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ON-GOING EVENTS

Every Weekend - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Aerial photo above Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Daily Guided Walking Tours

11:00 am. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures. What bird leaves foot-long primary wing feathers in the eucalyptus grove -- how old is a 6-foot high Saguaro... and can you name a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a guided walked of the 1.5 mile long main trail each day, starting at 11:00 am from the breezeway lobby of our visitor center. Confirm event times here

Every Weekend - Catalina State Park

Guided HikesBlooming Prikly Pear Cactus

7am @ Scheduled Hike Meeting Location, Every Sunday in December. 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.

A Quail poses for a photo at Catalina State Park.Guided Bird Walks

8 am @ the Picnic Area Ramada; Every Friday & Sunday, until 1/11
8 am @ the Trailhead; Tuesday: through 12/30 AND every Wednesday in January
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned birder, come and enjoy the variety of bird species that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced birding guides will take you on a walk through different areas of the park, helping to spot and identify different birds. Prepare for a couple of hour walk by wearing good shoes, bringing water and a snack, and wear weather appropriate clothing. Also, make sure to bring binoculars and a bird guide!

Great Horned Lizard at Catalina State Park.Nature Program

10 am-1pm @ the Trailhead; Runs Every Saturday
Come learn and see first hand many of the reptiles that live naturally here in the Sonoran Desert. Listen as our expert volunteers talk about each individual animal and their adaptations for surviving in the harsh desert. This is a live animal exhibit that is fun for all ages; program subject to changes and cancellation depending on weather and temperature. Program times change December 1.

Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannally Ranch House Tour

The Kannaly Ranch House at Oracle State Park.

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.

 


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February 26-29 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Blue Dick Flowers at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkGuided One O'clock wildflower walks continue Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this week  (Feb. 26 & 28, also March 1) and every Thursday and Saturday during March -- plus three select Sundays: March 1, 15 and 29.

February's still too early for widespread patches of color, but there are dozens of varieties of wildflowers you'll see this week around the trails -- and a few are already at peak color. Learn to set your camera's macro lens for great closeups of varietals such as Desert Anemone (the Greek word for
"wind") or the intricate pine-cone-shaped flowers on Mormon Tea; both species are at peak right now - along with Rhyolite Bush, Jojoba and Wild
Cucumber. Guided flower walks are included with daily admission of $10 and no pre-registration is needed, just be ready-to-go and waiting in the visitor center breezeway lobby at the 1:00 start time Thursday, Saturday or
Sunday. 

What else can be seen and photographed this week? Park Rangers and volunteers report vivid patches of iceplant near the visitor center as the MAIN TRAIL descends towards the Hummingbird Garden – plus a few patches of Fetid Marigold in prime color. There's a lavender-pink variant of Apricot Globemallow at left where the Main Trail crosses Silver King Wash. The CACTUS GARDEN has scattered lupines, desert marigolds and canaigre (wild rhubarb), but most impressive are twin stalks on Pulque Agaves, already 10-feet tall, and likely to reach twice that height. At AYER LAKE watch for Mormon Tea and Jojoba shrubs flowering; also a patch of ‘dandelion-like’ Sow Thistle blooming near the wooden shade ramada near the dam. The main trail above the lake has rhyolite bush (crossosoma), and a thick patch of Purple Bladderpod (lesquerella). As you approach picketpost mansion look for blue-purple flower clusters atop thin stalks of BlueDicks (also known as covena, or wild hyacinch). Below the ‘Switchbacks’ blue phacelia is robust – but not flowering yet. Watch for wild cucumber, henbit and more rhyolite bush alond the riparian corridor where the main trail is parallel to Queen Creek.  

Cottonwood Trees at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkThe BEST WILDFLOWER COLOR to be seen is along the High Trail; thickets of miner’s lettuce are at peak right now along with patches of purple bladderpod just west of the suspension bridge – plus wallflower & desert phlox at the middle section of the High Trail. Watch the patch of Desert Anemone at the west end of this trail - near the trailside bench where you can sit with a fine view of the Eucalyptus forest and the stone labrynth. Over the years staff have learned this is the one place to reliably find Desert Anemone at BTA - and these ephemeral flowers will soon be gone.  bladderpod just west of the suspension bridge – plus wallflower & desert phlox at the middle section of the High Trail. See fresh flower photos Here.

February 28 & March 1- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thunder Gourd Art Event - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park'Thunder Gourds' Two-Day Craft Workshop

9am - 1pm. $75-$85. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Thunder gourds make a low rumbling noise when shaken, BTA "Artists-In-Residence" Vicki and Gerald Johnson will demonstrate how to make your own version of this popular musical noisemaker in this unique new class. Students will burn a design onto the gourd, then color it. After the gourd is sealed with a topcoat, students will attach a membrane and spring
to the bottom of the open gourd. All materials including a clean, prepared gourd are included. Would your music club, drum circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at
lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille

1:30pm. Professional geologist Rich Leveille guides this walk February 28, 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. ASU Professor Steve Semken returns March 28 as guide.

February 28 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Edible Plant example - Lost Dutchman State ParkEdible Desert Plants

1 pm. Naturalist and home economist Jean Groen of Apache Junction is the author of many food books, including “Foods of the Superstitions.” Have you ever sampled the sweet jelly made from prickly pear cactus fruit? How about crackers or cookies baked with mesquite meal? These and other recipes can be found in the more recent and expanded companion volume “Plants of the Sonoran Desert and Their Many Uses.” She has researched Indian recipes for desert plants and “modernized” and developed recipes for today. Jean will discuss desert plants, seeds and fruit and share tasty recipes at the Palo Verde Ramada.

February 28 - Oracle State Park

Arizona Trail LogoGuided Arizona Trail Loop Hike

8:30am. (6 miles) Meet at the Kannally Ranch House parking lot. Hike the Wildlife Corridor Trail to the Arizona Trail, and return via the Manzanita Trail. Reservation required the day prior, Friday, February 27, by 4pm, by calling Guide, Gaston Meloche, directly at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee or display an AZ State Parks Annual Pass. A minimum of four hikers is required for a hike to take place.

February 28 - Red Rock State Park

Structures and Building Watercolor Workshop

10 am. – 2 pm. 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; February’s theme will be incorporating buildings and structures within the landscape with the option to focus on Red Rock’s very own House of Apache Fire.
 
Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor in 1997 when she started a community class. Shortly after retiring in Sedona in 2000, she began teaching watercolor classes at the Sedona Community Center, where she is still currently teaching classes. “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.
 
This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 28th from 10:00-2:00 P.M. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes entry and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.

Book cover: From Powell to Power: The First One Hundred Grand Canyon River RunnersFebruary 28 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The First One Hundred Grand Canyon River Runners

7:00pm. Presented by: Tom Martin, Author. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon. Dock Marston thought his recounting would take six months to write in 1947 and soon realized what had been previously written was woefully incorrect and incomplete. Over the next thirty years, Dock amassed a huge collection of first-person accounts of these river runners, from James White on a log raft in 1867 to the first powerboat runs of 1949 through 1951. Tom Martin will touch on who Dock Marston was, and look at some of the highlights of Marston’s recounting.


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ALL March - Red Rock State Park

Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona- Monday-Saturday

2:00 PM. Throughout the month of March Red Rock State Park will be playing the Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona program at 2:00 P.M. Monday-Saturday in the park’s theatre. The program will cover the fascinating prehistory of the people who first settled in the area over 1,500 years ago. Learn about the settlements they built, how the culture flourished, their structures, and artifacts. View breathtaking shots of Sunset Crater, the sprawling settlements of Wupatki, and amazing dwellings including Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon, and Tuzigoot.

March 1 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday History Walk With Sylvia Lee

10am. You may have walked the Arboretum 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 Here

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (repeats March 15 & 29; also at 10am April 12 & 26)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons,  lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). AZ State Parks Volunteer Pat guides wildflower walks at 1pm every Thursday & Saturday this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 1 - Red Rock State Park

Lecture Series: Native American Astronomical Practices

2:00 PM. On Sunday, March 1st Kenneth Zoll will be joining us to talk about the Native American astronomical practices throughout history. The ability to predict seasons was essential for Native Americans in order manage environmental changes, which was vital for survival. Seasonal calendars were the foundation for early cultures for hunting, gathering, planting, harvesting, celebrating, and worshipping. Join us to learn about how the early sky watchers developed systems to synchronize their calendars around celestial events. Kenneth will describe the diverse ways in which prehistoric Native American cultures integrated the stars and their annual events.

Kenneth is an archeology enthusiast, to say the least. He’s currently the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, a site steward with the Arizona State Historical Preservation Office, an a volunteer docent at many cultural heritage sites for the Coconino National Forest. Kenneth is also a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archeological Society and has written many popular books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona.

The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead for 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.

March 2 & 3 - Lost Dutchman State Park

utchman State Park Full Moon HikeFull Moon Hikes

7-9 pm. 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.

March 2 & 3 - Lost Dutchman State Park

A Hike for First Timers to the Sonoran Desert

9 am. This hike is an introduction to hiking in the Sonoran Desert. The hike starts on Treasure Loop Trail, and converges to Jacob Crosscut Trail. The trail includes a steeper small and rockier section followed by a smooth, well maintained section giving hikers experience in both hiking terrains. The hike is 2.5 mi., with a 50 ft elevation change.  Plan for a 2 hour easy hike. Meet at Cholla Day Use Parking. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barbara.

March 2 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Mondays, March 2 & 9, 9am to 1pm, Tuesdays, March 3, 10, & 24, 9am – 1 pm, Wednesday, March 4, 9am – 1pm, Thursdays, March 5 & 12, 9am – 1 pm, Sunday, March 15, 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.

March 3 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Anniversary of “The Weekly Arizonian”

10:30am. Join us for cake and a celebration of the 156th anniversary of Arizona’s first newspaper, which was printed in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The original 1858 Washington Hand Press that printed the newspaper is still in operation at the Tubac Presidio. Professional printer James Pagels and his wife Elizabeth will demonstrate the hand press in operation, talk about the history of the press, and print a commemorative edition of the first issue of the Arizonian. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

March 5 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: ‘Rain Sticks’

9am. $45-$55. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Learn to make a rain stick in a 3-hours workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Would your  craft circle or other community group like to
schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times
Here

Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats March 12, 19 & 26)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am on April Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also offered at
1pm every Saturday -- plus Sundays March 15 & 29 -- this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos
Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 6 & 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk (repeats March 7, 13, 21;  April 3, 4, 10 & 18)

10:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their
families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk (repeats March 7, 13, 21;  April
3, 4, 10 & 18)

1:30pm The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to
spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat,
where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert”
guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm
event times Here.

March 6 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac

Fridays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27 10am-12noon. Guided tours of the “Old Town” section of Tubac with Alice Keene, every Friday through March 2015. Explore the original adobe buildings and discover the rich heritage of Arizona’s first European settlement. Learn about early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, mining booms, Apache attacks, kidnappings, duels and other episodes in Tubac’s colorful past. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org

March 7 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton (more bird walks
March 21-22, April 4)

8:30am White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be guided by Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton March 7, March 21 with Kathe Anderson & Troy Corman; March 22 with Charlie Babbitt and Jay Taylor; April 4 with Mark Ochs & Troy
Corman. Revisit this page in March-April  for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports at Here

Build & Play an Agave Didgeridoo 2-Day Workshop

9am. Enroll today, spaces are limited; its $120, have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Participants will make their own Agave Didgeridoo with instruction from West Valley recording artist Scott Schaefer. Saturday you’ll cut, sand and glue your agave; Sunday participants will learn the technique of ‘circular breathing’ that allows players to create an unbroken drone. Enrollment of $120 for non-members and $100 for members includes two days worth of instruction, an Agave stalk, and lessons to play it using the challenging technique of circular breathing (daily admission, too). Class participant will need to furnish their own chisel, sandpaper and other supplies -- all easily obtained from your local hardware store; Scott will supply a complete list of supplies to enrollees. During the workshop Scott will be demonstrating on a truly ‘larger than life’ Agave Americana stalk he plans to turn into The World's Largest Didgeridoo. Read more Here

Master Gardeners Present: "Right Plant - Right Place"

11am. (their next workshop is April 4) Included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Is there a challenging spot in your garden or landscape where nothing will grow? Learn the biggest little secret to successful gardening: selecting the right plant for the right place. Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers live in Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Mesa and Florence - they've learned which plants love full sun, shade, wind or very little water. March 7, just in time for BTA's annual Spring Plant Sale, they'll share suggestions for a perfect plant for every space! And then April brings a session focused on Butterfly Gardening. Did you know butterflies are nearsighted? That they don't like fresh water? Or which plants butterflies must have to mature from egg to the adult? Mark your calendar, hear the answers to these questions and many more with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners. Workshops offered by Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers, and no additional fee or enrollment - these are included with daily admission of $10 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn about other Arboretum guided tours and events at ag.arizona.edu/bta; for more info about our local Master Gardeners group, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com. Their next workshops is "Butterfly Gardening" April 4. 

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats March 14, 21 & 28)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are offered at 1pm
every Thursday & Saturday -- plus Sundays March 15 & 29 --  this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos
Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 7-8 - Catalina State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Repeats April 18 & 19.

March 7 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Living history presentations and guided tours

10a.m. - 2pm. Join us for a walk into history as we celebrate Arizona's Archaeology Month with special presentations and tours of our historic buildings, museum and grounds. (Repeats on March 21st)

Close Enough String bandMarch 7 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Old Time Music

6 pm. Featuring musical group Close Enough String Band from Tempe performing their style of old-time porch music à la Carter Family. The band plays 3-and 4-part harmonies featuring fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin, guitar, autoharp and musical saw. Learn how they found their name as they tune and play their favorite melodies. Please dress warmly, and bring a chair as we sit around a campfire. Palo Verde Ramada area.

March 7 - Oracle State Park

Adventures with the Moon. Evening Interpretive Program

7:30 pm. The moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, with its mystery and intrigue continues to provide interest to Earth’s humans. Join Oracle State Park volunteer, Dick Boyer, as he takes you to the moon and back through interactive family friendly activities and displays. At the end of the program, sit around the upper patio fire pit and enjoy s’mores under the near-full moon. Free with park entrance fee. Please call for a reservation.

March 7-8 - Patagonia Lake State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

March 7 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Presentation: Georges Simenon and the “Bottom of the Bottle” by Dwight Thibodeaux

2pm. This fascinating talk is a sketch of the life of Georges Simenon, one of the most prolific authors of the twentieth century, how he moved from Belgium to Tucson to the village of Tumacacori, wrote 425 novels, and was inspired by the local people and places of Santa Cruz Valley to write “The Bottom of the Bottle” which was made into a movie in 1956. Historian Thibodeaux includes local photographs (both historic and current) of residences along Santa Gertrudis Lane and Pendleton Drive where Simenon and his extended family lived. He will discuss the real life “Cadillac Cowboys” and others who lived on the Baca Float Ranch and the fictional characters they inspired Simenon to write about in both the book and the movie. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.

March 7 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

Arcaeology Expo Banner - Yuma Quartermaster Depot - 03-07-2015

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 Historic 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 Historic 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.

Download 2015 Archy Month Event Calendar (PDF Document 1.5 MB PDF)
Download 2015 Archaeology Expo Flier (PDF Document 517 KB PDF)
Download 2015 Archaeology Expo Event Program (PDF Document 1.3 MKB PDF).

March 8 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Sunday Walk (repeats Saturday March 21)

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 also scheduled April 12 & 18. The tour's 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 Here

March 8 - Oracle State Park

Bighorn Basics

12:30 pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer, Richard Boyer, as he presents "Bighorn Basics" at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35 minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep. For several years, Richard has presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he recently retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger. Free with park admission. Reservation preferred.

March 8 - 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. Our monthly-guided geology walk will be held on March 8th at 1:00 P.M. 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.

Lecture Series: Prehistoric Trade in the Southwest

2:00 PM. Trade has been and always will be a major component to human interactions, whether it be on an individual level or an entire culture. In the Southwest evidence of trade for marine shells from the Pacific Coast are found in Clovis sites dating to 11,000 years ago.  Through time, the involvement of prehistoric people in trade increased until exchange networks extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande and from Yellowstone to central Mexico. 

This lecture will show the kinds of items that were traded from these areas into the Southwest and will discuss that it was not only the exchange of objects, but the ideas that accompanied them, that makes trade an important stimulus for the growth and development of culture. Join Red Rock State Park on Sunday, March 8th to learn more about the prehistoric trade in the Southwest with Peter Pilles.

Peter J. Pilles Jr. currently works for the United States Forest Service as the Coconino National Forest Archeologist. He is one of the leading archeologist in the southwest, having worked in the region for over 40 years. After graduating from Arizona State University in Tempe, Pilles worked on several projects for Arizona State University, the Arizona Museum, and the Pueblo Grande Museum amongst others. Soon after, Peter Pilles joined the staff of the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1967. In 1975, Peter Pilles moved on to join the staff at the Coconino National Forest where he now heads Elden Pueblo Archaeological Project at the Coconino National Forest. Pilles holds many awards including National Trust Historic Preservation Award, the Achievement in Historic Preservation Award, the United States Department of Agriculture's Award for intergrating Archaeology and Public Involvement as well as the Windows of the Past National Award from the US Forest Service.

The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead for 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.

March 8 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Presentation: Edward Cross, Fiery Frontier Editor and Arizona Territorial Controversy by Korene Charnofsky Cohen

2pm. Unafraid to take a stand on controversial issues, Edward Ephraim Cross served as the first editor of Arizona’s first newspaper the Weekly Arizonian, started on March 3, 1859. He was a typical frontier editor, using the personal journalism style, flinging sharp and stinging barbs at any opponent.  He was unusual because he didn’t sing the praises of Arizona, calling the praises a lot of “humbuggery”. He is well known as an ardent Unionist, and a Civil War hero.  In Arizona, he is most well-known for taking a stance against Arizona becoming a territory, and for his duel with Sylvester Mowry. This talk will explain why he was so opposed to Arizona becoming a territory. Set in the politically tumultuous late 1850’s, amid threats of secession and war, Cross fought his battles with action, words and Burnside rifles. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.

Example of an 1880's Sewing Machine.March 9 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

En Vogue: 90 Years of Riordan Women’s Fashion”

A special Brown Bag in celebration of Women’s History Month

12:15pm Free! Adrienne Rose, Volunteer & Textile Historian, Riordan Mansion State Park

Adrienne Rose will discuss styles of women’s clothing popular from the late 1880’s through the 1960’s. This program is a slide presentation featuring garments worn by three generations of Riordan women. Clothing and accessories from the early 1880s to the mid 1970s are included.  In some cases a picture of a family member wearing a particular garment can be viewed.  Men’s formal wear will also be featured. Adrienne will also discuss the restoration, repair and use of an 1890s sewing machine.

Adrienne Rose holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clothing and textiles. She is now retired from operating The House of Rose Fashion Services, except for very special projects, a design and custom sewing business in Flagstaff which she owned and operated for over 20 years.

March 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

HomeSchool Families enjoy outdoor activities at State Parks.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) Read more via this informative PDF Here.

March 11 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Getting to Know the Birds Around You

8:30 am. 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.

Star Talk

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

March 11 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Wednesday, March 11 & Thursday, March 26 – 10am. Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. Bring walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org. Private tours for five or more can be scheduled; call or e-mail the Park to arrange.

March 12 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: Make-a-Terrarium

9am. $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own terrarium, an indoor garden, in a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials included. Would your  craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats March  19 & 26)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow,
London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also
offered at 1pm every Saturday -- and select Sundays March 15 & 29  --  this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 12 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Special Presentation: Spain:  Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine - Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest

2pm. In the Southwest we use the adjective Spanish frequently and loosely. Indeed, many elements of our culture originate in Spain. But the 16th -18th century Christian Spain that colonized the Americas was the sum total of its previous occupants - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans. Join us in an exploration of the links between Old and New World farming, religion, ceramics, gastronomy and architecture. Speakers are Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum staff Jesus Garcia and Sonya Norman. Jesus has worked on the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees project for a decade, and Sonya’s grandfather comes from a rural Spanish farming community in Valencia, Spain. They will be leading a trip to Spain this coming September. Trip details can be seen Here Free.  

March 13-29 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Spring Plant Sale - Members-Only Friday, March 13; sale open to all March 14

8am. Stock-up on plants for your garden, backyard or patio; many of the plants available for purchase during this seasonal fundraiser are grown by arboretum horticultural staff in our own nurseries here on-site. Consider annual membership, a bargain at $50 for a couple or $75 for a family - and our annual members get first pick of the select plant sale stock on our opening Friday March 13. Experienced arboretum horticultural staff and Pinal County master gardeners are on hand weekends during the plant sale to answer your questions about plants and landscaping. Arboretum staff grow the plants for the sale and also maintain many of these same plants in our gardens and exhibits - they know firsthand how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in an Arizona garden and landscape. Got a University of Arizona ID?

The Arboretum is affiliated with UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, so bring your CatCard or other UA I.D. during the Spring Plant Sale because our regular $10 daily admission is waived for UA employees and students. Guided nature walks are offered most weekendsyear-round, and during March-April there are daily 11 a.m. general tours included with daily admission. Invite friends and bring a picnic; explore the scenic gardens and walk more than two miles of paths and trails during a day trip. The arboretum is a College of Agriculture And Life Sciences affiliate, about a 90-minute drive from campus. You may even bring a dog; the arboretum welcomes leashed and well-behaved pets.

March 13 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk  (repeats March 21; April 3, 4, 10 & 18)

10:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their
families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour. Would your Boy Scout
or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk (repeats March 21;  April 3, 4, 10 & 18)

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to
spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat, where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert” guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

March 13 & 27- Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Fridays, March 13 & 27, 11am to 2pm. Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth, children free.

March 14 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: "Senses" for Brownies

9am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum. Download our Registration PDF.

Girl Scouts Activities at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkRegistration of a non-refundable down-payment of $20 is required to hold a position for a scout or troop. Workshop admission fees are $10 per scout and $10 per adult chaperone; $5 for each non-scout between ages 5-12 (yes, these workshops are open to kids other than girl scouts – even boys). 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, and when you call please tell our staff the specific workshop and date you wish to register for, your Girl Scout troop number, your name (or the troop leader's name); contact phone numbers, and the number of scouts and chaperones attending. Questions? email Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Spring 2015 workshops for Brownies are 'Senses' March 14,'Arizona' April 25 and 'Bugs' May 23; for juniors workshops are Animal Habits' March 21, Flowers April 18 and Gardener May 16; and for Cadettes Woodworker May 9. More information here

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats March 21 & 28)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also offered at
1pm every Thursday -- and select Sundays March 15 & 29  --  this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos
Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Tom McDonald

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Jim Shepherd 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 March 22
(Sunday) at 1:30 pm with Arizona State Parks' 2014 Volunteer-Of-The-Year Robert Lewis as our special guest tourguide. Included with $10 daily admission. Confirm event times Here

March 14 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Adobe brick-making workshops

10 am. & 2 pm. Bring your family to Fort Verde to learn how to make adobe bricks and tour through the four remaining historic adobe buildings. (Repeats on March 28th)

March 14-15 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Repeats April 18 & 19.

March 14 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Sunset Hike

5:00 pm. 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. A photographer’s delight! Elevation change is 102 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.

Amazing Night Under the Skies

7-9 pm. 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).

March 14 - Oracle State Park

Traditional Native American food items, including Corn, Pumpkins and Squash.Presentation: Gathering and Preparation Techniques of Traditional Apache Foods

Noon in theKannally Ranch House living room, with Herb Stevens, San Carlos Apache and Cultural Center Director. Join us as we celebrate March as Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Awareness Month! The talk will highlight the use of acorn powder and acorn soup, and using sumac berries to make "Apache Kool-aid". Oracle State Park, located in the high desert oak-grassland foothills at 4500 feet elevation, has a variety of useful plant resources that continue to be collected and used traditionally by native people of the region for medicine and food. Examples are the edible acorns from the Emory Oak and Arizona White Oak; also the lemonade sumac bush, mesquite pods and annual wildflowers. This is a family-friendly event that is free with the park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Space is limited; please call for a reservation.

March 14 - Red Rock State Park

Family Archaeology Day-Saturday

10:00AM.-12:00PM. Looking for something to do with the whole family that’s not just educational, but fun? Red Rock State Park’s Connections Program will be hosting a Family Archaeology Program on Saturday, March 14th. The program will run from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and will consist of two different educational activities. One activity will focus on the science of archeology with a hands on excavation experience in the park’s interpretive ‘dig site’, while the other group will hit the trails for an anthropologically focused educational hike.

The Connection Program is Red Rock State Park’s environmental education program for young learners. Program activities are based on such resources as Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Project Learning Tree, Arizona WET, GEMS, and many others. The Connection Program has been developed for students from first through twelfth grade in order to provide field activities in a natural environment.

There is an age limit of 7 years old with an adult for this program. Space is limited, please call ahead for 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.

March 14 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

11am-2pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe 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, plus cooking demos with samples. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 

March 15 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (repeats March 29; also at 10am April 12 & 26)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Also, Az State Parks Volunteer Pat guides wildflower walks at 1pm every Thursday & Saturday this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne (repeats April 19)

1:30pm. 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. Jeff leads this tour again April 19. Confirm event times Here.

March 15 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Walking Tours of Tubac's Art History

11am -1pm. Learn why Tubac is the town where "Art and History Meet." Join Nancy Valentine for the Tubac Presidio Park's newest walking tour to discover where Tubac's first artists worked and hear stories of their creative lives. The tour ends at the Tubac Center of the Arts where you will view the work of Tubac’s artists and enjoy light refreshments. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $15 fee includes admission to tour the Tubac Presidio Park and the Tubac Center of the Arts. Tour limited to 10 people; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

Concert - Walt Michael in Tubac

2 pm. The Presidio is fortunate to once again host the legendary Walt Michael, Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, live in concert, at the historic schoolhouse in Tubac Presidio Park. Whether you realize it or not, you have heard Walt's captivating music playing, either watching the Olympics, viewing a PBS program, or during a play on Broadway.  Walt's appearance is a very Special Event in our Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence concert series. Grab your tickets early by calling (520) 398-2252 as seating is limited, and this concert is sure to be a sell-out. Tickets $18 for adults, free for children 14 and under.

March 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats March 26)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow,
London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also offered at 1pm every Saturday -- plus Sunday March 29 --  this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos
Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 21 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Welcome Back Buzzards

7am. Vulture Viewing, 8:30am. bird walk; 9am-1pm. Arizona Game & Fish Widllife Rehabbers' Live Animal And Bird Exhibit. 

BuzzardMarch 21 brings the Vernal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians; the Arboretum has a day filled with events starting just after sunrise with the annual Welcome Back Buzzards' seasonal salute. The Arboretum opens at 6:00; arrive by 7:00 for the 7am special opening Saturday to see the famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies; world-traveled ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be the guest 'Vulture-ologist' from 7:00-8:30, talking about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies -- typically by 8:30am. Pearson and others will guide birdwalks through the gardens at 8:30, and from 9:00-2:00 volunteer wildlife rehabbers from the Arizona Game & Fish Department will have a popular living exhibit of raptors and reptiles set up near the Smith Building, so kids and adults alike can have closeup views of a real, live Turkey Vulture along with hawks and owls.
View a Bye Bye Buzzards Day event video by Arboretum Volunteer Mike Rolfe Here

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson & Troy Corman (more bird walks March 22, April 4)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be March 22 with Charlie Babbitt and Jay Taylor; April 4 with Mark Ochs & Troy Corman. Revisit this page in March-April  for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird
walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports Here

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops "Animal Habits" for Junior Scouts

Girl Scouts Activities at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park9am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum. Download our Registration PDF. [here] Registration of a non-refundable down-payment of $20 is required to hold a position for a scout or troop. Workshop admission fees are $10 per scout and $10 per adult chaperone; $5 for each non-scout between ages 5-12 (yes, these workshops are open to kids other than girl scouts – even boys). 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, and when you call please tell our staff the specific workshop and date you wish to register for, your Girl Scout troop number, your name (or the troop leader's name); contact phone numbers, and the number of scouts and chaperones attending. Questions? email Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at (520) 689-2723 during daytime business hours. Spring 2015 workshops for Brownies are 'Senses' March 14, 'Arizona' April 25 and 'Bugs' May 23; for juniors workshops are Animal Habits' March 21, Flowers April 18 and Gardener May 16; and for Cadettes Woodworker May 9. More information here

"Planting and Establishment" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. You’ve bought the “RIGHT” plant, now what? What is a girdling root - and do I need to prune a newly planted tree? Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 3rd in his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What do I prune off or why not? Are cacti planted differently than planting trees or shrubs? How wide must the planting hole be? How deep? Should I amend the soil and backfill? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through an informative talk and hands-on lab about the best practices for planting your new plant and what you should and should not do. This hands-on lab includes field work on the grounds at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Jeff's Spring series concludes with 'Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis' April 18.

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk  (repeats April 3, 4, 10 & 18)

10:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their
families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour. Would your Boy Scout
or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats March  28; start time
moves to 10am April 4, 11, 18 & 25)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are offered at 1pm
every Thursday -- plus Sunday March 29 -- this month, April wildflower walks move to 10am. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk  (repeats April 3, 4, 10 & 18)

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to
spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat, where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert”
guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm
event times Here

Pomegranites at 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 inour 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 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 Here

March 21 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Bird Walk

8:00 am. Join volunteer “birder Vera” for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert. Learn how to identify 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. Meet at the Native Plant Trail parking area on the right before reaching the ranger station for orientation. Participants will then relocate to Cholla Parking Area.

Photo of the Milky Way Galaxy above Oracle State ParkMarch 21 - Oracle State Park

Going for the Gold - Dark Sky Celebration

Oracle State Park has recently been designated the 20th in the world “International Dark Sky Park”. The park will be open extended hours 8am – 10pm. Beginning at 1pm until 6pm, visitors can learn more from educational booths set up at the Group Use Area, including the International Dark Sky Association, Oracle Dark Skies Committee, Arizona Trail Association, Lower San Pedro Watershed Alliance, Cascabel Conservation Association, Friends of Oracle State Park, and others, as well as food for sale. At 4pm, there will be an Awards Presentation at the Kannally Ranch House, followed by live music (bring your dancing shoes) and an evening Star Party with telescopes. More details TBA!

March 21 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

In Celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

Newest Archaeological Discoveries from the Old Kaibab

7pm. Free! Neil Weintraub, Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest. During the past decade, Kaibab National Forest volunteers and partners have helped bring seemingly trivial discoveries to life causing archaeologists to re-think how people adapted to the rugged landscapes of the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts south of the Grand Canyon.

March 21 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Geology, History, Legends and Lore Hike

9.am. Following the Treasure Loop Trail, Volunteer hiking leader Jim will discuss the geology, history, along with legends and lore of the gold in the Superstitions. This 2.5+ mile round trip with an elevation change of approx 520’ is a moderate hike. Hikers should wear hiking shoes and carry ample water. Meet in the Cholla Day Use.

Book Event with Conrad Storad

6 pm. Conrad Storad, award winning children’s author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults, will be at the Lost Dutchman State Park to share stories and crazy characters at night! His newest titles include the picture book Fang and Stinger (An Arachnid Story), Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, and Arizona Way Out West & Witty. AZ Witty was named One Book Arizona for Kids in 2012 by Arizona State Library.  We welcome children, their parents and grandparents for this fun and wacky program at the Amphitheatre. Come and spend a special time together!

March 21 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino - Presentation by Jack Lasseter

2pm. This is the complete story of the Italian farm boy who would grow up to become a Jesuit priest, and instead of being sent to China, would be sent here to the New World to become famous as the "Padre on Horseback." This is a spellbinding tale of a dedicated and brave man, and when you have heard it you will know why he is -- and deserves to be -- so famous.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  $15 per lecture. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the community effort to “Save the Presidio.”

March 22 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Charlie Babbitt and Jay Taylor  (next bird walk
April 4)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and
here to find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be April 4 with Mark Ochs & Troy Corman. Revisit this page in March-April for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports at Here

March 22 - Oracle State Park

Guided Plant Walk

11am Led by Oracle State Park volunteer, Chuck LeFevre. Free with park admission.

March 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Wine Bottle Wind Chimes"

9am - 1pm. $30-$40. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Learn to convert empty wine bottles into a unique, melodic wind chime with coaching from Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Artists-In-Residence Vicki & Gerald Johnson. Participants will learn how to cut and prepare empty wine bottles, then assemble prepared bottles to create a melodic wind chime. The wind chimes will then be decorated with
adornments such as beads. All materials, including cut and prepared wine bottles will be included. Would your wine club, Red Hat ladies or other community group like to have this activity as a private group? Email
Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 2, 9, 16, 23 &
30)

1pm. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow,
London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also
offered at 1pm every Saturday -- plus Sunday March 29  --  this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos
Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with ASU Prof. Steve Semken

1:30pm. 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. This tour repeats April 25 with geologist Rich Leveille as guide. Read more Here

March 28 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

Victorian Tea

1pm. - 3pm. Join our Park Ranger & knowledgable volunteers as we dicuss the history of the Fort over high Tea. Please contact the Park for details at (928) 567-3275.

March 28-29 - Lake Havasu State Park

Outdoor Festival/Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by BassPro Shops, this signature event will be a weekend to remember.
Additional details coming soon!

March 28 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Womens Mountain Bike Clinic - Lost Dutchman State ParkWomen's Mountain Biking Clinic

9:00am-12:00pm. Amy Regan from AZ Mountain Biking will be hosting a Woman’s Mountain Bike Clinic. “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 1000 guided rides in a little over four 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 DFMBA (Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association, a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association).

Spend the morning with Amy learning the basics of Mountain Bike preparation, safety, maintenance, and fundamental riding techniques that will help make every ride safer and more fun! Spend the afternoon practicing what you’ve learned along 4 miles of singletrack, sharpening your riding skills and endurance. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to ride and renew your Spirit in the shadow of Superstition Mountain!

The cost for the clinic is $75 per person with a minimum group size of 6. Bike rentals are available at a special clinic rate of $30 for the half day, which includes delivery!

For more information and/or to register for the clinic, click on the link to Amy’s Women's Mountain Biking Meetup Group HERE.

March 28 - Oracle State Park

Reptile Talk 

11 am. with Herpetologist, Ed Moll at the Kannally Ranch House patio.. Learn more about lizards, snakes and tortoises and get a hands on feel for these cold-blooded creatures of the desert. No reservation needed; free with park admission.

March 28 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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.

Presentation - The Black Legend of Lt. George Bascom by Doug Hocking

2pm. You may have heard of the Lt. George Bascom affair that triggered the U.S.-Apache Wars of the 1860s and tarnished Bascom’s reputation. The legend of what happened between Bascom and Apache leader Cochise still persists even though research tells a different story. Please join us for Doug’s compelling presentation of what really happened! $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.

March 29 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (start time moves to 10am April 12 & 26)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Also, Az State Parks Volunteer Pat guides wildflower walks at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

March 29 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Inspirational Music

5 pm. Listen and sing-a-long with Jim Potocki, local seasonal resident. Jim will be bringing a sampling of songs with him from Sunday appearances in Pennsylvania. Join us at the Palo Verde Ramada at 5 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a chair.

March 29 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert: Don Armstrong

2pm. With nearly fifty years of songs to draw from, Don Armstrong returns to the Tubac 1885 Schoolhouse stage with original beautiful old western ballads, Appalachian folk tunes, songs from the 20's and 30's, and even a few classic Mexican folk songs to round out the show. Don is a master musician, playing 6 and 12 string guitar as well as claw and hammer style 5 string banjo. His performances are always fun and thoroughly charming. Do not miss this wonderful performer, back by popular demand! Don, accompanied by a select group of Southwestern folk musicians, will deliver a wonderful afternoon of music – a great time is guaranteed!  Tickets $18 adults, free for children 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.


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April 2 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Clay Pot Wreath"

9am. $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own clay pot wreath during a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials included. Would your craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 9, 16, 23 & 30)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that Pat guides 10am wildflower
walks every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk (repeats April 4, 10 & 18)

10:30am-11:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour.
Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk (repeats April 4, 10 & 18)

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to
spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat,
where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert”
guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm
event times Here

April 4 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs & Troy Corman (next bird walk April 12)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be April 12 with Marceline VandeWater. Revisit this page in March-April  for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports Here

The Story in the Rocks Walk: A Beginners’ Geology Walk  (repeats April 10
& 18)


10:30am-11:30am. Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour.
Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel  (repeats April 11, 18 & 25)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that Pat guides 10am wildflower walks every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 5 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday History Walk With Sylvia Lee

10am. You may have walked the Arboretum 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 Here

April 5 - Oracle State Park

Sunday, April 5: Bighorn Basics

12:3 0pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer, Richard Boyer, as he presents "Bighorn Basics" at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35 minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep - including reintroduction efforts and updates on a proposed wildlife corridor to cross Highway 77 near Catalina.  What are they? Where have they been? Where are they now? Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. For several years, Richard has presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he recently retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger. Free with park admission. Reservation preferred.

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 here

April 9 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: Tipsy Pots

9am $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own clay pot wreath during a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials included. Would your craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private
group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

 

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 16, 23 & 30)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also
offered at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 10 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk (repeats April 18)

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat,
where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert”
guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm
event times Here

April 11 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 18 & 25)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are offered at 10am
every Thursday & Saturday this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 11-12 - Cattail Cove State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

History of the SoldierApril 11-12 - Fort Verde State Historic Park

History of the Soldier

Experience a military timeline of our history, from the Revolutionary War to present day. Presentations, military drills, fashions show, vintage baseball and a period church service Sunday morning. Camps, cannon and soldiers will all be at this annual event.

April 11-12 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Repeats 25 & 26.

April 11 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Wine Tasting Event - 04-11-2015 - Lost Dutchman State ParkThird Annual Picture Perfect Park Wine and Food Tasting/Star Talk

5:00pm. - 9:00pm. This event is hosted by the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park to raise funds for the park and its great out-of-doors programs. Event begins at 5:00PM with wine and food service until 7:30.

Chef, Dennis Bagnasco from the Mining Camp Restaurant grills up sumptuous and elegant bites paired with just the right crisp white or bold red wine provided by Action Wine and Spirits. 

While you taste enjoy the musical entertainment and jump in on the raffle for great wines, wine baskets, gift certificates, and more. 

At 7:30 we turn down the lights and Steve Kates/Dr. Sky takes you on an amazing "Walk Through the Skies" above the Superstition Mountains. 

Couple: $75, Single: $40, Minor (must be accompanied by an adult): $15 (processing fees not included).

Purchase tickets and get more information at: www.pictureperfectpark3.eventbrite.com

NOTE: camping sites are still available for this date if you'd like to stay after the event, separate overnight fee payment and reservation must be made: azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/attractions.html

April 11 - Oracle State Park

Nature Drawing Workshop

11am.-1pm. with Joella Mahoney. Reservation required.

Ancient Native American Astronomical Observations

3 pm. Repeat program by Archaeologist, Ken Zoll. Free with Park Entrance Fee.

April 12 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Marceline VandeWater (next bird walk April 18)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be April 18 with Mark Ochs. Revisit this page in March-April  for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports at Here

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (repeats April 26)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Also, Az State Parks Volunteer Pat guides wildflower walks at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk (repeats April 18)

1:30pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours are also scheduled April 12 & 18. The tour's 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 Here

April 16 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Thursday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 23 & 30)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Thursday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving t0 10am in April on Thursdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow,
London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are also
offered at 10am every Thursday & Saturday in April. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 18 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs (next bird walk April 26)

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Future walks will be April 26 with Kathe Anderson. Revisit this page in March-April for a more complete and updated list of dates & bird walk leaders. Check out recent birder checklist reports Here 

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshop: "Arizona Badge" (new workshops April 25, May 9 & 16)

9am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum. Spring 2015 workshops continue with the Flowers badge April 18, the 'Arizona' badge April 25, 'Bugs' May 23; May 16; and for Cadettes  Woodworker May 9. Download our Registration PDF [Here]. Registration of a non-refundable down-payment of $20 is required to hold a position for a scout or troop. Workshop admission fees are $10 per scout and $10 per adult chaperone; $5 for each non-scout between ages 5-12 (yes, these workshops are open to kids other than girl scouts – even boys). 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, and when you call please tell our staff the specific workshop and date you wish to register for, your Girl Scout troop number, your name (or the troop leader's name); contact phone numbers, and the number of scouts and chaperones attending. Questions? email Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. 

"Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis" Lecture & Lab Garden Classes

10am. Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 4th and final of his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What is wrong with my plant? Is my plant dead? Why are the leaves yellow? I found bugs on my plants are they good or bad? What can cause dieback? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through problems that occur or can go wrong with your plants in your own backyard and what to watch out for during an informative talk and hands-on field lab diagnosing common problems with plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum that the Horticulture Staff encounter on a daily or seasonal basis.

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (repeats April 25)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). Please note that wildflower walks are offered at 10am
every Thursday & Saturday this month. See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk

1:30pm. The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to
spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat,
where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert”
guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey atlpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm
event times Here

April 18-19 - Catalina State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

April 18-19 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

April 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30pm. 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. Jeff leads this tour again April 19. Confirm event times Here

April 19 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Gourd Art for Beginners"

9am. $35-$45. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Paint, etch, cut, burn, emboss and decorate gourds during a 3-hour workshop coached by artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials are included,
plus use of paints, brushes and tools. Would your craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

April 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Advanced Gourd Art: Pine Needle Coiling"

9am. $45-$55. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Experienced gourd artists take their craft to the next level during a 3-hour workshop coached by artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald, where
you'll learn the intricate art of pine needle coiling. One gour for each enrollee -- plus materials are included. Would your  craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact
Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here

April 25 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Butterfly Walk guided by ASU Professor Ron Rutowski

9:30am. learn about the life cycle of Pipevine Swallowtails, Queen and Monarch Butterflies while seeing the colorful insects around the gardens on a walk guided by ASU Prof. Ron Rutowski. Read more Here

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (season finale!)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London
rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille (moves to 8am May 23)

1:30pm. 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. This tour moves to 8am on May 23 with geologist Scott McFadden as guide. Read more Here

April 25-26 - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Repeats 25 & 26.

April 26 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

8:30am. White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Neotropic Cormorant and Northern Cardinal were reported following recent bird walks; join guides for a walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to
find birds at the Arboretum. Check out recent birder checklist reports at Here

Sunday Wildflower Walk with Cass Blodgett (Season Finale!)

1pm. Learn to ID wildflowers on a Sunday walk guided by AZ Native Plants Society's Cass Blodgett. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

April 30 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Craft Workshop: "Make a Terrarium"

9am. $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own terrarium, a portable and self-contained indoor garden, in a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials
included. Would your  craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times Here


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May 3 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday History Walk With Sylvia Lee

10am. You may have walked the Arboretum 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 Here

May 9 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Star Night

11 am. - 4pm. & 7 - 9:30 pm. J.D. Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley, will be sponsoring the Star Night event at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. There will be two separate viewings at the park, the first one being a solar viewing from 11 am to 4 pm.   Participants will be able to view the sun through a telescope with a specialized lens that allows you to look directly into the sun. There will also be crafts available for kids to do that will help increase their knowledge of the solar system. This viewing will be open to the public at just our regular park entrance fee of $5 per person for everyone 14 and older, and $2 per person for everyone 7-13. Reservations are required for night event. Read more Here.

May 11-12 - Red Rock State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

May 13- 15 - Flagstaff

2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

May 16 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff's Fort Tuthill's Role in Arizona's Military History

7:00pm. Presented by: Jim Warbasse. The story of Flagstaff's military history and its association with the 158th Infantry Regiment can be traced from the units organization in 1865 as the 1st Regiment Arizona Volunteers through Afghanistan service of 1st Battalion 158th Infantry from 2007-08 and deployment of smaller units until June 2013. The regiment became best known in WWI1 as the infantry component of the 158th Infantry Regimental Combat Team "Bushmasters". The history  of this famous regiment  and the role Fort Tuthill played in that history will be discussed by Jim Warbasse a former member of  the regiment and Grandson of General Tuthill.

May 23 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden (note 8am start time)

8am. 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. Read more Here


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June 6-7 - Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!

June 6-7 - Lyman Lake State Park

Designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping!


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