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DECEMBER | JANUARY 2015 | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY

ON-GOING EVENTS

Every Weekend - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Daily Guided Walking Tours

11:00 am. Where are the Fall Foliage leaves most vivid this week - and has the famous Coatimundi been seen lately. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures. What bird leaves foot-long primary wing feathers in the eucalyptus grove -- 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 guided walked of the 1.5 mile long main trail each day, starting at 11:00 am from the breezeway lobby of our visitor center. Confirm event times here

Every Weekend - Catalina State Park

Guided Hikes

7am @ Scheduled Hike Meeting Location, Every Sunday in December. Come and explore the trails of Catalina State Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains through these guided morning hikes. Led by Catalina State Park volunteer and experienced hiker Gaston, come and see the park in a new light! Hike difficultly varies; hikers are required to carry plenty of water and snacks, and wear proper clothing, shoes, and hats. Please call Hike Leader Gaston @ 520-638- 5404, for upcoming hike information and to register. Registration closes by 4pm on the Saturday prior to the scheduled hike. Hikes subject to cancellations or changes depending on weather conditions and hike attendance.

Guided Bird Walks

8 am @ the Picnic Area Ramada; Every Friday & Sunday, until 1/11
8 am @ the Trailhead; Tuesday: through 12/30 AND every Wednesday in January
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned birder, come and enjoy the variety of bird species that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced birding guides will take you on a walk through different areas of the park, helping to spot and identify different birds. Prepare for a couple of hour walk by wearing good shoes, bringing water and a snack, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Also, make sure to bring binoculars and a bird guide!

Nature Program

10 am-1pm @ the Trailhead; Runs Every Saturday
Come learn and see first hand many of the reptiles that live naturally here in the Sonoran Desert. Listen as our expert volunteers talk about each individual animal and their adaptations for surviving in the harsh desert. This is a live animal exhibit that is fun for all ages; program subject to changes and cancellation depending on weather and temperature. Program times change December 1.

Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10a.m. and again at 2p.m.
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.

 

 

Every Day - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Daily Guided Walking Tours

11:00 am. Where are the Fall Foliage leaves most vivid this week - and has the famous Coatimundi been seen lately. Check out pictures here. What bird leaves foot-long primary wing feathers in the eucalyptus grove -- 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 guided walked of the 1.5 mile long main trail each day, starting at 11:00 am from the breezeway lobby of our visitor center. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

DECEMBER EVENTS

December 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Book Club Discusses 'Filaree by Marguerite Noble

8:30 am. Marguerite Noble’s novel Filaree offers an unflinching view into the struggle of one Arizona woman in the early 1900s, as she moves from a ranch near Roosevelt to the cotton fields of Tempe, Melissa faces a suppressed life from the confines of a harsh and loveless marriage. As years go by, she deals with extreme loneliness, crushing grief and deep poverty, always wondering if life will ever hold more. Difficult decisions are made just to survive; are they the right ones? Are Melissa’s choices worth the cost to her family and to her heart, and will those choices lead her to that something more that she has always yearned for? Based on the life of the author’s mother, Filaree dispels the romanticized portrait of the frontier life often portrayed in books, movies and television. Barry Goldwater described it as “a most intriguing book and from my intimate knowledge of the hardships put upon women of territorial days, it is one people will enjoy reading.” Join our once-a-month lively book club discussion - included with $10 daily admission if you're not already among our annual members, or don't have an AZ State Parks annual pass. The book is available in the BTA Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email Vicki at BTABookClub@msn.com 

December 17 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Getting to Know the Birds Around You

9 a.m. Meeting 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) and for any late migrants stopping by on their way south. 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. No dogs, please. Led by volunteer Birder Babs.

 

December 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Winter Solstice Concert With Silverback

2:00 - 3:30 PM. Winter Solstice Concert Saturday, Dec. 20 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park 
This weekend brings the year's shortest day and longest night - the annual solstice is the official start of Winter; it also marks the season when daylight begins to get incrementally longer - with the gradual return of Spring and Summer. The celestial event is marked across the planet and spans cultures; Valley residents have a place to celebrate the solstice with a unique storytelling and musical experience presented Saturday afternoon, Dec. 20, at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. A trio of Valley musicians share the stage as 'Silverback,' a creative crew who mix music with storytelling. Music's included with $10 daily admission (and of course, at no charge to Arizona State Parks annual pass-holders); the Arboretum is a scenic drive of 45-minutes east of Mesa via Highway 60, at milepost #223 near the historic copper-mining town of Superior.

Daily hours are 8am-5pm, with December and January guided walking tours of the main trail every day at 11am (closed Dec. 25). Saturday starting at 2pm West Valley residents John Mahoney, Loren Russell and Eric Laubach will share a 90-minute concert that celebrates Arizona, the holiday season - and the Sonoran Desert which surrounds us. Percussionist John Mahoney keeps the beat with an array of hand percussion instruments, Eric Laubach adds guitar, harmonica, Native
American Flute and vocals; Loren Russell shares stories and flute playing in his native tradition. Silverback's motto is 'Mature Music for Mature People,' but don't let that scare off the kids - all are welcome at this trio's family-friendly concert.

Why do they mark the seasonal solstice? And how did they choose the name 'Silverback'? Explore the 'events' page on
the Arboretum website (ag.arizona.edu/bta) to connect with the musicians on Facebook, or via Eric Laubach's website.

December 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

1:30 pm. 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. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours are scheduled January 11 and 17, February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. 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

December 20 - Oracle State Park

Guided Hike - with Geologist

(5-6 miles, begins at 8am). Meet at the Kannally Ranch House. With guest geologist, Elwood (‘Woody’) Brooks, the hike will follow Manzanita Trail, AZ Trail and Wildlife Corridor Trail. The group will look at some very old (Precambrian) rocks, including the 1420-1450 million-year-old Oracle/Ruin Granite, and nice tourmaline-bearing pegmatites. Reservation required the day prior, Friday, December 19, by 4pm, by calling Guide, Gaston Meloche, directly at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee or display an AZ State Parks Annual Pass. A minimum of four hikers is required for a hike to take place.

December 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 PM. 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.
Click here for more information.

 

December 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Christmas Bird Count Friday

7am - 5pm. Competent, confident birders are needed as volunteers for the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Cynthia Donald coordinates the Superior count circle which begins at Queen Valley and Whitlow Dam to the west and extends to the Oak Flat campground above the town of Superior to the east; encompassing Hewitt Station Road and “Area 51″ around Montana Mountain, also Queen Creek upstream of the Arboretum, Arnett Creek and Canyon, Picketpost Mountain, and ‘urban birding’ around the town of Superior. To volunteer on a team for this count and get more information call Cynthia Donald at 480-283-4515 or email  her planres@earthlink.net. Volunteers are needed in others regions throughout the state, too. For more information about 'CBC's around Arizona, visit http://www.azfo.org

December 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden

1:30 PM. Professional geologist Scott McFadden is the special guest tourguide for this once-a-month walk, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses 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. ASU Professor Steve Semken guides this walk January 24. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

December 27 - Catalina State Park

A Walk on the Wild Side

9 am @ the Trailhead (Repeats on 1/24) Come learn about the animals of the park, get a close look at the desert floor, take a "picture" of the park, and experience the web of life on this family friendly nature hike. Featuring several kid and adult oriented activities, the program will last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and be prepared to "climb the hill" to the beginning of the Nature Trail.


December 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By author Jean Groen

1:30 Pm. Explore our Curandero Trail on a guided Saturday afternoon one-hour walk with Apache Junction author Jean Groen, sharing her knowledge about the 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. Read more: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/edibleplants.html

December 28 - Catalina State Park

Bighorn Basics

4 pm @ the Trailhead Stage (Repeats on 1/25)
A family friendly talk, focused on the Bighorn Sheep of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Learn more about these animals and their return to this area through a fun and interactive talk given by Catalina State Park volunteer, Richard, a retired Ranger from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10a.m. and again at 2p.m.
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.

 

JANUARY EVENTS 2015

FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY

January 1 - Assorted Parks

Visit our 1st Day Hike page for locations & times. Start 2015 off on the "right foot", and choose from more than 16 leisurely or invigorating hikes with family and friends to celebrate the new year in "Your" beautiful state parks. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, a camera and Create Your Adventure! Park entrance fees apply. Please check individual park websites for more information.

January - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Daily Guided Walking Tours

11:00 am. Where is the Winter color most vivid this week - and has the Arboretum's famous coatimundi been seen lately? What bird dropped foot-long primary wing feathers in the eucalyptus grove? 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 guided walked of the 1.5 mile long main trail each day, starting at 11:00 am from the breezeway lobby of our visitor center. Read more about Daily Guided Tours http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

 

January - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day Concert & Blessing With Arvel Bird

12 Noon. Here's a resolution you'll find easy to keep: spend New Year's Day at the Arboretum, with the unique and inspiring flute and celtic fiddle music of Arvel Bird - starting just after 12 Noon with a Native American style New Year's blessing to begin 2014. Arvel will present a concert surrounded by desert beauty, performing new music from his two CDs as well as fan favorites from releases including Animal Totems, Tribal Music Suite and Titanic Centennial. His performance is co-sponsored by the Superstition Area Land Trust (azsalt.org); visitors will have a chance to meet volunteers from SALT and learn more about the organization and its efforts to preserve the Sonoran Desert.

Arvel Bird spent a decade playing fiddle for country legends including Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Louise Mandrell; now based in Nashville, he's chosen life on the road to connect with audiences the old-fashioned way -- live -- where his visceral performances and high-energy Celtic-Jazz fiddle ignite concert venues, symphony halls and festivals from coast-to-coast. Don't miss this talented musician, storyteller and world-traveled entertainer, whose continuously-evolving music delights audiences around the globe. Music is free if you're a BTA annual member or if you have an Arizona State Parks yearly-pass; it's included with the $10 daily admission for those who don't. Read more at: http://www.arvelbird.com/ Connect with the artist at: https://www.facebook.com/thearvelbird

January 2 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Full Moon Hike

7-9 pm. Due to popular demand during our busy season, we are now offering two moonlight hikes per month. There is a limit of 100 hikers per night, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. This is 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 (no headlamps, please). 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 the Cholla Day Use Area.

January 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Basic Gourd Art January 3  (advanced 'pine needle coiling' class tomorrow)

9am - 1pm. $35-$55. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Sign up soon for either of these informal and fun art classes -- a basic class for beginners-intermediates, or the advanced class in pine-needle coiling for experienced gourd artists. Each is a four-hour workshop where participants have the use of tools and art supplies to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the Wednesday beginners class is $35-$45 and includes a gourd, use of paints and brushes, tools and art supplies for the day, plus four hours of coaching and inspiration from Vicki & Jerry.
Thursday enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

January 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum History Walk Sunday with Sylvia Lee

10 am. 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. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about it at: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html 

 

January 3 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Full Moon Hike

7-9 pm. Due to popular demand during our busy season, we are now offering two moonlight hikes per month. There is a limit of 100 hikers per night, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. This is 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 (no headlamps, please). 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 the Cholla Day Use Area.

January 3 - Oracle State Park

Ranger Led Interpretive Hike

11am. Happy New Year! Join a guided hike for approximately 3 miles exploring a loop joining segments of Gas line Road, Mariposa Trail and connecting wash. Free with park entrance fee. Please call for a reservation.

January 4 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Gourd Art: advanced 'pine needle coiling' (repeats Feb. 7)

9am - 1pm. $35-$55. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Sign up soon for either of these informal and fun art classes -- a basic class for beginners-intermediates, or the advanced class in pine-needle coiling for experienced gourd artists. Each is a four-hour workshop where participants have the use of tools and art supplies to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the Wednesday beginners class is $35-$45 and includes a gourd, use of paints and brushes, tools and art supplies for the day, plus four hours of coaching and inspiration from Vicki & Jerry.
Thursday enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

January 7 - Lost Dutchman State Park

How and when was this mountain formed?

9 a.m Following the Treasure Loop Trail, Volunteer hiking leader Jim will discuss the Superstition Mountain geology, along with some of the legends of gold and the lore of the Superstitions. This 2.5 + mile round trip with an elevation change of approx. 520’ is a moderate hike. Hikers should wear hiking shoes and carry ample water. Meet at Cholla Day Use Area.

 

January 9 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Star Talk

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

 

 

January 10 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the 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. This tour repeats Jan. 25 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with Tom McDonald as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

January 10 - Lost Dutchman State Park

The 3 S’s of the Desert

1:30 p.m. All about Snakes, Scorpions, Spiders and more, presented by local resident Larry Zirkelbach. Larry is a venomous snake caretaker with Phoenix Herpetologist Society  Look for an informative, entertaining program for both kids and adults at the Palo Verde Ramada. No pets please.


January 10 - Red Rock State Park

Native American Pottery Water Colors

10am - 2pm. Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing workshop series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-instruction and techniques with a theme each month; January’s theme will be a still life painting class based on Native American pottery. This class will be held inside.

Native American Pottery ClassCathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. Shortly after retiring in Sedona in 2000, she began teaching watercolor classes at the Sedona Community Center, and continues today. “Teaching is simply my best learning tool and I hope to bring others along as I learn”, says Stedman. She has taken classes from several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez.

Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes Park entry and all supplies. If you are bringing your own supplies the reservation fee is 40.00. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.

January 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats Jan. 17)

1:30 pm. 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. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours are scheduled January 11 and 17, February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. 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

January 11 - Oracle State Park

Bighorn Basics

12:30pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer, Richard Boyer, as he presents "Bighorn Basics" at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35 minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep - including reintroduction efforts and updates on a proposed wildlife corridor to cross Highway 77 near Catalina.  What are they? Where have they been? Where are they now? Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. For several years, Richard has presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he recently retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger.  Free with park admission. Reservation preferred. Also – Feb 8, March 8, April 5

January 12 - Riordan Mansion State Historical Park

Honoring Civil War Veterans in 2014

12:15 pm. Presented by: Jerry Snow, MNA Docent. Jerry Snow, as Peachy Gilmer Breckinridge, was invited to participate in an honoring ceremony for two Breckinridge veterans in Fincastle, Virginia on Memorial Day weekend, 2014. He will illustrate the ceremony in which the participants are in period dress. Also Rebecca Durrenberger. Chris Glen and Jerry Snow will dramatize the end of the war when the last Breckinridge soldier comes home from the war two days after the surrender at Appomattox on April the 9th, 1865.

 

January 14 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Great Horned OWn - Lost Dutchman State Park.Getting to Know the Birds Around You

9 a.m.Meeting 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) and for any late migrants stopping by on their way south. 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. No dogs, please. Led by volunteer Birder Babs.

January 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Create a GardenBoyce Thompson Arboretum State Park - Indoor Garden

9a.m. $30-$40; with credit card ready call 520.689.2723. Get your hands a little dirty create your own low-maintenance - and completely portable -- indoor garden; participants will arrange soil, decorative rock and assorted succulents in a drum-style glass fishbowl, creating a unique terrarium. All materials, including terrarium, soil and plants are included. Read more in our E-newsletter. Popular during the Victorian era, terrarium art is bring revived by mixed-media artist Vicki Johnson in workshops teaching the history of terrariums and offering step-by-step, hands-on instructions to build your own. Registration of $30-40 includes a (7-by-10-by-10 along with succulents, soil, rocks, and decorating materials. Vicki will explain types of succulents ideal for a terrarium, how to arrange them for aesthetic balance, and how to care for your mini-ecosystem (succulent terrariums are low-maintenance easy to maintain. This workshop is also available to private groups, for details email Lacey at lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu or call 520.689.2723

January 17 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Australia Day Didgeridoo Music & Walk-A-Bout Tours

9am-3pm. Experience a taste of The Land Down Under -- the plants and culture of Australia are closer than you might expect, particularly in January when Arboretum staff, volunteers & visitiors celebrate Australia Day.  Didge players, and those who own a didge but never learned the technique of circular breathing to play it, are invited to join Musician Bernie Haley for an informal didge jam session from 9-11am in the lecture room. For details or to sign-up, Call Bernie at 250. 927. 5544, or e-mail him at bahaley@live.com. Haley will also offer a concert open to all visitors that afternoon from 1:30-3:00, outdoors beneath the Eucalyptus trees if the weather is clement -- or in our lecture room of the Smith Building if the event of rain or excessive cold. Tour the Australian collections on an 11am walk-a-bout showcasing plants from the Outback.

January 17 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats Feb. 8)

1:30 pm. 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. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours are scheduled February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. 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

January 17 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Bird Walk

8:30 a.m. 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 Area.

 

January 17 - Oracle State Park

New Volunteer Orientation Program

9am-Noon. Join rangers for a no-commitment-necessary opportunity for potential new volunteers to learn more about the park’s history and get an introduction to roles, expectations, benefits and needs of the park’s Volunteer Program. Two hour indoor session followed by a trail walk. Please call for a reservation. Free with park entrance fee.

January 18 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 PM. 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. Read more here Repeats Feb. 15

January 21 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Sunset Hike

4:15 p.m. Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and intersecting with Siphon Draw Trail will find hikers marveling at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there a few clouds. Elevation change is 102 ft. on very well maintained trails. Easy, 2 hour hike. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Nancy.

January 24 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"The Science of Soils" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes 

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne launches a new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures with a seminar on soil. These are included with daily admission of $10; no pre-registration required. If soil isn't dirt, what is it - what does soil do, and how does it work? How does water actually move through soil - and what's it composed of? Jeff will guide participants through an informative talk and hands-on lab about soils. Future topics include 'Selecting the Best Tree or Plant' Feb. 21; 'Planting and Establishment' March 21, and 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18. 

January 24 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Ranger Led Hike

9 a.m. Ranger Diana leads a guided hike up Treasure Loop to Prospector’s View and down to Jacob’s Crosscut, 2.7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Ratedmoderate, the hike will last approximately 2 hours. Along the way you will learn about desert plants and animals and legends of the Superstition Mountains. Meet at the Saguaro Day Use Area.

January 24 - Oracle State Park

Winter Evening Stargazing Event – following live music and guest speaker

Help celebrate the accomplishment of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee in bringing recognition and attention to Oracle State Park’s dark sky resource in need of protection! Enjoy live music in the living room from 3p-5p (details TBA). At 5p, Arizona Humanities Council guest speaker, Ken Zoll, will offer a presentation on “Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices”. Stick around after dark forstargazing with telescopes. Stay warm by the indoor fire, outdoor heater and upper patio fire pit, and sip hot cider and hot chocolate offered by Friends of Oracle State Park. Free with park entrance fee. No reservation needed.

January 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Tom McDonald

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where desert plant expert Tom McDonald (owner of Smiling Dog Ranch in Gold Canyno) shares his knowledge about the 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. This tour repeats Feb. 14 at 1:30 pm with author Jean Groen as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

January 25 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Inspirational Music

5 p.m. Listen and sing-a-long with Jim Potocki, local seasonal resident. Jim will be bringing a sampling of songs with him from Sunday appearances in Pennsylvania. Join us at the Palo Verde Ramada at 5 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a chair.

January 28 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Treasure the Hike

9 a.m. This hike along the Treasure Loop Trail offers the hiker opportunities to stretch the legs as the elevation changes approximately 500’ within the first mile, with views of the Four Peaks and downtown Phoenix (on a clear day), rock formations, and a gentle decline on the return of the loop trail. Considered a moderate hike due to elevation change and length of hike (2.5 mi.), the average hiker will find it a most enjoyable hike. Meet at Cholla Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barb.

January 31 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Full Moon Hike

7-9 p.m. There is a limit of 100 hikers, 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.

January 31 - Oracle State Park

Arizona Trail Virtual Tour

Join Sirena Dufault, Gateway Community Liaison for the Arizona Trail Association, for a talk and slide show in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House beginning at Noon. Whether you are a hiker, mountain biker, equestrian, or Arizona visitor wishing to see more of the diverse landscape of our state, this Arizona Trail Virtual Tour will share views along the National Scenic Arizona Trail. The AZ Trail is an 800 mile stretch that passes through the entire length of Arizona, beginning just south of the Mexican border, passing through Oracle State Park, and ending north of the Grand Canyon into Utah. Free with park entrance fee, reservation suggested.

January 31 - Red Rock State Park

"Big 5 Survival Priorities" with Tony Nester

Tony Nester, painter8am - 4pm. Have you ever wondered what to do if you were lost and had to spend the night in the wild unprepared; Or maybe how you can prepare yourself for a similar situation? Join us on January 31st for a daylong survival class with nationally known Tony Nester. Tony will be covering the "Big 5 Survival Priorities” - the class will cover shelter, emergency fire-making, water location, signaling and survival kits.

The workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental skills needed for surviving in a desert region and the hazards that are associated with traveling in the desert. Between lecture, slideshows, and hands-on exercises participants will become familiar with skills required for desert survival including emergency shelter building, water location, mirror signaling, heat related injuries, venomous creatures, and survival kits for travel.

Tony Nester, local to the Northern Arizona region, is a nationally known survival instructor whom founded Ancient Pathways; a wilderness skills company dedicated to desert survival and primitive technology. He holds a degree in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B); he has also published many books on outdoor survival including The Modern Hunter-Gatherer and Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills.

Tony has extensive experience teaching desert survival courses to various groups including the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, National Park Service, U.S. Military Operations, Desert Institute and other private organizations.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $65.00,which includes entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

January 31 - Riordan Mansion State Historical Park

In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes

7:00 pm. Presented by: Wayne Ranney, Author. In the 1870s a refined New England woman traveled with her lieutenant husband to the untamed Arizona Territory. Traveling in terrible conditions and initially horrified by the desert landscape, she eventually gave birth to the first Anglo child born at Fort Apache. Ultimately, Ms. Summerhayes came to love the starry nights, the clear air and the relative simplicity of life in Arizona. In fact, she wrote what is now a classic in Southwest literature, Vanished Arizona. Join Ranney as he recounts this tale of hard-won love and reveals his personal connection to Martha Summerhayes! In Cooperation with the Grand Canyon Historical Society


February 2015

MARCH | APRIL | MAY

February 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardeners Present:  'Amazing Aloes' (their next workshop is March 7)

11am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed; volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday seminars demonstrating 'Amazing Aloes'. February's a Winter month not known for color, but a peak month for these African succulents which thrive in our corner of the Sonoran Desert. Aloes are a staple in the desert garden; with sensual shape that adds structure and grace to our hot environment. Evergreen Aloes offer long lasting blooms much loved by our native hummingbirds. There's no pre-registration required to attend these once-a-month 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. Learn about other Arboretum guided tours and events at ag.arizona.edu/bta; for more info about our local Master Gardeners group, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com. Future workshops include "Right Plant - Right Place" March 7. Confirm event times http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

February 9 - Riordan Mansion State Historical Park

Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers

12:15pm. Presented by: Roger Naylor. Finally, a fun and exciting hiking book! Everyone in Arizona lives within 15 minutes of a trail (and everyone eats) so Roger Naylor leads the way to beautiful hikes and incredible bites. Walk off some calories and put them back on! A humor and travel writer, Roger highlights his favorite trails all over Arizona, featuring Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, the Phoenix area, Tucson and the southern deserts, the forests of the White Mountains, and Arizona’s “West Coast.” Each trail is followed up by a nearby mom and pop eatery. Pass the mustard!

This book is a love letter to Arizona and a departure from the typical dry hiking book. Experience in full color the beauty and wonder of Arizona in over 170 stunning photographs. Featuring: 37 trails, 38 eateries, trail guides, maps, fascinating fun facts, attractions along the way, and . . . fruit burritos.

Roger Naylor is a Southwest travel writer, humorist, and author of Arizona Kicks on Route 66 andDeath Valley: Hottest Place on Earth. His work has appeared in ArizonaRepublic, USA Today, Go Escape, Arizona Highways, and Route 66 Magazine. He is also a senior writer for The Bob and Tom Show. Roger lives in Cottonwood, Arizona

In Cooperation with the Grand Canyon Historical Society

February 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day 'Trees' Tour & Workshop  (future workshops March 11, April 8)

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families: a 'Trees' workshop and tour Feb. 11, the 'Arizona' workshop March 11, and 'Plants of the Bible Land. April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions begin Wednesday, February 11 with the Trees workshop: BTA is a natural fit for the study of trees, this tour teaches students about basic tree physiology; how trees work, plant classification, and even some mathematics with a 'tree-ometry' activity. (2 hours). Then Wednesday, March 11 is the Arizona workshop. This special tour highlights unique attributes
of Arizona, including geology, edible plants, state symbols, and habitats. (2 hours)

Wednesday, April 8 is "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date. Read more via this informative PDF http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/HomeschoolDays2015.pdf

February 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"Selecting the Best Tree or Plant" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 2nd in his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What is a Site Analysis? Why plant Native? What is a “naturalized species”? What is Acclimation? Adaptability? Hardiness? What is a “Microclimate”? What should I really be looking for when selecting from a nursery? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through an informative talk and hands-on lab about tree and plant selection from the ‘roots up.’ This hands-on lab includes a mini field trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Retail Nursery. Future topics include 'Planting and
Establishment' March 21,  and 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18. 

February 21 - Oracle State Park

Maynard Dixon Art Talk

11am. Talk featuring Jacqueline Feller. Begins in the Kannally Ranch House Living Room. Details TBA. Please call for a reservation.

February 28 - Riordan Mansion State Historical Park

The First OneHundred Grand CanyonRiver Runners

7:00pm. Presented by: Tom Martin, Author. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon. Dock Marston thought his recounting would take six months to write in 1947 and soon realized what had been previously written was woefully incorrect and incomplete. Over the next thirty years, Dock amassed a huge collection of first-person accounts of these river runners, from James White on a log raft in 1867 to the first powerboat runs of 1949 through 1951. Tom Martin will touch on who Dock Marston was, and look at some of the highlights of Marston’s recounting.

Date TBD - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Home School Day Tours

10 am. Homeschooling families are invited to gather and experience our most popular education programs on special Wednesdays where 10:00am tours are scheduled January 14, February 11 and March 11. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. $2.00 per Pre-Kindergarten - High School student. (Ages 4-18) . $2.00 per adult limit two adults per family: additional adults $10 each. Space is limited. Families are asked to reserve in person at the Arboretum Admissions Window or by phone: 520-689-2723, no later than one week prior to each tour. (Also Feb. 11, March 11)


 March 2015

APRIL | MAY

March 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardeners Present:  "Right Plant - Right Place"  (their next workshop is April 4)

11am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Is there a challenging spot in your garden or landscape where nothing will grow? Learn the biggest little secret to successful gardening: selecting the right plant for the right place. Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers live in Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Mesa and Florence - they've learned which plants love full sun, shade, wind or very little water. March 7, just in time for BTA's annual Spring Plant Sale, they'll share suggestions for a perfect plant for every space! And then April brings a session focused on Butterfly Gardening. Did you know butterflies are nearsighted? That they don't like fresh water? Or which plants butterflies must have to mature from egg to the adult? Mark your calendar, hear the answers to these questions and many more with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners. 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. Learn about other Arboretum guided tours and events at ag.arizona.edu/bta; for more info about our local Master Gardeners group, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com. Their next workshops is "Butterfly Gardening" April 4. 

March 7 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

2015 AZ Archaeology Expo

The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured. In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.

March 9 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Restoration, repair and using a 1890s sewing machine

12:15pm. Presented by Adrienne Rose, RiordanMansion volunteer

A special Brown Bag in celebration of Women’s History Month

March 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day 'Arizona' Tour & Workshop  (one more workshop April 8)

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families: the 'Arizona' workshop March 11, and 'Plants of the Bible Land' April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, March 11 with the Arizona workshop. This special tour highlights unique attributes of Arizona, including geology, edible plants, state symbols, and habitats. (2 hours) 
Wednesday, April 8 is "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date. Read more via this informative PDF http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/HomeschoolDays2015.pdf

March 14 - Oracle State Park

Presentation: Gathering and Preparation Techniques of Traditional Apache Foods

Noon in the Kannally Ranch House living room, with Herb Stevens, San Carlos Apache and Cultural Center Director. Join us as we celebrate March as Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Awareness Month. The talk will highlight the use of acorn powder and acorn soup, and using sumac berries to make "Apache Kool-aid". Oracle State Park, located in the high desert oak-grassland foothills at 4500 feet elevation, has a variety of useful plant resources that continue to be collected and used traditionally by native people of the region for medicine and food. Examples are the edible acorns from the Emory Oak and Arizona White Oak; also the lemonade sumac bush, mesquite pods and annual wildflowers. This is a family-friendly event that is free with the park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Reservations are suggested.

March 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"Planting and Establishment" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

 10am. You’ve bought the “RIGHT” plant, now what? What is a girdling root - and do I need to prune a newly planted tree? Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 3rd in his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What do I prune off or why
not? Are cacti planted differently than planting trees or shrubs? How wide must the planting hole be? How deep? Should I amend the soil and backfill? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through an informative talk and hands-on lab about the best practices for planting your new plant and what you should and should not do. This hands-on lab
includes field work on the grounds at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Jeff's Spring series concludes with 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18. 

March 21 - Oracle State Park

Going for the Gold - Dark Sky Celebration

Oracle State Park has recently been designated the 20th in the world “International Dark Sky Park”. More details to come on this all-day-into-evening celebratory special event.


April 2015

April 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day - "Plants of the Bible Land" Tour & Workshop

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families with a 'Plants of the Bible Land' tour and activity April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, April 8 with "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date. Read more via this informative PDF here

April 18 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 4th and final of his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What is wrong with my plant? Is my plant dead? Why are the leaves yellow? I found bugs on my plants are they good or bad? What can cause dieback? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through problems that occur or can go wrong with your plants in your own backyard and what to watch out for during an informative talk and hands-on field lab diagnosing common problems with plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum that the Horticulture Staff encounter on a daily or seasonal basis.


May 2015

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

May 16 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff's FortTuthill's Role in Arizona's Military History

7:00pm. Presented by: Jim Warbasse. The story of Flagstaff's military history and its association with the 158th Infantry Regiment can be traced from the units organization in 1865 as the 1st Regiment Arizona Volunteers through Afghanistan service of 1st Battalion 158th Infantry from 2007-08 and deployment of smaller units until June 2013. The regiment became best known in WWI1 as the infantry component of the 158th Infantry Regimental Combat Team "Bushmasters". The history  of this famous regiment  and the role Fort Tuthill played in that history will be discussed by Jim Warbasse a former  member of  the regiment and Grandson of General Tuthill.

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