Heat Safety, Trailwork, Owls, and Nighttime Animals

By San Tan Times Staff

Heat Safety
Friday, May 10, 2019
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Friday – Summertime doesn’t mean that you need to pack away your hiking shoes and hide indoors. Hitting the trail early (really early!) is one way to get your workout in before the heat becomes dangerous. There are also other things you can do to prepare and protect yourself, including pre-hydration and wearing proper clothing and accessories. During this indoor discussion we’ll share tips on how to stay safe during the summer, whether you are hiking outdoors or staying active closer to home. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 9:30-10:30am.

Trailwork Volunteer Day
Saturday, May 11, 2019
07:00 AM – 10:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Saturday – Trail volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to assist Park Staff with trail repair and enhancements. This, in turn, helps provide for visitor safety and natural/cultural resource protection. We are looking for a few good volunteers to lend a hand! Potential projects include pruning, erosion control, post installation and trail improvements. By the end of the day, each volunteer will know the basics of trail maintenance and have an insider’s view of the park.  Meet outside the Visitor Center. Please consider wearing long sleeves to protect from the sun and branches. Bring water, gloves, hat, sunscreen and any tools you might have (we will provide tools for you to use if you don’t have any). Suitable for ages 12 and up. Please RSVP by contacting Ranger Nikki at: nikkibunnell@mail.maricopa.gov
Event is 7-10am.

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, May 11, 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 – Join us for an exciting beginner mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. This 5.5-mile ride is open to all ages and skill levels. Our local experts will be available to help you understand your bike’s features and learn the ins and outs of safe riding. “No Rider Left Behind” is our policy, because we ride together in a group. This is your opportunity to be around others who are passionate about mountain biking as a sport to have fun and get some exercise. Helmets are required. Under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Essentials: water, helmet, extra tube, tools to change a flat tire. Meet at the San Tan Trail sign at the main trailhead. 7-9am.

Desert Animal Moms Worksheet
Saturday, May 11, 2019
08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Saturday – In honor of Mother’s Day take an opportunity to learn about desert animal moms with a self-guided worksheet that will be available in the Nature Center from 8am-4pm. How many babies do different animal moms have? How do they raise and protect them? You can make observations for some of the activities as you walk on the trail and others you can do at home. Appropriate for youngsters and the young-at-heart. Worksheets available at the Entry Window or inside the Nature Center during regular office hours 8am-4pm.

All About Owls
Saturday, May 11, 2019
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

What makes owls so different from other birds?  Which owls live in our area?  How do they survive and thrive in our desert?  Discover the answers to these questions and more in this exciting one-hour presentation!  Join us inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares amazing facts about these nighttime raptors.  Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7pm.  Then join our “Animal Flashlight Walk” at no extra cost!

Animal Flashlight Walk
Saturday, May 11, 2019
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

We’re the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide.  Help Ranger B find us if you can!  If you would like to learn about us and enjoy a night walk in the desert, then join Ranger B as he takes you on this exciting 1-mile/1-hour walk along the Merkle Trail.  This trail accommodates wheelchairs and strollers.  Please bring water, a flashlight, and closed-toe shoes.  No pets, please.  Meet at Area 6.  As a bonus, join our “All About Owls” program inside our Nature Center at 6pm, and our snake feeding at 7pm at no extra cost!

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