ACTIVITIES

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The Friends of White Tank Park sponsors a range of outdoor activities at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Maricopa County

What's Up This Month in the Park?

Join a ranger, naturalist, or expert for fitness hikes, sunrise hikes, moonrise hikes, archaeology walks, snake feedings, birding, guided nature walks, mountain biking tips, and more. See the program description for the "Know Before You Go" list, where to meet, what to bring, and special conditions. 

Registration is required for some programs. We encourage you to reserve your spot early.

Upcoming Annual Event Sponsored by Friends of White Tank and Maricopa County
Clean-Up Days 

Volunteers like you are needed to help "refresh" the park by removing trash and unwanted debris. Trash bags, hand-operated tools to pick-up trash, and other materials will be provided. Please bring your own gloves; we will have a very limited supply on hand.

Want to volunteer for the next clean-up day? Email us:

​​FriendsofWhiteTank@gmail.com

Invasive Species Removal Days

Maricopa County needs volunteers like you!

Help locate and remove invasive species from the Park. This is a hands-on activity. Be prepared to pull them out, bag them, and ensure these unwelcome species don't come back or spread.

In June 2021, 40+ volunteers learned how to map invasive species using the new Maricopa County Parks Desert Defenders Field mobile app. Together, we removed approximately 59,000 invasive plants from 34-acres of land within four parks. The native plants and varied desert dwellers of our parks appreciate your hard work!

• White Tank Mountain Regional Park: 7.74 acres and 24,417 Sahara Mustard plants

• Cave Creek Regional Park: Two acres and 23,500 Stinknet plants

• Estrella Mountain Regional Park: 0.5 acres and 6,000 Sahara Mustard plants

• Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area: 23.47 acres and 5,098 plants -- Sahara Mustard, Stinknet, and Fountain Grass

​​Want to volunteer for the next invasive species removal day? Email us:

​​FriendsofWhiteTank@gmail.com

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Butterfly Garden

 

The Friends of White Tank Park helped create a butterfly garden adjacent to the Park Nature Center. This is a great place for a short stroll and photography. The Friends continues to maintain the garden, assisting throughout the year with its maintenance and care. If you are interested in volunteering to help maintain the garden, please let us know. 

Biking Safety

 

Bring your family and your bikes for a mountain biking adventure where pros will show you how to clean and care for your bike. Looking for some bike tips so you can safely explore the desert terrain? The pros will provide tips for beginner riders and tricks for experienced riders. Want to meet others to ride with? Our special events are the place to be for connecting with other riders.

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Dutch Oven Demonstration

 

Learn how to make food outdoors using a dutch oven. We've been organizing these demonstrations for families, groups of friends, vacationers, co-workers, and others. Volunteers graciously give of their time and recipes. The best part comes when we sample what we made. The NEEF Everyday Grant helped make this possible.

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Yoga in the Park

 

Whether it is “downward facing coyote” or “saguaro warrior II,” young yogis and their parents can enjoy both the activity and tranquility of yoga poses under the clear blue White Tank Mountain Regional Park skies. Holistic healthcare provider and yogi Sara Trevino of Your Health, In Your Hands, conducts the 45 minute classes.  Certified as a yoga instructor for both adults and children, Trevino uses yoga poses modified and renamed to teach the children about the animals and plants in the park.  She keeps the children moving and often laughing throughout the session. The NEEF Everyday Grant helped make this possible.

Hiking

Join other Friends of White Tank Park as we explore and experience the sights and sounds along the trail. Learn new fascinating facts and information.

 

Look for announcements on our Facebook page. We'll let you know the distance and trail difficulty in advance. Some walks are barrier-free with level grade.

 

Remember to bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. 

Trail Maintenance
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The Friends of White Tank Park holds volunteer trail-maintenance work parties. We also clean areas around the 200 picnic tables and 7 ramada areas. All levels of ability are welcome. Tips on what to wear and bring are posted for each event. These maintenance parties are a great way to meet new friends while making a difference. Events are posted on our Facebook page.

 

Annual Events

 
Halloween Party

Our annual party sparks imagination and fun while sneaking in some educational learning about our vast array of desert animals and plants. Volunteers set up stations to teach visitors about the desert environment, animals and insects, and habitats. Friends of White Tank will be helping with light refreshments.

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Annual Event

Winter Luminary Walk

Join us for stroll along an illuminated barrier-free trail. The luminary walk uses LED battery powered reusable candles instead of traditional open-flame candles. Afterwards enjoy cookies and cocoa by the fire pit.

Co-Sponsored by Friends of White Tank Park
White Tank Arts and Crafts Fair

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The Annual Arts & Crafts Fair is co-sponsored by the Friends of White Tank Park, the White Tank Mountains Conservancy, and the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department. All arts and crafts are handcrafted. This is a juried arts and crafts fair. Local artisans showcase and sell jewelry, art, woodcarvings and woodcraft, textile arts, metalwork, and more. Enjoy food, beverages, desserts, and sweet treats from food vendors while you browse the creative and innovative offerings from artisans. The 2020 Arts & Crafts Fair celebrates ten years. Learn more

The Friends of White Tank Park sponsors a range of outdoor activities at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Maricopa County, Arizona.

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) Grant

The Friends of White Tank Park uses its National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) Everyday Grant to provide family friendly activities.

YOGA

DUTCH OVEN

CLEAN-UP DAY

SOCIAL HOUR

CAMPFIRE

SAFETY TALKS

HIKING

BIKING

GARDENING

PHOTOGRAPHY

BIRDWATCHING

INTERPRETIVE

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY

NATURE

OCTOBER LUMINARY WALK

STORYTELLING

CITIZEN SCIENCE

WATER CONSERVATION

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Our monthly members meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the Nature Center at the Park. All members and visitors are welcome.