Here is some additional information about the Ironwood Forest national Monument "meet the Monument day".
Their tentative schedule of events is listed below. There are also directions to get there listed below. Some of you may not want to come early in the morning so you are welcome to come on your own later. I need to be there by about 830 in the morning (the hike I am leading starts at nine - it will probably be shorter than listed below) so the meet up time is based on that. But as you can see, there are events throughout the day until 2 PM.
PROPOSED (May Change Slightly)
Schedule for “Meet the Monument”
November 10, 2012
7:30am - Set up for volunteers
8:30am - Event opens - Traditional Yoeme Blessing
9:00am - Welcoming Remarks and Announcements by Lahsha Brown, Exec Dir, Friends of Ironwood Forest
1. Introduction of Guests
9:15am - Tom Wilson, U of A Dept of Soil, Water and Environmental Science - Botany of the Ironwood Forest and Ironwood Tree
9:15am to 1:00pm - 8K Monument Hike leaves from Event site - led by Drew Milsom with U of A Ramblers - all A, B, and C level hikers welcome (9:15 - 1:00 pm)
10:00am - Felipe Molina, Elder -- Yoeme History and Relationship with the Monument
10:45am to 1:00pm - Cecil Schwalbe & Exotic Friends with Royce Ballinger, Herpetologists - Herps of the Desert and Monument
12:00pm - 1 hour walkabouts in the Monument begin
1. Tom Wilson on the Botany of the Monument
2. Allan Morgan, Professional Nature Photograph, on how to photograph the desert (bring your camera)
3. Royce Ballinger and Lin Hanson, on the natural history of the Monument and the BLM’s new Jr. Ranger Program (for kids of all ages)
1:00pm - Raffle - closing remarks by Lahsha Brown
1:15pm Closing Ceremonial begins - Yoeme Deer Dancers (please, no photographs)
2:00pm Event ends - clean up begins
Directions: Exit 236, Marana Road, off I-10. Take an immediate right by the Circle K. Go west on Marana Road (Trico/Marana Rd) for 6 miles. Turn right at Silverbell Road… Go W. On Silverbell Rd. and proceed 12.7 miles to the event location at the base of ragged top. The last 5 miles of road are bumpy graded dirt with some dips and waterboards. Drive with awareness. Friends of Ironwood Forest is not responsible for damage to personal vehicles.
Hope to see you.