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February Events at Arizona State Parks.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

February 6 - Guided Bird Walk (also Feb. 14, 20 & 28)

8:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- Read bird checklist reports and join us for a guided walk with photographer Cindy Marple February 6 along with Arizona Audubon staff Cathy Wise and Steven Prager. Anne Leight guides on Feb. 14, Kathe Anderson Feb. 20 – then Troy Corman with Anne Leight Feb. 28. Recent bird sightings are posted at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

February 6, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Guided Walking Tours of the Main Trail

11am. What bird molts foot-long wing feathers beneath the towering eucalyptus trees? How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro... and can you name a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a relaxed, leisurely guided walking tour of the main trail with Arizona State Parks tourguides. Tours depart the visitor center at 11am and are included with $10 daily admission. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 6 - Master Gardeners Presentation ‘For The Birds’

11am. Learn how to landscape for wildlife as volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their Winter-Spring once-a-month Saturday series of seminars. There's no pre-registration required to attend workshops offered by Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers, and no additional fee or enrollment - these are included with daily admission of $10 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum - and free to our annual members, also free if you have an Arizona State Parks annual pass. Mark Your calendar for March 5 when the topic is ‘Going Native’ and April 2 for ‘Spice Up Your Life.’ For more information about our local Master Gardeners, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email: caparrott21@hotmail.com

February 6 – Beginners’ Gourd Art Class (repeats March 2)

9am. Basic gourd art includes gourd cleaning and preparation, choosing and drawing a design, wood-burning and applying color. A class for beginners and repeat students wanting to improve their skills. Enrollment of $45 includes a cleaned gourd and art supplies to work with during the class; most students leave with a completed project. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 7 - Closed Coiling on Gourds (repeats March 23)

9am. Accomplished gourd artists Vicki & Gerald guide enrollees through the ‘closed coiling’ technique, covering paper rush with waxed linen thread, weaving it onto the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish. Enrollment of $55 includes a prepared gourd and art supplies for use during the workshop; participants may bring special feathers, beads and other adornments if desired. Depending on skill level, this project may not be finished in class. Materials will be provided to take home to complete the project if necessary. Instructors suggest that students have already taken the basic gourd art class  (see above, on Jan. 2) to learn the basics before this advanced workshop, but that’s not required. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 7 - Arboretum History Walk Sunday 

10am. You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee on the first Sunday each month this Fall. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about BTA History http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

February 13 - Thunder Gourds (class repeats April 30)

9am. Make a gourd with a synthetic drum head and spring that makes a rumbling thunder-like noise when shaken. Enrollment of $85
includes a cleaned, cut gourd and also materials needed during the workshop. Instructors suggest that students have already taken the basic gourd art class  (see above, on Jan. 2) to learn the basics before this advanced workshop, but that’s not required. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay.  Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Feb. 13 & 14: Valentine's Weekend Live Music 12 noon Saturday, 1:00 PM Sunday 

12pm. Saturday; 1pm. Sunday. Need a romantic Valentine's Day weekend date? Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Parks has a relaxed, easy-listening live concert of cedar flute music in the gardens, lovely flute by Bernie Haley and friends Saturday Feb. 13 from Noon til about 1:30, plus a Sunday lunchtime concert by Minnesota-Arizona humorist Mark Fogelson starting at 1:00 PM.  Does flute music ignite passion? Seamus Heaney thought so, writing: "from the start, when it was the instrument of the wood-god Pan, the flute has been associated with pure (some might say impure) energy. Its sound releases something naturally untamed..."
Music either day included with $10 daily admission (free with your AZ State Parks annual pass!) Confirm Concert times, read more and connect with musicians via Facebook at 
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 13 - Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk with Kathy & Tom McDonald (repeats Sunday Feb.28)

1:30pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on a one-hour Saturday walk guided by authors Kathy & Tom McDonald: desert plants who share anecdotes about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and explain ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris guides the Feb. 28  Sunday walk. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 14 - Guided Bird Walk (also Feb. 20 & 28)

8:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- Read bird checklist reports and join us for a guided walk with Anne Leight on Feb. 14, Kathe Anderson Feb. 20 – then Troy Corman with Anne Leight Feb. 28. Recent bird sightings are posted at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

February 17 & 18 – 2-day Gourd Mask Class (same class repeats March 5 & 6)

9am. Make a mask using half-a-gourd over the course of this 2-day class. Day one is spent designing the mask, wood-burning and applying color. Day 2 you’ll add feathers and other adornments. Enrollment of $105 includes a prepared gourd and art materials for use during the workshop; students may bring special feathers, beads and personal adornments. Instructors suggest that students have already taken the basic gourd art class  (see above, on Jan. 2) to learn the basics before this advanced workshop, but that’s not required.. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay.  Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 20 - Guided Walking Tours of the Main Trail (Also Feb. 22, 26, 28 & 29) 

11am. Can you name the oldest tree or oldest plant in Arizona? How old is a five foot Saguaro...and can you identify a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a relaxed, leisurely guided walking tour of the main trail with Arizona State Parks tour guides. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Read more in our E-newsletter.read more in our E-newsletter . Tours depart the visitor center at 11am and are included with $10 daily admission. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 20 – ‘Wine Bottle Wind Chimes’ Craft Class

9am. Learn to cut recycled wine bottles to use as the base for a wind chime. Enrollment of $40 includes pre-cut and sanded bottles, as well as beads, chain and all materials. Students are encouraged to bring needle nose pliers and wire cutters if they have them. Students will leave with a completed project. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 20 - Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats March 19) 

1:30pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTA.POTBL
Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. 

February 21 - LightRoom 5 Photography & Digital Editing Users Group 

9am. Photographers and digital photo editing enthusiasts meet each month at the Arboretum to view photos, offer critiques – and help each other learn to use LightRoom5. This month’s date was chosen because it overlaps with the annual Historic Home Tour in our neighboring town of Superior – so plan to spend the afternoon shooting architecture and street scenes in town with other users’ group members. Users Group meetings are free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members. Connect with organizers and read more complete details about BTA photo classes http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.html

February 21 - Wildflowers & Basic Botany Class with Cass Blodgett 

1pm. Rainy days of December and January forecast spring months with colorful poppies, penstemons and primrose - and Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park has a class in basic botany and wildflower IDs on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 1-4 pm. Timed just before the onset of a Spring bloom - Cass Blodgett's wildflower ID class starts with two-hours in the classroom and a slideshow teaching how to distinguish pistils and petals from stamens and stems - then heads outdoors for a wildflower walk around the gardens to see what's in bloom on a Sunday afternoon. The class is included with $10 daily admission; free if you have an Az State Parks annual pass.
Pre-registration is not required, but please RSVP by email to Lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu so organizers know how many handouts to print (they'd also welcome your $5 donation to cover the cost of printing the colorful, concise pamphlet that will be given to each participant). Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 21 - Tree Tour with Certified Arborist Jeff Payne (repeats March 20)

1:30pm. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more; learn more about Jeff and trees in this interview http://boycethompson.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-questions-for-tree-tour-leader-and.html

February 27 - Arizona Tree Climbing Championship 

9am. Remember climbing trees as a kid? If you have marveled at the giant Eucalyptus trees which tower overhead in our Australian Forest, be here February 27 to see Arizona's most skilled tree climbers square-off during the Arizona Community Tree Council's annual competition: http://www.aztrees.org/Tree-Climbing-Championship
a semi-final elimination that sends the Grand Canyon State champion on to the Western regional qualifyer in California. Judged competition categories include aerial rescue, belayed speed-climb, throw line and work climb; competitors are are judged on speed, technique, and safety --- and competing for prizes and prestige in their profession. 
Connect with ACTC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aztrees.org/?fref=nf
For details contact Arizona Community Tree Council's Beverly Babb by phone at 602.354.3023 or email to info@aztrees.org. Lunch plans? Bring cash - Tall Order Catering will sell grilled burgers, hotdogs -- and maybe sell chili or soup, too; for about $3-$6 cash.

February 27 - Geology Walking Tour with Scott McFadden

1:30pm. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour guided by professional geologist Scott MdFadden.  Read another guide’s interview about the tour: http://www.boycethompson.blogspot.com/2015/01/geology-tourguide-and-asu-professor.html
BTA geology walks compress almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour.  Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. Another engaging BTA geology tour guide is professional geologist Rich Leveille READ MORE HERE.

February 28 - Bird House Workshop & Kids' Bird Walk 

8:30am. It's nearly spring, birds will be building nests and you can add avian architecture that will help them out! On two Sundays (Feb. 28, again April 3) Arizona State Parks Volunteer Ruby Kauffman and her avid birding family lead a bird-house-building workshop for kids, followed by a guided bird walk that's especially for children. Sign-up in advance and both the workshop and the walk are free (FREE!) for children ages 6-15 and includes admission, lumber, tools and instruction, but pre-registration by email is required. The bird houses are sturdy, solid construction homes that will last for years outdoors. The workshop begins promptly at 8:30am. Register by email to: lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu (subject line: "Bird House Workshop") and please include the number of children ages 6-15 you wish to register. Non-member adults are responsible for their own $10 admission. Read more 
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

February 28 - Guided Bird Walk (also Feb. 28)

8:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- Read bird checklist reports and join us for a guided walk with Kathe Anderson Feb. 20 – then Troy Corman with Anne Leight Feb. 28. Recent bird sightings are posted at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

Feb. 28: Wildflower Photography Class With Lisa Langell

1pm. $40 pre- registration; with a credit card ready call 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours to enroll. Designed for the beginner to intermediate-level photographer, this class will showcase the wildflowers around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Mexican Goldpoppies, Lupine, Penstemon, Phacelia, Wild Cucumber and dozens more). Classes with Lisa Langell start with 90-minutes of classroom-based instruction and include in-the-field, hands-on practice to help you stop documenting and start creating beautiful wildflower images. What's on the agenda? Class topics: range from composition (leading lines, Dutch angles) to optimal exposure settings, using natural elements, capturing ‘studio’ effects in the field, using a reflector or diffuser, wide-angle, macro & telephoto/zoom lenses. Read more & connect with Lisa http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.html

February 28 - Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris (repeats March 12)

1:30pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on a one-hour Saturday walk guided by Ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris, sharing anecdotes about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and explain ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Guides the Feb. 28 Sunday walk. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more 
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

First Saturday Concerts at Catalina State Park

Saturday, February 6, 2016: Mari Loehrlein 

3pm. Pop, Folk and Country. This will be Mari's first time playing here and you can check out her music on cdbaby.com and look for her album titled Love Blues.

Sunday, February 7, 2016: Trail Exploratory Hike [8-9mi/900']

8am. Park at Romero Ruins Parking, CSP. Hike towards Alamo Canyon and West Ridge trail on Stock Tank Trail until we get to the SW trail to explore. Return by Ram's Fields' Trail and
CSP, to cars. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, February 7, 2016: Bighorn Basics - Trailhead Stage 

4pm. As the Bighorn Sheep have recently been reintroduced into the Santa Catalina Mountains, Learn about these animals through a family friendly, interactive talk given by Richard, retired Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Sunday, February 14, 2016: Hidden Canyon Hike [9mi/1375’]

8am. Park and meet at Romero Ruins parking area (ask for map and a map at entrance kiosk). Return, in part, by same trails. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, February 14 & 21, 2016: Geology Walk - Picnic Area Ramada

9am. How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed? What are some of the different rocks in the park?  Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen. The walk takes several hours.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 Johny Cashew

3pm. Acoustic Country. Visit Johny on his Facebook page HERE.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Cliffs/Rolling West Hike Dunes Loop [7mi/400']

8am. Park at Equestrian Center. Hike from there. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Monday, February 22, 2016: Adventures with the Moon - Romero Ruins Ramada

7:30pm. The Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, with its mystery and intrigue, continues to provide interest to Earth’s Humans. Join Catalina State Park volunteer, Richard, as he takes you to the moon and back through interactive activities and displays. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - Stock Tank and Rams Field Pass Loop Hike [9mi/1200’]

8am. Park at the Romero Ruins parking. Hike to Stock Tank. Return via Rams Field, down and across CDO Wash to cars. Gaston Meloche.

On-Going Events:

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Nature Program: Saturdays, Trailhead

10am.-1pm. Learn and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert. Listen to our experts talk about the creatures and their adaptions for surviving in the desert.  This is a live reptile exhibit and much more!  This is fun for all ages!  Program is weather permitting.

Guided Hikes: Sundays, Hike Meeting Locations Vary

Times vary. Explore the trails of Catalina State Park with experienced hiking guide, Gaston. Consult website to learn of hiking routes.  Please register by 4 PM Saturday prior to the hike at VHC.Gaston@gmail.com. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to occur. As hikes depart promptly, please arrive 5 minutes early.  If rain threatens, the guide
will phone the registered hiker ASAP or about one hour before the scheduled hike time, whichever comes first. Please inform the guide of any medical condition, medication, or allergy to Aspirin.

Sunday Guided Bird Walk: Every Sunday, Picnic Area

8am. Join experienced bird guide, Max, on a bird walk through the park.  He will help you spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This is eventful for novices as well as seasoned birders.  Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This walk lasts several hours.

Our Knights in Spiny Armor:  Mondays, Trailhead

8:30am. This short hike with leader, Monty, is about the majestic cactus, the saguaro, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. Whether you are new to the desert or just love saguaros, this event is for you!

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk: Every Wednesday, Trailhead Parking Lot Picnic Tables

Both novice and seasoned birder enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced bird guide, Mary Ellen, will help you spot and identify various birds as you walk through the park. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This eventful walk lasts several hours.

By Appointment: Romero Ruins Adventure Walk

Park Ranger, Jack, leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park. To schedule a tour, please call Jack at 520-628-5798.

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Saturday, February 13: Buffalo Soldiers

9am. - 5pm. Enjoy Re-Enactors & Living History, Flag Ceremonies, Vintage Baseball Game, Military Drills food and cooking demonstrations on an authentic "Dutch Oven". Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865 – 1891 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona’s history.

 

Homolovi State Park

Saturday, February 27: Star Party

6pm. Join astronomers to view stars, planets and galazies through their telescopes. At this event there will be a special session on using your DSLR camera to take pictures. We are encouraging people to bring their DSLR and a tripod if they have one. The new 10" telesope will also be on-hand to look through.

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park®

Conrad J. Storad at Kartchner Caverns State Park®. The Bat Book by Conrad J. Storad

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Children's Book Reading

10am.-2pm. Children's author Conrad Storad with readings at 11am. & 1pm. A great introduction for children, to these little guys that call Kartchner Caverns their home. The Gift Shop will also be selling his books.

Read more about Conrad HERE. ( 131 KB PDF) Read about the Bat Book HERE. ( 326 KB PDF)

Saturday, February 27: Photography Hike

10am. Join Rangers Jenny and Danielle for a Ranger led photography hike along the Foothills Loop trail. The Rangers will meet you at the outdoor amphitheater and will then lead you on the hike. The Foothills Loop trail is a 2.5 mile moderately difficult trail and the hike will include photography tips and tricks for desert nature and wildlife. This is a family friendly activity suitable for all ages. With your permission your photographs may be used in future publications for Arizona State Parks. What to bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, water and any type of camera.

 

Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park

8th Annual Rockabilly Reunion Event

February 12-14 - 8th Annual Rockabily Reunion

Windsor Beach. Event gates open 10am. daily. Cost $30/person/3 day pass if ordered online pre-event. $15/day at gate. Great Live Music by 18 bands & performers including Jonny Two Bags from Social D in the Cadillac Tramps. Judged Car & Motorcycle Show, Vendor Village, Food Court, Raffles, Celebrity Appearances, Pin Up Contest. VISIT MOTHER ROAD H-D’s T-SHIRT TRAILER ONSITE. 699 London Bridge, Lake Havasu. 928-846-0335 More info/order tickets at www.lakehavasurockabillyreunion.com.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

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Friday, February 5: Sky Talk

7:30pm. Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges. Parking and seating at campground amphitheater.

Saturday, February 6: Star Party

6:30pm.-8:30pm. Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide telescopic views of heavenly objects and will answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, stars and other astronomical phenomena using a sophisticated telescope and talk with very knowledgeable and experienced local astronomers! What will be in the sky tonight? Saguaro Day Use.

Wednesday, February 10: Sunset hike

5:15pm. Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and the Siphon Draw trail will find hikers marveling at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there are a few clouds. A photographer’s delight! Elevation change is 102 ft. on very well maintained trails. Easy, 2 hour hike. Wear hiking shoes and carry water. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barbara.

Saturday, February 13: Amazing Night Under the Skies

7pm.-9pm. Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for An Amazing Night Under the Skies. What planets will we see in the dark desert sky? Dress warmly and be prepared to be amazed at the sightings. Palo Verde Day Use (weather permitting).

Wednesday, February 17: Getting to Know the Birds Around You

9am. Meet in the Saguaro Day Use area. There will be a brief discussion about how to tell one bird from another, then we’ll be looking for resident birds (from hawks to hummingbirds). After birding the Saguaro Day use area, we’ll look for birds as we walk up toward Jacob’s Crosscut Trail. We’ll make the short loop around and back to Saguaro Day Use lot, birding as we go. This is more of an “amble” than a hike as we let the birds come to us. Bring binoculars, water and wear sturdy trail shoes. Led by volunteer Birder Babs. No dogs, please.

Friday, and Saturday, February 19 & 20: Moonlight Hike

7pm.-9pm. There is a limit of 100 hikers per night, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. Join us for a guided 2.5 mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Hikers should dress appropriately and wear trail shoes or boots. Please bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades (elevation gain: 120’). Participants should be in good health with no walking or night vision difficulties. Trail is NOT suitable for strollers or walkers. After the hike gather round the campfire for a marshmallow roast (marshmallows and sticks provided). All ages welcome. No pets, please. Parking in Cholla Day Use Area.

Saturday, February 20: Bird Walk

8:30am. Join volunteer “birder Vera” for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert. Learn how to identify the birds in your back yard, the proper use of binoculars, where to find birds in our area; and then take a guided walk through the desert to practice new skills. Bring binoculars if you have them, appropriate clothing, water and enthusiasm, but no dogs or small children, please. Expect to have some surprises and fun! Meet at the Native Plant Trail parking area on the right before reaching the ranger station for orientation. Participants will then relocate to Cholla Day Use.

Saturday, February 20: Geology Hike with ASU Professor Semken

9am. Take a walk along the trails in the park with ASU Geology Professor Steve Semken and learn more about the formation, foundation and a look into the future of Superstition Mountain. Mr. Semken is an Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience at ASU and enjoys sharing his knowledge of rocks and what we can learn from them. The easy 2.5 mile, 2 hour walk will take place on maintained trails. Participants should wear hiking shoes and carry water. Directions to trailhead will be given at the Ranger Station on day of hike.

Wednesday, February 24: Exploring Siphon Draw Trail

9am. Join us at Siphon Draw Trailhead for a 4.2 round trip hike to the basin (slick rock waterfall area). Along the way we will pass some remnants of an unsuccessful mining attempt, identify strangely named rock formations and look at layers of rock from the volcanic explosion that make up this portion of the Superstition Mountain; all of this while hiking the steady uphill grade on a less than smooth trail. Elevation change - 1030 ft. Wear sturdy trail or hiking shoes, carry at least 2 bottles of water and bring a snack for a 3 hr. moderately strenuous hike. Led by hiking leader Barb.

Saturday, February 27: Liberty Wildlife

2pm. Members of Liberty Wildlife will be exhibiting birds and desert critters that are “out and about” at this time of year and discussing their habitats. They will also talk about the rescue program at Liberty Wildlife. What will we see and learn today? Meet us at Palo Verde Ramada and please, NO pets at this visit.

Saturday, February 27: Ted Newman

5:30pm. Local musician Ted Newman will entertain with his music and humor that reflects a broad appreciation of Arizona’s history, geography and culture. Ted is a prolific singer-songwriter with copyrights on over 400 songs, both vocal and instrumental, which includes the Shadow of the Dutchman and Cowboy Songs and Poems. Join us around a campfire for an entertaining evening. Bring your chairs and coats to Cholla Ramada.

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Sunday, February 14: Bear Necessities

11:30am with interpretive docent, Richard Boyer, in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Would you like to know more about the black bear of Arizona?  Then this is the program for you.  Information about bears, an appearance from the "Everywhere Bear," and information about safety around Bears will be presented in this inter-active 30 to 40 minute program.  You might even win a prize for your knowledge about the black bear! Free with park admission; reservation suggested. 

Wednesday, February 17: Volunteer Training 

Trail guides are needed to lead environmental education programs for visiting school groups. Learn the Oracle Adventure Program for grades 1-3 and the Oracle Odyssey Program for grades 4-6. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to share nature with kids and ability to walk one-mile of trail. Training continues 9am-Noon February 17, 24, March 2 and 9. Classes will cover the two programs, interpretive techniques and learning styles, introduction to plants, wildlife and geology of the park, and safety protocol on the trail. For more information and to sign up for the classes, call the park office at (520) 896-2425 or email Jennifer Rinio at: jrinio@azstateparks.gov

Sunday, February 28: “Meet the Neighbors”

12pm in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum Program about desert wildlife. Space is limited; reservation required.. Free with park admission, thanks to funding by Friends of Oracle State Park.

Walking TourOn-Going Events

Self-guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House. Visit the park office/gift shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built 1929-1933, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Check the calendar of events for guided tours offered on select dates; house tours may also be scheduled by reservation for groups.

Lee Kannally paintings exhibit continues
. An exhibit of impressionist-style paintings by self-taught cowboy artist, Lee Kannally, is on display at the Kannally Ranch House. Nearly 30 oils, many that haven’t been on public display for decades, are included in the exhibit, with 24 on loan from the Oracle Historical Society and the remainder owned by Friends of Oracle State Park.

An exceptional exhibit of out-of-this-world images by award-winning photographer Adam Block of the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon Sky Center is on exhibit through December 20. Adam will give a presentation on December 20, see details below.

Park Event Calendar

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Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park

Friday, February 12 – Petroglyph Hike

9am. Approximately 3 miles (roundtrip) to the north side of the lake. Moderate difficulty with some elevation gain & rock scrambling required. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water. Walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars &/or camera recommended.

Friday, February 19 – Sonoita Creek / Blackhawk Loop Trail Hike

9am. A 3-mile loop hike down to Sonoita Creek & back via uplands & the spillway. Moderate difficulty with changing views & habitats. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water. Walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars &/or camera recommended.

Monday, February 22 – Moonlight Hike                   

5:15pm. Experience the view of Sonoita Creek & Patagonia Lake by moonlight. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water, a flashlight & perhaps a walking stick. Trail is moderately difficult with a 400' elevation gain.

Friday, February 26 – George Wise Spring Hike            

9am. Hike cross-country to the newest addition to Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Moderate difficulty 6-mile roundtrip with some elevation gain, rough terrain and rock-scrambling. Wear sturdy shoes; bring lunch & plenty of water. Walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars &/or camera recommended.

Red Rock State Park

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Geology Hike at Red Rock State ParkSunday, February 14: Geology Hike with Chris Weld

1pm. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Millions of years of erosion has caused the rim to recede over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona.
Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2 - 2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information call (928) 282-6907 or go to our website http://azstateparks.com/Parks/RERO/. The program is included with the park admission.

Watercolor Workshop - Winter Birds @ Red Rock State Park.Saturday February 20: Watercolor Workshop - Winter Birds

10am. Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-providing instruction and techniques with a theme each month. Our February theme will be Winter Birds. Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. She has studied with several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez. This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in our Hummingbird Room. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes park admission, instruction, and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.

 

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State ParkSunday February 21: Archaeology Hike

1pm. Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information call (928) 282-6907 or go to our website http://azstateparks.com/Parks/RERO/. The program is included with the park admission.

Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam talk at Red Rock State ParkSunday, February 28: Lecture Series: Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam

2pm. Red Rock State Park is proud to present Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart who will be presenting a talk on the culture of the Hohokam Native Americans.  The Hohokam culture flourished from the sixth through the fifteenth centuries then mysteriously disappeared.  Allen will provide an interesting discussion on possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs, deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life. This lecture will be held in the park’s theater starting at 2 P.M. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat (928) 282-6907. The program is included with the park admission fee: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7-13). We are located at 4050 Red Rock Loop Road. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On-Going Activities:

Bird Walks at Red Rock State ParkWednesday & Saturday Bird Walks

9am. Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. Read details on Park event page HERE

Nature Walks at Red Rock State ParkDaily Guided Nature Walks & Activities

10am. Join a volunteer naturalist as they lead you on a guided nature walk informing you about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. Read details on Park event page HERE

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Monday, February 8: Brown Bag Lecture - The Civil War in Arizona

12:15pm. The most action seen in Arizona during the Civil War was the encounter at Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862. Picacho Peak is located between Casa Grande and Tucson. Though it seems wuite a distance from the core of the war, there were high stakes that involved the southwest. Bring your lunch! Presented by: Kathy Farretta, M.A., Arizona State Parks.

Friday, February 12: Night at the Museum - The Far End of the Journey

6:30pm. The Clark telescope and other treasures of Lowell Observatory. Two new books by Lowell historian Kevin Schindler, highlight the rich legacy of Lowell Observatory: its scientists, their groundbreaking reasearch and the tools they used to both advance the field of astronomy and popularize the excitement of space to the general public. Limited seating available. Please RSVP at 928-774-6272.

Saturday, February 13: Evening Lecture - African American Life and History in the Grand Canyon Region

7pm. This talk will explore the history of African Americans in the southwest with an emphasis on those who lived and worked in and around the Grand Canyon and Williams, Arizona. Presented by: Margaret Hangan, Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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Fridays, February 5 & 19 - Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

11am. to 2pm. Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth, children free.

Saturdays, February 6 & 20 - Walking Tours of Old Tubac

10am. – 12 pm. Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Stevens, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org

Saturday, February 6 - Geronimo - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

2pm. This is the last half of the Apache story, the period after Cochise when the southwest was aflame with the raids and breakouts of Geronimo, Victorio, Nana and Juh.  Jack will tell us the exciting stories of these Apache leaders during this period, which did not end until 1886.  We will also hear the fascinating stories of the Apache warrior woman Lozen, and the tragic break between Geronimo and his lifelong friend Chatto, who, in the end, would hunt him down for Gen. Crook. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.”  Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252. 

Wednesday thru Sunday, February 10 – 14 - Tubac Festival of the Arts 

9am. - 5pm. Parking is available in the Presidio’s parking lot for $8. Tubac Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 57th Annual Festival of the Arts. The major event of the year for Tubac showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists and craft persons from around the country and Canada. The food court features a variety of cuisines. Nonprofit organizations (including us!) benefit from the $8 per car charge for parking. Ours is the best lot: it's paved and the closest lot to the Festival. You can insist on parking at the Presidio, but you will have to resist everyone's frantic gesticulations to get you to park in their lots. Just keep insisting "The Presidio" and make your way across Burruel to our beautiful lot. You'll get a free pass to see the Presidio, too!

Wednesday, February 17, and Friday, February 26 - Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

11am – 1pm. Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles.  The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign 'An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors' before entering.  Wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org

Saturday, February 20 - Presentation: Potted Garden Questions Answered - Choosing Pots, Watering, and Critters

2pm. Marylee Pangman founded The Contained Gardener in 1998 as a niche business in Tucson. After teaching classes for almost 20 years on container gardening in the desert, there are three questions that are asked in every class: what pots can I use?, how much water do I use to keep my plants thriving?, and what can I grow that javelina and rabbits won’t eat? Join Marylee for the answers so you can keep your money out of the compost heap. She will also have autographed copies of her recently published book, Getting Potted in the Desert available for $20.  $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

Wednesday, February 3, & Sundays, February 21 & 28 - Non Presidio Event: Tubac Art History Guided Walking Tours –

11am-1pm. Learn about the colorful early days of the Tubac artist colony during a two-hour guided walking tour co-sponsored by the Tubac Center of the Arts and the Tubac Historical Society.  For information and reservations, call the Tubac Center of the Arts at 520/398-2371 or tubacarts.org.

Sunday, February 21 - Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert: Sue Harris and Nancy Elliot

2pm. Don’t miss the legendary Sue Harris and the amazing Nancy Elliott as they present solo sets of Americana and Cowboy Folk. These ladies will steal your hearts with beautiful music and delightful humor. Sue is a fantastic Western Music folksinger and poet.  Her presentations are quirky, dramatic, sometimes wistful, and she draws her audience into the mystical world of the American West.  Nancy’s alluring vocal style and guitar is sure to entertain you. She is an accomplished poet, musician and author.  Her music is rich in spirit and infused with soulful passion. Admission is $18 for adults, free admission for children 14 and under. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Saturday, February 27 - Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am-2pm. A knowledgeable volunteer describes the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks.  Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Sunday, February 28 - Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence ConcertChris B. Jácome 

2pm. Internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist and award winning writer-musician Chris B. Jácome will perform on the Presidio schoolhouse stage.  Chris is a highly sought after performer and music director on the world-wide flamenco scene so it’s a real treat to have him visit Tubac!  Don’t miss Chris’s beautiful, inspiring and lush rhythmic performances that will thrill you as only flamenco can do. Admission is $18 for adults, free admission for children 14 and under. Seating is limited, please call nowfor reservations, 520-398-2252.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

March 2 – Beginners’ Gourd Art Class (repeats April 6)

9am. Basic gourd art includes gourd cleaning and preparation, choosing and drawing a design, wood-burning and applying color. A class for beginners and repeat students wanting to improve their skills. Enrollment of $45 includes a cleaned gourd and art supplies to work with during the class; most students leave with a completed project. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 4 - Book Club Discusses Hopi Summer: by Caroly O'Bagy Davis

9am. In 1927 Maud Melville, a wealthy New Englander, and Ethel Muchvo, a Hopi potter, struck up a remarkable friendship. Using diaries, letters, and photographs of Ethel and Maud, biographer and historian Carolyn O'Bagy Davis delves into the touching relationship that blossomed between two very different women over many years of triumphs and sorrows. The story of Ethel and Maud also documents a bygone time in Native American history, a "Hopi summer" before wrenching change came to the traditional Pueblo world of the Hopi. The Arboretum’s book club showcases a new title each month, with a lively once-a-month Friday morning discussion group. Attendance is included with $10 daily admission, or free to those with AZ State Parks annual pass. Each month's book is available in the Arboretum gift shop. Stop by this week for your copy or order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723. RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email meeting coordinator Vicki btabookclub@msn.com

 
March 5 & 6: Gourd Mask 2-Day Craft Class (repeats April 9 & 10)

9am. $85-$105; Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and pre-pay. Participants make their own unique mask using half of a gourd; Day#1 is spent designing the mask, wood-burning and applying color. Day#2 you’ll add feathers and other adornments. A prepared gourd and all materials are provided, but students may bring special feathers, beads and other adornments if they want. Students will leave with a completed project. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 5: Superstition Master Gardeners Landscaping Workshop: ‘Going Native’

11am. Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners continue their Winter-Spring once-a-month Saturday seminars. New arrivals to Arizona soon discover that gardening can be different here; some plants succeed while others fail miserably. What to do? More successful gardening can be achieved by understanding using native plants. The Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners will introduce you to the diverse and interesting world of native plants for the Sonoran Desert. "Go Native" with the MGs!            
There's no pre-registration required to attend workshops, and no additional fee or enrollment - these are included with daily admission of $10 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park - and free to BTA annual members, also free if you have an Arizona State Parks annual pass. Mark Your calendar for April 2 when ‘Spice Up Your Life’ is the season finale. For more information about our local Master Gardeners, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email: caparrott21@hotmail.com

March 6: Arboretum History Walk

10am. You may have walked the trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee on the first Sunday each month this Fall. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about BTA History http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

March 11: Spring Plant Sale Continues Daily Through Sunday, March 27

8am. Stock-up on plants for your garden, backyard or patio -- and get expert advice on horticulture and gardening. Arboretum annual members get first pick of the select plant sale stock on the opening ‘Members only’ Friday March 11; and the same opens to everyone Saturday March 12. Experienced arboretum horticultural staff and Pinal County master gardeners are on hand weekends during the plant sale to answer your questions about plants and landscaping. Guided nature walks are offered most weekends year-round; check this link website to verify 11:00 a.m. guided tours of the main trail, included with daily admission. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 12 - Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris (repeats March 27)

1:30pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on a one-hour Saturday walk guided by Ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris,  sharing anecdotes about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and explaining ways native plants fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years.  David returns March 27 to guide Sunday’s walk.  ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more 
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 12 – Equinox Concert with Eric Laubach, Patty Arnold & Gary Kaplowitz

2pm. Valley guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Laubach teams-up with acoustic musicians Patty Arnold and Gary Kaplowitz, along with Native American flute player and story-teller Loren Russell for 90 minutes of music and spoken word performance to  celebrate the arrival spring. Preview Eric’s style at 
https://myspace.com/ericlaubachmusic

March 13 - Bird Walk Guided by Troy Corman & Anne Leight (more birdwalks March 19 & 27)

8:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- read bird checklist reports and join us for a guided walk with March 13 with Anne Leight & Troy Corman;  walks continue March 19 with Kathe Anderson, March 27 with Anne Leight & Mark Ochs. Also April 2 with Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton, April 10 with Kathe Anderson & Anne Leight, April 16 with Richard Ditch. Recent bird sightings are posted at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

March 19 - Bird Walk Guided by Kathe Anderson (more birdwalks March 27, also April 2, 10, 16)

8:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- read bird checklist reports and join us March 19 for a birdwalk guided by Kathe Anderson, then March 27 with Anne Leight & Mark Ochs. . Also April 2 with Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton, April 10 with Kathe Anderson & Anne Leight, April 16 with Richard Ditch. Recent bird sightings are posted at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

March 19 - Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats April 16)

1:30pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTA.POTBL
Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Read a more complete description of our Plants of the Bible Land Guided Tour http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/bibleplants.html

March 20 - Tree Tour with Certified Arborist Jeff Payne (repeats April 17)

1:30pm. Just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more;  learn more about Jeff and trees in this interview http://boycethompson.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-questions-for-tree-tour-leader-and.html

March 23 - Closed Coiling on Gourds

9am. Gourd artists Vicki & Gerald guide enrollees through the ‘closed coiling’ technique, covering paper rush with waxed linen thread, weaving it onto the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish. Enrollment of $55 includes a prepared gourd and art supplies for use during the workshop; participants may bring special feathers, beads and other adornments if desired. Depending on skill level, this project may not be finished in class. Materials will be provided to take home to complete the project if necessary. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to enroll and prepay.  Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 26 - Welcome Back Buzzards

7am. vulture viewing8:30am. guided bird walk with ASU Professor Dave Pearson; 9am.-1pm. Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue Living Exhibit of Raptors. March brings the Vernal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians; the Arboretum celebrates the transition of seasons with our annual Welcome Back Buzzards seasonal salute. Events are included with adult admission of $10; free to BTA annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders. Arrive early for the 7am special opening Saturday to see the famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies; world-traveled ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be the guest 'Vulture-ologist' from 7:00-8:30, talking about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies -- typically by 8:30am. Dr. Pearson and others will guide birdwalks through the gardens at 8:30, and from 9:00-2:00 volunteer wildlife rehabbers from Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue will have a popular living exhibit of raptors set up near the Smith Building, so kids and adults alike can have closeup views of a real, live Turkey Vulture along with other birds. Read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 26 - LightRoom 5 Photography & Digital Editing Users Group 

9am. Photographers and digital photo editing enthusiasts meet each month at the Arboretum to view photos, offer critiques – and help each other learn to use LightRoom5. Users Group meetings are free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members. Connect with organizers and read more complete details about BTA photo classes http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.html

March 26 - Girl Scout Badge Workshop (more Girl Scout workshops April 3 &23; May 1, 7, 14 and 28)

9am. $10 per scout, $10 per adult chaperone - call 520.689.2723 to pre-register and prepay. Girl Scout badge workshops resume March 26 with the Flowers badge for Junior-level scouts; , 'Bugs' for Brownies April 3, and 'Gardener' for Juniors April 23; 'Animal Habitats' for Juniors May 1, 'Senses' for Brownies May 7, 'Wood Worker' for Cadettes May 14 and the 'Arizona' patch for Brownies May 21. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

March 26 - Geology Walking Tour with Steve Semken (guide is Scott McFadden on April 23)

1:30pm. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour guided by professional geologist and ASU Professor Steve Semken.  Follow the link below to a detailed interview with Dr. Semken; these walks compress almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour.  Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. Preview the tour and read more about Dr. Semken
http://www.boycethompson.blogspot.com/2015/01/geology-tourguide-and-asu-professor.html

March 27- Bird Walk Guided by Mark Ochs & Anne Leight (more birdwalks April 2, 10, 16)

8:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- read bird checklist reports and join us for a walk March 27 guided by Anne Leight & Mark Ochs. Walks continue April 2 with Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton, April 10 with Kathe Anderson & Anne Leight, April 16 with Richard Ditch. Recent bird sightings are posted at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

March 27 - Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris (repeats April 9 with Kathy & Tom McDonald)

1:30 p.m. Explore the Curandero Trail on a one-hour Sunday walk guided by Ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris, sharing anecdotes about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and explain ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years.   ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Tour repeats Saturday April 9 with Kathy & Tom McDonald as our guides. Read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 50 Year Trail Loop Hike [7mi/450’]

8am. Park and meet at the Equestrian Center parking. Hike from there. It’s an easy hike, returning by another pleasant trail so as to make a loop. Gaston Meloche.
VHC.Gaston@gmail.com


Sunday, March 13, 2016 - West Bluffs Loop Hike
[7mi/500’]

8am. Park at the Equestrian Center. Hike from there to the West bluffs and loop past the Cierro Ranch and return to cars via the 50th Year trail OR another "social"
trail. Part of the loop could be, technically, called a light bushwhack. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com


Sunday, March 20, 2016 - Romero Pools, Upper Hike
[7mi/1600’]

8am. Hike Romero Canyon Trail to upper pools and return by the same route. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com


Sunday, March 27, 2016 - Sutherland Trail to XStream View Hike
[10mi/1500']

8am. Park and hike Sutherland Trail, via part of Cyn Loop to Link Tr. and up, past Baby Jesus Tr. turn-off, until we look for a good view at a strange cheddar-like huge boulder and various rock formations. Snack there and return same way and return by same route. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Civil War in the Southwest at Picacho Peak State Park

Saturday - Sunday, March 19-20, 2016

Re-inactor form & schedule: HERE ( 1.2 MB PDF)

PIcacho Peak Civil War in the Southwest 2016 schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience

• Battle Re-enactments of Valverde, Glorietta Pass, and Picacho Pass
• Over 200 Re-enactors living in authentic Civil War camps
• Vendors selling period merchandise
• Re-enactments and period demonstrations scheduled throughout the day.
Be sure to bring along: • Plenty of Water • Hat • Lawn Chair • Sunscreen
Sorry, no dogs will be allowed at this event.

Special Event Vehicle Entrance Fee: $10.00 up to 4 persons. ($3.00 ea. additional person)
Individual Entrance Fee (walk-in / bicycle): $3.00

Special thanks to the following:
The Re-enactors, Pinal County Sonoran Search & Rescue, & the many volunteers.
Event sponsored by: the Arizona State Parks Foundation and Union Pacific Railroad.

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Saturday, March 5: Star Party

6:30pm. Join us for an evening under the stars at this unique Dark Sky location outside of Tucson. Future dates/locations include:
April 2: Catalina State Park (setup 6:30, observe 7 – 10)
September 10: Oracle State Park (setup 6:30, observe 7 – 9)
September 24: Catalina State Park (setup 6, observe 6:30 – 9:30)

Sunday, March 13: Mineralogy Program

Noon in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House.. Join local mineralogist, Wolfgang Mueller, for a talk featuring rocks associated with regional mining operations and lapidary uses. Reservation suggested, free with park admission.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Thursday, March 3 - 157th Anniversary of “The Weekly Arizonian"

2pm. Join us for a celebration and cake-cutting to celebrate the 157th anniversary of Arizona’s first newspaper which was printed in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The original 1858 Washington Hand Press that printed the newspaper is still in operation at the Tubac Presidio.  Park Director Shaw Kinsley will give a special talk about the press and describe some new information about how the press got to Tubac, what happened to it after Tubac, and the saga of its 9 year restoration. He’ll include the story of the duel between Edward Cross, editor of the Arizonian, and Sylvester Mowry, prominent citizen and mine owner, and refreshments will include a chance to sample some Monongahela whisky, just like Tubac residents did in 1859!  $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

Friday, March 4 - Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

11am. Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Saturday, March 5 - Walking Tours of Old Tubac

10am. Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Stevens, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org

Sunday, March 6 - Book Event: It’s a (Prairie) Dog’s Life by Theodore G. Manno

2pm. A prairie dog town is a busy place. As author and field researcher Theodore Manno explains a prairie dog's life is full of mischief, romantic trysts, antipredator behavior, fighting, kissing, and infanticide. He vividly recounts the daily ups and downs of prairie dogs as well as his own trials and triumphs while observing these rare rodents in Bryce Canyon National Park with other "Dog Squad" researchers from the vantage point of a nine-foot-tall tower. Over time, they came to know the personalities and social structure of the town's inhabitants. His presentation provides a full overview of what is currently known about prairie dogs, a species that you may be surprised to learn is threatened with extinction.  His book, The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks will be available for signing and sale. Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

Saturday, March 12 - Apache Chief Loco - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

2pm. The famous Apache peace chief, Loco, tried to bring peace and coexistence between the Apaches and the Americans, but found himself caught between American intransigence and unwillingness to compromise on one hand, and the warlike and violent acts of Victorio, Nana, and Geronimo on the other, whom he considered troublemakers.  This is a universal story of an enlightened, responsible, moderate leader caught in the chaos of extremism. Every society has such leaders, and the Apaches had Chief Loco. This is a little known and fascinating story. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.”

Sunday, March 13 - Presentation: How the Earth Works by Don Davidson

2pm. This illustrated, hour-long presentation will provide a historically oriented narrative linking the scientific thinking on large-scale earth processes such as mountain building from the 18th century to our present understanding of plate tectonics. Topics will include mountain building, continental  drift, earth magnetism and seismicity, ocean floor mapping (including ocean ridges and deep trenches), seafloor spreading, hot spots and exotic plate terrains. What makes plates go will also be discussed. While some topics involve complex science topics, the talk will be presented at such a level that it should appeal to listeners of all ages and science backgrounds. Refreshments will be served. Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today.  $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the park.

Sunday, March 13 - Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

10am. Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. Bring walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 orinfo@TubacPresidio.org.  Private tours for five or more can be scheduled; call or e-mail the Park to arrange.

Friday, March 18 - Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

11am. Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Saturday, March 19 - Walking Tours of Old Tubac

10am. Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Stevens, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org

Saturday, March 19 - Presentation: Where They Walked: Theories on the Coronado Expedition 1540 Route Through Arizona by Deni Seymour

For years archaeologists and historians have pondered the physical and documentary record for clues about the route of the Coronado expedition led by Fray Marcos de Niza. Noted archaeologist Dr. Deni Seymour will synthesize those views and present her latest research evidence allowing listeners an opportunity to decide for themselves the strongest argument for a specific place or route being associated with Coronado. She will present compelling facts about the nature of the native groups who were encountered in this first recorded contact and provide a discussion about the much-sought-after location of the Coronado period site, Chichilticale. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

Sunday, March 20 - Concert - Walt Michael in Tubac

2pm. The Presidio is fortunate to once again host the legendary Walt Michael, Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, live in concert, at the historic schoolhouse in Tubac Presidio Park.  Whether you realize it or not, you have heard Walt's captivating music playing, either watching the Olympics, viewing a PBS program, or during a play on Broadway.  Walt's appearance is a very Special Event in our Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence concert series.  Grab your tickets early by calling (520) 398-2252 as seating is limited, and this concert is sure to be a sell-out. Tickets $18 for adults, free for children 14 and under.

Saturday, March 26 - Presentation: The History and Exploration of the Chiricahua Crystal Cave by Robert Zimmerman

2pm. The Chiricahua Mountains is a spectacular natural wonderland that eventually became Chiricahua National Monument, a place of balanced rocks and awe-inspiring pinnacles. Hidden in those same mountains is another spectacular natural wonder, Crystal Cave, a place where you feel you are traveling through the inside of a geode, surrounded by giant quartz crystals. Four years ago, cavers began a project to survey and map Crystal Cave.  Robert Zimmerman is the project's leader and cartographer.  He’ll tell us the history of the cave, including some surprising facts the research has uncovered, with some amazing pictures from inside the cave. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

Sunday, March 27 - Book Event: The Edge of the Sea of Cortez by Marilyn Malone & Betty Hupp

2pm. The Edge of the Sea of Cortez—Tidewalkers' Guide to the Upper Gulf of California is a lively illustrated introduction to the intertidal animals and plants of the most accessible beaches of the northern Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California. It is written and designed for seashore visitors of all ages. Five hundred full-color photographs and many informative illustrations accompany the family-friendly text. Published by Tucsonan Marilyn Malone, the second edition includes contributions by experts on shell archaeology, shore birds, and mollusk use by the Seri people of coastal Sonora. The book describes the hidden wonders a beach-goer might encounter on rocky, sandy and muddy shores. Animal and plant descriptions include the common and scientific names as well the Spanish name. Gulf of California fishing strategies and conservation efforts are also discussed. The Edge of the Sea of Cortez is a must-have companion for a south of the border coastline excursion.  Join author Marilyn Malone to hear the story of how the book came into being, including the grueling learning curve of publishing software. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

March 30 - Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

9:30am. Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. Bring walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 orinfo@TubacPresidio.org.  Private tours for five or more can be scheduled; call or e-mail the Park to arrange.

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