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ON-GOING EVENTS


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

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

Check out the July BTA newsletter HERE...

Every Weekend - Catalina State Park

Guided HikesBlooming Prikly Pear Cactus

7am @ Scheduled Hike Meeting Location, Every Sunday, come and explore the trails of Catalina State Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains through these guided morning hikes. Led by Catalina State Park volunteer and experienced hiker Gaston, come and see the park in a new light! Hike difficultly varies; hikers are required to carry plenty of water and snacks, and wear proper clothing, shoes, and hats. Please call Hike Leader Gaston @ 520-638- 5404, for upcoming hike information and to register. Registration closes by 4pm on the Saturday prior to the scheduled hike. Hikes subject to cancellations or changes depending on weather conditions and hike attendance.

Download a full list of dates and trails descriptions for June & July HERE. (PDF Document 54 KB PDF)

 

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

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


Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

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

10am. and again at 2pm.
JUNE-SEPTEMBER: Self-guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House. Visit the park office/gift shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind. 45-minute Docent or Ranger-Led Guided Tours will only be offered by reservation or on select dates over the summer months. Please call ahead. Free with park admission.

Dancers perform at a Suvoyuki Ceremony at Homolovi State ParkComing Soon! - Homolovi State Park

Tours of Homolovi IV

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

Homolovi IV Pueblo Tours will take place this fall on the following dates: September 26, 2015 October: 4, 10, 11, 17, & 25, 2015 & November 7, 2015 Meet at Homolovi Visitor Center 10:00 AM.

The tours will begin at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center at 10:00AM and be finished by 12:30PM and are limited to 15 participants. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. There is a $7 day use fee per car with up to 4 adults.


July Events at Arizona State Parks

Upcoming Events - Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hike - Blue Moon at Red Rock State Park - 7-31, 6:30pm.July 31 - Moonlight Hike

6:30pm. Once again by popular demand we have another Moonlight Hike this month. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.
Pre-registration and a $5.00 reservation fee by phone is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907. 

Upcoming Events - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Sunday, July 26 - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

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


Upcoming Events - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

8:30am. (repeats Sept. 5) Dragonfly enthusiast, photographer and AZ State Parks Volunteer Roger Racut guides this once-a-month odonate excursion, an interpretive walking
tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insects. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website: http://azdragonfly.net. Bring your camera because Roger safely nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. Mark your calendars for September 5, our next dragonfly walk. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Prickly Pear Cactus at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Aug. 1 & 2 - Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Classes  

(repeats on the weekend of Aug. 29-30) 
9:30am. Have you wanted to pick a peck o’ prickly pears, but didn't know how to remove the spines before turning the bright red fruits into tasty jelly – or margaritas? On two special weekends in August Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Parks  offers back-to-back classes on Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 1-2 and also Aug. 29-30 coaching the finer points of processing the ripe fruit of the season for fresh batches of jelly, jam, syrup and more. Workshops feature Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering, with their unique spin on Cactus Cuisine and lessons on de-spining & processing. No pre-registration is necessary for any of these classes, just be in the visitor center breezeway by the 9:30am start time. Over the years more than 2,000 have attended BTA’s unique series of cactus classes teaching “How To Juice Prickly Pears” -- a summertime series so popular it spawned a cactus culinary festival in the neighboring town of Superior. Our experts share proven techniques to pick, prepare, process and preserve these juicy, seasonal fruits of the Sonoran Desert -- with tasty, healthy prickly pear snacks shared at the end of each class. Learn from prickly pear pickin’ pros! And mark your calendar to attend the 4th Annual Prickly Pear Festival in Superior on Aug. 22. Superior’s culinary celebration of cactus cuisine includes guided desert hike, a pancake breakfast - complete with prickly pear syrup, of course; vendors and guest speakers. Read more, and see links to the Superior Prickly Pear Festival at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Lizard Walk with Wild Man Phil at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Aug. 8, 2015 at 8am.Aug. 8 - Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by AZ Game & Fish researcher Abi King -- and "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci

8am. This entertaining guided walk isn't just for for kids -- its popular with all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. There's no additional fee, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at 8:00am start time. Arrive early and explore - BTA opens at 6:00am during June and July. Today's walk features two enthralling guides: reptile wrangler and researcher Abi King from the Arizona Game & Fish Department - along with Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci. http://wildmanphil.com/. See photos and connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildman-Phil/282933625679]. Abi & Phil return as guides August 8, then our season finale September 12 will be guided by Phil -- plus a special guest: Tucson author Larry Jones. Confirm event times and read more info
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

August 9 - Camera Basics with Sue Tatterson

8:00am. This thorough class in camera basics coached by Gold Canyon artist Sue Tatterson is a bargain at $20 for BTA members, or $30 for nonmembers Tatterson has spent nearly three decades behind the lens and is expert in the settings and dials of digital cameras, from simple point-and-shoot models to complex DSLRs. Enrollment of $20-$30 includes the day's admission to BTA; have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to pre-pay and register. Read more and find links to Sue's websites http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/photoclass.html

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

(repeats Sept. 19)
8am.
The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. From May-through-September this tour moves to a morning start time of 8:00am to take advantage of cooler AM temperatures. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

August 16 - Sunday Guided Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

(repeats Sept. 20)
8am. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Geology Walking Tour with Steve Semken at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Aug. 22, 2015 at 8am.Aug. 22: Geology walking tour with ASU Prof. Steve Semken

8am. Summer hours at the Arboretum are daily from 6am-3pm from through September; this tour starts at  8am during summer months, during cooler hours of the day. 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. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Butterfly Walk with Ron Rutowski at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on Aug. 22, 2015 at 8:30am.Aug. 22 - Butterfly Walk with ASU Prof. Ron Rutowski

8:30am. See, photograph and learn about colorful species here at the Arboretum, ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Tour start time is 8:30am August 22 when our butterfly walk leader is ASU Professor Ron Rutowski (also Adriane Grimaldi); on September 26 our special guest guide for the walk is Gail Morris -- she's coordinator of the Southwest
Monarch Butterfly Migration research project, along with Jan Harding and Laura Miller.Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

August 22 - LightRoom 5 Users Group

10am. Photographers and digital photo editing enthusiasts coordinate our once-a-month meeting of the LightRoom5 users group. These informal workshops are open to the public, free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members. Read about camera classes, confirm event times and read more: http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Prickly Pear Cactus at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Aug. 29-30 - Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Classes

9:30am. Have you wanted to pick a peck o’ prickly pears, but didn't know how to remove the spines before turning the bright red fruits into tasty jelly – or margaritas? On this special weekend Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park offers back-to-back morning classes both Saturday and Sunday coaching the finer points of processing the ripe fruit of the season for fresh batches of jelly, jam, syrup and more. Workshops feature Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering, with their unique spin on Cactus Cuisine and lessons on de-spining & processing. No pre-registration is necessary for any of these classes, just be in the visitor center breezeway by the 9:30am start time. Over the years more than 2,000 have attended BTA’s unique series of cactus classes teaching “How To Juice Prickly Pears” -- a summertime series so popular it spawned a cactus culinary festival in the neighboring town of Superior. Our experts share proven techniques to pick, prepare, process and preserve these juicy, seasonal fruits of the Sonoran Desert -- with tasty, healthy prickly pear snacks shared at the end of each class. Learn from prickly pear pickin’ pros! Rading this prior to Aug. 22? Mark your calendar and attend the 4th Annual Prickly Pear Festival in Superior Aug. 22. Superior’s culinary celebration of cactus cuisine includes guided desert hike, a pancake breakfast - complete with prickly pear syrup, of course; vendors and guest speakers. Read more, and see links to the Superior Prickly Pear Festival at  http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Upcoming Events - Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park Concert Series Catalina State Park Concert SeriesConcert SeriesSaturday, August 1
MUSIC IN THE PARK

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

August 1 - TUCSON BANDSTAND – Jukebox Favorites (60's-70's) 6pm.-7:30pm.

Upcoming Events - Homolovi State Park

Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park. Aug. 1, 2015
Join us on August 1, 2015 to gain insight into the cultural perspectives, lifestyle, language, celebrations, and history of the Hopi Tribe and learn about etiquette on Hopi lands.

Enjoy lectures, pottery firing demonstrations, and traditional Hopi social dances. Special archaeological site tours will be held at 9am, 11am, and 1pm of ancestral pueblo villages built by the Hisat’sinom, between approximately 1260-1400 CE.

Cultural artists and demonstrators will also be on hand. The Hopi Dancers will perform two dances at the event. The corn roasting pit will be opened at 8:00 am and will start the day’s activities.

This celebration is a cooperative effort of many organizations — Sumi'nangwa or “All together.” Homolovi State Park is located 1.35 miles north of I-40 Exit 257, on SR87N. Visit AZStateParks.com/Parks/HORU for more information. Download an event flier HERE. (PDF Document 1.5 MB PDF)

Upcoming Events - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Bug Night 2015. Kartchner Caverns State Park. Aug. 1, 2015 7pm-9:30pm.Bug Night 2015

Weather permitting, “Bug Night” will consist of outdoor insect viewing with a local entomologist. Fun for the whole family! Bring your own flashlights for this hands on learning experience!
7pm.: Program in Outdoor Amphitheater with guest speaker John Palting, UA Dept. of Entomology
KIDS! Bring a Blacklight, or borrow one of ours for a Scorpion walk with a Park Ranger.

$6 per Vehicle Entrance Fee. For more information, please call the park at (520) 586-2283.

Meteor Madness event at Lost Dutchman State Park, August 12, 8pm.Upcoming Events - Lost Dutchman State Park

August 12 - Meteor Watching Event

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 it so special is that we get to experience the Perseids, with NO MOON… creating the best dark sky conditions for viewing and the best place for viewing is in the Lost Dutchman State Park at the foot of the beautiful Superstition Mountain.

One adult $15 – includes park entrance and event admission only (overnight camping not included), minors accompanied by a ticketed adult are free, limit 4 people per vehicle. Additional $15 – includes overnight tent camping at the event perimeter location. These prime tent campsites are limited and first come first serve basis, check-in after 2:00 pm. Limit 1 vehicle per campsite and 4 people per vehicle. Fee must be paid through the event’s website: meteormadness.eventbrite.com RV and additional tent overnight campsites are available through the park’s reservation system; make reservations separately at: azstateparks.com Bring your lawn chair and come celebrate with all of the fans who love the AZ night sky and the Lost Dutchman State park… you’ll be part of one of the most amazing sky events of the year. Download an event flier HERE. (PDF Document 1.5 MB PDF)

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park. August 29, 6:30pm.Upcoming Events - Red Rock State Park

August 29 - Full Moon Hike

6:30pm. Once again by popular demand we have another Moonlight Hike this month. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.
Pre-registration and a $5.00 reservation fee by phone is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

Upcoming Events - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Rita Gannon presentation at Riordan Mansion State Historic ParkA Rose for Rita Gannon event at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. August 10, 2015, 12:15pm.August 10 - A Rose for Rita Gannon

12:15pm

Arizona's historic rose: In 1865, the young bride of Arizona's second territorial governor arrived inPrescott to be with her groom. She traveled with a cutting of a Boursault rose from her New Jerseyhome and planted it at the Prescott governor's mansion. She and her stillborn child died 18 months later, but her rose lives on. This presentation tells of Margaret Hunt McCormick, her rose, and the Coconino Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution efforts to preserve the rose and Mrs. McCormick's story.

Following the presentation will be the dedication of a rose planted on Riordan grounds in honor of Riordan descendant Rita Chambers Gannon.

       
Arizona Rough Riders presentation - August 15, 10am-3pm. - Riordan Mansion State Historic ParkAugust 15 - Arizona Rough Riders

10:00am – 3:00pm. (Living History Presentation) The Arizona Rough Riders is a commemorative group that brings the Spanish/American War era (1898) to life for audiences.  Dressed in authentic period clothing 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.

On the Brink of Shards book reading - August 15, 7pm. - Riordan Mansion State Historic ParkAugust 15 - On the Brink of Shards

7:00pm. Nancy Rivest Green, Author. Over-consumptive lifestyle, environmental degradation, overpopulation, drought and changing weather conditions – sounds like headlines ripped from today’s newspapers, doesn’t it? But this story takes place in the ancient lands of the Great American Southwest more than a thousand years ago. Then, that culture teetered on the brink of their civilization’s collapse and disintegration. One strong young woman, Kaiya, comes forth, led by a powerful and knowledgeable healer. But trouble is brewing in the South, and from the militaristic Toltec culture will come Drok, a Toltec priest who has led his people to the brink of their destruction. Can Kaiya help her once widespread culture before it’s too late?

Will outside destructive influences destroy the people? Can the power of love overcome the searing heat of hate? Follow Kaiya on her journey through loss, magic, knowledge, power and joy, all set in the majestic canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau. Join author Nancy Rivest Green to explore the world of the Colorado Plateau in the past during this special presentation and booksigning.

Upcoming Events - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Meet the Neighbors: Living with Desert Wildlife

Thursday, August 6, 10:30am. As Sonoran Desert dwellers, we have the privilege of living in close proximity to many plants and animals that may be unfamiliar or even scary. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum program featuring live animals will teach us about the living habits and ecological roles of tarantulas, snakes, bats, bobcats, coyotes, raptors and more. They will dispel some myths and offer practical guidance to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative encounters with your wild neighbors.  Come to the Presidio and get up close to some of these wild creatures so you too can be a good neighbor.  Call 520-398-2252 for your reservation today. $10 fee includes park admission.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Saturday, August 15, Sunday, August 23, and Saturday, August 29, 11am.-3pm. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturday, August 15, 10am.-1pm. For the summer months we are adjusting our Old World/New World foods program to focus on 1) the native and imported fruits of New Spain, and 2) how Mexico has developed and enhanced the notion of dessert.  The presentations will educate visitors about the origins, nutritional/survival values and the incredible variety of these delectable foodstuffs. Featuring a special display and samples from the Old and New Worlds. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

Friday, August 21, 11am.-2pm. When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Upcoming Events - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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

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

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

Sept. 12 - Annual CaZBA Butterfly Count

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

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

(moves to 1:30pm October 17)
8am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. September's tour is the final 8:00am walk -- daily hours revert to the Fall-Winter scheduled in October, and this tour moves to 1:30pm each month on the 3rd Saturday. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The
tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

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

(moves to 1:30pm Oct. 18)
8am. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Daily hours return to the 8am-5pm Fall/Winter schedule next month, and tour time is 1:30pm from October-through-April. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta

Upcoming Events - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Sept. 14, Colorado River Days

12:15pm. Details TBA.

Lecture Series:

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

Sept. 19, The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 1

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

Sept. 20, 300 Years of Exploration: What Have We Learned About Our Closest Neighbor Mars

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

Sept. 26, The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 2

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

Upcoming Events - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

September 7, Pony Up for Anza Days!

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

September 13 & September 26, Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

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

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

10am-1pm. A knowledgeable volunteer describes the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

September 16, Art Project: Anza Days Decoration Fiesta!

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

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

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

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