If you have kids or grandkids of all ages to entertain this month or are just looking for something to do, consider attending the interpretive talks and, or hikes by the folks from the local Black Mesa Ranger Station. There is so much to learn about in our own “back yard”. Come and be amazed.
The Mogollon Rim Visitor Center is located on State Route 260 across from the Woods Canyon Lake turn off (FR 300). Please call Black Mesa Ranger Station at 928-535-7300 with questions.

National Forest Service
Summer 2015 Interpretive Series
1:00 pm Saturdays
Mogollon Rim Visitor Center

August 1
Why Fisheries and Watersheds are Important Black Mesa District Ranger Chris James introduces you to the fisheries and watersheds of the Sitgreaves area.

August 15
The “Wild Life” of the Mogollon Plateau Wildlife Biologists share information about seen and unseen animals. Program includes a fun game of “Wildlife Jeopardy.”

August 29
What am I? Forest Silviculturist Gayle Richardson introduces you to a variety of forest flora. She will be leading an interactive forest scavenger hunt to put your newfound knowledge to the test.

September 5
Elk on the Mountain Interpretive naturalist Danielle Oyler shares the surprising lives and history of elk on the Mogollon Rim.

Programs with Ranger Bob and Nancy
The below programs run through Labor Day (Sept. 7) and may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Rim Lakes Vista Hike
Friday Mornings: 10:00 a.m.
Join Ranger Bob for a 1 hour interpretive hike along the Rim Trail. Meet at the Rim Lakes Vista Point along Forest Road 300 (Rim Road). This is an easy hike for all skill levels. Bring water and a hat.

Guided Nature Walk
Friday Mornings: 10:00 a.m.
Join Host Nancy for a 1 hour guided nature walk. Walk begins at the Canyon Point Campground Amphitheater.

Evening Program at Canyon Point
Fridays: 7:30 p.m.
Meet Ranger Bob at the Canyon Point Campground Amphitheater for an entertaining and informative evening on topics ranging from outlaws and wars to wildlife and wildfire. Don’t forget your picnic blanket and popcorn!


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Barbara Samples was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and has called Heber-Overgaard home since 2008. She is married to Larry Samples, who is co-owner with her in L & B, Inc., owner of the Mogollon Rim News. They have four (grown) children and two grandchildren. Barbara serves as the Editor.