All About Bats
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

All About Bats

As the nights get warmer bats will be more active and you have a better chance of seeing one during an evening hike or a walk around your neighborhood. Where do they live? What do they eat? Should humans be afraid of them? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we discuss the amazing lives of these fascinating mammals. After the talk we’ll have a meet and greet with some of the critters in the classroom. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 10-11am.

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Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride

Join us for an exciting beginner mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. This 5.5-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 trail head. 8-10am.

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All About Scorpions and Scorpion Search Moonlight Walk
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

All About Scorpions and Scorpion Search Moonlight Walk

Limited to 50 people for this indoor presentation before the walk.

Summertime is all about scorpions! During this short presentation, learn about the Big 3 Stingers of San Tan and find out which stories about them are fact and which are fiction. After that you will be ready to meet them “face to face” on an exciting Scorpion Search walk in the full moonlight starting at 8p.m. Limited to 50 people for this indoor presentation. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 7-7:30pm.

First Scorpion Search of the year!

It’s our FIRST scorpion search of the year! Join us as we set out on a desert exploration under a full moon to search for these cool arachnids. How many will we find? Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of water and a black light. A limited number of black lights are available for purchase inside the Nature Center. No pets, please. Meet at Main Trailhead. 8-9pm.

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Night Shredders Mountain Biking
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Night Shredders Mountain Biking

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 6:50 PM. 7-9pm.

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Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
May
11
8:00 AM08:00

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride

Join us for an exciting beginner mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. This 5.5-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 trail head. 8-10am.

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Desert Animal Moms Worksheet
May
11
8:00 AM08:00

Desert Animal Moms Worksheet

In honor of Mother’s Day take an opportunity to learn about desert animal moms with a self-guided worksheet that will be available in the Nature Center from 8am-4pm. How many babies do different animal moms have? How do they raise and protect them? You can make observations for some of the activities as you walk on the trail and others you can do at home. Appropriate for youngsters and the young-at-heart. Worksheets available at the Entry Window or inside the Nature Center during regular office hours 8am-4pm.

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Trailwork Volunteer Day
May
11
7:00 AM07:00

Trailwork Volunteer Day

Trail volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to assist Park Staff with trail repair and enhancements. This, in turn, helps provide for visitor safety and natural/cultural resource protection. We are looking for a few good volunteers to lend a hand! Potential projects include pruning, erosion control, post installation and trail improvements. By the end of the day, each volunteer will know the basics of trail maintenance and have an insider’s view of the park. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Please consider wearing long sleeves to protect from the sun and branches. Bring water, gloves, hat, sunscreen and any tools you might have (we will provide tools for you to use if you don’t have any). Suitable for ages 12 and up. Please RSVP by contacting Ranger Nikki at: nikkibunnell@mail.maricopa.gov. 7-10am.

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Heat Safety
May
10
9:30 AM09:30

Heat Safety

Summertime doesn’t mean that you need to pack away your hiking shoes and hide indoors. Hitting the trail early (really early!) is one way to get your workout in before the heat becomes dangerous. There are also other things you can do to prepare and protect yourself, including pre-hydration and wearing proper clothing and accessories. During this indoor discussion we’ll share tips on how to stay safe during the summer, whether you are hiking outdoors or staying active closer to home. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 9:30-10:30am.

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Night Shredders Mountain Biking
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Night Shredders Mountain Biking

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 6:50 PM. 7-9pm.

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Handbell Choir: Let Them Ring
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Handbell Choir: Let Them Ring

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Let the bells ring! Experience the beautiful sounds of CAC’s Handbell Choir. Each handbell is tuned to a single note, but when rung together they produce full, rich harmonies. Enjoy these wonderful CAC winter and spring traditions. Admission is Free!

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Sonoran Desert Walk and Talk
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Sonoran Desert Walk and Talk

Whether you are a new desert dweller or a longtime resident you will enjoy this introduction to our fascinating Sonoran Desert landscape and some of the treasures that springtime brings. How do plants and animals survive in a place that receives less than 10 inches of rain per year? This mile-long walk and talk will explore some nature’s efficient survival strategies that allow them to do so. We’ll also touch upon San Tan’s interesting geologic and cultural history. What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet at the flag pole. 9-10am.

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Intro to Archery
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Intro to Archery

Two sessions: 8-9am and 9:15-10:15am Preregistration required.

Intro to Archery

Saturday – 8-9am or 9:15-10:15am. This beginner class will introduce you to International Style Target Archery in a safe and fun outdoor environment. We will focus on proper form and range safety with target games at the end to test your skills. Open to adults and kids over 10 years old. You must have the arm/shoulder strength to successfully draw the bow. Equipment is provided. Choose your hour-long session: 8am or 9:15am. Max 10 students per class. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long sleeves and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of water. This class is included with your park entry fee. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Send Names, Ages, Time Choice & Phone # to: nikkibunnell@mail.maricopa.gov. Meet at the south end of the overflow parking area.

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Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride

Join us for an exciting beginner mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. This 5.5-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 trail head. 8-10am.

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Sunset Yoga in the Park
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset Yoga in the Park

Join us here at San Tan for an outdoor sunset yoga class that is appropriate for all levels. Certified Instructor Cathy Glaess will guide you through basic poses and breathing techniques as the sun sets over a beautiful desert environment. Be sure to bring a water bottle, yoga mat and towel or blanket for extra knee cushion. (Your mat will be on dirt ground). Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. This class is included with your park entry fee. Meet at the main entrance trailhead. 6-7pm.

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