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ON-GOING EVENTS


Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Every Weekend - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

A wonderful place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.

Check out the September BTA newsletter HERE...

Every Weekend - Catalina State Park

Guided HikesBlooming Prikly Pear Cactus

7am @ Scheduled Hike Meeting Location, Every Sunday, 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.

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation AreaFriday's - ALL SUMMER - Fool Hollow Lake State Park

Free summer Nature Walk at 9 a.m. at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area. Learn more about the flora, fauna and history of the area. There is no entrance fee to attend the walks. Entrance station staff will direct you to the starting location of each nature walk or hike. Each walk or hike lasts one to one-and-a-half hours. For more information, call 928-537-3680 or 928-368-2100.


Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannaly Ranch House at Oracle State Park.The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10am. and again at 2pm.
SEPTEMBER: 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 in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind. 45-minute Docent or Ranger-Led Guided Tours will only be offered by reservation or on select dates over the summer months. Please call ahead. Free with park admission.

October - November - Homolovi State Park

Tours of Homolovi IV

10am. Come join Ranger Chad for a tour of Homolovi IV, one of the park’s archaeological sites that is not usually open to the public. The pueblo consisted of approximately 150 masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west side of the Little Colorado River. It was occupied for a short time in the late 1200s, but the site also includes petroglyphs from a much earlier time. The site was excavated in 1989 by the Homolovi Research Program.

Homolovi IV Pueblo Tours will take place this fall on the following dates: October: 4, 10, 11, 17, & 25, 2015 & November 7, 2015 Meet at Homolovi Visitor Center. The tours will begin at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center at 10am. and be finished by 12:30pm. and are limited to 15 participants. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. There is a $7 day use fee per car with up to 4 adults.


September 18-27 - Multiple State Parks

FLAGSTAFF FESTIVAL of SCIENCE

The Festival offers more than 90 free activities. Highlights include the three-night Flagstaff Star Party at Buffalo Park, where astronomers will guide attendees through the constellations and Northern Arizona’s famous dark skies. Professional and amateur astronomers also will celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Sept. 19. Lowell Observatory will celebrate the “Year of Pluto” with demonstrations and stargazing during its open house, 5 – 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. Download a full program schedule HERE. (PDF Document 1.2 MB PDF)

Activities at Arizona State Parks include:

RIORDAN MANSION STATE HISTORIC PARK - Flagstaff
Sept. 19. The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 1 -
Jeanne Schofer, Coconino National Forest
7 pm. This presentation is Part 1 in a two-part series that explores the relationship of archaeological research conducted in Northern Arizona with federal New Deal Programs and its enduring legacy to the archaeological profession and the American public. It will emphasize the early New Deal excavations conducted during the 1933-35 period.   

Sept. 20: 300 Years of Exploration: What We Have Learned About our Closest Neighbor, Mars - Christopher S. Edwards, Ph.D., USGS
7pm. Experience the colorful history of Mars exploration from telescopes to spacecraft with a glimpse toward the future!

Sept 26: The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 2 - Peter Pilles, Coconino National Forest
7pm. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park This presentation is Part 2 in a two-part series that explores archaeological research in Northern Arizona through New Deal Programs of the 1930s and the enduring legacy to the archaeological profession and the American public.

HOMOLOVI STATE PARK - Winslow
Sept. 27: Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour
10am.
Located 61 miles east of Flagstaff, Exit 257 to Hwy 87 Homolovi IV is the oldest of the pueblos at Homolovi State Park and usually closed to the public. Partici- pants will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last 1⁄4-mile is dirt road). Prepare for an easy 1⁄3-mile walk on uneven ground. For reservations call 928-289-4106.

RED ROCK STATE PARK - Sedona
Sept. 26-27: Public Lands Volunteer Days
8am. – 5pm. Volunteers are invited to help maintain and clean up park facilities, trails and Oak Creek riparian areas. Interpreters will be available for questions regarding Oak Creek and its importance to Arizona.

 

Upcoming Events - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

September 1 - Dragonfly Field Guide Author

8:30am. For the past decade ‘Common Dragonflies of the Southwest’ has been the go-to field guide to Arizona Odonata. An excellent, convenient and pocket-size full-color guide, the durable little books became increasingly rare when authors Kathy and Dave Biggs moved to publishing e-Guides. Good news for dragonfly fans: their books are back in stock at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (including just-released ‘Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest - Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah’)  even better, they'll visit BTA for a rare meet-the-authors book signing and guided dragonfly walk Tuesday morning, Sept. 1. Bring your dog-eared field edition to be personalized and autographed that morning – or pick up a pristine new copy; the pocket guide runs about $12, while the expanded new book is $24.  Attending the 9am guided tour with these odonate experts is free when you show your AZ State Parks annual pass - or included with $10 daily admission for all other visitors. Be in the visitor center breezeway lobby from 8:30-9:00 a.m. for the book signing and informal ‘meet the authors” half-hour; the Tuesday special dragonfly walk begins at 9:00am. What’s possible this time of year? An August report last year included Red-tailed Pennant, Western Pondhawk, Neon Skimmer; Flame Skimmer, Straw-colored Sylph, Roseate Skimmer, Blue Dasher, Spot-winged Gliders, Mexican Amberwings, Black Saddlebag, Giant Darners – and about a dozen other species. See photos and read more about odonates of the Grand Canyon State at this excellent website     http://azdragonfly.net

Guided Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on Aug. 1, 2015 at 8:30am.September 5 - Guided Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut

8:30am. Dragonfly enthusiast, photographer and AZ State Parks Volunteer Roger Racut guides this once-a-month odonate excursion, an interpretive walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insects. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website: http://azdragonfly.net. Bring your camera because Roger safely nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. Confirm nature walk times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Lizard Walk with Wild Man Phil at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Aug. 8, 2015 at 8am.September 12 - Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci & Author Larry Jones

8am. This entertaining guided walk isn't just for for kids -- its popular with all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. There's no additional fee, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at 8:00am start time. Arrive early and explore - BTA opens at 6:00am during September (next month daily hours revert to the 8am-5pm fall-winter schedule). Today's walk features two enthralling guides: Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci. http://wildmanphil.com/. See photos and connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildman-Phil/282933625679] plus a special guest: Tucson author Larry Jones. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

September 12 - Annual CaZBA Butterfly Count

8:30am. Central Arizona Butterfly Associations (http://www.cazba.org) experts will lead small teams of volunteers counting all the "flowers on the wing" which can be found today around the gardens of Boyce Thompson Arboretum and nearby areas  during this annual census - the 8th Annual Butterfly Count. Counting starts at 8:30AM sharp; please arrive a little early in order to be assigned with a team. To sign-up or get more information email marceline@ermaroni.net.  The count circle has a 15 mile diameter; during this one-day census participants will seek butterflies at Oak Flat and other spots within that circle; for lunch participants plan to meet for an inexpensive buffet in the town of Superior - about five minutes drive east in the nearby town of Superior -- or you can bring your own and picnic at the Arboretum. The record for most species observed in a single day is 44 by Marceline VandeWater during this same count a few years back! Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that was confirmed this year at the Arboretum. Read more: http://www.cazba.org/

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on Aug. 15, 2015 at 8am.September 19  - Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

(moves to 1:30pm October 17)
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. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. September's tour is the final 8:00am walk -- daily hours revert to the Fall-Winter scheduled in October, and this tour moves to 1:30pm each month on the 3rd Saturday. 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. 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. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Upcoming Events - Catalina State Park

Catalina concert Series
September 5 - Music in the Park

On the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month (during the spring), enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Come and enjoy music the first Saturday of each month in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. All of the concerts take place at the Trailhead picnic area. Feel free to bring a chair and your dinner and enjoy the evening outside. Concerts also feature free popcorn, brought to you by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Learn more about this months featured performer HERE.

Guided Tree Tour with Jeff Payne at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. Sept. 20, 2015 at 8am.September 20 - Sunday Guided Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

(moves to 1:30pm Oct. 18)
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. Daily hours return to the 8am-5pm Fall/Winter schedule next month, and tour time is 1:30pm from October-through-April. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Upcoming Events - Homolovi State Park

September 18 - Star Party Event

Join us at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center-Museum, and see the debut of our newly configured 10” ‘Observatory’ telescope on it’s new mount. Program starts at 6:00 pm ends at dark thirty? Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills available at the Museum. Admission is $7.00 per vehicle.

Highlights for program:
Sunset – 6:25 p.m.
    - Observe Moon to the SW, 30 degrees above horizon, 3 days from 1st quarter.
    - Saturn a few degrees below moon (Beautiful full open view of rings & moons).
Dark – 7:30 p.m.
    - Iridium Flare @ 7:52:10 p.m., N, 30 degrees up, –1.2 magnitude.
    - Moon WSW, 20 degrees up.
    - Keystone Cluster, Andromeda Galaxy, Ring Nebula, Helix Nebula, Dumbbell Nebula, Wild Duck Cluster, Albireo double star...
Moonset – 9:42 p.m. (Moon 6 Days Old).

Upcoming Events - Oracle State Park

September 13:  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.  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. –offered again November 15

September Guided Bird Walks 

Audubon bird walks will resume in September and through the season, led by Bob and Prudy Bowers. Dates to be announced soon.

Upcoming Events - Red Rock State Park

September 12-13 - Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

The Arizona Natural History Association is sponsoring Bob Shuman who will present a two day introductory class on Adobe Photoshop. The first evening will consist of an outside night photo shoot of the Milky Way starting at 6pm. to 10pm. On the second day starting at 1pm. Bob will teach a class on how to edit your own Milky Way shots on Adobe CS6 to perfection! Class ends at 4:00 P.M.

You must have the ability to hike and bring the following equipment: Camera, tripod, long lens (i200-400mm), good hiking shoes, and a flashlight. You will need to know how to work your own camera settings. On the second day bring a laptop to work directly on your photos or take notes.
The cost for the weekend is $75.00 Sign up now because space is limited. To register call: 928-821-6277 or email: tmarshall@aznaturalhistory.org

September 19 - Annual Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day

Come join us for our annual Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day from 10:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Throughout the day there will be performances by the Bird Dancers, Gourd Singers, and the Crown Dancers. Also we will have guest speakers including Gertrude Smith Director of Cultural Resources among others. Nation arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares and various types of delicious Indian fry bread will be served. Don’t miss out!!! Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. Folding chairs and or blankets are recommended for your viewing comfort.

The City of Sedona is sponsoring Sedona residents to get in free with applicable ID. All others only pay regular park admission fees of $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13) and children (0-6) are always free. See photo wrap-up gallery from 2014 event

September 26-27 - Public Lands Volunteer Day

(8am to 5pm both days) Come celebrate National Public Lands Day with a heartfelt day of service here at our beloved park. Volunteers are invited to help maintain and clean up park facilities, trails and Oak Creek riparian areas. Interpreters will be available for questions regarding the Oak Creek riparian area and its major importance to northern Arizona. You’re also welcome to take a 10:00 A.M. guided hike and watch the Loved to Death documentary in our theater presented by the Oak Watershed Council. Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Please call 928-282-6907 and let us know that you’re coming!

 

September 27 - Full Moon Hike

5pm. This evening 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. 

Pre-registration and a $5.00 reservation fee by phone is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 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. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

Watch for our October Full Moon Hike on 10/27.

Upcoming Events - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

September 14 - Colorado River Days

12:15pm. Details TBA.

Lecture Series:

The following three lectures are part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science www.scifest.org

September 19 - The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 1

7pm. Jeanne Schofer, Coconino National Forest. This presentation is Part 1 in two-part series that explores the relationship of archaeological research conducted in northern Arizona with federal New Deal Programs and its enduring legacy to the archaeological profession and the American public. It will emphasize the early New Deal excavations conducted during the 1933-35 period.   

September 20 - 300 Years of Exploration: What Have We Learned About Our Closest Neighbor Mars

7pm. Christopher S. Edwards, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology. Experience the colorful history of Mars exploration from telescopes to spacecraft with a glimpse toward the future!

September 26 - The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 2

7pm. Peter Pilles, Coconino National Forest. This presentation is Part 2 in a two-part series that explores archaeological research in Northern Arizona through New Deal Programs of the 1930s and the enduring legacy to the archaeological profession and the American public.

Upcoming Events - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

September 7 - Pony Up for Anza Days!

5-7pm. Come to a community party to raise funds for the horses for the Anza Day reenactment ride from the Tumacacori Mission to the Presidio. Featuring a delicious B-B-Q, music, piñata and 50-50 drawing. Hosted by the Tubac Rotary. All proceeds benefit Tubac’s Anza Day celebration. $25 adults, $15 for children under 12. Tickets available at Tubac Presidio and Tumacookery. Tickets available on-line from the Tubac Chamber of Commerce:tubacaz.com.

September 13 & 26 - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11am-3pm. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

September 12 & 26 - Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

10am-1pm. 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.

September 16 - Art Project: Anza Days Decoration Fiesta!

10am. Calling all artsy, creative-types, and those who just want to have fun!  The Presidio needs your help to create and decorate the poles that are used to guide our Anza Day horse riders into the park grounds during the Anza Day celebration on Saturday, October 17. Roberta Rogers has agreed to channel peoples' creative inspirations. Poles and art supplies will be provided. We need everyone’s help, especially kids and those young-at-heart. This is a FREE event, but we need you to sign up in order to have enough supplies. Call us today at (520) 398-2252.

September 19 - Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am-2pm. When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


October - November - Homolovi State Park

Tours of Homolovi IV

10am. Come join Ranger Chad for a tour of Homolovi IV, one of the park’s archaeological sites that is not usually open to the public. The pueblo consisted of approximately 150 masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west side of the Little Colorado River. It was occupied for a short time in the late 1200s, but the site also includes petroglyphs from a much earlier time. The site was excavated in 1989 by the Homolovi Research Program.

Homolovi IV Pueblo Tours will take place this fall on the following dates: October: 4, 10, 11, 17, & 25, 2015 & November 7, 2015 Meet at Homolovi Visitor Center..
The tours will begin at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center at 10:00AM and be finished by 12:30PM and are limited to 15 participants. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. There is a $7 day use fee per car with up to 4 adults.

Upcoming Events - Oracle State Park

Download our 2015 Event Calendar HERE (PDF Document 664 KB PDF)

October 4 - Phenology Program 

1pm. Plant enthusiast, Hilary Cox, will offer a presentation in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Phenology refers to key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year – such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds – especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate. Learn more about the National Phenology Program and a new ‘Citizen Scientist Project’ at Oracle State Park. Visitors can help monitor seasonal changes and add observations to the national database. The program allows public participation in scientific research, connecting people with nature to benefit our changing planet. There will be an optional group trail walk along the Phenology Trail following the presentation. Reservation preferred, free with park admission.

October 10 - Intro to Digital Imaging with Wildlife & Landscapes

10am. Join photography enthusiast, Stan Bembenek. The 1.5-2 hour program will offer comparisons of digital equipment and their applications for capturing images of wildlife and landscapes. Stan will share a display of imaging devices (7 to 10 pieces of equipment), discuss capabilities, and offer recommendations and techniques for use in different environments, such as how to set up a wildlife camera. There will be some hands-on opportunities with the devices. This is not a class on how to take pictures and it will not include film cameras or how to alter images. The program will begin with a presentation inside at the ranch house before moving outdoors. Space is limited to 12 participants, reservation required. Free with park admission.

October 10 - Star Party with Telescopes and Live Music 

6pm.-10pm. Enjoy Stargazing from at the Kannally Ranch House with telescopes provided by Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association and others. Also, acoustic live music around the outdoor fire pit is tentatively planned. Saddlebrooke Stargazers Club and the International Dark Sky Association. Also, a live music duo is planned. More details TBA.

October 11 - Bear Necessities

11am. Join 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. – offered again on December 6

October 17 - Beginner Digital Astrophotography

4pm-6:30pm Join local amateur astronomer, Mike Weasner, This introductory program will include a description of camera equipment options, such as point and shoot, DSLR or any smart phone, for beginners to learn to take astrophotos. Mike will share techniques for using any digital camera for handheld photography at night, and in combination with a tripod or telescope. There will be a ‘play session’ after sunset using moon and planets for night sky photography using park telescopes. Participants are encouraged to bring your own camera, tripod or telescope for ‘playtime’. The program will begin with a presentation in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House before sunset, followed by 60-90 minutes outside after sunset. Space is limited to 12 participants, reservation required. Free with park admission.

October 18 - Stab-binding Workshop

10am-Noon. Taught by Val Bembenek, local paper artisan. Make your own nature-journaling notebooks at the Kannally Ranch House. Learn basic Japanese stab binding technique to create blank journals of any size with unique embellishments, for your notes, sketching, photos or to give as gifts. The workshop fee is $5 per person in addition to park admission. Space is limited; reservation required.

October 24 - Guided Hike: Arizona Trail Loop

8am. Approximately 6 miles. Hike the Wildlife Corridor Trail, National Scenic Arizona Trail, and back to the ranch house on the Manzanita Trail. Reservation required, call Guide: Gaston Meloche 638-5404.

October 24 - “Desert Dozen” Program, followed by a pre-sunset Bird Walk

3pm. Join Kathe Anderson. The birding presentation begins in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. “Desert Dozen” is a class focusing on very common birds of the desert/urban interface—quail, grackles, house sparrows and house finches, mockingbirds, mourning doves, etc.—a dozen of the species we see most days. It’s one way to start birding—because we use silhouettes, not just colored pictures, to focus on shape and size, which is a good skill to learn. The class also gives some insight into uncommon facts about these common birds. Following the one hour presentation, Kathe will lead a pre-sunset bird walk for 90 minutes, ending by about 5:30pm-before dark. Visitors may participate in one or both activities. Free with park admission; reservation suggested.

October 25 - Birding and Breakfast

7:15am. Join Kathe Anderson. A reservation is required to join an early morning guided bird walk at the park. Following the two-hour walk, the group will be treated to a special breakfast offering on the patio of the Kannally Ranch House. Participants will review the morning sightings while enjoying coffee, treats and great views. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park for providing the fun breakfast! Free with park admission; space is limited, please call for a reservation.

October 31 - Pinal Open Space and Trails Presentation

10am. Begins at the Kannally Ranch House. Join Celeste Andresen of the Nature Conservancy, for a one hour talk about recreational opportunities for residents of Pinal County, and to learn more about the importance and benefits of open space and trails. Free with park admission; no reservation needed.

SPECIAL EVENT - 27th Annual Patagonia Fall Festival

October 9-11 - A Celebration of Music & Art. Enjoy local artists, musicians and food vendors at this annual 3-day event in the heart of Southern Arizona. Get more info at patagoniafallfestival.com

Looking for a unique place to stay while attending the festival, check out camping & RV options at beautiful Patagonia Lake State Park.

Upcoming Events - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

October 4 - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11am. – 3pm. Professional printer & teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

October 11 - Presentation: The Oteros: A Family of Firsts by Diana DeLugan

2pm. Join us for a presentation on the Otero family with a special recognition of Don Torivio de Otero in his role as 1) Arizona's first European private landowner; 2) Arizona's first European lay teacher; and 3) the first European private landowner to construct an irrigation system. Don Torivio was awarded his land grant on January 10, 1789, three months before George Washington became president of the United States. A petition documenting his many years as a teacher and his work building dams and ditches on his property is dated January 26, 1807. Both of these documents are stored in the National Archives Pacific Region and the land grant is the most ancient document in their holdings. Diana DeLugan, an eighth generation descendent, will speak on her illustrious ancestor in Otero Hall and will make available copies of her book on Arizona's first land grant. Refreshments will be served. Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

October 17 - Anza Days Celebration

9am. - 4pm. This annual celebration commemorates Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to the Pacific and the founding of San Francisco. Enjoy a colorful re-enactment on horseback of Anza’s expedition. It begins in Tumacácori with Spanish colonial cavalry drills at 9 am and Mass at 10 am in the Tumacácori Mission. Children’s activities include calligraphy and coloring, leather work, paper flower and basket making at the Tubac Presidio between 11 am and 3 pm. Starting at 11 am musicians and dancers will entertain at the Tubac Presidio, including an authentic Nueva España Fandango performance. The much anticipated “big event” of the Anza riders’ arrival takes place at noon. After a short horseback presentation, the riders will dismount and eat lunch and mingle. Riders will describe soldiers’ uniforms, civilian women’s dress, and specialized horse tack of the colonial period. The riders depart about 2:45 pm, and ride up to the steps of St. Ann's Church where the priest will bless them. With mariachis playing, the riders move off for San Francisco with shouts of Vaya con Dios! and Adios!  For info call the Presidio, 520-398-2252. FREE admission.

October 17 - Special Exhibit: "Anza Rides Again!" - (Runs through September, 2016)

This special exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of Arizona's 1975-1976 Bicentennial Re-enactment Ride, the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System, and the 240th anniversary of Juan Bautista de Anza's expedition to Alta California to found the city of San Francisco. The exhibit consists of clothing and equipment used on the re-ride, along with original artifacts from the period of the Expedition. Rare items used to commemorate the re-ride will also be on exhibit. Included with Park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

October 18 - Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Peter McLaughlin & Nick Coventry

2pm. National flat-picking guitar champion Peter McLaughlin and violinist, gypsy jazz aficionado and composer Nick Coventry will perform in Tubac's 1885 school house.  An artist in residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, McLaughlin has performed with a variety of bands including The Sonoran Dogs. He toured nationally and internationally as guitarist and harmony vocalist with Laurie Lewis’s band. Nick, at age 20, started his first gypsy swing band, “Les Gendarmes du Swing” and began writing and performing around his hometown of Goleta, California. In 2005 he travelled to the famous Djangofest at Samois-sur-Seine, France to meet and play with the best European musicians of Gypsy jazz. This resulted in a series of tours around Spain, England, Scotland and Denmark with the Hot Club of Galicia. He's performed at the Djangofest in San Francisco with Gonzalo Bergara, as a guest with the John Jorgenson Quintet, and with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan at Chicago’s Green Mill. Tickets $18 adults, free for children 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

October 24 - Book Event: Gil Storms on Charles Poston's Reconnaissance in Sonora

2pm. Charles D. Poston, the “Father of Arizona,” is known for his early settlement of Arizona, his ownership of one of Arizona’s first silver mining companies (headquartered in Tubac), and his efforts to make Arizona a U.S. territory. He also was Arizona’s first superintendent of Indian affairs and first territorial delegate to Congress. But before any of these things happened, as a young man of twenty-eight, Poston led a daring and controversial expedition into Sonora and southern Arizona in 1854, in search of silver mines and a route for the American transcontinental railroad. In the process he met hostile Indians, wealthy landowners, and powerful politicians; endured starvation marches across the Sonoran desert; and founded what became Yuma, Arizona. Gil Storms will talk about Poston’s adventure, based upon his book Reconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston’s 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase (University of Arizona Press, 2015). Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.

October 29 - Cavalcade of History Catalog Launch

2pm. The Alan B. Davis Gallery features 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona’s colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part “Cavalcade of History” series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990. It is difficult to read all of the narratives in one visit, and each one of them is A Story Worth Telling. In collaboration with Tubac Historical Society, the Friends of the Presidio have published a handsome Catalog of the Collection. Come to this special launch and enjoy a brief presentation by Jack Lasseter on why Arizona's history is so fascinating. The collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio’s Otero Hall. This is a free event but please call 520-398-2252 and tell us you're coming. Catalog price is $15. Refreshments will be served.

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