Oracle State Park Spring Weekend Programs Appeal to Nature Lovers

April 13, 2016

PHOENIX - Programs exploring the natural world are featured at Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education in April and May 2016. In addition to a variety of guided plant walks on some of the easy park trails, a bug talk with Arizona Sonora Desert Museum docent Bob Elder is scheduled. See the schedule below.

Sunday, April 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.: Docent Chuck LeFevre will host the "Ecotone" plant walk. An ecotone is a boundary where adjacent biotic communities overlap and mingle. Join Chuck as he identifiesplants straddling the boundary between Oak Woodland and High Desert Grassland. Reservation is suggested.

Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.: At the Papermaking with plants workshop with paper artisan Val Bembenek, learn basic papermaking using mold and deckle in vats of pulp from regional plants. Reservation is required. The $12 workshop fee does include the park entrance fee.

Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m.: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum docent, Bob Elder, will present "Arthropod Diversity," a bugs and stuff program. There will be a power point presentation to learn more about the world of arthropods of the Sonoran Desert. Reservation is suggested.

Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon: On the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the oak grasslands hike with Sonoran Desert herbalist, John Slattery, discover the variety of park plants as they relate to food, medicine, ethno- botany and local landscapes. Reservation is suggested. Sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.

Guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House are scheduled for 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday.The 45-minute tour visits rooms and patios extending down the hillside.The multi-level Mediterranean-Revival style house, built in 1929-33 by one of the earliest cattle ranching families in Oracle, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.An exhibit of impressionistic-style cowboy paintings by self-taught artist Lee Kannally is on display in the living room and dining room.

The cost of each program is Oracle State Park's Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults) unless otherwise noted. To make a reservation call Oracle State Park at (520) 896-2425, visit AZStateParks.com for up-to-the-minute event information.

Oracle State Park is located northeast of Tucson in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The Park is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge, environmental education center and day-use recreation park. The Park features a diversity of animals, plant species and rock formations. There are also oak tree-shaded washes, mesquite scrub habitats and riparian woodlands with manzanita and beargrass.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. 

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