All events are free and are limited to 10 attendees per event.  Pre-registration with the Town of Fountain Hills is required. Click on the class number to register.


A series of Walk and Talk programs are being offered during the 2020-21 season on a variety of topics.  Each program will combine a presentation with an easy pace 1.5 mile walk in the Garden to apply the information presented.  


Get To Know Your Botanical Garden

Meet:  Fountain Hills Botanical Garden. Time:  8:00 A.M. to 11:00 a.m.

Leader:  Carol Carriere


Carol Carriere will introduce you to the Garden and share information about its history, geology, plants, and volunteer opportunities as you walk the 1.5 miles of trail.

Date:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Class #5274  

Date:  Friday, December 4, 2020 - Class #5276  


“You Can’t Tell a Rock by its (Surface) Cover” - Class #5359         

Meet: Fountain Hills Community Center

Date:  Saturday October 24. Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Leader:  Dan Gruber


The FH Botanical Garden presents a microcosm of the interesting geology of Fountain Hills. Dan Gruber will talk about the rocks in the garden; what they are, how they frame the stories they tell, and their importance to the ecosystem of Fountain Hills and the surrounding area. Meet at Community Center for a talk followed by an interpretive walk through the Botanical Garden.



DESERT DEFENDERS (a citizen science program of the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance). Click here to learn more. 


Invasive Plants - Class #5275  

Meet:  Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Date:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Time:  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Presenter:  Desert Defenders - Maricopa County wide regional coalition


During this 2 hour presentation and workshop, you will learn about invasive plant species that are becoming an increasing threat in our community and surrounding Sonoran desert.  You will learn about the work being done to survey and remove these plants and how you can use your smart phone to help.




 Due to COVID-19, we cannot guarantee a ride to the start of a hike.  Carpooling will be at the discretion of drivers.  If you do carpool, be prepared to wear a mask in the car and to use hand sanitizer prior to entering the vehicle.


Double Crested Saguaro - Class #5296

Date:  Friday, November 13, 2020. Meet: Fountain Hills Library. Time:  8:00 A.M.

Hike Leader:  Pam Cissik


We will hike lightly used trails near Usery Mountain Park and do a short scramble up a steep hill to see an amazing double crested saguaro.  This is a moderate 5 mile hike similar in difficulty to the Dixie Mine Trail.


Walk off the Turkey - Class #5297

Date:  Friday, November 27, 2020. Meet: Golden Eagle Trailhead.  Time:  8:00 A.M.

Hike Leader:  Jim Grajek


Join us for an exercise paced hike going through the Preserve to the end of the new Ridgeline Trail and returning to the Golden Eagle Trailhead.  This is a 12 mile hike guaranteed to give you a workout.  Early turnaround is possible if the distance is too challenging.


Sonoran Trails - Class #5303

Date:  Friday, December 11, 2020. Meet:  Golden Eagle Trailhead.  Time:  8:00 A.M.

Hike Leader:  Bill Craig


We will hike the Sonoran Trails in the Preserve and enjoy the rolling terrain and wonderful views.  This is a 7.5 mile moderately challenging hike which is more difficult than the Dixie Mine Hike.


Granite Mountain Loop - Class #5305

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020.  Meet:  Fountain Hills Library.  Time:  8:00 A.M.

Hike Leader:  Pam Cissik


Join us for a hike around Granite Mountain in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with detours to see a double crested saguaro and one known as the Michelin Man.  This is a 7.5 mile moderate hike similar in difficulty to the Dixie Mine Trail.

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