Arthropods at Gateway Trailhead Did you know that 84% of all animal species are Arthropods and they have a major role in maintaining ecosystems as pollinators, recyclers of nutrients, scavengers and food for other animals? Join Legacy Steward Rich Cochran, an expert on arthropods, for an in-depth talk on some of the fascinating insects and
Women's Bike Ride at Brown's Ranch Trailhead This all women’s bike ride is an intermediate skills and moderate cardio ride. This is a step up in intensity from the previous women’s ride. Location: Brown’s Ranch Trailhead - 30301 N. Alma School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Skill level: Intermediate Distance: ~12 miles Time: ~3 hours Please,
Intermediate Ride at Granite Mountain Trailhead Location: Granite Mountain Trailhead - 31402 N. 136th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Distance: 12-15 miles Time: 2-2.5 hours Join us for a beautiful single-track ride from Granite Mountain. This is an intermediate skill level ride with some climbing and fun winding downhills. If there is a short technical section
Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Pima Dynamite Trailhead Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as various pertinent topics are discussed during the walk in the desert. The material will depend on the season, animals, plants, and will cover whatever is happening in this wonderful environment. Location:
Lifecycle of the Saguaro Educational Hike at Granite Mountain Trailhead Native only to the Sonoran Desert, these giant cacti are a sight to see! Join us to follow the growth of a saguaro from seed to skeleton and view multi-armed, old saguaros, over some rolling hills. Location: Granite Mountain Trailhead - 31402 N. 136th St.,
Desert 101 Educational Walk at Gateway Trailhead The Conservancy has a mission to help sustain the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This walk provides a geological and ecological overview of what lives in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and how the flora and fauna survive and thrive. Location: Gateway Trailhead - 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ
Mammoth Hunters to Canal Builders Educational Hike at Fraesfield Trailhead Travel back in time in the Preserve with our PastFinders expert and former City of Scottsdale archaeologist to learn how historic and ancient peoples survived and thrived in this desert area. Location: Fraesfield Trailhead - 13400 East Rio Verde Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Skill level:
Taliesin, Old Jeep and Ringtail Fitness Hike at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Come hike some of the original trails in the Preserve with great views of Scottsdale and the desert. Location: Lost Dog Wash Trailhead - 12601 N. 124th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85259 Skill level: Difficult Distance: ~5.5 miles Time: ~3 hours Bathrooms are available
Pastfinders Lecture – Listening to the History of the Preserve & Conservancy at Mustang Library or Virtual Explore the history of the Preserve through the voices of the citizens, stewards, scientists, and political leaders who collaboratively built the movement that led to the Conservancy. The presentation will share short curated clips of oral histories collected
Expedition Days Live: Family Day at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Join us for a day of fun interactive experiences in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Learn about your place in the Sonoran Desert and how the choices you make in your daily life affect the future of our environment. Location: Lost Dog Wash Trailhead -
Lecture- Flora of the MSP Part 2, Wildflowers and Shrubs at Mustang Library or Virtual An exploration of the plant life found in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We live in the most diverse desert in the world. Learn more about the vegetation found in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This lecture will focus on Wildflowers and
Secrets of the Preserve Educational Walk at Fraesfield Trailhead Ready to discover more about what is in the Preserve? This is an experience for you! Join us to explore the Preserve’s hidden treasures, from the plants and animals to the recent and ancient history in a stunning geological setting. Location: Fraesfield Trailhead - 13400 East
Sensing the Desert Family Educational Walk at Gateway Trailhead What do you see? Can you smell that? Did you hear something? Use your senses to make the desert come alive on this fun and active family walk. Be ready to really experience so much of what the desert has to offer. This “sensational” and educational
Sonoran Sundays- Raptors of the Southwest with Liberty Wildlife at Gateway Trailhead Meet the Animal Ambassadors from Liberty Wildlife. Their education team will bring a variety of native birds of prey to educate your family about their natural histories, their individual stories and what you can do to keep their habitats safe. It’s a great
Venom in the Preserve Educational Walk at Brown's Ranch Trailhead Some reptiles and arthropods in the Sonoran Desert use venom or other poisons to defend themselves or subdue their prey. Learn how to recognize these animals that bite and sting and the effect of their venom. Location: Brown’s Ranch Trailhead - 30301 Alma School Rd,
Intermediate Ride at Brown's Ranch Trailhead Join us for a beautiful single-track ride from Brown's Ranch. This is an intermediate skill level ride with some climbing and fun winding downhills. If there is a short technical section on a trail, there will always be a by-pass or you may walk it. We will make short
Women's Walk at Brown's Ranch Trailhead Join us for this easy walk on the Jane Rau interpretive trail. This walk is perfect for women or those that identify as women. Location: Brown's Ranch Trailhead - 30301 N. Alma School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Skill level: Easy Time: ~2 hours Bathrooms are available at the trailheads.
Marcus Landslide Educational Hike at Tom's Thumb Trailhead Open your eyes to the Marcus Landslide geological site, second largest landslide in Arizona. Elevation gain is about 400 ft. Location: Tom’s Thumb Trailhead - 23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255 Skill level: Moderate Distance: ~4 miles Time: ~3 hours Bathrooms are available at the trailheads.
Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as various pertinent topics are discussed during the walk in the desert. The material will depend on the season, animals, plants, and will cover whatever is happening in this wonderful environment.
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