Arizona's Owls - Thursday and Saturday / June 22 and June 24 - Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. and Saturday / 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip) Desert Botanical Gardens - Mostly denizens of the night, owls have fascinated people for eons. We will discuss their adaptations for their nightly haunts and look closely at the five species of owls found in Arizona. A field trip is planned to Zanjero Park, a successful burrowing owl relocation site in Gilbert. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Arizona's Bats - Tuesday / August 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Desert Botanical Gardens - Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona. Unfortunately, eastern U.S. bat populations are declining faster than any other land mammal. However, Arizona bat populations appear stable and some species have been increasing in numbers. Join Randy Babb, from Arizona Game and Fish, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Limit 30.
Birds n' Beer--Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30pm-7:30pm - Drop into the Audubon Center after work for a brew and learn a thing or two about birds. A different theme each month.
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center at 3131 S Central Ave., in Phoenix. RSVP at Audubon's Facebook page or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Painting With Light Photography Class - Wednesday / August 30 / 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Students should bring a flashlight. Ths class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12. Desert Botanical Gardens - Classes fill quickly, sign up HERE
NIGHT LAKE CRUISES
Dolly Steamboat, Canyon Lake - Twilight Dinner Cruise - The dinner cruises offer all of the grandeur of the daily cruise plus the ambiance of the twilight. Observe Canyon Lake wildlife as they settle in for the evening. The route extends another three to four miles upriver from our typical nature cruise, allowing guests different views and cliffs in excess of 1200’! While the sunset, moon and the stars take you to a special place both mentally and spiritually! Whether a romantic evening of two, or a unique and exceptional setting for any occasion. http://www.dollysteamboat.com/cruises/twilight-dinner-cruise
Desert Belle, Saguaro Lake - Night Cruises with Music, Saturday evenings, check calendar for dates and times.
Stargazing for Everyone - The night sky is calling you! What will we see tonight? Planets? The rings of Saturn or the Moons of Jupiter? An exploding star? Constellations? Galaxies? Tony and Carole LaConte will guide you through the universe during this spectacular program!
Upcoming Star Party Events:
Spur Cross Conservation Area, Saturday starting at 7:30 PM
Lake Pleasant Desert Outdoor Education Center , starting at 7:30 PM
San Tan Mountain Park, starting at 7:30 PM
Lake Pleasant Main Visitor Center , starting at 7:30 PM
Usery Mountain Park - , starting at 7:30 PM
Estrella Mountain Park , 2017, starting at 7:30 PM
We have special equipment for wheelchair access viewing. Please call and identify any special needs prior to attending one of our public programs. Call Tony or Carole at (623) 979 - 1393 or e-mail to: Tony@stargazingforeveryone.com
Go stargazing at the only wheelchair friendly observatory in Arizona! The Observatory at Gilbert Water Ranch is managed by the East Valley Astronomy Club. Located in the Gilbert Riparian Preserve next to the Gilbert Library (Greenfield and Guadalupe). If you are hoping to look through the observatory's telescope, before you go, contact the East Valley Astronomy Club to find out what they will be looking at that night. The scope needs to be pointed nearly straight up for someone in a wheelchair to reach the eyepiece.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk-Third Friday of Every Month - 6PM to 10PM, The Art Walk provides a fun family atmosphere where you can browse the many different types of art available from our talented artists. It's a great opportunity to visit all of the unique establishments in downtown Chandler. Will feature live music from local talent. For more information visit http://www.downtownchandler.org/artwalk/
Gilbert Art Walk - Has CHANGED TO MORNINGS! Mornings of first and third Saturdays of the month from Oct. 1 through March 16. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in October, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the rest of the year. Where: Water Tower Plaza, downtown Gilbert at Gilbert Road and Page Avenue. http://www.gilbertartwalk.com/
Scottsdale ArtWalk, every Thursday between 7 and 9 PM, is along Main Street, just west of Scottsdale Road, and along Marshall Way north and south of Indian School Road up to Stetson Drive and ARTScene at the Waterfront. There are plenty of nearby free parking areas, and easy access to local hotels or famed Scottsdale eateries via Scottsdale Trolleys or horse-drawn carriages. A calendar of individual gallery events and more information is available on the Scottsdale Arts District website http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com/.
NOT AT NIGHT, BUT YOU WILL BE IN THE DARK...
|Photo of Rotunda/Throne Room, from park website.|
Rotunda/Throne Tour - Length: ½ mile. Time: 1½ hours. (This tour is currently open. The cave is closed Dec. 25. Both caves will be closed Sept. 16-20, 2013.) This tour has been open since 1999! It is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, 50 minutes of which is underground. Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers' original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona. Nearby Birding - San Pedro River Riparian Natural Area, Patagonia Lake, Sonoita Creek.
Wheelchairs: Most motorized and manual wheelchairs may be used in the cave but due to the limits of the trail dimensions, certain chairs may be restricted. Wheelchairs with a seat width of 18” or less and an overall width of 30” are permissible. To make Cave Tour Reservations and Book Tickets: Reserve online (24-hours) or call (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. To make same day Cave Tour reservations (based on availability) please call (520) 586-2283.
Kartchner Caverns website.