September At Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2016 September Guided Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

The summer months have come to an end and fall is moving in to the majestic red rocks of Sedona, AZ. This month Red Rock State Park will be offering a Guided Moonlight hike followed by time with the Astronomers of the Verde Valley for moon viewing. They are also hosting a wonderful event that follows the Monarch Migrations through Red Rock State Park. As always their Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks and their daily Guided Nature Walks will also be taking place. Have a wonderful September and enjoy your time exploring the beauty of Sedona, Arizona at Red Rock State Park!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees

Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as
advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Every Day at 9:00 am in September
Included with park entrance fees

Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park
Guided Sedona Full Moon Hike
September 16th, 2016 (5:30 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee in addition to the regular entrance fees
Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about Sedona. A knowledgeable guide will provide interpretive information on topics such as park history, archaeology, geology, botany, and local wildlife. The hike lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children 7 and under are not permitted on this hike. Wear suitable clothing and closed toed shoes, bring water, and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots 928.282.6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
The Astronomers of Verde Valley will set up their telescopes for a moon viewing at the conclusion of the hike.

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Following the Monarch Migration
Red Rock State Park with Gail Morris
September 25th, 2016 (9:00 am)
Every Fall Monarch butterflies undergo a rigorous, long-range migration to their overwintering sites in Mexico and California. Late September is the time they typically move through our state and hopefully a fair number will pass through Red Rock State Park. Join Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and Vice Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. Tagging Monarchs allows the Southwest Monarch Study to increase the public knowledge of migratory patterns and determine the destination of Monarch butterflies that pass through our area. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors – hats, closed-toed shoes, water, sunblock, and binoculars are encouraged. This program is included with park entrance fees or a valid Flagstaff Festival of Science Passport.
However, space is limited, so call to reserve your spots at 928.282-6907.
For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture
Nature & Technology: Friends or Foes?
September 25th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Program Included with Park Fees
What gets in the way of people spending time in nature? One of the answers we hear repeatedly is technology. Screens, phones, gadgets and games are reputed by many as an impediment to people connecting with the natural world. However, it may not be the technology in itself, but how technology is used that is responsible for the disconnect. In fact, technology actually might be a great resource as we carve out time to connect with the natural world. This interactive discussion will explore the relationship between technology and nature and give you an opportunity to discuss your own experiences with how the two complement and interfere with one another. Dr. Houchard is a professor of Philosophy in the Public Interest at Northern Arizona University and a co-owner of the Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX), an Arizona Benefit Corporation. However, seating is limited and reservations are required 928.282-6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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