Meet The Monument – Rescheduled for November 16

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Date(s) - 11/16/2013
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ironwood Forest National Monument




Meet The Monument – Schedule of Events


8:00 am to 9:00 am        Bird walk with Mary Ellen Flynn, Tucson Audubon Society



8:00 am to 9:00 am        Desert Photography with Murray Bolesta of Cactus Huggers  





8:00 am to 11:30 am      5k hike (3 miles) with Gary Borax and Ries Lindley –  Botany



8:30 am to 1:30 pm ish   8 to 11 k hike (5 – 7 miles) with Drew Milsom and the U of A                                                                        


Ramblers. Adventure hike with steep slopes, loose rocks, and


bushy areas. Limit 15 participants. Sign up with Drew in advance


at [email protected]


9:00 am to 10:00 am       Desert Photography walkabout with Allan Morgan, professional


freelance photographer          




9:15 am to 10:00 am       Trees of the Desert Talk with Frank Rose, Arizona Native Plant





10:00 am to 10:45 am     Cacti of the Ironwood Forest National Monument Talk with Bob 





10:45 am to 11:30 am     Desert Reptiles and Amphibians Talk with live herps with Ed Moll, 


Tucson Herpetological Society



11:30 am to 12:15 pm      Archaeology of the Ironwood Forest Monument Talk with Dr.s


Paul & Suzy Fish, U of A



12:15 pm to 1:00 pm       Bighorn Sheep of the Ironwood Forest Talk with Joe Sheehey,


Bighorn Sheep Society



1:00 pm to 2:00 pm         Guided Naturalist walkabout with Royce Ballinger, U of Nebraska



1:00 pm to 2:00 pm         Desert Photography walkabout with Allan Morgan, professional


freelance photographer



1:00 pm to 2:00 pm         Lord’s Ranch and Ironwood Forest History Talk with Sally Ziegler,


Lord’s Ranch



1:00 pm to 2:00 pm         Hiking the Ironwood Forest Talk with Gary Borax, Dove Mountain 




2:00 pm to 3:00 pm         Yaqui relationship to the desert with Felipe Molina and Yoeme


                                                   Singers, Pasqua Yaqui 



3:00 pm                        Clean up at event site for volunteers

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Driving Directions

From I-10 take Exit 236 – Marana Road. Take the first right hand turn in front of the Circle K store to head West on Marana Road. Follow Marana Road, which turns into Trico-Marana Road for 6 miles. At the intersection with Silverbell Road, turn right onto Silverbell Road, heading Northwest. Continue on Silverbell Road for 12.7 more miles to event.

The last 5 miles of road are bumpy, graded dirt with some dips, washboards, and small wash crossings. Drive with awareness. Friends of Ironwood Forest is not responsible for damage to personal vehicles.

Signs will be placed along the route to the event location at the base of Ragged Top. You will be driving towards Ragged Top the entire time you are on Silverbell Road and there is no way you will drive past the event location and miss it.

Map to get to Meet The Monument





Volunteers are still needed to help with this year’s Meet The Monument event. Contact us to get involved.

Meet The Monument is your opportunity to join in fun and interactive presentations, hikes, strolls, and workshops led by local experts. Join us to learn about the unique features of the Ironwood Forest National Monument through hands-on interpretation, discussion, and adventure!

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