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See the Park from a whole new perspective while relaxing on our crystal waters.


 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

 

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 27: Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class with Patty West

10am. Have you wished you knew how to pick a peck o’ prickly pears, turning the bright red fruits into syrup you can use in margaritas and smoothies, or even a batch of tasty jelly? Ethnobotanist and field botanist Patty West is a special guest presenter both days of this weekend at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park -- and on August 27 she hosts a 10am. class coaching the finer points of processing ripe fruit of the season for fresh batches of jelly, jam, syrup and more. She has been picking and preparing for over 20 years and has her own unique spin on cactus cuisine and will share her favorite techniques for de-spining and processing prickly pears -- she may even have a unique desert edible snack for her audience to sample as the class concludes. No pre-registration is necessary, just be in the visitor center breezeway by start time - this class is included with regular BTA daily admission of $10 for adults, or $5 for ages 5-12. Learn More with Patty when she guides the Edible Medicinal Plants walk Sunday http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

August 27: Carla Keaton's ‘Paint & Wine’ Classes (also Sept. 24, Oct. 29)

12pm. Try your hand at art, with an optional glass of wine to help spark creativity. Carla Keaton launched a new series of ‘paint & wine’ workshops at her Keaton Fine Art gallery for beginners - and this Fall Carla brings art to the Arboretum once-a-month continuing Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 & Dec. 3.
"They're loads of fun," says Carla, "and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens." Enrollment of $45 includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching and encouragement from Carla Keaton. Signup by phone; have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff during daytime 6:30-2:30 business hours at 520.689.2723. See more of her work and connect with Carla at: https://www.facebook.com/Keaton-Fine-Art-A-Global-Encounter-260382013992101

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

 

 

Catalina State Park

SUNDAY HIKES:

Sunday, August 28 - CSPark - Cargodera & Sutherland Trail [7mi/400’]

6:30am. Park and meet at the main trailhead parking at the main trailhead parking (near the two buildings). Take the Sutherland Trail to the Cargodera Flatrock. Return same trail. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park®

 

Saturday, August 27 (repeats 9/10)

5:30pm. 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.

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

 

 

Red Rock State Park

Saturday, August 27: STAR Party with Verde Valley Astronomers

7:30pm. Come out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. The STAR Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the late summer skies. The Summer Milky Way rides high in the sky with its plethora of clusters, globulars, nebulae and stellar clouds. Planetary nebulae (exploded stars) dot the sky thru the stream of stars in the Milky Way. Constellations like Cygnus the Swan, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpius the Scorpion will join the smaller constellations of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, Vulpecula the Fox and Lyra the Harp. The Red Planet, Mars, will be at the edge of Scorpius as Saturn rides above in the 13th Zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus. A $5 non-refundable reservation fee is required, (928) 282-6907.

 

Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

August 27: Evening Lecture - Mayhem, Death & Destruction on the Movie Set

Popular when released in 1930, the movie The Painted Desert, featured William Boyd and Clark Gable. Unplanned explosions, stampeding cattle, destruction of set equipment and the unfortunate deaths of cast members plauged the production of this movie. Join Arizona Historic Society Curator Joe Meehan as he presents his latest research obsession. This event is free to the public, but does not include tour admission.

 

 

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September 24: National Public Lands Day

9am. Verde River Greenway Volunteer Event - Join our partners The Town of Clarkdale, REI, the Nature Conservancy and AZ State Parks to restoring one of the busiest River Access Points in the Verde Valley. Help to remove fencing, build trails and remove invasive plants! For more information, and to register, please visit: http://www.verderivergreenway.org/volunteer-on-national-public-lands-day-september-24th-and-25th/

KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK NOTICE

The caves will be closed from September 19-23 for annual cleaning and maintenance. No cave tours
will be available during these days. Contact reservations for alternate dates and times at (520) 586-2283.

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/

September 24: Carla Keaton's ‘Paint & Wine’ Classes (also Oct. 29)

12pm. Try your hand at art, with an optional glass of wine to help spark creativity. Carla Keaton launched a new series of ‘paint & wine’ workshops at her Keaton Fine Art gallery for beginners - and this Fall Carla brings art to the Arboretum once-a-month continuing Oct. 29, Nov. 12 & Dec. 3.
"They're loads of fun," says Carla, "and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens." Enrollment of $45 includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching and encouragement from Carla Keaton. Signup by phone; have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff during daytime 6:30-2:30 business hours at 520.689.2723. See more of her work and connect with Carla at:
https://www.facebook.com/Keaton-Fine-Art-A-Global-Encounter-260382013992101

September 25 - Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris

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 the final 8:00 am outing, this tour moves to 1:30 pm 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/

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

September 3 - Saguaro Sunset Trio

6pm. Catalina State Park is pleased to host the Saguaro Sunset Trio for the First Saturday Concert in September. The Trio combines harmonizing vocals, instrumentation, and rhythm for an entertaining set. Saguaro Sunset Trio will be playing easy listening bluegrass, country, and folk music. All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Be sure to join us at 6:00pm on September 3 and check back for our First Saturday Concert in October!

Saturday, September 24: Star Party

6:30pm. - If you have a sense of curiosity about what lies in the skies above us, come to Catalina State Park for the next Star Party. Imagine what can be seen at night with 10 big telescopes that astronomers will have at Catalina State Park! 

Astronomers will be onsite to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot. When the night sky arrives, astronomers will volunteer their expertise and telescopes for visitors to view an assortment of night sky attractions including stars, constellations, the moon, and glimpses of nearby planets. Visitors should bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), sweater or jacket. The event is supported by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association.

 

 

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Saturday, September 24

8am - 3pm. For the last 28 years the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and its partners have hosted Verde River Day, a celebration of the Verde River and it significance to the Verde Valley as well as the State of Arizona.
Verde River Day is an opportunity not only to experience the river and all it has to offer, but to learn about our responsibilities in helping to maintain its fragile hold on the landscape. Experience the beauty of the Verde River while you enjoy free canoe rides, games and activities for the kids, fishing, demonstrations, food, music & more!

 

 

Homolovi State Park

Starting Saturday, September 17, enjoy Ranger Led Tours of these important sites. Tours available Saturday & Sunday, start times vary, call the park for latest updates.

September 17: Tsu'vo Trail

10am. Enjoy a hike along ancient trails with a Park Ranger. The tour will be approximately 2 miles on sandy trails to Diné Point and back. Wear sturdy walking shoes, wear a hat and bring water. Along the trail participants will be able see petroglyphs from Homolovi's earliest pit-house period. Day-use fee required.

September 18: Petroglyph Tour (repeats October 23)

9am. 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) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required.

September 24: Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

10am. 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).

September 30: Star Party (repeats on October 14 & November 18)

Time TBA. Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of stars, constellations, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and glimpses of nearby planets. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

 

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Saturday, September 10: Star Party

Details TBA

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.

 

Red Rock State Park

Friday, September 16: Full Moon Hike

5:30pm. The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park and is usually fully booked by the day of the hike. Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about the natural history of Sedona. The hike lasts 2 - 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A non-refundable $5.00 program fee per person is required in order to reserve your spot in the hike in addition to the regular entrance fees on the day of the hike. Participants must check in approximately 30 minutes before the hike starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children under seven are not permitted. Wear suitable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots, (928) 282-6907. The Astronomers of Verde Valley will set up their telescopes for a moon viewing at the conclusion of the hike.

Monarch Migration at Red Rock State ParkSeptember 25: Following the Monarch Migration through Red Rock State Park with Gail Morris

9am. Every Fall Monarch butterflies undergo a rigorous, long-range migration to their overwintering sites in Mexico and California. Late September is the time they typically move through our state and hopefully a fair number will pass through Red Rock State Park. Join Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and Vice Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. Tagging Monarchs allows the Southwest Monarch Study to increase the public knowledge of migratory patterns and determine the destination of Monarch butterflies that pass through our area. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors – hats, closed-toed shoes, water, sunblock, and binoculars are encouraged. This program is included with park entrance fees or a valid Flagstaff Festival of Science Passport. However, space is limited, so call to reserve your spots, (928) 282-6907.

Nature & Technology September 25: Sunday Lecture - Nature & Technology: Friends or Foes? with Dr. Andrea Houchard

1pm. The human connection to the natural world is of vital importance. Research is piling up to confirm that spending time in the great outdoors has great benefits for both physical and psychological health.. What gets in the way of people spending time in nature? One of the answers we hear repeatedly is technology. Screens, phones, gadgets and games are reputed by many as an impediment to people connecting with the natural world. However, it may not be the technology in itself, but how technology is used that is responsible for the disconnect. In fact, technology actually might be a great resource as we carve out time to connect with the natural world. This interactive discussion will explore the relationship between technology and nature and give you an opportunity to discuss your own experiences with how the two complement and interfere with one another. Dr. Houchard is a professor of Philosophy in the Public Interest at Northern Arizona University and a co-owner of the Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX), an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This program is included with park entrance fees. However, seating is limited and reservations are required, (928) 282-6907.

 

Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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

2pm. 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.

September 12: History of Coal Mining in the Dzil Yijiin (Black Mesa) Region

12:15pm. Presented by Roberto Nutlouis, Black Mesa Water Coalition
A special Brown Bag in celebration of Colorado River Days, coloradoriverdaysflagstaff.org
Extraction of coal and water on Black Mesa began in the 1960s, devastating the land, air, springs, forced relocation, and compromising the health of the people. Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) was formed in 2001 to address the major overuse of the Navajo Aquifer (N-Auifer) by the Peabody Coal Company. Since then, BMWC has been a leader in energy justice issues in the Southwest and some of their community-based projects include the Black Mesa Solar Project, the Food Sovereignty Project, and the Navajo Wool Market Improvement Project.

Read about all the great activities at the mansion HERE.

 

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Thursday, August 4: Living History: Woodworking

10am. For generations, humans have used and shaped wood for practical and creative projects. See how it was done before power tools by watching and listening to a knowledgeable volunteer using hand tools to form and split wood to make staves for a bucket, and then try it yourself. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ (520) 398–2252.

Monday, September 5: Pony Up for Anza Days! – Labor Day,

5pm. Come to a community party to raise funds for the horses for the Anza Day reenactment ride from the Tumacacori Mission to the Presidio. Featuring a delicious B-B-Q, music, piñata and 50-50 drawing. All proceeds benefit Tubac’s Anza Day celebration. Save the date! Call the Presidio at 520-398-2252 for details. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ (520) 398–2252.

Friday, September 9: Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am. Our Old World/New World foods program will focus on the native and imported foods of colonial Spain. The presentation will educate visitors about the origins, nutritional/survival values and the variety of these foods. Featuring a special display and samples from the Old and New Worlds. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ (520) 398–2252.

Saturday, September 17: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

10am. 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. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ (520) 398–2252.

Saturday September 17: Living History: Spinning

10am. 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. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ (520) 398–2252.

Saturday, September 24: Movie: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

2pm. What do “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and a former Tubac ruler have in common? Finally an answer to the question you’ve always wondered about! Watch this 1961 comedy-romance starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and if you are the first to answer the question correctly, you will get a very special prize indeed. The film runs two hours. Refreshments will be served. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ (520) 398–2252.

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 1: Fall/Winter Hours Return Today – Plus Saturday Dragonfly Walk

8:3 am. The Fall-Winter schedule resumes and daily hours are 8:00am to 5:00 pm starting Oct. 1; there’s also a special Dragonfly Walk today, guided by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche. 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 guide usually nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects safe and unharmed to continue patrolling and hunting over Ayer Lake. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche: http://azdragonfly.net

October 1: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am 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/

October 2: Guided Bird Walk with Charlie Babbitt

8:30am. Bright red Northern Cardinals are year-round residents at the Arboretum and can be seen along with dozens of species around the gardens. Learn to identify birds on a guided walk with Charlie Babbitt starting at 8:30 am. Find dates for other October-November bird walks and read bird sightings posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bt

October 2: Sunday History Walk

10am. You may have walked the main trail a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates a walking tour that includes the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 6: Home School Day Tours (also November 3 and December 1 )

11am. Guided tours offered to public school groups are also available to home-schoolers on special Fall-Winter dates, ranging from $2 - $10 per person. Thursday, Oct. 6, theme is Edible And Medicinal Desert Plants, with classroom and outdoor activities starting at 11:00 am. Home school days continue November 3 with the popular Plants of the Bible Lands day , then December 1 brings a workshop in geology and rock identification. Pre-registration is required; for more complete descriptions of each day, or to be added to our email list for the 2016-2017 schedule, contact education coordinator lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu with this as your subject line: Home School Days at BTA
Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 7: Fall Plant Sale ‘Members-Only’ Preview (sale opens to everyone Oct. 8)

8am. Arboretum annual members get a special day of ‘sneak preview’ shopping for the most unusual plants one day before the annual Fall Plant Sale fundraiser opens to the public on Saturday – expect a big assortment of cacti and agaved, potted herbs, trees, shrubs, flowers and more. BTA annual members also save 20-percent during the opening weekend – and membership can be purchased upon arrival. read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 8: Science & Stories Creepy Crawlies

9:30am. October’s the month of Hallowe’en; learn about scary Sonoran Desert critters (scorpions, tarantulas and more) during a guided activity. For a complete description, and to be added to her email list for the 2016-2017 activities, contact education coordinator lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu with this as your subject line: Lacey - October Science And Stories. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 15: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

1:30pm. 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. From October-through-April BTA daily hours are 8am-5pm; the Fall-Winter schedule resumes, and this tour returns to a 1:30 pm start time. 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/

October 22: Butterfly Walk with Gail Morris (2016 Season Finale)

9:30am. Gail Morris studies the migration of Monarch butterflies from Arizona to Mexico, and will search for the colorful butterflies here Oct. 22 when 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/

October 22: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am 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/

October 29: Guided Bird Walk with Charlie Babbitt

8:30am. 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 8:30 am. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

October 29: Carla Keaton's ‘Paint & Wine’ Classes

12pm. Try your hand at art; with an optional glass of wine to help spark creativity; Carla Keaton launched a new series of "paint & wine" events at her Keaton Fine Art gallery -- and now she's bringing art to BTA once each month through December (Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 & Dec. 3). "They're loads of fun," says Carla, "and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens." Saturday's class will focus on hummingbirds. Enrollment of $35 for Arboretum members and $45 for nonmembers includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching and encouragement from Carla Keaton. Signup by phone; have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff during daytime 6:30-2:30 business hours at 520.689.2723.
See more of her work and connect with Carla at: https://www.facebook.com/Keaton-Fine-Art-A-Global-Encounter-260382013992101 Or call her at 480-228-1500, or email: keatonfinearts@gmail.com

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

 

October 1 – Sunshine Strings Youth Orchestra

5pm. Come out for Catalina’s First Saturday Concert in October and enjoy music with a beautiful backdrop. This month’s group is the Sunshine Strings Youth Orchestra, directed by Stacy Scheckel of Monarch Music Performance. The students have prepared two classical pieces, featuring two soloists, as well as the movie soundtrack to Harry Potter and Celtic Fiddle Tune. All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Be sure to join us at 5:00pm on October 1 and check back for our First Saturday Concert in November.

 

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park®

3rd Annual Guano Happens 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, October 8, 2016

8am. The 3rd year for this event will host hundreds of avid runners, families & kids along the beautiful Whetstone Mountain trails of Kartchner Caverns State Park®. Join us for a day of competition, prizes, family activities and fun. Registration is now OPEN! CLICK HERE Information & Signup details.

 

 

Homolovi State Park

October 1: Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour (repeats on October 8, 9, 16, 22, 29 & November 5)

10am. 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).

October 2: Hopi Pottery Talks (repeats October 30)

10am. 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 14: Star Party (repeats on November 18)

Time TBA. Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of stars, constellations, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and glimpses of nearby planets. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

October 15: Petrified Wood Walk

9am. Join a Park Ranger on a walk to Homolovi’s mini petrified forest. This tour will explore the park’s paleontological history. The tour will require about 1 mile of walking, round trip, across natural landscape, to view an approximately 1 acre area of exposed petrified trees. The talk will describe the petrification process, the Triassic period, and the environment as it once was. Day use-fee required.

October 23: Petroglyph Tour

9am. 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) 280-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at kke2@azstateparks.gov. Day use-fee required.

October 30: Hopi Pottery Talks

10am. 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.

 

 

Fort Verde State Historic Park

October 8-9: Fort Verde Days

All Day. Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flagraising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with Indian Wars period reenactors, presentations, a fashion show, cavalry and Vintage Baseball and Dutch Oven Cooking demonstrations.

 

Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

October 1: Evening Lecture - Victor And Cosmos Mindeleff: Smithsonian Architects And The Study Of Pueblo Architecture, 1881-1900

7pm. Presented by Dennis Gilpin, PaleoWest Archaeology. In 1881 the Smithsonian Institution sent 21-year-old architect Victor Mindeleff to the Southwest to study Pueblo architecture. For the next 15 years, Victor and his younger brother Cosmos would continue to examine ancient and existing Pueblo architecture in the Southwest. In 1891 Victor would produce a report called A Study of Pueblo Architecture in Tusayan and Cibola (that is, Hopi and Zuni), which was the first professional study of Pueblo architecture, which ranks as one of the classics of anthropological literature, and which still stands as a classic study of Pueblo architecture. Cosmos would build models of more than 20 pueblos and pueblo ruins that would be exhibited at the Smithsonian and at World Fairs and other expositions and would publish studies of the ruins of Canyon de Chelly, Casa Grande, and the Verde Valley, as well as papers on the Hopi Snake Dance, Hopi clan residence patterns, and Navajo hogans. Victor and Cosmos were among the first scholars to explore sites in the Flagstaff area, and were certainly the first to examine the ancient buildings as architecture. The Mindeleffs developed a relationship with the Riordans, which is documented in the Special Collections at the NAU Cline Library.

October 2:Evening Lecture --Eagles and Archaeologists: The Lindberghs' 1929 Southwest Aerial Photographic Survey

7pm. Presented by Erik Berg, Historian. Famous aviator Charles Lindbergh is best known for his pioneering 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." Few people realize that Charles, and his wife Anne, also played an important role in southwest archaeology. During the summer of 1929, a newlywed Charles and Anne worked with noted southwest archaeologists Alfred Kidder and Earl Morris to conduct the Southwest's first systematic aerial surveys of prehistoric sites and geologic features. Over the space of several weeks, they took over 200 aerial images of landmarks including Chaco Canyon, Canyon del Chelly, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater. Eighty years later, these remarkable photographs give a rare view of the Colorado Plateau in the 1920s and provide unique insights into a wide range of changes that have occurred in the region since. Award-winning historian and writer Erik Berg tells the exciting tale of the Lindberghs' southwest adventures and discusses the results of a recent project to re-photograph these historic images. The presentation will include many rarely seen images from the Lindbergh survey.

 

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park

Saturday, October 8: Fall Festival

9am. Enjoy booths/demonstrations/exhibits from: Apple cider press, black smithing, The Verde Valley Fly Wheelers will be here with tractors and old engines on display, kiddie tractor pull. Details to come!

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

November 3: Home School Day Tours (also December 1)

10am. Guided tours offered to public school groups are also available to home-schoolers on special Fall-Winter dates, ranging from $2 - $10 per person; themes range from our popular Plants of the Bible Lands day for home-schoolers on November 3. December 1 brings a workshop in geology and rock identification. Pre-registration is required; for more complete descriptions of each day, or to be added to our email list for the 2016-2017 schedule, contact education coordinator lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu with this as your subject line: Home School Days at BTA

November 5: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am 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/

November 6: Sunday History Walk

10am. You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

 

November 5 – Jaye Parks and the Show Cats

4pm. Catalina State Park invites you to join Jaye Parks and the Show Cats for a wonderful evening of music by the mountains. Jaye is joined by her husband and music partner, Steven Shochat, who will be playing bass and guitar. Lonesome Lee West, celebrated guitarist, singer, and songwriter will round out the Cats. Come enjoy an evening of acoustic folk and rock; nostalgic to contemporary and original works. All-day admission to the state park is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Be sure to join Catalina State Park for our First Saturday Concert in November.

 

Homolovi State Park

October 5: Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

10am. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).

November 6: Petrified Wood Walk

9am. Join a Park Ranger on a walk to Homolovi’s mini petrified forest. This tour will explore the park’s paleontological history. The tour will require about 1 mile of walking, round trip, across natural landscape, to view an approximately 1 acre area of exposed petrified trees. The talk will describe the petrification process, the Triassic period, and the environment as it once was. Day use-fee required.

November 18: Star Party

Time TBA. Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of stars, constellations, the moon’s cratered landscapes, and glimpses of nearby planets. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

 

 

Red Rock State Park

November 5: 25th Anniversary Celebration - Details TBA

 

 

Catalina State Park

 

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

December 3 – Tucson Bandstand

3pm. The Tucson Bandstand invites you to Catalina State Park’s First Saturday Concert Series. They will be sharing 60s and 70s jukebox tunes along with a few holiday tunes! Kick back under the trees and enjoy wonderful music with the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. All-day admission to the state park is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Be sure to join Catalina State Park for our First Saturday Concerts throughout the year.

 

 

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