Sonoran Stroll, Dog Adoption Hike, Rangers, Rocks & Minerals

Sonoran Stroll
Friday, January 03, 2020
08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Enjoy this casual 2- mile stroll in our beautiful Sonoran Desert with our park ranger.  Please bring water and closed-toe shoes.  Meet at Trailhead Staging.

Wag n Walk Dog Adoption Hike
Saturday, January 04, 2020
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Hiking with a dog – what’s not to love?!  Join us for this easy one-mile hike every first Saturday of the month from October-March, where participants can meet a canine hiking buddy and adopt.  Partnering with Maricopa County Parks and Rec., volunteers bring dogs from Maricopa County Animal Shelter’s East Valley Animal Care Center to Usery Park.  This program features dogs that would make great active companions and provides hikers the chance to meet the dogs outside of the shelter environment.  All dogs come to the hikes with their adoption paperwork to allow for on-site adoptions.  While MCACC always hopes for adoptions, if a dog is not adopted, the hikes still provide a great opportunity for animals to get out of their kennels for some exercise and socialization.  Please meet at Area 6 at 8:45am to begin hiking at 9am.

Find the Ranger on the Wind Cave Trail
Saturday, January 04, 2020
09:00 AM – 11:30 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Hike the Wind Cave Trail and find our park ranger!  This fun hike is challenging and provides great views of the Valley along the way.  You’ll find Ranger B walking somewhere along this 1.5-mile trail, ready to answer any questions you may have about the park, desert plants, and animals!  Anytime between 9am-11:30am.


Later This Week
Homeschool: Rocks and Minerals – The Rock Cycle
Thursday, January 09, 2020
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

The rocks all around us can be huge mountain ranges, big boulders or stones under our feet. How did they get here? What are they made of? Join us to learn about the rock cycle and how minerals and rocks are formed. Meet Rocky the Rock and learn about the processes that caused him to change from a big boulder to a grain of sand. Includes indoor classroom discussion and activities, a take-home craft and a short walk on the trail. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, hat and sunscreen. Maximum 20 participating students. Meet inside the Nature Center. 10-11:30am.

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