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July 2014

July, all month - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Special Photography Exhibit: Minas, Mineros y Sus Comunidades (Mines, Miners and Their Communities)

Mines & MinersA special exhibition of antique and contemporary mining photographs will open on June 1 at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and run through July 31. Mining: we are familiar with mines because we live in the Southwest. The image of a grizzled prospector with a pick axe comes to mind. But what is mining like today? What do mines look like in the 21st century? What equipment is used? What do miners and their families really do?

These photographs depict aspects of mining from tracks and equipment, mine pits, blasting sites, mine ruins, to how miners and their families live with the good and bad of one of mankind’s oldest occupations. An international exhibition, with photographers from Hermosillo, Alamos, Tucson, Ruby, Tempe and Phoenix, the fifty-piece photographic collection reveals historic, intimate and contemporary stories of mining in Arizona and Sonora. Twenty photographers traveled throughout the region to provide unique perspectives of this industry and its communities. Download Event Poster (PDF Document 1.8 MB PDF)

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located at 1 Burruel Street in Tubac, Arizona (south of Tucson at Exit 34 on I-19). The Park is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission to the exhibit is included in Park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth (7–13), children free. For more information please call 520-398-2252 or visit tubacpresidio.org.

July 4 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Friday Guided Bird Walk with Nathan Williams

6:30 - 8 am. Orioles are back, Common Ground Doves have been reported around the Picnic Area parking lot; in fact more than 70 species were tallied around the gardens during the recent North American Migrant Bird Count -- with a few Winter migrant species still here. Repeats July 6, July 13.

Sunday Photography 'Cross-processing' Class with Rim

9:00 - 11:00 am in the Smith Building Lecture Room; enrollment $30. with credit card ready, call (520) 689-2723. East Valley photographer 'Rim' Vidziunas has an avid online following who appreciate his stylized images of the Arboretum and the Sonoran Desert — plus an eclectic range of subjects from classic cars to macros. Describing his workshop as "My approach to photography remains to 'get it right in-camera' and my style in post processing is to ‘massage rather than ‘manipulate or destroy pixels’. My workflow is considered ‘cross-processing’ utilizing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6, Google Nik plug-ins, onOne Software presets, Perfect Photo Suite 8, Photomatix. ‘Rim’ will be offering a hands-on workshop teaching, demonstrating his workflow to inspire others who are looking to improve their photography post-processing skills. Not for the novice photographer, those who are currently using these software packages or have trial versions will benefit the most from “Photography Cross-Processing with Rim." '‘Rim’ is a Volunteer Photographer Instructor; Founder Volunteer Coordinator for our very popular Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group monthly meetings at the Arboretum.

July 4 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

10 am - Noon. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for the kids, a dunk tank, free hot dogs and watermelon, and a “squirt-down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department. This old-fashioned family celebration is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce with help from local non-profit organizations. Park admission is FREE during the event.

July 5 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut

8:30 am. Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut leads the season debut dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Smimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. (repeats Aug. 2, Sept. 6)

July 5 - Oracle State Park

Guided Hike

7 am led by Gaston Meloche with advance reservation. Windmill Loop is about an 8 miles. Hike Wildlife Corridor Trail to Windmill, do Windmill Loop back to Windmill, up Kannally Wash to the Kannally Ranch House. Please call Gaston directly for a reservation at (520) 638-5404.

July 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Guided Bird Walk with Anne Leight

6:30 am. Orioles and Tanagers are back, Common Ground Doves have been reported around the Picnic Area parking lot; in fact more than 70 species were tallied around the gardens during the North American Migrant Bird Count in May (see Jim Walker’s list linked below). Learn basics of bird identification on a guided bird walk with AZ State Parks volunteer Anne Leight. Read the NAMC eBird checklist, complete with comments and photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18336251

July 6 - Catalina State Park

Extended Hike: Cargodera Canyon via Canyon Loop    

[6mi/700’/6 am] Park and meet at main trailhead.Hike Canyon Loop Trail, then Sutherland Cutoff Trail to Sutherland Trail, snack on the flat rocks in Cargodera Canyon, and return by the same trail.

Please register by 4 pm the day prior to the hike with Guide Leader Gaston Meloche (520)638-5404. This phone number is strictly for hike registration. The park's phone number is (520) 628-5798. For those NOT familiar with the park, please inquire at the entrance station where the meeting trailhead is located and get a park map. Meet at main trailhead (Eastern side of the two small buildings (toilet and store), at the end of the second parking lot.) Pace will be moderate. Round-trip mileage, duration and elevation changes are approximate. Hike listings are subject to change. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to take place. Always bring more water than less (this is summer!), maybe some snack, and wear appropriate headgear and hiking footwear. The time listed is the departure time. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the departure time, ready to hike. If rain threatens/happens or the number is less than 4, a hike will be canceled and, in such a case, the guide will phone registered hikers ASAP or about one hour before hike time, whichever comes first. If you have a medical condition and/or are allergic to Aspirin or must take prescribed medication, please confidentially inform the guide.

July 11 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Walk    

9:00 am. Nature Walk - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

Wagontrain! Living History

6:30 pm. Wagontrain! Living History presented by Dakota Livesay of Chronicle of the Old West. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater.

July 12 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Wings Over Water    

7:30 pm. Wings Over Water (Bald Eagle/Osprey) - National Forest Service. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater.

July 12 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Moonlight Hike

6:30 pm. Enjoy a moonlight hike at Kartchner Caverns. Call 520-586-2283 for more info. The July 12 topic is "Full Moon — Myth and Lore" please. RSVP to reservations(at)azstateparks.gov.

July 12 - Red Rock State Park

Moonlight HikeMoonlight Hike & Lunar Viewing with Telescopes

6:30 pm. The Moonlight 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. We will also be hosting the Astronomers of Verde Valley for a lunar viewing after the hike on top of our visitor center. The Astronomers will have telescopes and volunteers to help guide guests though the evening sky! Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space.

A $5.00 reservation fee 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. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival.

July 12 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Archaeological Talk by J. Scott Wood

11 am to 12:15 pm. Scott is the Tonto National Forest Archaeologist and has been since 1975; for the last 6 years, he's also been an advisor to the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and director of the on-going Goat Camp Ruin Excavation, Stabilization, and Interpretive Development Project for the Town of Payson. The topic of the day will be a talk about Clovis Points to Copper Bells: the Prehistoric Archaeology of the Payson Basin. For an hour or so in the beautiful outdoor setting of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, we will talk about the archaeology of the area around the Park, from Payson to the Rim and from Star Valley to Strawberry, who lived her when, what they did, why they came, and why they left, from the first nomadic big game hunters to the farmers living in 200 room villages. We will also talk about the relationships all of these people had with their environment, how they influenced it and how, ultimately, it directed their behavior and determined their ultimate fate. This will be followed up with a Q & A session.

The event is free with purchase of day use entrance into the park. $5 per person everyone 14 and older, $2 per person everyone 7-13, 6 and under are free if they are accompanied by an adult. For information about this event email Gavin at gerickson(at)azstateparks.gov or call (928) 476-4202.

July 12 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

10 am - 2 pm. 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. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

July 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Guided Bird Walk with Cindy Marple

6:30 - 8 am. Orioles are back, Common Ground Doves have been reported around the Picnic Area parking lot; in fact more than 70 species were tallied around the gardens during the recent North American Migrant Bird Count -- with a few Winter migrant species still here.

Smartphone, 'mirror-less' and Point-n-Shoot Photography Basics with Tom Boggan

8:00 - 10:00 am. $30; with credit card ready, call (520) 689-2723. The best camera is the one you have with you. Even if you're shooting with a cell phone, you can still compose and capture great photos. Scottsdale pro photographer Tom Boggan coaches beginner-intermediate photographers to get better results using compact cameras, "mirrorless" cameras, point-n-shoot models; even your smartphone. Participants will spend about 45 minutes in the classroom talking about gear, apps for shooting and editing on your smartphone, capturing light and methods of composing a shot -- then head outdoors to explore the garden and practice photography with one-on-one coaching from Tom.

July 13 - Catalina State Park

Extended Hike: Cliffs/Rolling West Dunes Loop    

[6mi/400'/6 am] Park and meet at the Equestrian Center.

Please register by 4 pm the day prior to the hike with Guide Leader Gaston Meloche (520)638-5404. This phone number is strictly for hike registration. The park's phone number is (520) 628-5798. For those NOT familiar with the park, please inquire at the entrance station where the meeting trailhead is located and get a park map. Meet at main trailhead (Eastern side of the two small buildings (toilet and store), at the end of the second parking lot.) Pace will be moderate. Round-trip mileage, duration and elevation changes are approximate. Hike listings are subject to change. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to take place. Always bring more water than less (this is summer!), maybe some snack, and wear appropriate headgear and hiking footwear. The time listed is the departure time. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the departure time, ready to hike. If rain threatens/happens or the number is less than 4, a hike will be canceled and, in such a case, the guide will phone registered hikers ASAP or about one hour before hike time, whichever comes first. If you have a medical condition and/or are allergic to Aspirin or must take prescribed medication, please confidentially inform the guide.

Printing Press DemonstrationJuly 13 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Sunday, July 13: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11 am - 3 pm. 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. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

July 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tuesday Book Club

8 am in the Smith Building’s air-conditioned lecture room. The Arboretum Book Club has a guest coordinator -- Arizona author Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald; a new meeting date and time, too -- the third Tuesday of the month from 8 - 9:30am in the Smith Building's air-conditioned lecture room. Future dates are Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. During Summer months the arboretum opens at 6am; enjoy an hour or two walking the gardens while the morning is cool - then head indoors for a lively book club discussion starting at 8am. Each month's featured book is available in the Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To inquire about this month's book -- or RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting -- please email kathy(at)smilingdoglandscapes.com

July 18 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Walk    

9:00 am. Nature Walk - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

July 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8 am. 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.

July 19 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Cold-Blooded Wildlife of the White Mountains    

7:00 pm. Cold-Blooded Wildlife of the White Mountains - AZ Game & Fish Department. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

July 19 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: August 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18

Pottery TalkHopi Pottery Talk

1 pm. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required.

Repeats: Sept. 13, Oct. 4

July 19 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Corn Fest & Vintage Baseball at Fort Verde

While Corn Fest is going on next to us, come to Fort Verde to partake or sit back and enjoy the Vintage baseball game at Noon. Kids are encouraged to learn how to make Victorian Christmas ornaments as part of our Christmas in July celebration. Fee Free Day!

July 19 - Oracle State Park

Guided Hike

7 am led by Gaston Meloche with advance reservation. Granite Overlook to Cherry Valley Wash Loop covers about 6 miles. Please call Gaston directly for a reservation, at (520) 638-5404.

July 19 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

July 19 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

10 am - 2 pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe 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, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

July 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Jim's General Tour of the Main Trail

7 am. What bird has foot-long wing feathers? How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro? How can a lizard be ornate? Can you name three, edible desert plants that are at their peak in mid-July? What is animal scat and what can it tell us? Learn the answers to these and many other questions Sunday July 20, on a general tour of the main trail guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd from 7:00-9:00am. An 38-year resident of Mesa (almost a Sonoran desert native) 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, and recently joined Desert Fly Casters.Bring your family, your binoculars, and your questions in a participatory nature walk through the Park with Jim.

July 20 - Catalina State Park

Extended Hike: Alamo Canyon & West Ridges    

[7mi/400'/6 am] Park and meet at main trailhead.

Please register by 4 pm the day prior to the hike with Guide Leader Gaston Meloche (520)638-5404. This phone number is strictly for hike registration. The park's phone number is (520) 628-5798. For those NOT familiar with the park, please inquire at the entrance station where the meeting trailhead is located and get a park map. Meet at main trailhead (Eastern side of the two small buildings (toilet and store), at the end of the second parking lot.) Pace will be moderate. Round-trip mileage, duration and elevation changes are approximate. Hike listings are subject to change. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to take place. Always bring more water than less (this is summer!), maybe some snack, and wear appropriate headgear and hiking footwear. The time listed is the departure time. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the departure time, ready to hike. If rain threatens/happens or the number is less than 4, a hike will be canceled and, in such a case, the guide will phone registered hikers ASAP or about one hour before hike time, whichever comes first. If you have a medical condition and/or are allergic to Aspirin or must take prescribed medication, please confidentially inform the guide.

July 20 - Red Rock State Park

Lecture Series: The Geology of Sedona by Wayne Ranney

2:00 pm park theater. Lecture will be given by Wayne Ranney and focus on the geology of Sedona, something that has long interested geologist from all over the world. Have you ever wondered how the formations were made or why the rocks are red? Wayne will explain in laymen’s terms how this incredible place came to be; “It includes a journey across ancient sand dunes, bears witness to a volcano that erupted very near Sedona, and tells about the faulting and erosion that created Oak Creek Canyon.” Says Wayne Ranney. Join us to gain a better understanding of the beautiful land around us!

Wayne is a local to northern Arizona and award winning author of Sedona Through Time. He has also co-authored Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau and Carving Grand Canyon. Ranney’s passion for southwestern geology took root during his years as a backcountry ranger in the Grand Canyon. He holds both a BS and an MS in Geology from Northern Arizona University. He completed his Master’s thesis by mapping the House Mountain area near Sedona.

Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council, please visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information.

July 25 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Hike    

9:00 am. Nature Hike - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

July 25 - Red Rock State Park

Star Party Astronomy EventStar Party

7:30 pm. This event is a collaboration with AZ State Parks, Astronomers of Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful. Star Parties are a great way for families to enjoy the evening sky together, there will even be a chance for children to shake hands with a surprise guest — perhaps one from another world? Event starts at 7:30 pm with a presentation that will last approximately 45 minutes given by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Topics of discussion will range from current astronomical events including the many clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets. Following the presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as snacks, and warm drinks. Please bring bottled water and a folding chair for your own comfort and dress appropriately for cool weather. If you would like to bring a flashlight, please cover the end with red cellophane to minimize the light interference of the viewing scopes. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the event. Reservation required please call (928) 282-6907. Program requires a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). Watch video and learn more about Star Party Events at Arizona State Parks.

July 25 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

10 am - 2 pm. 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. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

July 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden

8 am. Geologists Steve Semken and Rich Leveille alternate as our special guest guides 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.

Butterfly Walk with Adriane Grimaldi

8:30 am. Once-a-month guided butterfly walks are a chance to 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. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. August 23, Marceline VandeWater; start time moves to 9:30 am for the season finale October 25, Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (more tours Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

July 26 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Black Bears   

7:30 pm. Black Bears - National Forest Service. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

Printing Press DemonstrationJuly 26 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Saturday, July 26: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11 am - 3 pm. 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. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

July 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

8 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation expert guide Dave Morris 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.

Prickly PearPrickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her harvest season accomplice, Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean. This class will be offered again Aug. 9 and also Aug. 17, and with Tall Order Catering owners ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy as our instructors. (Class repeats Aug. 9 and Aug. 17)

Camera Class with Lisa Langell: It's Okay To Use Auto

Noon - 1:30 pm. Included with $10 daily admission — limited to 20 people. Artist Lisa Langell easily fills classes at $50-a-pop for basic photography; $75 and up for specific topics. So why would she offer her services free to a fortunate 20 enrollees today at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park? "The Arboretum is one of my favorite places in Arizona — I love the gardens, and I love photography. Here's a chance for me to meet new beginner photographers who want to improve how they use their cameras ... and to see that "Ah-HA!" moment light up their eyes when they master a new setting or technique," said the Scottsdale pro photographer. "I'm hoping the room will be filled with new faces — people who've never attended one of my classes before, and also haven't visited the Arboretum. I'm volunteering my time that day — and keeping the cost negligible." Register online.

July 27 - Catalina State Park

Extended Hike: Hole-in-Boulder    

[7mi/500'/6 am]

Please register by 4 pm the day prior to the hike with Guide Leader Gaston Meloche (520)638-5404. This phone number is strictly for hike registration. The park's phone number is (520) 628-5798. For those NOT familiar with the park, please inquire at the entrance station where the meeting trailhead is located and get a park map. Meet at main trailhead (Eastern side of the two small buildings (toilet and store), at the end of the second parking lot.) Pace will be moderate. Round-trip mileage, duration and elevation changes are approximate. Hike listings are subject to change. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to take place. Always bring more water than less (this is summer!), maybe some snack, and wear appropriate headgear and hiking footwear. The time listed is the departure time. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the departure time, ready to hike. If rain threatens/happens or the number is less than 4, a hike will be canceled and, in such a case, the guide will phone registered hikers ASAP or about one hour before hike time, whichever comes first. If you have a medical condition and/or are allergic to Aspirin or must take prescribed medication, please confidentially inform the guide.

 
August 2014

August 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Friday Walking Tour with Jim

7 am. What bird has foot-long wing feathers? How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro, and can you name three desert plants with fruit, seeds or nuts at their edible peak in August? Hear the answers on either of two Friday general walking tours of the main trail guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd from 7:00-9:00am on August 1 & 22. A lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. Discover a few new wonders of the Arboretum - as seen through Jim's keen eye. Bring your family, your binoculars& camera, and plenty of questions for this 'participatory nature walk' with Jim as your guide.

August - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

August: Art Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History

They’re back! The Alan B. Davis Gallery is re-opened with 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. Arizona Highways remembers this series as “among the magazine's most remembered illustrations.” The giclées reproductions on canvas were donated to the Tubac Historical Society in memory of longtime Tubac resident and businessman Alan B. Davis. The collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio’s Otero Hall. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

August 1 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Hike    

9:00 am. Nature Hike - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

August 2 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Night Noises   

7:30 pm. Night Noises (Wildlife Sounds After Dark) - AZ Game & Fish Department. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

August 2 - Homolovi State Park

Suvoyuki Day2014 Suvoyuki Day at Park

"Suvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through at "joint effort." Suvoyuki Days start with an open house day at Homolovi State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction. The event features corn roasting, archaeological information, and artist demonstrations. Hopi Tribal leaders and Arizona State Parks staff have been collaborating for years to create a new model for park management and tourism to traditional Hopi lands which will preserve and protect the sacred culture, while offering special cultural tour opportunities for the public. Read story about 2013 event External Link

  • 8:00 am: Opening of the Traditional Hopi Corn-Roasting Pit
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Booths, Cultural Demonstrators, Tours, Dances:
    Hopi Pottery by Dee Setalla
    Old Style Katsina Carving by Kurt Lomawaima
    Baskets-Wicker by Doris Hoyungowa
    Silversmith Jewelry by Gerald Lomaventema
    Gourd Jewelry by Michael Adams
    Drawings by Buddy James
    Moccasins by Luther McLean
  • 9:00 am: Pithouse Tour with Lisa Young, University of Michigan Archaeologist (weather permitting)
  • 10:00 am: Hopi Dance Group Istotimuy (Coyote Boys) — Polacca, AZ — perform Kwaatu (Eagle) dance
  • 11:00 am: The Awatovi Expedition 1935–1939 presentation by Hopi speaker Leland Dennis
  • 11:00 am Homolovi II Pueblo Tour (weather permitting)
  • 12:30 pm: Hopi Agriculture presentation by Hopi speaker Leland Dennis
  • 1:00 pm: Homolovi II Pueblo Tour (weather permitting)
  • 2:00 pm: Hopi Dance Group Istotimuy (Coyote Boys) — Polacca, AZ — perform Kalataka (Warrior) dance
  • 3:00 pm: Event Closes

August 2 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut & Joanna Henry

8:30 am. Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut is joined by ASU researcher Joana Henry as leader for the once-a-month dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Smimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. (repeats Sept. 6)

August 2 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

10 am - 2 pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe 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, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

August 2 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Settlers of the Natural Bridge

11 am - 12:15 pm. A member of the Northern Gila County Historical Society will present a PowerPoint about the Settlers of the Natural Bridge in the Tonto Lodge dining room. The presentation will include information about the first people who settled in the area of Tonto Natural Bridge, including David Douglas Gowan and his nephew, David Gowan Goodfellow. Several items belonging to the Goodfellows (including the trunk that came over from Scotland in 1893) will also be on display.

Due to the limited space please register in advance; you can make your reservation by emailing gerickson(at)azstateparks.gov or calling (928) 476-4202. Any non-reserved spots will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis at the event. Maximum attendance is 50 people. This presentation is included with day use admission of $5 per person 14 years and older, $2 per person youth 7-13, and 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

August 8 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Hike    

9:00 am. Nature Hike - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

August 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with ‘Wild Man Phil’

8 am. Popular Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ guides this walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles, and he’ll be back Aug. 30 for another – in fact Aug. 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of lizard walks, with Tucson author Larry Jones leading the Sunday walk. (repeats Aug. 30)

Prickly PearPrickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Tall Order Catering owners ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy, along with Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Eric & Terri. Same class with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri repeats Aug. 17. Just can't get enough prickly pears? AZ State Parks Volunteers Jean Groen and Robert Lewis are featured instructors Aug. 23 in the nearby town of Superior for the 3rd annual Prickly Pear Festival - inspired by the Arboretum's popular classes. Online festival details

August 9 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Reptiles and Amphibians   

6:00 pm. Reptiles and Amphibians. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

August 9 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11 am - 3 pm. 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. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

August 10 - Oracle State Park

Audubon Bird WalkAudubon Bird Walk

Hike will start at 7:15 am with advance reservation. With Bob and Prudy Bowers. At 4,335 feet elevation, the temperature is comfortable on summer mornings, and a lot of birds are nesting and cavorting in plain sight. We should find Western Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, Lucy’s Warbler, Bewick’s Wren and Ash-throated Flycatcher, among others and with a little luck, Hooded and Scott’s Oriole. The park’s many feeders also attract hummingbirds. This is an easy, mostly level 2-hour walk over less than a mile of trails around the Kannally Ranch House, where we will also bird the gardens and patios. Optional ranch house tour available after the walk. Ideal for seniors and beginners. Online registration required and limited to 14 participants. Meet at Basha’s parking lot in Catalina at 6:30 am, OR second meeting at park entrance in Oracle on Mt. Lemmon Road at 7:00 am. Free with park admission of $7 per vehicle. Contact Bob and Prudy Bowers with questions at bobandpru(at)aol.com or Register Online external link

August 10 - Red Rock State Park

Native in A Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns Indian Scout

2:00 pm. On Sunday, August 10th at 2:00 P.M. Gregory McNamee will be joining us for our Sunday Lecture Series. Join us to hear about the fascinating life of Mike Burns; born Yavapai, Mike Burns was a captive of U.S. soldiers until he joined the Indian Scouts riding against Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo in the Apache Wars.

The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead to reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. Please visit arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information.

Moonlight HikeMoonlight Hike & Lunar Viewing with Telescopes

The Moonlight 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 moon rise 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.

Reservation required please call (928) 282-6907 A $5.00 reservation fee 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. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.

August 15 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Hike    

9:00 am. Nature Hike - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

August 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8 am. 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.

August 16 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Wildlife On The Edge   

7:00 pm. Wildlife On The Edge (Endangered Species) - NFS. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

August 16 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: Sept. 20, Oct. 18

August 16 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

August 16 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

10 am - 2 pm. 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. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

August 17 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

8 am. 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. tour repeats Oct. 19 at 1:30pm (repeats Sept. 21 at 10am, then Oct. 19 at 1:30pm)

Prickly PearPrickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Tall Order Catering owners ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri Naddy, along with Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Eric & Terri. Same class with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri repeats Aug. 17. Just can't get enough prickly pears? AZ State Parks Volunteers Jean Groen and Robert Lewis are featured instructors Aug. 23 in the nearby town of Superior for the 3rd annual Prickly Pear Festival - inspired by the Arboretum's popular classes. Online festival details

August 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tuesday Book Club

8 am in the Smith Building’s air-conditioned lecture room. The Arboretum Book Club has a guest coordinator -- Arizona author Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald; a new meeting date and time, too -- the third Tuesday of the month from 8 - 9:30 am in the Smith Building's air-conditioned lecture room; the club meets next on Sept. 16. During Summer months the arboretum opens at 6am; enjoy an hour or two walking the gardens while the morning is cool - then head indoors for a lively book club discussion starting at 8am. Each month's featured book is available in the Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To inquire about this month's book -- or RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting -- please email kathy(at)smilingdoglandscapes.com

August 22 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Friday Walking Tour with Jim

7 am. What bird has foot-long wing feathers? How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro, and can you name three desert plants with fruit, seeds or nuts at their edible peak in August? Hear the answers on either of two Friday general walking tours of the main trail guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd from 7:00-9:00am on August 1 & 22. A lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. Discover a few new wonders of the Arboretum - as seen through Jim's keen eye. Bring your family, your binoculars & camera, and plenty of questions for this 'participatory nature walk' with Jim as your guide.

August 22 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Hike    

9:00 am. Nature Hike - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

August 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Steve Semken

8 am. ASU Prof. Steve Semken guides 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.

Butterfly Walk with Marceline VandeWater

8:30 am. Once-a-month guided butterfly walks are a chance to 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. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. Start time moves to 9:30am for the season finale Oct. 25 with Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (more tours Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

August 23 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Wildlife of Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area   

7:00 pm. Wildlife of Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area - Photographer Pete Rosenau Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

August 24 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

8 am. 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.

August 24 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

11 am - 3 pm. 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. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

August 29 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Nature Hike    

9:00 am. Nature Hike - National Forest Service. Nature walks start at East Side boat ramp by the campgrounds. Programs are subject to change.

August 30 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

8 am. Kids and adults who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles are invited to join Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci on a Saturday walking tour in search of lizards around the trails and gardens. August 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of Lizard walks, Saturday August 30 with Wild Man Phil, and then Sunday Aug. 31 with Tucson author Larry Jones.

August 30 - Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

The Phoenix Tree   

6:30 pm. The Phoenix Tree - NFS. Interpretive Talks are presented at the East Side Amphitheater. Programs are subject to change.

August 30 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

10 am - 2 pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe 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, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. At Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. 520-398-2252.

August 31 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

8 am. Kids and adults who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles are invited to join Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci on a Saturday walking tour in search of lizards around the trails and gardens. August 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of Lizard walks, Saturday August 30 with Wild Man Phil, and then Sunday Aug. 31 with Tucson author Larry Jones.

 
September 2014

September 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Prickly PearPrickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class "Labor Day Season Finale" with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her harvest season accomplice, Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean. This is the final of four classes offered during the harvest season.

September 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

CaZBA 7th Annual Butterfly Count

8:30 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful butterflies during this annual census of all the "flowers on the wing" which can be counted in one morning around the gardens. Counting starts at 8:30 am sharp, so arrive a little early (BTA opens at 8 am). 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 many other spots within that circle; for lunch participants usually meet back at a local restaurant five minutes drive east in the nearby town of Superior -- or you can bring your own and picnic at the Arboretum. Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the Arboretum; 44 species were found by Marceline VandeWater during this tally a few years back

Dragonfly Walk with Pierre Deviche & Roger Racut

8:30 am. ASU Professor Pierre Deviche created the photo-packed website azdragonflies.net; meet Dr. Deviche and learn about these colorful insect predators on a guided tour to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Skimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more.

September 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk "Season Finale"

8:30 am. Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ leads this walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

Pottery TalkSeptember 13 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required.

Repeats: Oct. 4

September 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Pomegranate Harvest Workshop with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

10 am. Pomegranates, reputed to be among antioxidant-packed "super foods", thrive in Arizona - and have a colorful background in literature and lore (some say a pomegranate would have been more likely in the Garden of Eden). Learn about cultivars and how to pick, process, and juice 'em in a class with Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her harvest season accomplice, Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing pomegranate drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean.

September 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Welcome Back Buzzards

7 am. You'll want to be an "early bird" and hit the road before dawn if you'd like to see the famous resident flock of Turkey Vultures sunning on the volcanic cliffs of Magma Ridge from sunrise til about 8:00 or 8:30 am; at that hour they begin to take flight - circling and soaring skyward to spednd their day scanning the desert below for carrion. Arboretum staff and volunteers celebrate migration and spotlight this often-overlooked scavenger species during a morning devoted to Vulture Culture. Observe the birds from 7:00-8:30, then join a guided bird walk around the gardens to see and learn about other birds. From 8:30-2:00pm volunteer "wildlife rehabbers" from the Arizona Game & Fish Department have a popular living exhibit of birds, reptiles and mammals set up near the Smith Building - including a real, live Turkey Vulture you can see and photograph up close and personal.

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8:30 am. 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. This tour repeats Oct. 18 at 1:30 pm.

September 20 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

Repeats: Oct. 18

September 20 - Kartchner Caverns 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!

2- 5 pm: Afternoon Solar Viewing: safely view the sun through a special telescope.
5:30 pm: Guest Speaker.
6:30 pm: After the speaker see planets, stars, comets, galaxies, and more through Astronomers telescopes! Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies! Entrance Fees is $6 per vehicle (up to four adults) for the night of viewing, instruction 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. Event supported by Huachuca Astronomy Club & Astronomers of Verde Valley.

September 20 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

September 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

10:00 am. 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. tour repeats Oct. 19 at 1:30 pm

September 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Museum Day Live!

8 am. Free Admission with coupon today during "Smithsonian Museum Day Live" if you bring along a coupon for the annual Museum Day Live promotion arranged by the Smithsonian Magazine to promote museums across the nation. Obtain your one-day-pass from the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Geology walking tour Guided By Scott McFadden

8:30 am. Professional Geologist Scott McFadden is the special guest guides 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.

September 27 - Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Verde River Day Verde River Day 2014

9 am - 3 pm. The activities on Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde River's riparian habitat. Some of the day's events include environmental exhibits, hands-on-activities, fishing, canoeing, and live entertainment. The Verde River Days celebration begins at 9 am on Saturday and brings together 40-plus nature-based exhibits, sandcastle building, a menagerie of live animals, non-stop activities from canoe rides (with or without assistance), to nature hikes, as well as continuous entertainment and local food vendors. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Join us for Fishing, Fun, Food, Hikes, Activities, Exhibits!

Museum Day LiveSeptember 27 - Homolovi State Park

Museum Day Live!

Free park entry on Sept. 27 with a pass from the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website. External Link

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: Oct. 5, Oct. 11, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

September 27 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run

5K Trail Run & Kids Fun RunCome experience the Kartchner Caverns inaugural 5K Trail Run. Come out to run; stay to learn about the bats, the guano, and preservation of the cave. Post-race festival complete with awards ceremony and family fun activities. This unique course will take you through the rugged desert terrain of the Sonoran/Chihuahuan Deserts. The run will include multiple sets of stairs and allows you to run along areas that are normally closed to the public. You will experience majestic views of the entire San Pedro River Valley and the beautiful mountain ranges that surround the park. Park entrance included. Free T-shirt if pre-registered by midnight August 31. The entire course is aboveground. This event is sponsored and operated by the Friends of Kartchner Caverns SP External Link

5K Trail Run Online Registration Online Reservations
1 Mile Kids Fun Run Registration is at park on the morning of Sept. 27
5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run Information (PDF Document 1 MB PDF)

Event schedule
6:30 - 7:45 am: Registration & Bib pickup
8 am: 5K Trail Run starts (ages 14 and up)
9:30 am: 1 Mile Kids Fun Run starts (ages 13 and below)
10 am: Award Ceremony for both races

Event Volunteers: We also need volunteers to make this event a success! If you are interested in helping out, please send an email to reservations(at)azstateparks.gov or call (520) 586-4118 (this phone number is for event volunteer registration only).

Online Cave Tour Tickets Online Reservations (24-hours), please review the Cave Tour Info Cave Tour Info before placing your reservation. Online Camping Reservations Online Reservations (24-hours) or call (520) 586-2283 for either camping or ticket reservations. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST.

September 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

8:30 am. 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 Oct. 11 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm, and on the 2nd Saturday at 1:30 from October-through-April.

 
October 2014

October 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Open Labor Day: Fall-Winter Schedule Returns

Hours daily 8 am - 5 pm. The Arboretum is open Labor Day, the Autumn equinox approaches and signals Fall weather and cooler days - the Arboretum returns to the Fall/Winter schedule with daily hours from 8 am - 5 pm; last admission of each day at 4:00 pm so those final visitors have one full hour to enjoy the gardens and trails.

October 4 - Oracle State Park

Oracle Re-Opens For Season

Oracle SP will re-open for weekend starting on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Pottery TalkOctober 4 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required.

October 5 - 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: Oct. 11, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 11 - 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: Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 12 - 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: Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 18 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.

October 18 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Exotic Bird ShowExotic Bird Show

1 - 3 pm. Curt Scarberry and AZ Exotic Bird Rescue will host an exotic bird show at Tonto Natural Bridge. The group will bring a selection of exotic birds from their rescue to the park for the public to see. Learn about these amazing birds including include Macaws, Cockatoos, Conures, and Parrots (birds may vary). Speakers from the rescue will discuss the wonders of these animals, plus bring informative materials. Program is free with regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone aged 14 years and older, $2 per person for everyone 7-13, and no charge for anyone 6 and under. Please call (928) 476-4202 with questions. For more information about AZ Exotic Bird Rescue go to their website at http://www.azexoticbirdrescue.org.External Link

October 19 - 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.

October 19 - 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: Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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.

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

 
November 2014

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).

 
December 2014

December - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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January 2015

January - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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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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