Flora in the Preserve Educational Walk at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead

Brown's Ranch Trailhead 30301 N. Alma School Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Flora in the Preserve Educational Walk at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike The Preserve is located in one of the most biodiverse areas of the Sonoran

Lecture – Desert Hacks and Facts

Arabian Library 10215 E McDowell Mtn Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

Len Marcisz, Legacy Steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, will share a potpourri of skills, techniques, tricks, and facts that make a walk in the desert enjoyable, interesting and survivable.

Ride the Gooseneck at Fraesfield Trailhead

Fraesfield Trailhead 13400 East Rio Verde Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Ride the Gooseneck at Fraesfield Trailhead A great sequel to the Bike Skills Clinic. It will travel over the flatter areas of the Gooseneck. The first 1/2 mile of the ride requires intermediate skills, but it is smooth sailing for the next 10-12 miles. This is an intermediate skills and moderate cardio ride. Please, no

Trailside Naturalist – Packrats

Gateway Trailhead 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ

Sonoran Desert packrats have been collecting and preserving things found on the ground for 40,000 years! Stop by the Trailside Naturalist Station at the Gateway Trailhead between 8:00 and 11:00 A.M. to learn how ancient packrats and their distinctive behavior assist today’s scientists who study the history of desert plants, animals, geology and climate. Restrooms

Lecture – Watching Wildlife: Biodiversity Monitoring in the Preserve

Scottsdale Public Library - Mustang Library 10101 N 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

All over the world, biodiversity is declining due to human impacts. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy conducts multiple long-term ecological research projects in order to monitor biodiversity in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Learn how the Conservancy’s bat project and wildlife camera project demonstrate the importance of long-term monitoring, rigorous study design, and data sharing with regional partners

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Pima Dynamite Trailhead

Pima Dynamite Trailhead 28777 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Pima Dynamite Trailhead  New to mountain biking? Looking to refresh your skills, improve your technique, enhance safety awareness, and increase your overall enjoyment on the trails? We begin with a demonstration and presentation by experienced riders covering the basic things you need to know, equipment requirements and trail etiquette. The

Sonoran Sundays – Create a Butterfly Garden with Native Plants at Gateway Trailhead

Gateway Trailhead 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ

Sonoran Sundays - Create a Butterfly Garden with Native Plants at Gateway Trailhead Learn how to create a butterfly garden using only native plants from our partners at Butterfly Wonderland. The goal is to achieve a garden that will provide a haven for butterflies to feed, rest and reproduce.

Bird Walk at Quartz Trailhead

Quartz Trailhead (undeveloped, no services) N 104th St &, N 102nd St, Scottsdale, AZ

Bird Walk at Quartz Trailhead   Join us on this easy walk over a rocky trail to see our year-round bird residents. We may see some migrants passing through. Possible sightings include phainopepla, American kestrel, gilded flicker, curve-billed thrasher, Abert’s towhee, or various warblers. Bring your binoculars. The Quartz Trailhead parking lot is located at McDowell

Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead 23015 N. 128th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike. Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as

Bike Granite Mountain Loop at Granite Mountain Trailhead

Granite Mountain Trailhead 31402 N. 136th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Bike Granite Mountain Loop at Granite Mountain Trailhead Come and ride around Granite Mountain and the surrounding areas. This is an intermediate skills and moderate cardio ride. Please, no road bikes, hybrids, folding bikes, or electric assist bikes. All our rides are “no drop,” meaning we will not leave you. A bike with wide knobby

Trailside Naturalist – Reptiles

Lost Dog Wash Trailhead 12601 N. 124th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Stop by the Trailside Naturalist station at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead between 8:00 and 11:00 A.M. to learn about the various reptiles of the Sonoran desert, their unique behavior, eating habits and benefit to the ecosystem. Restrooms and water are available at the trailhead

Brown’s Mountain Summit Fitness Hike at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead

Brown's Ranch Trailhead 30301 N. Alma School Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Brown’s Mountain Summit Fitness Hike at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Accommodations for service animals must be made in advance. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike. This difficult hike climbs to the

Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Pima Dynamite Trailhead

Pima Dynamite Trailhead 28777 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Pima Dynamite Trailhead   Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike. Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as

Ride from Pima Dynamite Trailhead

Pima Dynamite Trailhead 28777 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Ride from Pima Dynamite Trailhead  Pima Dynamite Trailhead has many magnificent biking trails. Join us for a fun adventure ride on these trails. The downhill back to the trailhead will have you coming back here soon! This is an intermediate skills and moderate cardio ride. Please, no road bikes, hybrids, folding bikes, or electric assist

Trailside Naturalist – Arthropods

Gateway Trailhead 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ

Spiders, scorpions, and bugs! Did you know that about 84% of all animals are arthropods? Stop by the trailside naturalist station at the Gateway Trailhead between 8:00 and 11:00 A.M. to learn about the fascinating world of arthropods. Restrooms and water are available at the trailhead.

Fraesfield North to Balanced Rock Fitness Hike at Fraesfield Trailhead

Fraesfield Trailhead 13400 East Rio Verde Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Fraesfield North to Balanced Rock Fitness Hike at Fraesfield Trailhead Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Accommodations for service animals must be made in advance. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike. This difficult hike has a

Lecture – Preservation Techniques at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park Cemetery in Phoenix

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Lecture - Preservation Techniques at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park Cemetery in Phoenix As the resting place and memorial for many of those who helped establish our region, the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park Cemetery in Phoenix is an important key to our history. The preservation and maintenance of the site involves a lot more

Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead

Brown's Ranch Trailhead 30301 N. Alma School Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike. Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as

Hawknest, Basalt, Cone Mountain, Latigo Trails Fitness Hike at Pima Dynamite Trailhead

Pima Dynamite Trailhead 28777 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Hawknest, Basalt, Cone Mountain, Latigo Trails Fitness Hike at Pima Dynamite Trailhead Please choose hikes that match your fitness level. Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and snacks for the trail. No dogs please. Accommodations for service animals must be made in advance. Arrive 15 minutes before start of hike. This very difficult

Feldspar and Mesquite Canyon Fitness Walk at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead 23015 N. 128th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Feldspar and Mesquite Canyon Fitness Walk at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead Join us for a leisurely walk in the areas below Tom’s Thumb. Slower pace and frequent stops with time to admire the great views and treasures on the ground as well as discussions about desert topics. Skill level: Easy. Distance: ~1.2 miles. Time: ~1.5 hours