Earth Day Celebration Highlights Red Rock State Park's April Programs

April 5, 2017

PHOENIX - Take a quick trip to Sedona to enjoy the spring weather in April 2017 and stop by Red Rock State Park as the park celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Also in April, the popular Full Moon Hikes are back as well as the monthly geology, archaeology and ethnobotany hikes and lectures.

Find out more at azstateparks.com/red-rock or call (928) 282-6907. The cost for entry is $7 per adult and $4 per youth aged 7-13 unless otherwise noted below. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear for hikes. 

Geology Hike on Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m.: Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how the beautiful red rock formations developed over long periods of time. This hike is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker that lasts between 2 to 2 1/2 hours and has an elevation gain of 250 feet.

Full Moon Hike on Monday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m.: The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the 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. The hike lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours and covers a distance of about two miles. Reservations are required. A non-refundable $5 reservation fee is required as well as entry fee upon arrival. Make a reservation at (928) 282-6907 by April 9.    

Archaeology Hike on Sunday, April 16 at 1 p.m.:  Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites and explore ideas of other cultures. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails.

 Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:  Join us to find out what makes an environmentally minded park like Red Rock so special. There will be fun crafts and games that will help you understand the importance of pollinators and the properties of water. Discover the animals that depend on this habitat and how you can help protect this beautiful waterway. There will be hikes and walks available throughout the day. Special guests will include Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX) and the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC). For the full schedule, visit azstateparks.com/red-rock.

Ethnobotany Hike on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m.:  Learn more about the native plants and trees in the Sedona area as Volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in contemporary times and wildlife. This hike is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker that lasts between 2 to 2 1/2 hours and has an elevation gain of 250 feet. Meet in the Visitor Center before 1 p.m.

Star Party on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.:  Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky. A four-day-old Moon located in the constellation of Orion, the Hunter will not interfere with the many clusters and galaxies in the skies overhead. Much more will be visible under the dark skies at the park. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park's regular entry fees. Limited to 75 participants. Call (928) 282-6907 to reserve your spot. 

Sunday Lecture: Sedona and our relationship with nature on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.:  Dr. Robin Weeks with Sedona Philosophy Experience will discuss ways in which both science and mysticism can open the doors to a connection with mystery and a reconnection with nature. For many, Sedona's beauty seems to motivate questions about what our relationship with the natural world can and should be. Can the scientific and mystical viewpoints be brought together to form a modern relationship with nature? Dr. Robin Weeks has a Ph.D in Geophysics.     

Bird Watching: On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., bird enthusiasts will join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginning and advanced birders. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the Visitor Center. If birding on your own, the Hummingbird Patio with bird feeding stations is an excellent spot to start your tour.

Nature Walk: Daily at 10 a.m., a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk and informs visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on the walk include: plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology.

WHAT:  Events at Red Rock State Park

WHERE:  Red Rock State Park - located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona.

WHEN:  Throughout the month of April 2017. 

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Program and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit azstateparks.com.

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