Saguaro Stroll, Stargazing, Valley Fever, And Scorpion Hunting

 

Master Gardeners Series: Sunset Saguaro Stroll
Friday, May 03, 2019
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Friday – The San Tan Valley Master Gardeners invite you to join them for an evening that celebrates the saguaro cactus on an easy to moderate trail stroll. Mother Nature may treat us to a saguaro blossom in the process of opening or perhaps a bat drinking nectar and pollinating the bloom. Of course, we will see the beauty of a sunset behind our magnificent mountains! During the walk we will talk about the significance of the saguaro in our environment and share some fascinating fun facts with you. Suitable for all ages. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a camera. Binoculars recommended. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk. 6:30-7:30pm.

MTB 101 Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic and Ride
Saturday, May 04, 2019
07:00 AM – 09:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Saturday – If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, our MTB 101 class is just for you. This is the perfect introduction that teaches all the basic skills needed to ride in the desert & mountain terrain.  Get to know your bike and riding equipment, learn how to balance, shift, and control your speed with proper braking, and familiarize yourself with riding protocol and safety. This introductory 30 min class is also followed by a short 3-4 mile ride to practice what you just learned. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water, and an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire. If you’re a mountain bike beginner and have never ridden on the desert trails, you don’t want to miss this event! Meet at the Main Trailhead. 7-9am.

Stargazing for Everyone
Saturday, May 04, 2019
07:30 PM – 09:30 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Telescope Viewing with Professional Stargazers!

Saturday – Join professional stargazers as they take you on a journey through the sky! Learn the names of common stars and constellations and see them up close through massive telescopes. If conditions are right you can see the Milky Way, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and the craters of the Moon! This is a fun night out alone, with a friend or take your entire family or group. Please bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a sweater for your comfort. Flashlight recommended for walking through parking lot. Meet at the Main Trailhead. 7:30-9:30pm.

All About Valley Fever
Friday, May 03, 2019
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

What exactly is “Valley Fever”?  How do people and pets get it?  How dangerous is it?  Can it be prevented?  How is it treated?  Discover the answers to these questions and more in this informative one-hour presentation.  Feel free to bring your lunch with you inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares some helpful facts about this desert disease.

Scorpion Hunting!
Lost Dutchman State Park
Sunday, May 5, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N Apache Trail,
Apache Junction, Arizona 85119
(480) 982-4485

Come and join us for a brief informative talk about scorpions with a Ranger, and then head out into the desert darkness in search of Scorpions! Bring your camera, a blacklight or flashlight, and water! Wear sturdy closed toed shoes. If you do not own a blacklight, we will have some for sale for $9.00, cash only. No pets please!

Upcoming Event: Full Moon Hikes
Lost Dutchman State Park
May 7:30-9:30 p.m. | June 7:45-9:45 p.m.
Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N Apache Trail,
Apache Junction, Arizona 85119
(480) 982-4485

There is a limit of 100 hikers for each night, 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 (No headlamps please). 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, come and gather ‘round the campfire to roast marshmallows (marshmallows and sticks provided). No pets, please. Meet at Palo Verde.

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