Earth Day at Oracle

Oracle State Park

Saturday, April 20, 2019   Times vary

9 a.m.: Arizona Trail Guided Hike.  Call to sign up and for details (520) 896-2425Earth Day Oracle State Park

9:30 a.m.: Guided Wildflower Walk  

10 a.m.: Environmental Education Program: Join a guided trail walk to sample interactive, hands-on school program activities designed for group field trips to Oracle State Park.

11 a.m.: Guided Tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

12 p.m.: Summit Hut Food Truck and Backpack fitting Demos, until 7p

          Arizona Trail Association Info Table

          Friends of Oracle State Park Info/Sale Table

2 p.m.: Guided Tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House 

3 p.m.: Boots and Bikes Program, in the Kannally Ranch House living room features poetry readings by three authors, until 4:30 p.m.

Pedaling Home: One Woman’s Race Across the Arizona Trail. Author Sarah Ruth Jansen is a philosophy professor, ancient philosophy scholar and bicycling advocate. Her articles have appeared in history of philosophy journals and the Tucson Weekly. After receiving her PhD in philosophy from UCLA and teaching philosophy in Minnesota and Flagstaff, Sarah moved back to her hometown of Tucson, the place that gave her the passions of her life: bicycling, mountains, deserts and philosophy.

The Arizona Trail: Passages in Poetry. Author Steve Chaffee is a retired national park ranger. He enjoys hiking American wildlands and sharing his adventures with others through the power of poetic verse. In 2015, he completed a backpacking journey along the 800 mile long Arizona National Scenic Trail and his poetry inspired by that experience was published in January 2018. 

Memorizing Shadows: Inspiration from the Arizona Trail. Author Heidi Blankenship is a native of Utah but currently resides in Southeast Arizona. Poet, wilderness ranger, artist and wanderer, Heidi’s book includes poetry written during her thru-hike of the Arizona Trail.

5 p.m.: Live music concert on the upper patio of the Kannally Ranch House. Details tba. Thanks to sponsorship by Friends of Oracle State Park

7:30 p.m.: Star Party, thanks to telescopes and night sky interpretation by Saddlebrooke SkyGazers Club, until 10 p.m.