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December Key Dates & Events
Dec. 1-31, 2006
1:00 p.m.
  Daily Guided Tour
  How old are saguaros? What bird drilled those rows of parallel holes in eucalyptus tree bark? Learn about desert plants and animals on a daily guided walking tour lead by Arizona State Parks volunteers at Boyce Thompson Arboretum this month and throughout the Winter (Daily except December 25, the Arboretum is closed). Meet in the visitor center lobby at 1:00 p.m.; tours typically last about 60-90 minutes and proceed along the main trail, seeing most Arboretum collections. Walks are included with adult admission of $7.50, or $3 for ages 5-12. The Arboretum is located at U.S. 60, milepost 223, about one hour due east of Phoenix.
Dec. 9, 2006
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  Basic "digi-scoping" Photography Class
  Do you own a simple digital camera and a decent pair of binoculars, or maybe a spotting scope for watching birds? If so, you already have the tools for "digi-scope" photography, a way to take telephoto pictures without a powerful zoom lens. You'll be surprised at the results you can get, either by free-hand digiscoping or with a simple and inexpensive camera mount adapter. Classes in this innovative, low-tech photography technique will be offered at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a 320-acre Arizona State Park located 45 miles due East of Mesa on Highway 60. Florida/Arizona nature photographer Bob Ruszala will teach an informal walking-tour class explaining the basics of digiscoping Saturday, December 9, starting at 10:30 a.m. and there is no additional charge or pre-registration; the class is included with regular daily admission of $7.50 for adults or $3 for ages 5-12. For more information, contact Bob Ruszala at
* Additional events for this month will be added as they become available. Please check back or submit your event from the link above.
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