(Phoenix, Arizona - May 18, 2009) - Summer provides the perfect opportunity for the entire family to go outdoors and learn about nature at Red Rock State Park in June 2009.
On Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. in the park theater, Dennis Jex will present "Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind." Enjoy a fun and educational presentation about snakes. Learn how to treat or avoid snakebite. Live snakes will be used to enhance your "up close and personal" educational experience. Find out the answer to many snake questions during this fun presentation. Reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. For additional information and restrictions please call (928) 282-6907.
The Moonlight Hike continues on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. An unforgettable experience, the hike includes a naturalist-led interpretive presentation along the park's beautiful trails. Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours, has an elevation climb of 200-250 feet and covers approximately 2 miles. Please arrive 30 minutes early. The hike leaves promptly from the Visitor Center at 7 p.m. No late arrivals will be allowed to join once the hike has commenced. Wear appropriate hiking shoes (no sandals) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. Reservations are required.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, join a volunteer for a Sunset Hike along Red Rock State Park's beautiful trails. The hike starts from the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 a.m., visitors will find bird enthusiasts joining a naturalist for a "Guided Bird Walk." Beginners as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the park.
Daily at 10 a.m., visitors can join a naturalist on a guided nature walk that lasts 1½ to 2 hours and will introduce them to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the park. Plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology are some of the subjects that may be discussed.
Daily at 2 p.m., the park hosts either a guest speaker or a ranger/naturalist led activity of approximately 45-minutes. Programs may include a nature-hike, a special presentation or an educational/nature video. This program may be an indoor or outdoor activity.
The unique land-based ecosystem, closely associated with Oak Creek, provides the setting and the opportunity for Red Rock State Park to offer a center for environmental education. With its diverse riparian habitat for plants and wildlife, Red Rock State Park offers special hikes and programs as a regular part of the park's environmental program.
For more information or reservations call (928) 282-6907. Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop in Sedona. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Park Entrance Fee is $7 per vehicle for up to 4 adults, each additional adult is charged $2 each. (There is no charge for children). A $2 per person entrance fee applies to pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists. Arizona State Parks Annual Pass is available for $50 (some restrictions apply).
For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at azstateparks.gov.
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