Family outdoor day set at White Tanks

Families are invited to experience the great outdoors during the fourth annual Outdoor Adventure Family Day in Waddell.

The event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday is sponsored by the White Tank Mountain Regional Park and the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Activities will include a guided hike, live animal displays, desert safety education, archery and Dutch oven cooking.

Food vendors will be on site, or visitors can take a picnic lunch.

At the library, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a presentation on the history of the White Tank Mountains and how the region played a role in the development of Arizona during its territorial days.

Karen Krause will discuss how freight haulers, miners, ranchers and outlaws left their mark on the mountains since 1863.

Krause, an Arizona native who has lived in Waddell for 20 years, has been researching the history of the area for her Waddell History Project.

Registration is required to attend the talk and can be made by visiting the Maricopa County Library District’s website at

Also at the library on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Master Gardeners will be available to answer desert gardening questions, including plant selection, irrigation, fertilization, pruning techniques, pest management and problem diagnosis.

There will also be a Native American-style flute and other musical performances from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the library.

For information about Outdoor Family Adventure Day, visit

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