Biking Clinics, Master Gardeners, Christmas Cactus Hikes, And Some Music

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, December 14, 2019
08:00 AM – 10:00 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 7-9 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. 8-10am.


Master Gardeners Series: Ancient Gardening
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

A family-friendly drop in program

Join the San Tan Valley Master Gardeners for this outdoor drop-in program that investigates farming and gardening practices of the early native people of the Southwest. Adults and kids can learn about ancient technologies that were used to harvest and utilize the small (and occasionally immense) amount of rainfall that occurs in our desert to raise crops and feed their families during hot dry summers and cold winters. Enjoy displays and hands-on activities, including a craft table to decorate a rain stick to take home. Meet outside the Nature Center. 10am-12pm


Desert Christmas Cactus Hike
Saturday, December 14, 2019
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

You may know of the “Christmas Cactus” house plant that is cultivated and sold in garden stores. But did you know that the desert Christmas cactus is an actual native plant that grows in our park? Named for its red fruit that appears during winter months, this cholla variety of cactus has thin stems and two-inch spines. Join this 3-mile ranger-led hike to see this not-so-well-known cactus in person and find out if it’s living up to its name. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, hat, sunscreen, and a camera. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk/picnic table. 2-3:30pm.


All About Desert Hiking
Friday, December 13, 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 are the special challenges that desert hikers face?  What are the special things you need to know to make your hikes both safe and enjoyable?  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 important hiking tips to help you be a safe and happy hiker.  Location:  Nature Center.


Desert Edibles Walk
Saturday, December 14, 2019
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

How have people survived off the desert for thousands of years?  Which desert plants are edible and when are they edible?  Discover the answers to these questions and more in this informative quarter-mile stroll with our park ranger.  Please bring water and closed-toe shoes.  Meet at our Nature Center.


Singer and Songwriter Steve Holmquist
Saturday, December 14, 2019
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N Apache Trail
Apache Junction, Arizona 85119-8739
(480) 982-4485
azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman

Local singer, guitarist, & songwriter from Copper Country – Superior – will be performing all original stories and songs focusing on our local areas, animals, and characters. Come join us around the campfire at the Cholla Ramada and bring your own chair.

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