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June events at Arizona State Parks

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 4 - National Trails Day

Enjoy a hike on one of Arizona State Parks more than 80 miles of beautiful trails and celebrate the beauty of Arizona! Visit AZStateParks.com/hiking or www.nationaltrailsday.org for more information. Don't forget to "Hike Right", bring plenty of water, a friend & your sense of adventure! #hikeright

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

June 4: Guided Dragonfly Walk (repeats July 2)

8:30am. learn to identify Arizona’s most common dragonfly species on a walk guided by Odonate enthusiasts on the first Saturday of each month this summer. The interpreted walking tour visits Ayer Lake and garden water features; a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Bring your camera - guides often will safely net a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche: http://azdragonfly.net

June 4, Saturday - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom basic photo editing software class

9am. Enrollment’s $20 for BTA members, $30 nonmembers. Call (520) 689-2723 daytime business hours to enroll and prepay.
If you have great camera gear and an eye for interesting photos -- this class introduces a popular software tool which can take your photography to another level. Lightroom delivers essentials so you can organize, perfect, and share your images—quickly, easily, and powerfully. Workshop is coached by ‘Rim’ Vidziunas, coordinator of the once-a-month Lightroom Users’ Group which meets at BTA June 18. Register and pre-pay; have a credit card ready and call gift shop staff at (520) 689-2723 during daytime business hours (6:30am. – 2:30pm. during May and June). Details https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.html

June 11: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk (repeats July 9, August 13)

8am. Kids love this entertaining guided tour around the gardens for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci’s the special guest tourguide; connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildman-Phil/282933625679
Guides for next month’s walk July 9 will be Arizona Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt and Tucson author Larry Jones (he wrote ‘Lizards of the American Southwest’). Walks August 13 and also September 10 feature Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at start time. See photos and read more
http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

June 18 - Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats July 16)

8am. 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 more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/bibleplants.html

June 18: Main Trail Guided Walk

9am. 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 an Arizona State Parks Volunteer guide. Tours depart from the visitor center at 9am. and are included with daily admission $10 -- free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. https://ag.arizona.edu/bta

June 18: Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs

6:30am. Resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week – join a birdwalk June 18 with by Mark Ochs and starting at 6:30am. Read up-to-date reports from visitors https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks.html

June 19 Tree Tour guided by Certified Arborist Jeff Payne

8am. 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.
https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

June 25 - Geology Walking Tour with Scott McFadden (then with Rich Leveille July 23)

8am. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour guided by professional geologist Rich Leveille. BTA’s website has links to a detailed interview with the Geology Tour guide; 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. Note that BTA ‘rock walks’ move to an 8am. start time June 25 with Scott McFadden, and July 23 with Rich Leveille. Here’s a short profile of Rich Leveille
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/2015/06/20/geology-walk-among-offerings-boyce-thompson-arboretum-cbt/29047429/

June 25 - Guided Butterfly Walk with Ron Rutowski & Laura Miller (next butterfly walk July 23)

8:30am. ASU Professor Ron Rutowski and Laura Miller team-up and guide visitors to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Start time remains 8:30am. July 23 with Marceline VandeWater as guide, and also 8:30am. on August 27 with Adriane Grimaldi. Adriane’s the guide September 24 when the start time moves to 9am.
https://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

June 26: Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk With David Morris (next walk is July 24)

8am. Explore our Curandero Trail on a one-hour walk guided by Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist David Morris. learn about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. East Valley authors and native plants enthusiasts Kathy & Tom McDonald guide this tour when it recurs July 24. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

 

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Verde Valley Fishing Fun Day at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Saturday, June 4: Verde Valley Fishing Fun Day

Arizona Game and Fish Department, Prescott National Forest, and Arizona State Parks bring the annual free Verde Valley Fishing Fun Day from 8am.-noon. Participants should check-in at the park office the day of the event. The Fishing Fun Day includes free fishing with no fishing license required. Several hundred pounds of channel catfish stock the lagoon. Fishing poles and fishing bait will be available to those who do not have their own equipment. For more information, contact Albert Sillas at (928) 567-4121.

 

Oracle State Park

Star Party Event at Oracle State ParkSaturday, June 25: Live Music and Star Party

6pm. Enjoy the sunset from the upper patio of the Kannally Ranch House for live music from 6pm.-8pm. with Kevin Pakulis and his Band. Bring your own picnic to the park to enjoy Oracle’s cooler evening temperatures, and Kevin’s original brand of Americana - where rock, blues and country meet! Music will be followed by a Star Party from 8pm.-10pm. Telescopes and interpretation of night sky objects will be provided by Saddlebrooke Stargazers Club volunteers and Oracle Dark Skies Committee (or BYOT – bring your own telescope!). Free with park admission, thanks to event support by Friends of Oracle State Park.

Sunday, June 26: Pollinator Ecosystems

5pm. Celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 20-26, for the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Join Hilary Cox for a presentation at the ranch house at 5pm, followed by a short guided trail walk. Park gates will close late, by 8pm. Nine years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Pollinators positively affect all of our lives, supporting wildlife, healthy watershed and more. Reservation suggested; free with park admission.

 

 

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Why Dark Skies Matter eventSunday Lecture - June 5: "Why Dark Skies Matter" with Dr. Matthew Goodwin Ph.D.

1pm. Why should we turn out the lights and enjoy the darkness? Why is it important that we protect our nighttime views of the sky? Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. In this talk we will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky with our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Philosophy, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience—an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees.

 

Why Dark Skies Matter eventSunday Lecture - June 5: "Why Dark Skies Matter" with Dr. Matthew Goodwin Ph.D.

1pm. Why should we turn out the lights and enjoy the darkness? Why is it important that we protect our nighttime views of the sky? Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. In this talk we will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky with our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Philosophy, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience—an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees.

 

Geology Hike at Red Rock State ParkSunday, June 12: Geology Hike

1pm. We are located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and rises 2,000 to 3,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded 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. Hikes are included with park entrance fees.

 

Sunday, June 12: Tour of the Amazing Geological Sites of Northern Arizona, with Dr. Kennard Bork

3pm. Northern Arizona has a rich collection of geological sites, many known for their exceptional beauty. We will tour the northern tier of the state, in an illustrated lecture, from Monument Valley and the Navajo lands of the NE to the Grand Canyon, continuing to the Nevada border. Then we will consider the Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, the San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, and other noteworthy geo-sites along the middle of the state. Behind each beautiful feature is a geological story with its own inherent power to inform. Dr. Kennard B. Bork taught geology at the college level for four decades, focusing on the history of the Earth and its life forms. His Ph.D. is in Geology, specializing in paleontology. This lecture is included with park entrance fees.

 

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State ParkSunday, June 19: Archaeology Hike

1pm. Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. 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 that 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. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Hikes are included with park entrance fees.

 

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State ParkMonday, June 20: Full Moon Hike

6:30pm. The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7- 13), and free for children (0 - 6). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight.

 

Ethnobotany Hike at Red Rock State ParkSunday, June 26: Ethnobotany Hike

1pm. Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. The hike is included with your entrance fee. Please bring water, wear suitable footwear and meet in the Visitor Center a little before 1:00 P.M. Hikes are included with park entrance fees.

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

ALL SUMMER! - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour
June 13 - Brown Bag Lecture: The Art of Cameras
June 18 - Route 66 Comes to Riordan - Route 66 Car Club and the Flagstaff Community Band
June 18 - Evening Lecture: Fred Harvey
July 11 - Brown Bag Lecture in Memory of Ken O'Dell
July 23 - Evening Lecture: Route 66

 

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