Homeschool, Bike Clinic, Critters, And The Grand Canyon

Homeschool Spotlight: Animal Connections
Thursday, September 12, 2019
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Join the Ranger for a discussion on how animals in our park share a connection with each other within the desert ecosystem. We’ll talk about symbiosis, the food chain and other ways that different animals directly and indirectly interact with each other in their efforts to survive. There will be classroom activities, a take-home project and a short trail stroll to look for examples of what we’ve learned. Maximum 20 participating students. What to bring: Water, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 9:30-11am.

MTB 101 Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic and Ride
Saturday, September 07, 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

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.

Later This Week Enjoy: Night Shredders Mountain Biking
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Welcome to the San Tan Bikes sponsored “Night Shredders”! If you’re looking for an adventure where your trail riding abilities will be challenged, then look no further than the Night Shredders. When you’re on a bike on the trail at night, every bump, dip and shadow gives an extra pop of adrenaline. Darkness heightens your senses, sharpens your skills and makes you feel more alive. And isn’t that why you bike in the first place? Our policy, “No Rider Left Behind,” means we ride together in a group for safety reasons. It is mandatory to wear a helmet and please bring plenty of water, an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire, and 2 sources of light; LED rechargeable lights with at least 650 lumen. Why? The desert gets very dark at night. Riders under 18-years of age must complete a Parental Consent form. Hope to see you on the trail soon. Meet at the flagpole at 6:50pm. 7-9pm.activities, a take-home project and a short trail stroll to look for examples of what we’ve learned. Maximum 20 participating students. What to bring: Water, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 9:30-11am.

Meet the Critters
Saturday, September 07, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Be sure to stop by the Critter Room in our Visitor Center to meet our animal ambassadors! During this open-house style program, the Ranger will talk about what and how these critters eat, how their relatives survive in the wild and how we can safely hike on the trails that are part of their neighborhoods. You might even have a chance to meet one of our critters face to face! Stop inside the Visitor Center classroom any time between 10 and 11am.

Hiking the Grand Canyon
Friday, September 06, 2019
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

The Grand Canyon offers some of the most spectacular walks and hikes in the world!  From short walks along the rim to strenuous hikes inside the Canyon, you will be awestruck by its beauty from different angles!  Discover where to walk and where to hike during this one-hour indoor presentation by Ranger B.  Feel free to bring your lunch with you.  Location:  Nature Center.

Movie Night in the Park – The Living Desert
Saturday, September 07, 2019
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Come see the best film ever made about our desert animals!  All ages will love this exciting movie on the big screen inside our Nature Center.  You will see desert animals do things you never thought possible – like scorpions dancing!  This real-life Disney movie is both educational and highly entertaining.  Laughter is guaranteed!  As a bonus, watch us feed our snakes after the movie.   Feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you (no glass bottles), otherwise, snacks and drinks are available for purchase. 

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