Keep It Wild Forever

Superstition Area Land Trust

Keep It Wild Forever
January 29, 2015 | 2:30 - 4pm

“Ranching in the Superstitions”

Charles (Chuck) Backus will describe the ranching history in the Superstitions and the Quarter Circle U Ranch, which originally included all the area from Apache Junction, US 60 to the Florence Junction and north to what is now Canyon Lake. The “U Ranch” officially began with the building of the ranch house in 1876 and is thought to be the location of “The Lost Dutchman’s Mine”. Mr. Backus will discuss the ranch’s colorful history from the pre-statehood, primitive operations to the progressive, modern ranch it is today.  Central Arizona College, 805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, Rm B126. Free. Space limited to classroom size.

February 2, 2015 | 8:45am

“Ground Hog Day” Guided Hike

Join David Morris for a “Ground Hog Day” guided hike. Meet at the Lost Goldmine Trailhead, east end of Cloudview Ave, Gold Canyon. Limited to 20 hikers. $10 collected morning of hike. Must preregister by emailing

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February 26, 2015 | 2:30 - 4pm

“Surviving the Superstitions”

Famed photographer and naturalist Lon McAdam will describe his harrowing nine day solo trek into the Superstition Mountain highlands where he suffered a serious accident that left him unable to walk. Using the survival skills he had learned, Lon successfully survived seven days and nights in the wilderness before he was located and rescued. In addition, Lon will share with us some of his amazing photos of the Arizona backcountry and wilderness including some from Rough Canyon.  Central Arizona College, 805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, Rm B126. Free.

Space limited to classroom size.

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March 21, 2015 | 7 - 9pm

“Astronomical Star Party”

The Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) is pleased to host an Astronomical Star Party conducted by the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League (SMAL).  Members of the League will be available with telescopes to provide views of the night sky and to answer questions and talk about astronomy and astronomical equipment. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes. SALT representatives will also be on hand with literature and to answer your questions about SALT.

Peralta Trail Elementary School, 10965 E Peralta Rd., Gold Canyon, AZ.  This is a free event, open to the public and will be held weather permitting (e.g. clear skies).

March 26, 2015 | 2:30 - 4pm

“Wonders of the Universe”

SALT is pleased to present "Wonders of the Universe".  Bill Dellinges from the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League will provide an overview of the universe's contents from planets in our solar system to stars, nebulae and galaxies.  Bill will also share some spectacular photos of the night sky that were taken using readily available telescopes and binoculars.  In addition, there will be plenty of handouts about the night sky, recommended books and astronomy related material. Central Arizona College, 805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, Rm B126. Free. Space limited to classroom size.

January - February 2015

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