encourages us to take a break from those unnecessary thoughts and find the peace and joy within.

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January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2019   1:00 p.m.

Yoga-juvenation

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Enjoy an all-level yoga session with Deborah Joya in the serenity and beauty of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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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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