Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
June 27th– July 4th 2016
Monday, June 27th
Guided Nature Walk at Lomaki Pueblo 10:00-11:00 am. Ancient Peoples. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney, on an easy 1/2 mile round-trip walk to explore an ancient Pueblo built along a small canyon. Meet at the trailhead for Lomaki/Box Canyon Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument. Drive north on H-89 and take the Sunset Crater Loop Road (Forest Service Rd. 545, accessed near milepost 430 & milepost 444. Park entrance fees apply.
Thursday, June 30th
Guided Nature Walk: Protecting Watershed and Community 9:00-11:00 am. Four years ago Flagstaff voters overwhelm-ingly approved an ambitious and unique forest restoration project to protect key watersheds in and around the community. Join Ranger Karen to learn how the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project will look on the ground. Easy 2-miles with some off-trail walking. Bring water, hat, sunscreen. No dogs. Meet at trailhead parking lot behind Trinity Heights United Methodist Church at the top of 4th Street. 3600 N. 4th Street. For more: www.flagstaffwatershedprotection.org
Guided Nature Walk at O’Leary Volcano 10:00-11:30 am. Lower O’Leary Hike. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney on a beautiful ramble up the lower elevations of O'Leary Peak for a great opportunity to learn and experience the geo-logic wonders, plants, and birds of the area. Meet at the O’Leary trailhead. Take H-89 north out of Flagstaff, turn right on Sunset Crater Rd. (FS Rd. 545) and drive 1.8 miles, turn left for the O’Leary Group Campground and park at the trailhead just past the turn for the O’Leary campsite.
Friday, July 1stGuided Nature Walk at Bismarck Lake Little Springs 8:30-12:00am. Join Rangers Steve and Lois on a hike to the AZ Trail into mountain meadows with spectacular views of the San Fran Peaks. Then loop down to Little Spring, where C. Hart Merriam set up camp for his study of climate zones. Difficulty: moderate ascent to 8800 ft. Bring water, snacks/lunch, and trekking poles. Go N. 22 miles on Hwy 180. Turn right onto the second FR 151 intersection just beyond MP 235. Go 1.6 mi to fork and continue on FR 151 (right fork) another 0.8 mi to small meadow and park at junction with FR 418B.
Evening Program at Bonito Campground 8:00-8:45pm. The Ways and Whys of the Universe. Come join a ranger at the amphitheater for a 45 minute chat and discover the wonders of our universe that have captivated people’s curiosities since the Stone Age.
Saturday, July 2nd
Solar Viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 1:00-4:00 pm Here’s your chance to safely take a look at the surface of the sun and learn about it’s properties! Come on down to Sunset Crater Volcano visitor center to view and learn about the sun. Park entrance fees apply.
Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground 3:00-3:45 pm. Forest Health. Join Ranger Eric for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and uncover the past, present, and future health of our forests. Meet at the campground amphitheater.
Astronomy Program at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 8:00-10:30 pm. Join us in celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes. Astronomy presentation will take place from 8:00-8:45 pm and telescope/star viewings from 8:45-10:30 pm both at the Lava Flow Trail. Contact the Sunset Crater Volcano visitor center at (928) 526-0502 for more infor-mation.
Evening Program at Pine Grove Campground 8:00-8:45 pm. Bark Beetles. Come join a ranger and learn about the battle be-tween bark beetles and Ponderosa pines. Meet at the campground amphitheater to learn more.
Evening Program at Bonito Campground 8:00-8:45 pm. Volcanoes of North America. Come listen in to a tale about the fiery effects of volcanoes in northern Arizona and beyond. Pictures of awe-inspiring eruptions and the stories of one man’s traveling adventures will inspire you to embark on your own bold wanderings! Program conducted by volunteer park Ranger Eric Zelif
Sunday, July 3rd
Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground3:00-3:45 pm. Forest Health. Join ranger Eric for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and uncover the past, present, and future health of our forests. Meet at the campground am-phitheater.
Evening Program at Pine Grove Campground8:00-8:45 pm. Hummingbirds of Arizona. Learn about the tiniest bird in North America and a personal encounter in nature with a broad-tailed hummingbird. Meet ranger Rick Ruess at the campground am-phitheater.
Monday, July 4th
Guided Nature Walk at Lomaki Pueblo10:00-11:00 am. Ancient Peoples. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney, on an easy 1/2 mile round-trip walk to explore an ancient Pueblo built along a small canyon. Meet at the trailhead for Lomaki/Box Canyon Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument. Drive north on H-89 and take the Sunset Crater Loop Road (Forest Service Rd. 545). This road can be accessed near milepost 430 & milepost 444. Park entrance fees apply.