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September 2014

September 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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

September 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

CaZBA 7th Annual Butterfly Count

8:30 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful butterflies during this annual census of all the "flowers on the wing" which can be counted in one morning around the gardens. Counting starts at 8:30 am sharp, so arrive a little early. To sign-up or get more information email marceline@ermaroni.net. The count circle has a 15 mile diameter; during this one-day census participants will seek butterflies at Oak Flat and many other spots within that circle; for lunch participants usually meet back at a local restaurant five minutes drive east in the nearby town of Superior -- or you can bring your own and picnic at the Arboretum. Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the Arboretum; 44 species were found by Marceline VandeWater during this tally a few years back

Dragonfly Walk with Pierre Deviche & Roger Racut

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

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group Meeting

10 am. No Additional Fee or registration -- attendance of this monthly Users Group is included with daily admission of $10; and free to BTA annual members and AZ State Parks pass-holders. Scottsdale photographer Jack Haskell invites photographers who use ADOBE Photoshop Lightroom 5 for the next users group meeting. Adobe Lightroom is a photography software packages described by the company as: "Photo editing software built for photographers, by photographers.” At the September 6 meeting Jack will lead the group in discussing the software and its applications, and help each other clarify and achieve their objectives. "We’ll also be open to reviewing any other images," says Jack, "The focus will be on positivity -- there is no right or wrong approach." See examples at View Jack's work at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhaskell

September 6 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

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

September 6: 6:00 pm. Annon and the Late Show (Jazzed R&B)

September 9 - Red Rock State Park

Moonlight HikeMoonlight Hike & Lunar Viewing with Telescopes

The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.

Reservation required please call (928) 282-6907 A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.

September 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk "Season Finale"

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

Pottery TalkSeptember 13 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

11 am. Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required. Repeats: Oct. 4

Star Party Astronomy EventStar Night Party

Event 6:30 to 10 pm. [Set up at 6 pm. Sunset at 6:30 pm.] at the Homolovi Visitor Center & Museum. Explore the wonders of the night sky through astronomer's telescopes at Homolovi's second Star Night Party. Online camping reservations are available (additional fee). Learn more about Star Night Parties and watch video. Event supported by the the Hopi Tribe, the City of Winslow Public Library and the Friends of the Winslow Public Library! $7 per vehicle (up to four adults) for the night of viewing, instruction and family fun. Our last Star Night Party had 11 telescopes. If you wish to participate or bring your telescope, please contact Docia Blalock at (928) 289-4982.

September 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Pomegranate Harvest Workshop with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

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

September 14 - Red Rock State Park

Geology Hike

1:00 pm. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

September 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tuesday Book Club: Dark Moon Crossing by Sylvia Nobel

8:00 am. You like a good read about Arizona history, or the southwest? About a dozen usually attend lively once-a-month discussions with members of the informal Boyce Thompson Arboretum Book Club. AZ author Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald leads discussions the third Tuesday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Smith Building's air-conditioned lecture room. September's featured book is "Dark Moon Crossing" by Sylvia Nobel. The book is available in the BTA Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email kathy@smilingdoglandscapes.com

September 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Welcome Back Buzzards

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

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8:30 am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. This tour repeats Oct. 18 at 1:30 pm.

September 20 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

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

Repeats: Oct. 18

September 20 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Star Night PartyStar Party

Come spend an evening with your family and friends at the park, and observe the wonders of the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes!

2- 5 pm: Afternoon Solar Viewing: safely view the sun through a special telescope.
5:30 pm: Guest Speaker.
6:30 pm: After the speaker see planets, stars, comets, galaxies, and more through Astronomers telescopes! Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies! Entrance Fees is $6 per vehicle (up to four adults) for the night of viewing, instruction and family fun. Camping is available at the park (additional fee). Reserve campsites online. Or Learn about Star Parties, watch video, and see other park event dates. Event supported by Huachuca Astronomy Club & Astronomers of Verde Valley.

September 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

10:00 am. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. tour repeats Oct. 19 at 1:30 pm

September 21 - Red Rock State Park

Permian PeriodAs Sedona’s Red Rocks Were Being Formed: A Look at the Permian Period

2:00 pm. Our first Sunday Lecture Series will feature Kennard Bork. Ken is a new resident of Sedona and is an enthusiast of the rich natural history and cultural options of this area. He has long been fascinated with dinosaurs and has a Ph.D. in geology and paleontology. Ken’s focus of research was on the history of geology and decoding Central Ohio’s geology.

The world of the Permian Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. Lycopods (of coal-forest fame), conifers, ferns, and seed ferns represented the land flora, long before flowering plants appeared. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. The Permian period ended with the greatest extinction event in the history of the planet.

This lecture will briefly look at the Earth during that fascinating time. Space is limited so please call ahead to reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

September 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Museum Day Live!

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

Geology walking tour Guided By Scott McFadden

8:30 am. Professional Geologist Scott McFadden is the special guest guides for this once-a-month walk, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff.

Butterfly Walk with Laura Miller & Jan Harding

9 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Start time moves to 9:30AM for the season finale October 25 with Adriane Grimaldi (Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland) along with Gail Morris.

Pomegranate Harvest Workshop with Chef Eric & Terri from Tall Order Catering

10 am. Pomegranates, reputed to be among antioxidant-packed "super foods", thrive in Arizona - and have a colorful background in literature and lore (some say a pomegranate would have been more likely in the Garden of Eden). Learn about cultivars and how to pick, process, and juice 'em in a class with Tall Order Catering's "Chef Eric" and Terri. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing pomegranate drinks and innovative snacks prepared by the culinary couple.

September 27 - Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Verde River Day Verde River Day 2014

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

Museum Day LiveSeptember 27 - Homolovi State Park

Museum Day Live!

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

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

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

September 27 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run

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

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

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

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

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

September 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

8:30 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Oct. 11 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm, and on the 2nd Saturday at 1:30 from October-through-April.

 
October 2014

October 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter Schedule Returns

Hours are 8 am - 5 pm through April The Autumn equinox has passed, bringing Fall weather and cooler days - starting this month Boyce Thompson Arboretum returns to the Fall/Winter schedule; last admission of each day at 4:00 pm so those final visitors have one full hour to enjoy the gardens and trails.

October 4 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks resume with Cathy Wise and Steven Prager leading the 8:30am walk October 4; and then October 12 is Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson; October 18 Cynthia Donald; October 26 with Anne Leightand Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight. Included with $10 daily admission.

Master Gardener Presentations

11 am. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with "Finding your Perfect Soil Mate!" Oct. 4 at 11am on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). October is the ultimate month to plant in the Sonoran Desert. Roots grow all year round. By planting in the fall your plants will have time to mature and will have a better chance to survive the long hot summer. This class will teach you how to make sensible selections according to your individual garden needs so you’ll be ready for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Fall Plant Sale. Future topics are "Gardening for Winter Visitors" Nov. 1 and then 'Art in the Garden' Dec. 6. These worthwhile workshops are included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. (repeats: November 1, December 6)

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

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

October 4 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

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

October 4: 5:00 pm. Guitar Lounge (Cowboy Jazz, Neo-Folk, Easy Blues)

October 4 - Slide Rock State Park

Fall Fest at Slide Rock

9 am - 3:30 pm. Slide Rock State Park in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon is having its Annual Fall Fest on Saturday Oct 4th. The Park's history comes alive as it celebrates 'Homecoming at the Homestead' with the original apple sorting machine in action, along with talks, live music, demonstrations and exhibits in the 1932 apple packing shed. Featuring the annual bake sale and silent action. Your state park entry fee gets you into this event.

October 5 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

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

October 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Gardener’ badge for Juniors

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'Gardener' badge for Juniors Oct. 11, next up is the 'Trees' badge for Cadettes Oct. 18, 'Bugs' for Brownies on Oct. 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

October 11: Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday each month from October-through-April. Included with $10 daily admission.

October 11-25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall Plant Sale

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

October 11 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

Repeats: Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 12 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks continue October 12 with Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson; October 18 Cynthia Donald; October 26 with Anne Leightand Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight. Included with $10 daily admission.

Mesquite Flour & Cooking Class with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

10:30 am. The author of Sonoran Desert Plants and Their Many Uses will demonstrate how to harvest mesquite beans and grind naturally sweet baking flour from the hulls. This class is included with regular daily admission of $10; stay til the end of class and you can sample mesquite treats prepared by Jean and her harvest season accomplice Robert Lewis (he’ll have the griddle hot and will make fresh and gluten-free mesquite flour waffles to sample with pomegranate syrup). This class repeats Oct. 25 with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri of Tall Order Catering offering their own spin on mesquite cuisine.

October 12 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

Repeats: Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 18 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks continue October 18 with Cynthia Donald; October 26 with Anne Leightand Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight. Included with $10 daily admission.

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Trees’ badge for Cadettes

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are 'Trees' badge for Cadettes Oct. 18, 'Bugs' for Brownies on Oct. 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

1:30 pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Included with $10 daily admission.

October 18 - Homolovi State Park

Petroglyph Tour

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

Pottery TalkOctober 18 - Homolovi State Park

Hopi Pottery Talk

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

Permian PeriodOctober 18 - Red Rock State Park

Beginner to Intermediate Watercolor Class

10 am - 2 pm. Join Sedona watercolor artist Cathy Stedman for a 4 hour watercolor class at Red Rock State Park. Course costs $50 per person per workshop, with an intimate class size of only 12 students. Course fee includes park admission, all art materials, and instruction. Each day's workshop will feature a theme (Red Rocks, Fall Colors). Course is being offered on two dates (Oct. 18 and Nov. 15), you may register for either workshop or for both workshops. To register please call (928) 282-6907 and have your credit card ready. Please register early: registration is first come, first served.

October 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 pm. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Included with $10 daily admission.

Tom Boggan's Sunday Camera Basics Class

2 pm. $20-$30; call 520.689.2723 Wish you were more confident with your camera settings? Scottsdale Pro photographer Tom Boggan leads a monthly outdoor 'walk-a-bout'photo workshop demonstrating how to set your camera's aperture, exposure and white balance – all during a relaxed outing where you're surrounded by beautiful gardens and learning from a pro. Tom generously volunteers a morning or afternoon each month here helping our visitors improve their camera skills, donating his time so enrollments help benefit the Arboretum.

October 19 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

Repeats: Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

October 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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

Butterfly Walk Season Finale

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

Butterfly Walk ‘Season Finale’ with Adriane & Gail

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

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

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

October 25 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

Repeats: Nov. 1

3rd Annual Halloween PartyOctober 25 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

3rd Annual Halloween Party

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

October 25 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Mountain Bike ClinicBeginners Mountain Bike Clinic

9:00 am - Noon. The park recently completed 4 miles of a singletrack Mountain Bike Trail (PDF Document 1.2 MB PDF). To kick off the Fall riding season Amy Regan from Arizona Mountain Biking (AzMB) will be hosting a Beginners Mountain Bike Clinic. Bring your bike, riding gear: helmet, snacks, and at least 70 oz of water. Cost for the program is $85.00. Register for the event on Amy’s Meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/mountainbikeskillsclinics/events/200857342/

AZ Mountain Biking was founded in December 2009 by former pro rider and endurance world record holder Amy Regan. Amy has been organizing rides and teaching skills clinics since 1996, and holds certifications in training, teaching and emergency care. In her mountain biking Meetup group, Amy has lead over 700 guided rides in a little over three years. She is a member of the Mountain Bike Patrol for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and this year, Amy was elected to the Board of Directors for the MBAA (Mountain Bike Association of Arizona), as Recreational Director.

Optional Group Camp: Expand your fun arrive on Friday at the park and camp in the Parks’ Group Camping Area for the weekend. Camping Fee of $15.00 per night can be paid upon entering the Park and is not included in the Mountain Bike Clinic fee. You can ride the trails on Sunday or really challenge yourself with a hike to the top of the Flat Iron. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sharpen your cycling skills and renew your Spirit in the shadow of Superstition Mountain.

October 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk

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

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethnobotanist Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday each month from October-through-April. Included with $10 daily admission.

 
November 2014

November 1 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

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

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

November 1 - Homolovi State Park

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

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

November 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Nov. 23 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

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

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

November 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Live Music Festival

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

November 15 - Alamo Lake State Park

Star Night PartyStar Party

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

November 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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

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

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

Plants of the Bible Land Saturday Guided Walk

1:30 pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Included with $10 daily admission.

Permian PeriodNovember 15 - Red Rock State Park

Beginner to Intermediate Watercolor Class

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

November 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 pm. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Dec. 13 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm with Apache Junction Author Jean Groen as guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 29 & 30 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival & Live Music

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

 
December 2014

December 6 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Authors At The Arboretum Book Festival

10 am. Meet authors from across southern Arizona, writers from genres ranging from historical fiction and non-fiction, to mystery and suspense, memoir and children’s books. Arboretum Autumn foliage remains glorious in early December, here's a chance "to meet the person behind the pen" and take home personalized holiday gifts for bookworms on your list. Throughout the day, the schedule will feature readings by select authors, music; maybe even a writing workshop or two! Revisit this page in November for a more complete agenda and list of participating authors. For more information contact Kathy O’Dwyer McDonald at kathy@smilingdoglandscapes.com ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520. 689. 2723

December 6 - Catalina State Park

Concert SeriesFirst Saturdays Concert Series

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

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

December 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Dec. 28 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

 
January 2015

January - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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February 2015

February - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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March 2015

March 7 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

2015 AZ Archaeology Expo

The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and the prehistory and history of Arizona. Archaeology- and/or history-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events will be featured. In addition, Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge requirements can be fulfilled at the Expo. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. Demonstrations and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, information on archaeological sites, museums, and historical period parks in and around the local area will be highlighted.

The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state’s fragile and nonrenewable heritage resources.

 
April 2015

April - Fort Verde State Historic Park

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May 2015

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

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