Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

January 14: Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by an ethno-botanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris, explaining ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. To confirm event times and to read more, visit us online at cals.arizona.edu/bta/

January 14: Smartphone Photography with Lisa Langell

12pm - 4pm. Love taking pictures on your smartphone? If you're only using basic ‘auto’ settings, you'll be amazed to learn the many controls from time-lapse and portrait modes to panoramas; creative compositions, journalistic photographs, the artistic technique known as "bokeh" and more. There are even post-processing techniques available for your camera-phone that will make your photos even more beautiful, edits that you can complete right on your phone! $40 for Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park annual members and State Parks Pass-holders. Please note that non-members pay daily admission $12.50 separate from the class enrollment. To read more or enroll online at cals.arizona.edu/bta/.

January 15: Sunday Tree Tour with Jeff Payne

1:30pm. Silviculturally-speaking - and since an Arboretum is by definition a living collection of trees - what guided tour could be more fitting here than a once-a-month "Trees of BTA" guided walk? We invite those who love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees to be here for a relaxed, slow-paced afternoon tour guided by certified arborist and Arboretum staff Horticultural Specialist Jeff Payne. Here's your chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture. To confirm event times and to read more, visit us online at cals.arizona.edu/bta/

January 20: Friday Guided Bird Walk (repeats February 3 and 17)

8:30am. Bright red resident Northern Cardinals are among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens here every week --Read bird checklist reports and learn more about BTA winter birds on guided birdwalks at 8:30 a.m. Special twice-a-month Friday birdwalks guided by Lisa Murphy are January 20 and February 3 and 17; our weekend walks resume Sunday January 29 with Cindy West and Kathe Anderson as our guides, then continue February 4 with Marceline VandeWater, February 12 with Troy Corman, Ferbruary 18 with Kathe Anderson, and February 26 with Cathy Wise, Steven Prager and Charlie Babbitt. Check out recent Arboretum sightings on Ebird.

January 21: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour - With a Taste of 'Desert Edibles'

11:00pm. Learn to identify prickly pear cacti, mesquite and other desert plants on a guided walk with Jim Shepherd, and have a chance to taste a few ‘desert edibles’ such as prickly pear jelly and nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. Jim narrate Arboretum history and shows visitors where to find colorful plants and birds on his guided walking tours of 1.5 mile main trail – a tour that encompasses Arboretum history, plants, resident critters and geology. Main Trail Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission fee. Free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. To confirm event times and to read more, visit us online at cals.arizona.edu/bta/

January 21: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

1:30pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert. Many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer tour guide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Citing references from ancient texts, Dave describes how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Dave’s tour moves at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out the Plants of the Bible Lands Facebook page to learn more.

January 22: Intro to Photography Walk with MiMi Paris (repeats Feb. 11)

10am. Valley artist MiMi Paris has photographed landscapes and people from Arizona to the Mediterranean, criss-crossing America, west to east and north to south exploring National Parks, urban landscapes and making amazing portraits. She’s kicking off the New Year as host of a new photography walkabout at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The venue is outdoors and informal, and the goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing the gardens. Her walking tour will include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to get their specific questions answered in a supportive environment. "A small group with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners." RSVP by email to MiMi for the photo walkabout January 22, or a special Valentine-themed day February 11. Visit cals.arizona.edu/bta/ to RSVP.

January 22: Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Kathy & Tom

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts and local authors Kathy & Tom McDonald - explaining ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. A special Curandero Trail walk guided by ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member Dave Morris will be Saturday, February 11. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event details or read more at cals.arizona.edu/bta.

January 28: Saturday Geology Guided Walk

1:30pm. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist Scott McFadden as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. To confirm event times and to read more, visit us online at cals.arizona.edu/bta/

January 29: Guided Bird Walk (repeats Feb. 4, 12, 18 and 26)

8:30am. Bright red resident Northern Cardinals are among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens here every week. Find recent bird checklist reports at our bird sighting site, and see winter birds on guided birdwalks at 8:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 29 guided by Cindy West & Kathe Anderson, or continuing Feb. 4 with Marceline VandeWater, Feb. 12 with Troy Corman, Feb. 18 with Kathe Anderson and Feb. 26 with Cathy Wise, Steven Prager and Charlie Babbitt.

 

Catalina State Park

January 13 - Friday Guided Bird Walk (repeats Jan. 20th)

8:30am. Join experienced bird guide, Jim, on a bird walk through the park.  He will help you spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Santa Catalina Mountains.  This is an event for novices, seasoned birders and for every experience level of birder.  Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This walks lasts several hours.

January 15 - Bear Necessities

4pm. Would you like to know more about the black bear of Arizona? Then, this program is for you. Information about bears, an appearance from the “everywhere bear,” and information about safety around bears will be presented in this active 30 to 40 minute program. You might even win a prize for your knowledge about the black bear!

January 21 - Beat Back Buffelgrass Day

8am. Eradicate buffelgrass from Catalina State Park! Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and a sun hat. Bring water and a snack. We will provide digging tools and gloves. 

January 21 - Star Party at Catalina State Park

6:30pm - 9:30pm. Marvel at the wonders of the night sky at Catalina State Park, where you can view heavenly bodies through eleven professional telescopes. Experienced and knowledgeable astronomers will be on hand to answer any questions from little stargazers. A family-friendly event that's free with park admission.

January 22 - Geology Walk Picnic Area Ramada.

9am. How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed? What are some of the different rocks in the park? Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen. The walk meets at Picnic area and will take several hours.

January 22 - Bighorn Basics

4pm. As the Bighorn Sheep have been reintroduced into the Santa Catalina Mountains, learn about these animals through a family friendly, interactive talk given by Richard, retired Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Parks

January 21: Star Party at Homolovi State Park

6:00pm. View the moon, stars and other celestial objects at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center-Museum. The Little Colorado River Valley Astronomy Club will have large telescopes to set your eyes on spectacular views of star clusters, the moon's cratered landscapes and maybe even glimpse a nearby planet. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. A fun, family-friendly event, free with park entry!

 

Lost Dutchman State Park

January 17: Desert Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk

1pm. During this informative walk, you will be introduced to edible/medicinal plants of the Sonoran Desert. Healing plants will be identified and discussed. This is an easy one mile loop “stroll” beginning at amphitheater. Bring water, sunscreen, hat and proper hiking shoes as well as pencil and paper to take notes as we forage! Led by Ranger Erica

January 18: Exploring Siphon Draw Trail

9am. Join us at Siphon Draw Trailhead for a 4.2 round trip hike to the basin (slick rock waterfall area). Be ready to hike a steady uphill grade (1030 feet elevation change) on a rocky trail.  Along the way we will pass some remnants of an unsuccessful mining attempt, identify strangely named rock formations and look at layers of rock from the volcanic explosion that make up this portion of the Superstition Mountain. Wear sturdy trail or hiking shoes, carry at least 2 bottles of water and bring a snack for a 3 hour moderately strenuous hike. Led by volunteer hiking leader Grady.

January 20: Star Talk

7:30pm. Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges. Parking and seating at the campground amphitheater.

January 25: Sunset Hike

4:30pm. Hike the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and Siphon Draw Trails. This easy 2 hour hike offers amazing photo ops of a spectacular Arizona sunset over the glorious Superstition Mountain. Hikers will marvel at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there are a few clouds. A photographer’s delight! Elevation change is about 120 ft. on well maintained trails. Wear hiking shoes and carry water. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barbara.

January 26: Bird Walk

8am. Join volunteer “Birder Vera” for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert. Learn how to identify the birds in your back yard, the proper use of binoculars, where to find birds in our area and then take a guided walk through the desert to practice new skills. Bring binoculars if you have them, appropriate clothing, water and enthusiasm, but no dogs or small children please. Expect to have some surprises and fun! Meet at the Native Plant Trail parking area on the right before reaching the ranger station for orientation. Participants will then relocate to Cholla Parking Area.

January 28: Music AND Star Party

5:30pm. Enjoy new world music, inspired by nature with guitarist Russell Hyngez and some very special electronic sounds! The musical program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Palo Verde Ramada. After the program, attendees will walk a well lit path to the Star Party at Saguaro Day Use area. The Star Party begins at 6:30 pm and runs through 8:30 pm. Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide telescopic views of the night sky and answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using a sophisticated telescope. Talk with very knowledgeable and experienced local astronomers! What will be in the sky tonight?

January 29: Coffee with a Ranger and Edible Desert Tasting

11am. Meet rangers Jacque and Erica as they guide you through a coffee tasting and a table-top presentation on the amazing edible desert. A few samples of baked goods using desert edible plants will be provided. Meet at the Palo Verde Ramada.

 

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Saturday, January 28: Trail Running Event

8am. Coordinated by Arizona Trail Association at Oracle State Park. The Oracle Rumble is part of a Trail Running Series presented by ATA and Summit Hut, and includes a 50-mile, 50K, Half-Marathon and 10K. For all the details, visit aztrail.org/oracle_rumble/race_info All the runs finish at the Group Area at Oracle State Park. The 50-mile and 50K start remotely and enter the park on the Arizona Trail. The Half-Marathon and 10K start at or near the Group Area as well and loop within the park’s trail system. The shorter routes begin at 8:00/8:30am and runners will be coming in all day into the evening. Come out to the park, bring your own picnic, and show your support for the hardcore trail runners! The Kannally Ranch House will be accessible all day.

Saturday, January 21: Arizona Trail Thru-Hike

9am. Join a Ranger-led Guided Hike from 9am-Noon for 6-7 miles crossing the park on the National Scenic Arizona Trail. A reservation is required; free with park admission.

 

 

Roper Lake State Park

Roper Lake State Park

January 28: Bird Walk

8:00am. Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake State Park learning about native and seasonal birds. Follow volunteer Jeff Coker as he imparts his 18 years of birding experience, as he has done for other bird tours on behalf of the Audobon Society and the Elderhostel Program. To participate, please meet at the Island Parking Lot and be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and a bird book if you have one. Regular park admission applies.

 

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

February: Daily Guided Walk on the Main Trail

11:00am. Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on guided walking tours. Our engaging tour guides find something new around the arboretum gardens each week. You’ll learn about seasonal changes, hotspots to look for resident birds, and where best to enjoy sweeping views of the Queen Creek riparian area. Guided walks along the 1.5 mile main trail include fun facts about Arboretum history while learning more about the Arboretum’s plants, resident critters and geology. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission $12.50, free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more at cals.arizona.edu/bta/.

February 4: Guided Bird Walk with Marceline VandeWater (repeats Feb. 12, 18 and 26)

11:00am. Bright red resident Northern Cardinals are among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens here every week – find recent bird checklist reports at cals.arizona.edu/bta, and see winter birds on guided birdwalks at 8:30 a.m., continuing Feb. 4 with Marceline VandeWater as your guide, then Feb. 12 with Troy Corman, Feb. 18 with Kathe Anderson – Feb. 26 with Cathy Wise, Steven Prager and Charlie Babbitt.

February 4: Intro-to-Groud-Art Basic Workshop

10:00am. Intended for beginners and also repeat students who want to improve their skills, this class covers basics of gourd art including how to clean and prepare gourds, choosing and drawing a design, wood burning and applying color. A cleaned gourd and all materials are provided, and most students leave with a completed project. Enrollment is $40 for Arboretum annual members and Az State Parks pass-holders, or $50 for all others (which includes $12.50 daily admission to the Arboretum gardens and trails). Enroll by phone during daytime business hours by calling (520) 689-2723. And keep an eye out for our specialized gourd class in ‘pine needle weaving’ on April 9. Confirm event times and read more at cals.arizona.edu/bta/.

February 4: 'Fruits of Your Labor' Gardening Workshop with Pinal Master Gardeners

11:00am. Green-thumbed volunteers with Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program resume their informal series of Saturday morning once-a-month outdoor workshops – no additional fee to attend, and no pre-registrration needed, they’re included with $12.50 daily admission (free to BTA annual members and also State Parks Pass-holders). Ever since humans domesticated the apple, luscious fruit has become essential to our diet. In Arizona we can grow apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, figs, plums, apricots, pomegranates and more in our backyards and even patios! Make your desert garden more ‘fruitful.’ On March 4 the topic will be ‘Out Of Africa’, and then April 1 is ‘Going Vertical.’ For more information about our local Master Gardeners, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com

February 5: Gourd Rain Sticks Workshop

10:00am. Create the sound of rain with a gourd, chicken wire and rice! Students will be provided a clean prepared gourd and all materials. It is recommended that students take Gourd Art to learn the basics before taking this class, but it is not required. Students will leave with a completed project. A cleaned and cut gourd, plus all materials needed, are provided and students will leave class with a completed project. Enrollment is $55 for Arboretum annual members and Az State Parks pass-holders, or $65 for all others (which includes daily admission to the Arboretum gardens and trails). Enroll by phone during daytime business hours – call (520)689-2723. More gourd classes include ‘Thunder Gourds’ March 4 and intro-to-basic-gourd-art March 5, plus a specialized gourd class in ‘pine needle weaving’ April 9. Confirm event times and read more at cals.arizona.edu/bta/.

February 11: "Heart-Ography" Valentine's Day Photography with Mimi Paris

10:00am. Spaces are limited so RSVP by email or phone to Mimi (contact her below). Valley artist Mimi Paris has photographed landscapes and people from Arizona to the Mediterranean, criss-crossing America, west to east and north to south exploring National Parks, urban landscapes and making amazing portraits. She made a New Year’s resolution to volunteer at the Arboretum and host a new photography walkabout each month – and her Valentines Weekend theme is ‘Heart-Ography’ and her walk will seek out heart-shaped cactus pads and other aortic designs around our gardens. The venue is outdoors and informal, and the goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing the gardens. Her walking tour will include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to get their specific questions answered in a supportive environment - a small group with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners." Read more and RSVP by Email or Phone. cals.arizona.edu/bta/.

February 11: Carla Keaton "Paint and Wine" Class

12:30pm. Try your hand at art, with an optional glass of wine to help nudge creativity, Carla Keaton hosts "Paint and Wine" events she describes as “loads of fun -- and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens.” Enrollment $35 - $45 includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching from Carla. Signup by phone; have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff during daytime 6:30-2:30 business hours at 520.689.2723. Find Carla on Fb, or call (480) 228-1500, or email keatonfinearts@gmail.com.

February 11: Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by an ethno-botanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris, explaining ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more at cals.arizona.edu/bta/.

February 12: Guided Bird Walk with Troy Corman (more guided walks on Feb. 18 and 26)

8:30am. Bright red resident Northern Cardinals are among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens here every week – find recent bird checklist reports at cals.arizona.edu/bta, and see winter birds on guided birdwalks at 8:30 a.m., continuing Feb. 18 with Kathe Anderson – Feb. 26 with Cathy Wise, Steven Prager and Charlie Babbitt.

February 18: Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson (more guided walks on Feb. 26 and Mar. 4)

8:30am. Bright red resident Northern Cardinals are among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens here every week – find recent bird checklist reports at cals.arizona.edu/bta, and see winter birds on guided birdwalks at 8:30 a.m., continuing Feb. 26 with Cathy Wise, Steven Prager and Charlie Babbitt.

February 18: Plants of the Bible Lands Guided Walk with Dave Oberpriller

1:30pm. Mesa resident and Bible scholar David Oberpriller alternates a trio of themed tours that explore ‘Plants of the Bible Lands’ each month: Dave’s February topic is Trees. March brings a chance to learn about frankincense on Dave’s ‘Unusual plants’ outing, and then April will be ‘Food plants’. Expect to learn some new things, too, about history, scripture and biblical botany during this relaxed, slow-paced walk through gardens that are all easily accessible for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Can't join us Saturday, but you're intrigued by this walking tour? David’s other Plants of the Bible Lands walks recur on the 3rd Saturday each month this winter at 1:30pm. See photos, connect with Dave and read more about palms, figs, pomegranates and more: Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook.

February 19: Sunday Tree Tour with Jeff Payne

1:30pm. Silviculturally-speaking, and since an Arboretum is by definition a living collection of trees - what guided tour could be more fitting here than a once-a-month "Trees of BTA" guided walk? We invite those who love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees to be here for a relaxed, slow-paced afternoon tour guided by certified arborist and Arboretum staff Horticultural Specialist Jeff Payne. Here's your chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture. Confirm weekend tours and events: cals.arizona.edu/bta.

February 25: Geology Walking Tour Guided by Rich Leveille

1:30pm. Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with Professional geologist Rich Leveille as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. Confirm weekend tours and events or read brief biographies of engaging BTA geology tour guides at cals.arizona.edu/bta.

February 26: Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Kathy & Tom

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts and local authors Kathy and Tom McDonald - explaining ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. A special Curandero Trail walk guided by Jim Shepherd will be Saturday, March 11. **Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more cals.arizona.edu/bta.

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park

February 18: The Buffalo Soldiers

9:00am - 5:00pm. Join us for the annual Buffalo Soldier reenactment. Bring your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers, watch a vintage baseball game with players dressed in period replica uniforms, learn how to cook homemade Dutch oven meals, and be a part of the flag raising and lowering ceremonies.

Roper Lake State Park

Roper Lake State Park

February 25: Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond

8:00am. Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park Dankworth Pond learning about native and seasonal birds. Follow volunteer Jeff Coker as he imparts his 18 years of birding experience, as he has done for other bird tours on behalf of the Audobon Society and the Elderhostel Program. Participants should meet at the bulletin board and wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and a bird book if you have one. Regular park admission applies.

Roper Lake State Park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

February 8-12: 58th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts

9:00am - 5:00pm. The Tubac Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 58th Annual Festival of the Arts. The major event of the year for Tubac showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists and craft persons form around the country and Canada. The food court features a variety of cuisines.

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