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Fridays Fitness Hike - Lousley Hill Trail - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
ALL Fridays in March, 8:00am - 9:30am Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park Geared toward all levels of fitness…get your hike on! Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. It's a great way to get outdoors, meet people and get fit! Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyford@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.,Scottsdale, AZ 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Find The Ranger - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Somewhere on the Goldmine Trail Ranger Adam will be exploring the desert. Test your skills and see if you can track him down. When you find him, ask him a question or just say hi. Ranger Adam will be waiting to answer your questions and show you all the unique desert wildlife he has spotted at the park. Please bring plenty of water.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 

Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Frontier Tour - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
We are going to flashback to the past and visit the days of the Old West. We will be visiting Cave Creek’s history and make you feel like you are riding the stagecoach. This easy 2 mile hike will bring you down our historic Slate Trail and visit an old mining site. Bring EXTRA water and some sturdy shoes. Meet at the Slate Trailhead.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Bart Slade
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Sarah sarahsteele@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Slate Trailhead
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 16 Friday 9:00 am Ruins of Spur Cross (moderate) Join us for this 2.5 mile hike that will introduce you to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture as we trek on up to one of their mesa-top compounds.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Home School Program with the AZ Science Center - "Beautiful Butterflies" - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Take home larvae to experience the wonder of butterfly metamorphosis! But first, you get to make your own butterfly habitat and learn about the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. Once the cycle is complete, release them into your yard! Recommended for ages 6-10, accompanied by an adult. Feel free to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park following the program. NOTE: Pre-registration is required by February 10 through the Arizona Science Center. To register, or for more info, please call the Arizona Science Center at 602-716-2000 ext. 2529, or email campbellm@azscience.org. Arizona Science Center members: $15 for the first parent and child and $5 for each additional child. Non-members: $20 for the first parent and child and $5 for each additional child. There is an extra charge of $5 per family for this class. There is also a $6 per vehicle entry fee to enter Usery Mountain Regional Park. This program is also offered on this date from 1-4pm. Location: Usery Park Nature Center.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: See program description
 
 
Leg Stretcher Scenic Fitness Hike - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Join us for a Friday Fitness Hike on the Pipeline Canyon Trail. Meet the Ranger at the South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead. Follow the "Hike" signs to the trailhead from the main contact station entry gate. This hike is moderate with some scenic views. Bathrooms and water at trailhead and at the turn around.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 3 hours (4 miles)
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park at S. Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right to park, drive to South Pipeline Canyon Trailhead
Peoria, AZ  
"Just for Kids" - Desert Scavenger Hunt - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids will love this exciting scavenger hunt as we join Ranger B to solve riddles about our desert! Not only will we have a lot of fun but we will also learn amazing facts about our desert plants and animals. Free posters will be given to the top five winners who solve the most riddles. The 1-mile Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water and hats. Location: Families meet at Area 6.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Celestial Petroglyphs at the White Tanks
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Way Join archeology Rangers in a trip to one of the more interesting petroglyph sites in White Tank Park. Learn some of the possible connections between the rock depictions and celestial events of the early 11th century. This hike can be challenging for small children and those with physical limitations as there is quite a bit of rock hopping. No dogs permitted on this hike. Wear good shoes or boots. Limit 25 hikers. You must register. Meet in Area 7.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 2.5 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
Location: Area 7
 
Exploring Desert Washes - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever walked inside a wash? What makes them so special and unique? How do washes contribute to the health of the desert itself? Join us for a look at the fascinating world of desert washes as we explore their importance to the desert ecosystem. This walk is 1.5 mile in length. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Brown Bag Historic Pemberton Ranch Hike - McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Brown Bag Historic Pemberton Ranch Hike- Hike begins at the Trailhead Staging area. Join Ranger Amy on an interpretive hike to historic Pemberton Ranch. Children should have some previous hiking experience, as hiking time is 2 hours, and 3 miles. Bring a bag lunch for a picnic out at the ranch site, and of course, plenty of water and sturdy shoes for the hike. No pets please.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy Ford
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyford@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
"Just for Kids" - Lookin' for Lizards - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids, do you like lizards? Do you like little ones and large ones, leapin’ ones and lazy ones? Come on out to Usery Park and join Ranger B on this exciting 1-mile walk in search of these rockin’ reptiles! Not only will you learn about lizards but you will have lots of fun lookin’ for lizards as well. Please bring water and hats. Location: Families meet at Area 6.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
RATTLES, SCALES, AND FANGS, OH MY! -Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Slither in to the Nature Center and join Ranger Mark as he talks about his favorite critters, snakes! Can you tell how old a Rattler is by the number of buttons on his tail? Are they slimy? Are they “poisonous”? Discover the truth about these seriously scaly serpents and learn how they benefit humans.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: Park entry $6.00 per vehicle
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella
Contact: Ranger Mark 623 932-3811
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park - Nature Center
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Up Close with Rocks, Minerals and Crystals - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come see up close the exciting world of rocks, minerals and crystals! We will be looking at a variety of geology specimens and examining some under micoscopes. Come rock your world with a closer look, anytime between 2PM and 4PM!

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours on going
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center 623-780-9857
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
"Exploring Archaeology" - with Archaeologist, Gina Gage - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this informative slide presentation exploring archaeology from 300 B.C. to 1962. Special attention will be given to the Hohokam culture (the prehistoric Native American culture of this area). Ancient artifacts will be available for your viewing, along with other helpful resources. Ms. Gage is the Project Director for Northland Research, Inc., and has worked as a professional archaeologist for 25 years. She also teaches the Kid’s Archaeology program at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/16/2012
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car