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Yoga – Connect In Nature! – All Levels Class - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Connect with nature in Usery Park’s Nature Center by exploring your breath before a desert hike. Improve your balance for a bike ride through easy-to-learn, fundamental yoga postures. This all-levels class for both beginners and experienced yogis sets the tone for your day of hiking, riding or…yes, even your workday! Please join Inner Vision Yoga and their certified instructors for inspiring yoga every Monday night at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 9am, and Saturday at 8:30am. Sign up for these fee-based classes at www.innervisionyoga.com or drop into the park. For more information see websites, or call 480-632-7899 or 480-984-0032. Location: Nature Center

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: Fee-based program
 
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ  
85207
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
March 31 Saturday 9:00 am Wildflower Walk (moderate) Come and see what’s blooming in Spur Cross. This three-hour stroll along the Spur Cross Trail will showcase some of the wildflowers found in the park and explore the beauty of the conservation area.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 3 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
 
"Just for Kids" - Desert CSI (Critter Scene Investigations) - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Calling all animal detectives! Join us on a wild search to find out which desert animals have crossed our path. Help investigate the clues that animals leave behind and go home an expert critter scene investigator! We will start with a live animal presentation that will get you ready for this adventure. Next, you will explore a secret area of the park looking for clues to find out what critters have been there. Who knows what will be around the next corner! Children ages 5-12 and their caregivers will enjoy this up-close experience with the animals that call our desert “home.” Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No pets, please. Uneven terrain on the trail is not conducive to strollers and wheelchairs. Feel free to bring a blanket or camp chair to use during the animal presentation portion of this program. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park after the program. Location: Group Picnic Area C.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 9:30 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Desert Wildflower Walks- Trailhead Staging Area– McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Join Ranger Amy to identify the gorgeous desert flowers that are blooming in the desert. Every week, different species will appear as the wildflower season unfolds—it is always a surprise what we find! Call the park for updates. Be sure to bring your camera! Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    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
Reptile Feeding - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Have you ever seen a reptile eat? Join the staff after your morning hike and see how our cold-blooded residents eat their meals for yourself! Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Come learn about the important roles these creatures play in our dynamic food web. Feeding takes place at the Nature Center.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Sarah sarahsteele@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
All About Our Sonoran Desert - "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What makes our Sonoran Desert the most unique desert on Earth? What are the important things you need to know about our own habitat? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about our Sonoran Desert, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares some amazing facts about our delightful desert. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
New to Arizona? - Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are you new to Arizona? Are you curious about cactus and scared of snakes? If so, join us for an introductory experience to the Sonoran Desert. After a question-and-answer session, we will take an enjoyable quarter-mile walk on our Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Venomous Creatures - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join us for a presentation about the venomous creatures you may find around the Valley! Enjoy the beauty of these wonderful and misunderstood animals while learning about fascinating facts and the important roles each creature plays in the desert ecosystem. As Marie Curie, French Physicist and two-time Nobel Prize recipient said “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” Meet at Nature Center.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Sarah sarahsteele@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Late Afternoon Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join park host, Sandy Hornbaker, for a late afternoon sojourn through our campground and nature trail on a quest to spot desert wildlife and plants. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, but bring binoculars, your afternoon tea, and a little patience. Be prepared to walk one to two miles. Please bring water. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 4:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Stargazing for Everyone - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Come watch the sky with us! Look through telescopes (setup for your viewing pleasure) and enjoy a slide presentation under the stars. Learn the names of stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. When visible, view the craters of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for your comfort. Information about the Challenger Learning Center of Arizona will be provided. This is a fun night out! Come alone or bring your entire family or group. We encourage you to bring your binoculars or family telescope and enjoy the views from San Tan Mountain Regional Park.

Date: 3/31/2012
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM    
Speaker: Tony LaConte - Stargazing for Everyone
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
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242