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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

July 23: Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille

8am. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour with professional geologist Rich Leveille starting at 8:00 am; his tour 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. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

July 23: Butterfly Walk with Marceline

8:30am. Marceline VandeWater guides Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure, Pipevine Swallowtail and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Our guide for the Aug. 27 walk is Adriane Grimaldi – education director at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert PlantsJuly 24: Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk

8am. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced, leisurely tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts who explain ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years.
** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Learn Your LizardsJuly 30 : Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with ‘Wild Man Phil’

8am. See Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles on a guided two-hour walk around the 1.5 mile-long main trail; weekend nature walks at the Arboretum are included with $10 daily admission – or free with your Arizona State Parks annual pass. Lizard walks continue August 13 and also September 10 with guides including AZ Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, and Arizona Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. See photos and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

Catalina State Park

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Catalina State Park

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - CSPark - Alamo Canyon Loop

[6mi/300’/6:30am] Park and meet at Romero Ruins parking (inquire for directions at entrance kiosk and get a free small map). Hike on north side trail from Romero Ruins start point to canyon and cross over to south side. Visit flat rocks amphitheater area with season stream. Return via south-side route following trails and washes. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - CSPark - Cabin, Cargodera & Sutherland Trail Loop

[7mi/350’/6:30am] Park and meet at the CSPark main trailhead near the two small buildings). Hike to Cargodera Cyn (Flat Rock). Take Connector trail to the “stone cabin” at the N end of the Park. This spot is, apparently, the location of the original Sutherland Ranch. Return to main trailhead using various unnamed trails. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park®

 

Saturday, July 23 (repeats 8/6, 8/27 & 9/10)

6pm. Foothills Loop trail. Meet at the Discovery Center. Join us for a unique ranger-led hike on the Foothills Loop during the cooler evening hours. Wear suitable clothing and shoes and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. Trail is moderately difficult and 2.5 miles long. Please RSVP with your contact info and number
of people in your group to: reservations@azstateparks.gov $7 per vehicle entrance fee applies. Dates subject to change or cancellation due to weather. Please confirm with Park before hike. For more information, call the park at 520-586-2283. Additional hike dates include: 8/6, 8/27 & 9/10.

Read about the hikes in Tucson's Sierra Vista Herald HERE

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Saturday, July 23: Bat Night!

7:30pm. at the Kannally Ranch House for a 30 minute power point introduction to the bats of Arizona. The talk will be followed by a netting event. The remote netting site will require an easy one-mile trail walk, roundtrip. Research Ecologist and Regional Manager for Arizona Game and Fish, Joel Diamond, Ph.D., is back by popular demand for this evening program to learn more about bats and get up close and personal to some of the flying mammal species living in our neighborhood. Please call for a reservation, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission.

 

Red Rock State Park.

Full Moon HikeJuly 19: Full Moon Hike

6:30pm. The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts 2 - 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required in addition to an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7 - 13), and free for children (0 - 6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. This hike fills up early in the month so please call (928)282-6907 to reserve your spot.

 

Thinking About Global Warming in AZ. July 31: Sunday Lecture: Thinking About Global Warming in Arizona by Dr. Matthew Goodwinst

1pm. What is known or unknown about global warming? What are the levels of certainty and uncertainty in the science? How do we identify good and bad information about global warming? In this lecture we will talk about how philosophy can help us think about global warming. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience, an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees. Seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. For more information and reservations please call (928)282-6907.

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

ALL SUMMER! - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Saturday, July 23: Evening Lecture: Modern Travels on Route 66. 7pm.-8pm.

 

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tuesday, July 26: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

9am.-Noon. A knowledgeable volunteer 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. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Tuesday, July 26: Living History: Spinning

9am.-Noon. Spinning is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Watch and learn how fiber and spinning impacted human activity from ancient to modern times. A knowledgeable volunteer will demonstrate how the spinning wheel produces thread from fiber, and experience spinning with a drop spindle. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

August 5: Book Club Special ‘Meet the Author’ Event Friday with Max Early

9am. Max Early has been described as: “the Carl Sandburg of Laguna Pueblo. Nothing escapes his notice: not the bustle of ants, not the shiver of tassels in a husk of corn, not even the 'sounds eagles hear' when rainclouds gather. Golden, gossamer, the poems in this volume shimmer and gather light.” Meet this acclaimed Native American potter and poet in person when he's the special guest of Boyce Thompson Arboretum Book Club members to discuss his book Ears of Corn: Listen. His poems gracefully detail both the everyday and the extraordinary moments of family and community life, work and art, sadness and celebration at the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico. BTA’s book club showcases a new title each month, with a lively Friday morning discussion group. Attendance at our once-a-month book discussion is included with $10 daily admission if you're not already among annual members, or don't have an AZ State Parks annual pass (its free, of course, to all who do). And each month's book is available in our gift shop. Stop by this week for your copy or order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723. RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email meeting coordinator Vicki.

Butterfly WalkAugust 6: Dragonfly Walk

8:30am. Dragonfly researcher Joanna Henry is the special guest guide for this once-a-month odonate excursion – and interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features. Join Joanna to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Bring your camera because our guides usually net a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects safe and unharmed to continue flying sorties over Ayer Lake. ASU Professor Pierre Deviche leads the October 1 season finale walk. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by Pierre: http://azdragonfly.net

Guided Bird WalkAugust 7: Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

6:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 6:30 am. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

August 8: Monday Bird Walk -- followed by a ‘Bird Sit’ with Rick Wright

6:30am. See cardinals, orioles, hummingbirds, warblers and other colorful Summer birds on a guided walk with Author Rick Wright from 6:30 am to about 8:30 am, ending in the Demonstration Garden with an hour or two ‘bird sit’ in a spot shaded by trees. Rick’s ‘Bird Sit’ is open to all, and ideal for senior birders who find fewer chances to visit BTA to enjoy a morning birding with friends –for those who bird by wheelchair, and for birders of all different mobilities. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Learn Your LizardsAugust 13: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

8am. This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular ‘Lizard Walks’ are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Lizard walks August 13 and also September 10 feature Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager, Dan Leavitt & Jamie Wisenall. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in the Arboretum Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

August 14: New Camera Class > ‘Manual Settings’ with Lisa Langell

8:30am. Learn both the ‘how’ and ‘why’ you should use manual settings on your DSLR or manual-ready compact or bridge camera; this 4-hour workshop covers settings from aperture, shutter speed and ISO to shutter priority, and more ($40, enroll online). Sound daunting? Its not! Lisa employs a warm, friendly, supportive approach during an interactive, lecture and hands-on class that introduces the most basic three settings that help you control your camera to design and capture exceptional photographs. Learn these settings and artistic effects they can create such as depth-of-field, ‘bokeh,’ motion-blur, stopping action & more. Beat the heat by practicing these skills using setups indoors. $40 includes the day’s admission, so arrive early and spend two hours shooting around the gardens after BTA opens at 6:00am. Read a more detailed class description and register online at
http://www.langellphotography.com

Plants of the BibleAugust 20: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

August 20: LightRoom 5 Users Group for Photo Enthusiasts

10am. Photographers – you don’t have to use LightRoom software to attend this once-a-month gathering, you’re not even required to shoot digital, or have an expensive DSLR camera. These informal workshops are open to photographers of all skill levels, free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission for nonmembers. Each month brings a discussion about the art of photography, and the practice of digital editing using LighrRoom. Read a more complete description and connect with meetup coordinators http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass

August 21: Sunday Tree Tour

8am. So, just what is an Arboretum? Certified Arborist Jeff Payne guides a sylvan 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. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Butterfly WalkAug. 27: Butterfly Walk with Adriane

8:30am. Adriane Grimaldi guides Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure, Pipevine Swallowtail and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Don’t miss our walk – Adriane’s the education director at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

August 28: New Camera Class > ‘After The Shot’

9am. Scottsdale artist Lisa Langell offers classes here “to connect with 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.” Aug 28 Sunday morning workshop enrollment of $40 includes BTA admission for the day; arrive early and spend a few hours practicing with your camera after the 6:00 am opening hour. Describing the class, Lisa says: “Do you know how to self-critique with confidence - and what differentiates two similar images from being good Vs. great? Whether you shoot with a small compact camera or professional-level DSLR, evaluating the quality of your own work can be difficult. Knowing how to determine which images are our ‘best work’ can be challenging. This class will help you self-evaluate and properly "finish" your digital images, aesthetically.” Read a more complete class description and enroll online via http://www.langellphotography.com

 

 

Homolovi State Park

August 6: Suvoyuki Day

8am. Join us to gain insight into the cultural perspectives, lifestyle, language, celebrations, and history of the Hopi Tribe and learn about visitor etiquette on Hopi lands.

Enjoy learning from carvers, jewelers, potters, and basket weavers while hearing Hopi history through storytelling, music, and dancing, and enjoy interpretive exhibits. Take an archaeological tour of pueblo ruins built by various prehistoric people, including ancestors of the Hopi people, between approximately 1260–1400 AD. This annual celebration is a co-operative effort of many organizations — Sumi'nangwa or “All together.”

August 13: Star Party

Details TBA

 

 

 

Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Meteor Madness at Lost Dutchman State Park

Meteor Madness with Dr. Sky

Steve Kates, a leading authority on the skies, will be your guide at the BEST meteor shower of the year, the Perseids. What makes this event so special is that you are invited to experience the Perseids, with Dr. Sky, in the incredible Lost Dutchman State Park.

Event Activities
8pm. – 9pm. – Free beer grotto for adult guests sponsored by
Lagunitas Brewing Company, snacks and treats
9pm. – 10pm. – Dr. Sky Presentation on Meteor Shower and Asteroids
10pm. – LIVE Radio on Coast To Coast with Dr. Sky
10:30pm. – 11pm. – Intermission (grab your lawn chair!)
11pm. – Sunrise - Meteor Viewing and Tips on How to Photograph Meteors

Admission Information
Event Admission for One Adult $20 – park entrance fee is waived with ticket purchase, limit 4 people per vehicle, all adults must purchase an event ticket. Minors accompanied by a ticketed adult are free.
Additional $15 – to reserve overnight tent camping at the event perimeter location. These prime tent campsites are limited and first come first serve basis. Limit 1 vehicle per campsite and 4 people per vehicle. To purchase tickets: meteormadness2016.eventbrite.com RV and additional overnight campsites are available through the park’s reservation system; make reservations HERE.

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Sunday, August 7: Ethnobotany Series

8am. with an Acorn Processing Demonstration, after a short walk through the oaks and brief discussion about gathering acorns, with Sonoran Herbalist, John Slattery. If we’re lucky John will offer book-signing and have advanced copies available for sale of soon-to-be-released Southwest Foraging, due out 8/24. Space is limited, a reservation is required. Sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.

Saturday, August 20: Mineralogy Program

Noon. In the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Join local mineralogist, Wolfgang Mueller, for a talk featuring rocks associated with regional mining operations and gems transformed for lapidary uses. Reservation suggested, free with park admission.

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

August 8: Flagstaff Lecture – Families of Oak Creek Canyon

12:15pm. Presented by Nikki Lober. The Howard, Purtymun, and Thompson families settled all along Oak Creek Canyon. These families and their neighbors shared their stories with the Sedona Historical Society through an oral history project in the 1970's. Nikki transcribed these interviews and will share some of their tales from outlaws on the run, to bear attacks, and berry bushes.

August 11: Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

2pm.-3:30pm. A 90 minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. We will look at the buildings that are left and show historic photos of what was once there.
The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12
Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park. Does not include regular tour admission to Riordan Mansion.

August 13: Flagstaff Event: Arizona Rough Riders Living History Presentation

10am.-3pm., weather permitting. The Arizona Rough Riders is a living history group which brings the Spanish-American War era (1898) to life. Dressed in authentic period dress of the famous Rough Riders, and their ladies, and carrying 100 year old weapons for the public's examination, the Arizona Rough Riders describe the era, the war, the effects, and the social mores of turn of the century America. The troop depicted actually came from Prescott 100 years ago. Flagstaff men also went to the war in the famous "cowboy cavalry". The Rough Riders are the most famous 'all volunteer unit' in the history of the US Military. About noon, they will present, “History of the Arizona Rough Riders and the Spanish-American War in Cuba.

Read about all the great activities at the mansion HERE.

 

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

September 3: Dragonfly Walk

8:30am. Dragonflies are beautiful, fascinating insect predators and you’ll learn about their life cycle on this once-a-month odonate excursion – an interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features. Bring your camera because our guides usually net a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects safe and unharmed to continue flying sorties over Ayer Lake. ASU Professor Pierre Deviche leads the October 1 season finale walk. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by Pierre: http://azdragonfly.net

September 3: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

9am. Arizona State Parks Volunteers guide a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. Increase your understanding of plants and trees from around the world with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Find out about the history of the park, its founder, and his famous mansion on the ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 9am. and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

September 10: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

8am. This entertaining guided tour around the gardens is not just for kids -- popular ‘Lizard Walks’ are for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Guides are AZ Game & Fish Department reptile researcher Dan Leavitt, biologist Jamie Wisenall -- plus Arizona Audubon naturalist Steven Prager. There's no additional fee to attend Lizard walks and other nature tours here, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in the Arboretum Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

September 10: Annual ‘CAZBA’ Butterfly Count

8:30am. Volunteers with the Central Arizona Butterfly Association host their 10th annual census of these lovely “flowers on the wing” at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as well as Oak Flat and several other locations within the total count circle, which has a 15-mile diameter. Participants will be assigned to a leader to tally all the butterflies they can find during the morning – and then meet for an informal buffet lunch at a restaurant in nearby Superior (usually Jade Grill, where Chef Lucy Wing serves a delicious family-style buffet for about $10 each). How many species can be found? The record is 44 during a single day by CAZBA board member and volunteer Marceline VandeWater. To sign up for the count, email coordinator Ron Rutowski at rrutowski@cox.net. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

September 17: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (moves to 1:30pm next month)

8am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Please note the Sept. 17 walk is the final 8am. outing, this tour moves to 1:30pm. on the 3rd Saturday each month from October-through-April, when BTA daily hours are 8am.-5pm. and the Fall-Winter schedule resumes. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Sept. 24: Admission Free with Coupon from Smithsonian

6am. Promoting museums across America, the website smithsonianmag.com/museumday offers a coupon for FREE admission that you’ll receive by email, if you register for their free pass to visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum or a variety of other museums on “Museum Day Live!” (BTA admission’s $10 without the coupon).
And if you already have an AZ State Parks pass – please take a minute to email that link above to neighbors, friends, co-workers or family who have never visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum. ‘Museum Day Live’ offers a chance to explore the gardens, hike more than two miles of scenic paths and trails — attend either of two guided tours Saturday: a geology walk at 8am, or butterfly walk at 9am. See the complete list of participating museums online:http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016/?no-ist=

Sept. 24: Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille (tour moves to 1:30 pm next month)

8am. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour with professional geologist Rich Leveille starting at 8am.; his tour 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. Please note the Sept. 24 walk is our final 8am. outing for the year, this tour moves to 1:30pm. on the 4th Saturday each month from October-through-April, when the the Fall-Winter schedule resumes Arboretum daily hours are 8am.-5pm. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Sept. 24: Butterfly Walk with Adriane Grimaldi

8:30am. Adriane Grimaldi is the education director at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale; on Sept. 24 she guides Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Quen, Spring Azure, Pipevine Swallowtail and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

Sept. 25: Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris (tour moves to 1:30 pm next month)

8am. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced, leisurely tour guided by David Morris, an ethno-botanist and member of the Choctaw nation, a desert plant enthusiast who explains ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Please note the Sept. 25 walk is our final 8:00 am outing, this tour moves to 1:30pm. on the 4th Sunday each month from October-through-April, when the Fall-Winter schedule resumes Arboretum daily hours are 8am.-5pm.
** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Sunday, September 18: Pollinators Plus: Phenology and Making Connections

5pm. Join Hilary Cox for a presentation at the ranch house for an hour, followed by a short guided trail walk ending about 7:15pm. Park gates will close to the public late, by 8pm. Pollinators positively affect all of our lives, supporting wildlife, healthy watershed and more. Let’s appreciate the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Reservation suggested; free with park entry.

Sunday, September 25: Live Music Concert in the Park

4pm. Heather “Lil Mama’ Hardy, described as a soulful female electronic blues violinist, performs on the upper patio of the Kannally Ranch House until 6pm. Park gates will remain open after dark for star-viewing with telescopes. Free with park entrance fee. Thanks to event support by Friends of Oracle State Park and Oracle Dark Skies Committee.

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

September 11: Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

2pm.-3:30pm. A 90 minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. We will look at the buildings that are left and show historic photos of what was once there. The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12
Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park. Does not include regular tour admission to Riordan Mansion.

Read about all the great activities at the mansion HERE.

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