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SCFH EVENTS

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Most events are free and have a limited number of openings. Pre-registration with the Town of Fountain Hills is required. Click on the course number to register.

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Easy Pace Hikes at Sunrise - Andrews-Kinsey Trail

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

6:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Location -

Adero Canyon Trailhead
14800 N Eagle Ridge Dr

Leader - 

Cathy Pepperd

Course

Are you an early bird looking for an early morning hike that isn't too far, too fast, or too hard? Then this series of hikes is for you and perfect to introduce new hikers to the Preserve. Cathy Pepperd will again lead a nearby hike starting at sunrise. This hike will follow the Andrew-Kinsey trail for about 2 miles, for an out and back hike of 3.5 to 4 miles. Bring 2 liters of water and snacks. Wear sturdy boots. Hiking poles recommended. No dogs please.

Birds Early Evening ** DATE CHANGE! **

Saturday, April 27, 2024

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Location -

Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden
11300 N Fountain Hills Blvd

Leader - 

Peter Herstein

Course

During this walk through the Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden with Birder Peter Herstein, you will be looking for birds before they roost for the evening. The garden in the late afternoon at this time of year has quite a bit of shade. It is an excellent time for a late afternoon walk, with over 15 different species sighting is a distinct possibility. We will be specifically looking and listening for Lesser Nighthawks and Ash throated Flycatchers. We will be identifying birds both by sight and song. Peter will also demonstrate the use of ebird, Merlin and birdNET apps. Wear shoes or boots with grippy soles. Hiking poles recommended. Bring a bottle of water and snacks. No dogs please.

Moonless Stargazing Hike

Monday, April 29, 2024

8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Location -

Adero Canyon Trailhead
14800 N Eagle Ridge Dr

Leader - 

Vicky Derksen
Janice Holden

Course

The SCFH invites you to join Vicky Derksen of Night Sky Tourist and the FH Dark Sky Association at the FH Preserve on this moonless evening to observe the night skies with less moonlight interference. You might see a planet or two, and locate and identify constellations and their stars while Vicky recounts some myths and stories held by ancient cultures. After the hike the Star Dudes will point their telescopes at deep space objects that can't be seen with the naked eye. Bring preregistered children over 8 years, wear comfortable clothing, close-toed shoes, bring water, hiking poles if needed, and a red flashlight to protect everyone's night vision. Be prepared to hike approx. 2 miles. No pets please. Vicky Derksen is the host of the Night Sky Tourist podcast, President of the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association and serves on the board of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center. You can find her online at nightskytourist.com.

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