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If you’re new to the Sonoran desert or just want to learn more about it, you might enjoy this informational hike at Usery Mountain Park. After a question-and-answer session, you’ll take a brief quarter-mile stroll along the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Never made the trek up Pass Mountain to Wind Cave, one of the East Valley’s most popular hiking destinations?
Feeling challenged in the crafty, do-it-yourself costume department? Or ill-prepared altogether for this whole dressing up on Oct. 31 thing? This easy Mesa Halloween activity has you covered.
Do you want to be the next Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen? OK, OK, one step at a time: Start with the basics at the nighttime Archery 101 class at Usery Mountain Regional Park.
You may have heard that scorpions glow in the dark under a black light, and now you can test it out. Ranger B. will lead a fun and safe night walk to find these creatures and learn cool facts. Don’t forget water and a flashlight for this casual one-hour one-mile walk.
Newbies to kayaking or local waterways can dip a toe into the world of paddling without getting wet at a one-hour "All About Kayaking" presentation, which includes a question and answer period with Maricopa County park ranger Brennan Basler. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch for the talk.
Experience the sights and sounds of the desert at night on this 2-mile trek guided by a ranger. Please bring a flashlight, water, and closed-toe shoes. No pets, please.
Get voted a local landmark, and it doesn’t take long for people to start talking about you. The Salt River horses, which just nabbed the “Best East Valley Landmark” award in the Tribune’s 2013 Best of East Valley reader poll, will be mentioned in an “All About Wild Horses” question and answer session 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the Nature Center at Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa.
Discover fun desert facts through a story, game and short nature walk at Usery Mountain Regional Park. Attendees are welcome to pack a picnic to enjoy afterwards in one of the shaded play areas. Water, hats and closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. A Wet ‘n’ Wild family four-pack will be given away at the end of the program.
Discover fascinating facts about Arizona’s state flower during this quarter-mile, ranger-led walk along the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes are required.
The harsh Arizona desert can seem inhospitable, but people have actually lived and thrived here for thousands of years. Learn how during this quarter-mile walk with Ranger B on the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes required.
All About Roadrunners: Everyone knows roadrunners can outsmart dumb coyotes named Wile E., but have you ever wondered what else they can do? Ranger B will fill you in on all the details at the regular Brown Bag series in the Nature Center at Usery Mountain Park. Following the hour-long discussion, attendees can watch the snake feedings and join the Animal Flashlight walk at 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the dragons of the desert during this one-hour “brown bag” discussion with Ranger B. in the Nature Center at Usery Park. Afterward, participants are welcome to hunt for nocturnal desert animals during the 7:30 p.m. Animal Flashlight Walk.
Curious about Arizona’s legendary canyon but clueless about where to start? Come to this one-hour brown-bag lecture with Ranger B. and you’ll learn about the canyon’s best walking and hiking routes.
One thing I love about living in the East Valley? We’re surrounded by scenic country that makes getting outdoors easy.
One trip to Chandler Fashion Center, a call to Ticketmaster, two online transactions and several stops at East Valley mom-and-pop shops in the bag, and my Christmas shopping is complete.
Saguaros — the stately sentinels of the desert — only grow in the Sonoran Desert. But as iconic as they are, many of us don’t know much about them. Why do they grow arms? How do you estimate their age? Ranger B. will answer these questions and more during a quarter-mile Super Saguaro Hike along the Desert Hawk Trail.
When something’s in your own backyard, it’s easy to take it for granted.
Hunt for reclusive desert wildlife on this ranger-led 1.5-mile hike, starting at the trail staging area. Cameras and binoculars are welcome; hats, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Children ages 3-6 and their caretakers are invited to join Miss Lynn for a 1-mile hike along the Merkle Trail, where they will learn to do a coyote howl and crawl like a bobcat. The trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Hats, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Decorate a bed sheet at home and wear it for this quarter-mile journey through the dark desert. Usery Mountain Regional Park “Ghost Rangers” will judge the best child, teen, and adult homemade bed sheet costumes.
We are the nocturnal animals of the desert and we like to hide. Help Ranger B find us if you can!
Ever wondered how people survived in Arizona thousands of years ago? Ranger B knows and will teach you which desert plants are safe and healthy to eat during this one-hour presentation.
Brown-Bag It: All About Bees: Bee natural, pack a sandwich and learn all about this tiny pollinator during Ranger B.’s one-hour presentation. There will be a snake-feeding immediately after and a free flashlight walk at 8 p.m.
Bring your dinner and learn everything you wanted to know about scorpions at this brown-bag presentation with Ranger B. A snake feeding will follow at 7:30 p.m., with a one-hour, one-mile Scorpion Hunt at 8 p.m.