Photos courtesy of Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers a dynamic lineup of outdoor activities for May, providing visitors unique ways to connect with nature and learn new skills.

Archery enthusiasts can look forward to Archery Day on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 19. Sessions are led by Instructor Doug and Ranger Shaun, teaching Olympic style archery suitable for beginner archers of all ages. Classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with each class followed by an open range session for those who qualify. Each class accommodates up to 10 participants, with registration available via email.
On Thursday, May 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., join Ranger Shaun for the Wild Burro Night Hike. This 2-mile trek on the easy-rated Wild Burro Trail will challenge hikers with low visibility, enhancing the night-time experience. Participants are advised to bring water, wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes, and use flashlights or blacklights. The hike is limited to 10 participants. Meet at Wild Burro Day Use area off Twisted Talon Rd. Please note, no dogs are allowed. Registration is required and closes on May 14; email [email protected] to secure a spot.

For those interested in water safety, the Discovery Station: Water Safety event on Friday, May 24, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., offers vital tips on boat and watercraft safety, the importance of personal flotation devices, and sun protection. Ranger Kevin will be stationed near the life vest area of the 10-lane boat ramp, ready to share his knowledge with no registration required.

Meanwhile, celebrate the desert’s iconic cactus at Saguaro-palooza on Saturday, May 25, and Thursday, May 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ranger Kevin will be at the Discovery Center discussing the significance of saguaros, their role in the ecosystem, and the ongoing Saguaro Census project. Visitors can also explore a variety of saguaro-related artifacts during this informative session.

Looking to make a positive environmental impact? Every Monday through October 28, the park is looking for volunteers for the Lake Pleasant Monday Clean-Up Crew. From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., head to the Castle Hot Springs dirt lot near the entry station to help keep Lake Pleasant beautiful. Volunteers will meet with Park Assistant Doug Robertson and are encouraged to bring water, snacks, fruit, a hat, sunscreen, and work gloves. Equipment such as litter pickers and bags will be provided.

These diverse events at Lake Pleasant Regional Park offer something for every outdoor enthusiast, whether it’s embracing the thrill of night hiking, mastering archery, or learning about local wildlife and safety precautions. Visit the park at 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd. in Morristown.

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