Weekend Trip: Petrified Forest National Park

Weekend Trip: Petrified Forest National Park

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There’s no shortage of fabulous places to explore in Arizona. Just a few hours drive northeast from Phoenix, Petrified Forest National Park offers a sweeping panorama experience of natural wilderness. Petrified Forest is rich in geologic and human history, as well as one of the main research and discovery sites in the United States for paleontology. Including the gorgeous vistas …

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

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Wow, it has been hot! Arizona summers always kick the thermometer up a notch, and this year is no exception. For better or worse, Phoenix and its surrounding area have to adapt to waves of extreme heat and it is important to understand basic heat safety to avoid serious health consequences when it gets super hot outside. Extreme heat causes …

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower in August!

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower in August!

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In a year full of uncertainty, it’s nice to be able to count on something. Every August, this year included, the astounding Perseid Meteor Shower takes over the night sky. The Perseids are the biggest meteor event of the year, visible in the sky from July through late August, with peak visibility in mid-August. This year, mark your calendars for …

Tips for Outdoor Grilling

Tips for Outdoor Grilling

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Phew! We are really moving into the deep heat of the Arizona summer. When temperatures soar into the triple digits, we’re never far from thoughts about how to stay cool. Lucky for us, we run a sunscreen company!  Sunscreens are one of the best ways to beat the central Arizona heat, but we can think of a few other “hot …

Backyard Bugs in Phoenix

Backyard Bugs in Phoenix

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From tarantulas to tarantula hawks, the bugs of the Sonoran Desert have an intimidating reputation. While some of our insects and arachnids are large, poisonous (or both!), many common bugs you’ll encounter in Phoenix aren’t big or bad at all and play integral roles in the desert ecosystem. Land of a Thousand Bees While that’s not Arizona’s state motto, it …

Mushroom Hunting in the Sonoran Desert

Mushroom Hunting in the Sonoran Desert

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When you think of mushroom hunting you probably picture a mossy forest floor and damp fallen logs. What probably doesn’t come to mind is the arid land of the Sonoran Desert – but, surprisingly, the intrepid mycophile can find a wide range of mushrooms in the myriad microclimates of the region.  Learn With an Expert First, a few words of …

Preparing for Summer 2020 in the Sonoran Desert

Preparing for Summer 2020 in the Sonoran Desert

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One thing is for sure, 2020 has been full of surprises. While few things are certain these days, one thing that you can rely on is Central Arizona’s summer heat. With temperatures starting to climb regularly above 100°F, it is important to have a plan for how to keep cool. The public closures that social distancing entails for public health …

The Importance of Desert Pollinators

The Importance of Desert Pollinators

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Your day-to-day life in Central Arizona probably involves our local tangle of highways and interstate freeways which wrap Phoenix and its surrounding region in busy human traffic. While we get our bearings on these highways, it may surprise many of us to learn that the land we live on is also part of another kind of super highway – one …

The Sun and Vitamin D

The Sun and Vitamin D

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Have you ever wondered about what vitamins are and why they are important to us? Vitamins are molecules that are necessary for our body to function correctly and are not made by the body alone. Most vitamins have a role in our metabolism and many other bodily functions including boosting the immune system. Vitamins were first discovered in 1912 and …

Planting a Native Garden

Planting a Native Garden

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With our abundant sunshine and minimal freeze hours, Central Arizona gives the ambitious gardener lots of options to play with. However, while thousands of plants are viable for portions of the year, many plants struggle to truly adapt to the region’s aridity and extreme heat. Homeowners who choose their plantings on looks alone may end up with landscaping that heavily …