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Experience unique adventures at Arizona State Parks! Click on a month above or read our complete listing below to learn about upcoming events and activities. To learn more about a park, including downloading park maps and getting step by step driving directions, follow the link to the park's web pages. Note that the “External Link” symbol means a link to an external site that opens in a new window. To learn more, read our External Link Disclaimer. Schedule subject to change.

 
October 2014

October 11-25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall Plant Sale

Daily from 8 am - 5 pm Sale opens to nonmembers and all visitors Oct. 11 "Herb is the word" for the Fall Plant Ssale fundraiser; we'll have an expanded variety of herbs throughout the sale - plus a new date for our annual Herb Festival, which moves to late October this year to take advantage of optimal herb planting time. October's Fall Plant Sale brings a great selection, also a prime time to buy annual membership at BTA, our annual members save 20-percent on plant purchases during the opening weekend of this fundraising sale of trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti and succulents. Included with $10 daily admission

October 24-25, 29-30 - Riordan Mansion State Park

Halloween Tours

7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:00pm each night. Riordan Mansion State Park offers a special nighttime program during the week of Halloween every year. This very popular guided tour is a storytelling session involving tales of the fantastic and the factual. The historic Riordan Mansion makes a great backdrop for spinning yarns appropriate to the Halloween season. The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12  Space is limited, buy your ticket in advance. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling Riordan Mansion State Historic Park at (928) 779-4395 after October 1st.

October 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Bugs’ badge for Brownies

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'Bugs' badge for Brownies on Oct. 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

Butterfly Walk Season Finale

9:30 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Special guest tourguides are Adriane Grimaldi (education director at Butterfly Wonderland) and Gail Morris, volunteer coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Butterfly Migration research project. Included with $10 daily admission.

Butterfly Walk ‘Season Finale’ with Adriane & Gail

9:30am. See, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Adriane Grimaldi is the Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland, Gail Morris coordinates the Southwest Monarch Migration research study.

Mesquite Flour & Cooking Class with ‘Chef Eric’ & Terri of Tall Order Catering

10:30 am. The owners of Chandler-based Tall Order Catering demonstrate how to harvest mesquite beans and grind naturally sweet baking flour from the hulls. This class is included with regular daily admission of $10; stay til the end of class and you can sample mesquite treats prepared by Chef Eric & Terri. Read more at http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events.html

October 25 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

11 am at Park Visitor Center, finished by 1:30 pm. Limited to 15 participants, weather permitting. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).

Repeats: Nov. 1

October 25 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

3rd Annual Halloween Party

Party is from 5 - 7 pm. Enjoy face painting, children’s games, coloring contest, candy & prizes, plus a costume contest. FREE park admission with costume! For more information call the park at (520) 586-2283. Download Event Flier (PDF Document 2.7 MB PDF)

October 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks continue October 26 with Anne Leight and Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight.


November 2014

November 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

General Tour with Jim

11 am. What bird has foot-long wing feathers.... 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 general walking tour of the main trail on a walking tour guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd . A Mesa resident and lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. He served with the Arizona Game & Fish Department several years ago, as a Boy Scout volunteer; with a passion for nature and the outdoors he is eager to share. Bring your binoculars, and your questions in a participatory nature walk through the Park with Jim.
(Repeats Nov. 15 and 29)

November 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardener Presentation: "Gardening for Winter Visitors"

11 am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with "Gardening for Winter Visitors" on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). They'll present 'Art in the Garden' Dec. 6. 

November 1 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. External Link The Friends group will be distributing free popcorn. Tickets are $25 each;​five tickets​for $100. All proceeds will benefit the Friends group and Catalina State Park. We accept cash and personal checks.

November 1: 4:30 pm. Tucson Bandstand (Jukebox Favorites: 50s, 60s & 70s)

November 1 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

11 am at Park Visitor Center, finished by 1:30 pm. Limited to 15 participants, weather permitting. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).

November 2 - 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 is at:http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html 

November 2 - Tubac Presidio SHP

All Souls Day PromoDía de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration (All Souls Day)

11 am - 4 pm. Join us on the grounds of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park to celebrate Día de los Muertos in a refreshing Tubac way from 11am to 4pm. You may delight in face painting and decorating sugar and/or clay skulls, view an exhibition of ofrendas made by local kids, enjoy displays by Tubac artists and merchants, eat scrumptious food, and revel in rousing Mexican and American music played by the Rio Rico High School Band. $7.50 adult, $2.00 youth (7-13), except youngsters who bring ofrendas are free. All children (younger than 7) are free. Download Event Poster (PDF Document 460 KB PDF)

November 8 - 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 Nov. 23 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Letter Boxer’ badge for Brownies

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

November 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Live Music Festival

10 am - 4 pm. Veterans Day Weekend Sunday. Included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12. Enjoy a day of live music outdoors around the gardens; performers include Bernie Haley on didgeridoo; the Trio Rio band and more. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 15 - Alamo Lake State Park

Star Night PartyStar Party

Come spend an evening with your family and friends at the park, and observe the wonders of the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes! Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies! Entrance Fees is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults) for the night of viewing and family fun. Camping is available at the park (additional fee). Reserve campsites online. Or Learn about Star Parties, watch video, and see other park event dates.

November 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Arizona badge for Cadettes/Seniors

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours.

John Aho "Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot

6 pm. $30 BTA members, $40 non-members. Familiar plants and scenery are rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by artist and local luminary John Aho. His Saturday night painting-with-light nighttime shoots are limited to 12 photographers. The $30 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $40 for nonmembers). Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot.

Plants of the Bible Land Saturday 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. 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. Included with $10 daily admission.

Permian PeriodNovember 15 - Red Rock State Park

Beginner to Intermediate Watercolor Class

10 am - 2 pm. Join Sedona watercolor artist Cathy Stedman for a 4 hour watercolor class at Red Rock State Park. Course costs $50 per person per workshop, with an intimate class size of only 12 students. Course fee includes park admission, all art materials, and instruction. Each day's workshop will feature a theme (Red Rocks, Fall Colors). To register please call (928) 282-6907 and have your credit card ready. Please register early: registration is first come, first served.

November 16 - 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. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 29 & 30 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival & Live Music

10 am - 4 pm. Pistachio trees around the Arboretum reach their peak color during the last two weeks of November – Fall Foliage gets a salute with this Thanksgiving Weekend event featuring live music by Scott Schaefer and guest performers; also arts-crafts vendors. Hot and spiced apple cider available for $1 - carry some cash as you walk into the gardens. Music included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12.

 
December 2014

December 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Authors At The Arboretum Book Festival

10 am. Meet authors from across southern Arizona, writers from genres ranging from historical fiction and non-fiction, to mystery and suspense, memoir and children’s books. Arboretum Autumn foliage remains glorious in early December, here's a chance "to meet the person behind the pen" and take home personalized holiday gifts for bookworms on your list. Throughout the day, the schedule will feature readings by select authors, music; maybe even a writing workshop or two! Revisit this page in November for a more complete agenda and list of participating authors. For more information contact Kathy O’Dwyer McDonald at kathy@smilingdoglandscapes.com ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520.689.2723

December 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardener Presentation: 'Art in the Garden'

11 am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with 'Art in the Garden' on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). 

December 6 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. External Link The Friends group will be distributing free popcorn. Tickets are $25 each;​five tickets​for $100. All proceeds will benefit the Friends group and Catalina State Park. We accept cash and personal checks.

December 6: 3:00 pm. The Jim Howell Band (Country, Rock, Soul/Blues)

December 7 - 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

December 13 - 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 Dec. 28 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

 
January 2015

January - Fort Verde State Historic Park

January 14 - 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)

 
February 2015

February - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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March 2015

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.

 
April 2015

April - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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May 2015

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

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