Payson Parks Offers Plenty Of Programs For Outdoor Enthusiasts



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Although Brylee Hall performed well at the Queen Creek Junior Rodeo held Oct. 3 and 4 at the Payson Event Center, it was her sister Bryndee who was named Junior All-Around Champion. We regret the error in running the incorrect information with a picture of Brylee in the Oct. 9 edition. Here is Bryndee in action at the event.

Turkey Trot 5k registration open

A 3.1-mile fitness run beginning and finishing at Green Valley Park is set for Saturday, Nov. 21. The race will start at 9 a.m., with check-in at 8 a.m. Registration is from Oct. 13 to Nov. 2 for a T-shirt guarantee and a cost of $20. The entry fee from Nov. 3 on is $25 and there is no T-shirt guarantee for late registrants.

To learn more visit the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Moths and butterflies

Local lepidopterist Jim Mouw will explore many topics dealing with Arizona moths and butterflies in a special program from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Payson parks office in Green Valley Park. Learn how to recognize the difference between moths and butterflies, how to collect or photograph them, how to rear them, the necessary equipment, useful Web sites and where to find different species. There is a $5 fee. Learn more at the parks office in Green Valley Park.

Fish stocking

The first fish stocking at the Green Valley Park lakes is scheduled to take place between Oct. 19 and Oct. 24. Go get your licenses and poles and head out to the park for a pleasant time at the lakes.

Get details at the Green Valley Park parks and recreation office.

GeoKidz gathers Oct. 28

Another “Hurray! It’s a Half-Day” GeoKidz program is planned by Payson Parks and Recreation for Oct. 28.

The program is from noon to 4 p.m. for children in the first- through fifth-grades and meets at Ramada 5 in Rumsey Park. The fee is $15 per child.

GeoKidz is a play-based learning and natured-centered program that encourages participants to explore and play in a natural environment. Children need to wear good, sturdy walking shoes. Register early, space is limited.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Register for this popular class now through Oct. 29 and wow your family and friends with your gourmet camp cooking skills. Learn how to cook main dishes, apple pie and fresh bread from award-winning Dutch oven cooking instructors. Loaner ovens will be available. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 and is for those 16 and older. There is a $30 fee and the class will be held at Rumsey Park Ramada 4.

Contact the parks office at Green Valley Park for details.

Wilderness First Aid

A Wilderness First Aid Certification Course by the American Red Cross is planned for the weekend of Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. The class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Payson Police Department and costs $125.

Registration will be taken through Friday, Oct. 30.

This is a comprehensive two-day course designed to teach participants and outdoor enthusiasts the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive formal Wilderness First Aid certification, which is valid for three years.

It is highly recommended that participants have CPR certification prior to the class, but it is not required.

To learn more, visit the Payson parks office in Green Valley Park.

Waterfowl program

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Migratory Game Bird Supervisor Mike Rabe will present a program on waterfowl natural history and identification from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office in Green Valley Park.

The class will include a brief slideshow and presentation, followed by an opportunity to test waterfowl identification skills in the park.

The fee is $5 and binoculars are recommended.


Tim Barrett 7 years, 3 months ago

Great activities for a great community! Get out and enjoy!


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