All About Vultures

Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

What do you picture when you think of vultures? A group of silhouettes perched in a dead tree? Dark figures circling over the open desert? A lurching animal picking at road kill in a desolate area? Well, all of these are true! However, the vultures’ ominous reputation often overshadows their very important place in the ecosystem. Join us for an indoor class on two common desert residents – turkey vultures and black vultures – and find out how they live and what they do to keep the desert clean. Meet inside the Nature Center. 10-11:30am.

Morning Hike

Saturday, June 29, 2019
06:00 AM – 08:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Start your day with an early morning guided hike with the Ranger. Our journey will be 4-5 miles long on moderate terrain. We’ll stop along the way for water breaks and to talk about critters and plants of interest. What to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk. 6-8am.

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride

Saturday, June 29, 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

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.

All About Hummingbirds

Friday, June 28, 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 makes hummingbirds so special and unique?  Which hummingbird species are found in this area?  How do they survive and thrive in the wild?  Discover the answers to these questions and more in this exciting one-hour presentation!  Feel free to bring your lunch with you inside our Nature Center as Jim Taylor (former biology teacher) and his wife, Judy, deepen our understanding and appreciation for our feathered friends.

All About Scorpions

Saturday, June 29, 2019
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

How dangerous are scorpions?  How can we protect ourselves from them?  How do they survive and thrive in our desert?  Discover the answer 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 desert dwellers.  As a bonus, watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7:30pm.  Then join our “Scorpion Hunt” at 8pm at no extra cost!  NOTE:  At the end of the program, one lucky person will win a free family four pack (4 free tickets to the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix Water Park – a $180 value!!).

Scorpion Hunt

Saturday, June 29, 2019
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Did you know that scorpions glow in the dark under a blacklight?  Join Ranger B as he leads us on this fun and safe night walk along a trail to find these elusive desert dwellers (using our eyes only).  You will sharpen your spotting skills and have a lot of fun at the same time!  All ages will enjoy this casual one-hour/one-mile walk.  Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a blacklight (blacklights are for sale while supplies last).  No pets, please.  Location:  Trailhead Staging.  As a bonus, join our “All About Scorpions” program inside our Nature Center at 6:30pm and our snake feeding at 7:30pm at no extra cost!

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