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Experience unique adventures at Arizona State Parks! Click on a month above or read our complete listing below to learn about upcoming events and activities. To learn more about a park, including downloading park maps and getting step by step driving directions, follow the link to the park's web pages. Note that the “External Link” symbol means a link to an external site that opens in a new window. To learn more, read our External Link Disclaimer. Schedule subject to change.

 
November 2014

November 29 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Amazing Night Under the Skys
7-9 p.m.
Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for An Amazing Night Under the Skies. What planets will we see in the dark desert sky? Dress warmly and be prepared to be amazed at the sightings. Palo Verde Day Use area (weather permitting).



 November 29-30: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

BOTH Fall MusicThanksgiving 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.

 

 

 

November 30: Catalina State Park

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk: Meet at the Romero Ruins Ramada
10 am Come and learn about the history and mystery surrounding the largest Hohokam ruin site in Catalina State Park. This one-mile hike will take you through the actual remains of the Hohokam village. Led by Park Ranger Jack, this family friendly hike is full of fun! This hike has minimal shade; make sure to bring lots of water, a good hat, sunscreen, and good walking shoes.

Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10a.m. and again at 2p.m.
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.

 

December 2014

December 3 - Lost Dutchman State Park

First Time Hikers in Sonoran Desert

9 a.m. This hike is an introduction to hiking in the Sonoran Desert. The hike starts on Treasure Loop Trail, converges to Jacob’s Crosscut Trail, down Siphon Draw Trail to Discovery back to parking lot. The trail includes small steeper and rockier sections followed by a smooth, well maintained section giving hikers experience in both hiking terrains. The hike is 2.4 miles with a 120 ft elevation change. Plan for a 2 hour easy hike. Meet at Cholla Day Use area. Led by hiker Barb.

December 5 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Full Moon Hike

7-9 p.m. There is a limit of 100 hikers, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. Join us for a guided 2.5 mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Hikers should dress appropriately and wear trail shoes or boots. Please bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades (elevation gain: 120’). Participants should be in good health with no walking or night vision difficulties. Trail is NOT suitable for strollers or walkers. After the hike gather round the campfire for a marshmallow roast (marshmallows and sticks provided). All ages welcome. No pets, please. Parking in Cholla Day Use Area.

December 5 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Full Moon Hike

4-6 p.m. Hike the Overlook Trail for a wonderful view of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake. Watch the full moon rise over the Patagonia Mountains. Add the colors of an Arizona sunset. Wow! Hikers meet the guide at the Visitor Center and car pool to the trailhead. Gain 350 ft. elevation, 1.5 mi. round-trip, moderate difficulty. Bring water, flashlight, jacket, binoculars and perhaps a walking stick; wear sturdy shoes.  Approx. 2 + hrs.

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 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Master Gardener Presentation: 'Art in the Garden'

11 am. Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with 'Art in the Garden' on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). 

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 6 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Saturday, December 6: Bird Walk

8:30 a.m. Join volunteer birder Vera for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert. Learn how to identify the birds in your back yard, the proper use of binoculars, where to find birds in our area, and then take a guided walk through the desert to practice new skills. Bring binoculars if you have them, appropriate clothing, water and enthusiasm, but no dogs or small children, please. Expect to have some surprises and fun! Meet at the Native Plant Trail parking area on the right  before reaching the ranger station for orientation. Participants will then relocate to Cholla Day Use area.

Ted Newman - MusicianDecember 6 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Music by Ted Newman

6 p.m. Local musical artist Ted Newman will entertain with his music and humor that reflects a broad appreciation of Arizona’s history, geography and culture. Ted is a prolific singer-songwriter with copyrights on over 400 songs, both vocal and instrumental, which includes the Shadow of the Dutchman and Cowboy Songs and Poems. Join us around the campfire under the full moon for an entertaining eveningBring your chairs and coats to Palo Verde Ramada.

 

December 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum History Walk Sunday with Sylvia Lee 

10 am. 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? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about it at: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

December 7 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Beginner Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

9:00am-12:00pm Mark Funicello of Global Bikes will be hosting a Mountain Bike Skills Clinic.
Spend the morning with Mark learning the basics of Mountain Bike preparation, safety, maintenance, and riding techniques. Spend the afternoon practicing what you’ve learned navigating 4 miles of singletrack, negotiating tight turns, getting over obstacles, carving corners and building endurance. Enhance your experience, arrive early and plan to camp at LDSP on Saturday night.  Camping reservations may be made on-line or through our reservation hot-line (520) 586-2283.  You can ride the trail or really challenge yourself with a hike to the top of the FlatIron.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sharpen your cycling skills and renew your Spirit in the shadow of Superstition Mountain. 

Bring your Mountain Bike, water bottle and helmet. (And hiking boots if you want to explore some of the other trails in the park!) Check out Global Bikes at: globalbikes.info

Global Bikes’ Meetup event link:
http://www.meetup.com/Global-Bikes-Meetup/events/218576170/

http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

December 7 - Red Rock State Park

Wallace BrownLecture Series: Walking the Corn Pollen Path

2:00 pm. Red Rock State Park will be hosting Wallace Brown of the Bitter Water Diné on Sunday. Brown will be discussing The Navajo way of life, or, ‘Walking the Corn Pollen Path’. Through rich themes including the stories of Emergence, Trotting Coyote, First Man and Spider woman the past is revealed, the present is suggested and they create a pathway to a satisfying future. Visit Red Rock State Park to discover more about Walking the Corn Pollen Path

Wallace Brown was given a rich cultural foundation by his long-lived grandparents, which helped him weather the changing world of the Navajo Nation. Through life experiences Brown developed an understanding for the importance of preserving the traditional teachings that are not available in print; he began “talking culture” and found that the audience was ever-broadening with a desire to develop a better understanding of his people, the Diné.

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

Please visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

December 10 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Sunset Hike

4 p.m. Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and intersecting with Siphon Draw Trail will find hikers marveling at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there a few clouds. Elevation change is 120 ft. on very well maintained trails. Easy, 2 hour hike. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Nancy.

December 12 - Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Annual Lighting of the Luminaries 2014

6 - 8 pm. "Las Posadas," which means lodging or inn, uses luminaries or farolitos, depending on your tradition, as a way of symbolically lighting the path for Mary and Joseph on their procession to find shelter. The Mexican tradition evolved from 16th century Spanish missionaries. They lit bonfires along the roads and churchyards to guide people to Midnight Mass on the final night of the celebration of "Las Posadas." To honor this tradition, and ring in the festive holiday season, about 225 small brown paper sacks filled with sand and a candle are set out and lit on the portico, front and side walls, for this one-night event at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.

December 12 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Star Talk

7:30 p.m. Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges. Parking and seating at campground amphitheater.

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.

December 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Advanced 'pine needle coiling' Gourd Art Class

10am. Sign up soon for either of two informal & fun gourd art classes -- a basic class for beginners-intermediates, or this advanced class in pine-needle coiling for experienced gourd artists. Each is a four-hour workshop where participants have the use of tools and art supplies to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from mixed-media artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the beginners class is $35-$45 and includes a gourd, use of paints and brushes, tools and art supplies for the day, plus four hours of coaching and inspiration from Vicki & Jerry.
Enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction. Fees are from $45-$55. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

December 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Meet the Artist Gallery Reception: Stipple Art nature scenes by Julie Stubb

1pm. Two subjects that particularly inspire East Valley artist Julie Stubbs are also among the top reasons luring visitors to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park -- plants and birds -- and a range of Julie's unique stipple pen-and-ink artwork will be featured in our visitor center gallery during December. Stipple is the intricate art of creating an image with tiny dots; perhaps familiar to most viewers as the Wall Street Journal's portrait style -- Julie Stubbs uses her talent for field-guide quality, lifelike renditions of owls, vultures and songbirds. Meet the artist at her opening reception Dec. 14 from 1-3pm. For a special invitation, visit her page - and click either of the top two links for a printable admission coupon: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/juliestubbs

December 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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. Tours are scheduled January 11 and 17, February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. 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. Read More http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/bibleplants.html

December 14 - Red Rock State Park

Geology Hike Sunday

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.

December 17 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Getting to Know the Birds Around You

9 a.m. Meeting in the Saguaro Day Use area, there will be a brief discussion about how to tell one bird from another; then we’ll be looking for resident birds (from hawks to hummingbirds) and for any late migrants stopping by on their way south. After birding the Saguaro Day use area, we’ll look for birds as we walk up toward Jacob’s Crosscut Trail. We’ll make the short loop around and back to Saguaro Day Use lot, birding as we go. This is more of an “amble” than a hike as we let the birds come to us. Bring binoculars, water and wear sturdy trail shoes. No dogs, please. Led by volunteer Birder Babs.

December 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Winter Solstice Concert With Silverback

2:00 - 3:30 PM. West Valley singer-songwriter Eric Laubach and percussionist John Mahoney set a June concert attendance record at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park when they lured about 150 to an evening of live music as the sun set at the end of the year's longest day. The solstice lures them back each year: celebrate the Winter Solstice on Saturday December 20, from 2:00-3:30pm when they debut some of the new music they've created under the stage name 'Silverback'. Music's included with $10 daily admission (and of course, at no charge to our annual members!). Wondering about their musical style? Laubach says: "I began playing gigs around the valley in 1989; shortly after I began writing songs about Arizona. John Mahoney's an excellent percussionist and bass player, we met through the Arizona Flute Circle and I've done all my recording in his studio. We play covers such as San Francisco Bay Blues and Bobby McGee along with my original Arizona songs such as Under a Coyote Moon, Tarantulas in the Moonlight, and The Zonie and the Genie. Something extra special about our concert on the 21st is Loren Russell, a Native American storyteller and flute player, who adds to our music with his own stories of life on the Gila River Reservation - and his masterful flute playing. So why do they mark the seasonal solstice events? And how did they choose the name 'Silverback'? Connect with Silverback on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silverback/651921968153455
Preview Laubach's original songs: https://myspace.com/ericlaubachmusic

December 20 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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. Tours are scheduled January 11 and 17, February 8 & 21, March 8 & 21 and April 12 & 18. 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. Read more 
http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/bibleplants.html

December 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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. Read more
http://boycethompson.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-questions-for-tree-tour-leader-and.html

 

December 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Christmas Bird Count Friday

7am - 5pm. Competent, confident birders are needed as volunteers for the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Cynthia Donald coordinates the Superior count circle which begins at Queen Valley and Whitlow Dam to the west and extends to the Oak Flat campground above the town of Superior to the east; encompassing Hewitt Station Road and “Area 51″ around Montana Mountain, also Queen Creek upstream of the Arboretum, Arnett Creek and Canyon, Picketpost Mountain, and ‘urban birding’ around the town of Superior. To volunteer on a team for this count and get more information call Cynthia Donald at 480-283-4515 or email  her planres@earthlink.net. Volunteers are needed in others regions throughout the state, too. For more information about 'CBC's around Arizona, visit http://www.azfo.org

December 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By author Jean Groen

1:30 Pm. Explore our Curandero Trail on a guided Saturday afternoon one-hour walk with Apache Junction author Jean Groen, sharing 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. Read more: http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/edibleplants.html

Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10a.m. and again at 2p.m.
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.

 
January 2015

January 1 - Assorted Parks

Visit our 1st Day Hike page for locations & times. Start 2015 off right on an leisurely or invigorating hike with family and friends to celebrate the new year in "Your" beautiful state parks. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, a camera and Create Your Adventure! Park entrance fees apply. Please check individual park websites for more information.

January 10 - Red Rock State Park

Native American Pottery Water Colors

10am - 2pm. Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing workshop series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-instruction and techniques with a theme each month; January’s theme will be a still life painting class based on Native American pottery. This class will be held inside.

Native American Pottery ClassCathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. Shortly after retiring in Sedona in 2000, she began teaching watercolor classes at the Sedona Community Center, and continues today. “Teaching is simply my best learning tool and I hope to bring others along as I learn”, says Stedman. She has taken classes from several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez.

Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes Park entry and all supplies. If you are bringing your own supplies the reservation fee is 40.00. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.

January 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Home School Day Tours

10 am. Homeschooling families are invited to gather and experience our most popular education programs on special Wednesdays where 10:00am tours are scheduled January 14, February 11 and March 11. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. $2.00 per Pre-Kindergarten - High School student. (Ages 4-18) . $2.00 per adult limit two adults per family: additional adults $10 each. Space is limited. Families are asked to reserve in person at the Arboretum Admissions Window or by phone: 520-689-2723, no later than one week prior to each tour. (Also Feb. 11, March 11)

January 31 - Red Rock State Park

"Big 5 Survival Priorities" with Tony Nester

Tony Nester, painter8am - 4pm. Have you ever wondered what to do if you were lost and had to spend the night in the wild unprepared; Or maybe how you can prepare yourself for a similar situation? Join us on January 31st for a daylong survival class with nationally known Tony Nester. Tony will be covering the "Big 5 Survival Priorities” - the class will cover shelter, emergency fire-making, water location, signaling and survival kits.

The workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental skills needed for surviving in a desert region and the hazards that are associated with traveling in the desert. Between lecture, slideshows, and hands-on exercises participants will become familiar with skills required for desert survival including emergency shelter building, water location, mirror signaling, heat related injuries, venomous creatures, and survival kits for travel.

Tony Nester, local to the Northern Arizona region, is a nationally known survival instructor whom founded Ancient Pathways; a wilderness skills company dedicated to desert survival and primitive technology. He holds a degree in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B); he has also published many books on outdoor survival including The Modern Hunter-Gatherer and Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills.

Tony has extensive experience teaching desert survival courses to various groups including the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, National Park Service, U.S. Military Operations, Desert Institute and other private organizations.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $65.00,which includes entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.


February 2015

February 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day 'Trees' Tour & Workshop  (future workshops March 11, April 8)

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families: a 'Trees' workshop and tour Feb. 11, the 'Arizona' workshop March 11, and 'Plants of the Bible Land. April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions begin Wednesday, February 11 with the Trees workshop: BTA is a natural fit for the study of trees, this tour teaches students about basic tree physiology; how trees work, plant classification, and even some mathematics with a 'tree-ometry' activity. (2 hours). Then Wednesday, March 11 is the Arizona workshop. This special tour highlights unique attributes
of Arizona, including geology, edible plants, state symbols, and habitats. (2 hours)

Wednesday, April 8 is "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date. Read more via this informative PDF http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/HomeschoolDays2015.pdf


 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.

March 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day 'Arizona' Tour & Workshop  (one more workshop April 8)

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families: the 'Arizona' workshop March 11, and 'Plants of the Bible Land' April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, March 11 with the Arizona workshop. This special tour highlights unique attributes of Arizona, including geology, edible plants, state symbols, and habitats. (2 hours) 
Wednesday, April 8 is "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date. Read more via this informative PDF http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/HomeschoolDays2015.pdf


April 2015

April 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

HomeSchool Day - "Plants of the Bible Land" Tour & Workshop

10 am. Education programs offered to public schools are also offered on three special days for HomeSchool families with a 'Plants of the Bible Land' tour and activity April 8. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, April 8 with "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. 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! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date. Read more via this informative PDF http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/HomeschoolDays2015.pdf


May 2015

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

 

 

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