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ASU life sciences hike lets community explore Ariz. ecosystems

SOLS faculty lead hikers around the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert
March 19, 2014

Enjoy a beautiful morning hike and join Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences (SOLS) on April 5 for its 9th annual “SOLS Takes a Hike” event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert (2757 E. Guadalupe Rd.), the hike is a perfect chance for nature lovers to hear from wildlife and life sciences experts about Arizona’s diverse flora and fauna. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Learn about wildlife such as birds, insects, reptiles and mammals from scientists who study them. School of Life Sciences professors and graduate students will also highlight the unique geography and plant life during several interactive tours. Microscopes will be set up to view microbes that live in the water, and desert animals will also be on display. With 4.5 miles of trails meandering through 110 acres of marshland, guests are sure see many animals and learn something new.

“We’re happy to share our knowledge with the public through important events such as SOLS Takes a Hike,” said Brian Smith, School of Life Sciences director. “Through it, the public can learn much about the animal and plant life that is native to Arizona by talking with many talented scientists from our school.”

The event will be held concurrently with the Riparian Preserve’s 2014 Feathered Friends Festival, which presents more than 30 exhibitors with educational booths on subjects ranging from a wetland scavenger hunt to beekeeping.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen, a snack, binoculars for animal spotting and a hat.

For more information, contact Barb Hoffman at or 480-965-2705.

Media contact:
Sandy Leander,
ASU School of Life Sciences