AWWE-some Summer Series: Wildlife at Picture Canyon
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

AWWE-some Summer Series: Wildlife at Picture Canyon

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Join Willow Bend Environmental Education Center and AWWE wildlife experts on a Community Tour of Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve focused on wildlife! 

Free and open to the public!

Meet at the main Picture Canyon Trailhead parking area off of El Paso Flagstaff Road.

Dress according to weather, wear comfortable walking shoes as the event will include light hiking, and don't forget your sun protection and water! 

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AWWE-some Summer Series: Elks at Mormon Lake
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

AWWE-some Summer Series: Elks at Mormon Lake

Join AWWE wildlife experts at Mormon Lake for an opportunity to see elk in their natural habitat.

Free and open to the public!

Dress according to weather, wear comfortable walking shoes as the tour will include light hiking, and don't forget your sun protection and water! 

Meet at the main turnoff to Mormon Lake Lodge, look for the "Watchable Wildlife" sign.

DIRECTIONS: Travel south on Lake Mary Road approximately 25 miles from Flagstaff. 

Lake Mary Road and County Road 90 form a loop road around the lake providing access to Mormon Lake Village. From the southeast, use Highway 87. 

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AWWE-some Summer Series: Sunflower Flat
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

AWWE-some Summer Series: Sunflower Flat

Join AWWE wildlife experts at Sunflower Flats for an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Free and open to the public!

Meet at the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 3500 Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86005 at 5pm to carpool/caravan to the site.

Dress according to weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and don't forget your sun protection and water! 

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AWWE-some Summer Series: Birding at Picture Canyon
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

AWWE-some Summer Series: Birding at Picture Canyon

  • Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Willow Bend Environmental Education Center and AWWE wildlife experts on a Community Tour of Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve focused on birding! 

Free and open to the public!

Meet at the main Picture Canyon Trailhead parking area off of El Paso Flagstaff Road.

Dress according to weather, wear comfortable walking shoes as the tour will include light hiking, and don't forget your sun protection and water! 

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Walk the Walk with Jack Welch: Picture Canyon
Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

Walk the Walk with Jack Welch: Picture Canyon

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Walk the Walk - Snow Shoe Option (weather dependent)
Picture Canyon

MEETING LOCATION: Picture Canyon parking lot on Flagstaff El Paso Road (off East Route 66)

We'll take a walk (or snow shoe) over to Flagstaff's only waterfall to see what's hanging out there at this time of year. 

Photo Credit: Alex Wood, Winner of the Fall 2017 Open Space Photo Contest (Places category).

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Eagle Celebration
Jan
27
8:00 AM08:00

Eagle Celebration

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Sign up is now open.

Click here to view Facebook event. 

Mark your calendars! Bald Eagles are back at Willow Bend for our Annual Eagle Celebration held in partnership with Arizona Game and Fish, Liberty Wildlife, and Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience.

We will be offering four programs: an early morning outdoor bird watching field trip led by wildlife biologists, a presentation and LIVE eagle visit designed for families with children ages 4-10, and two afternoon community presentations covering eagle ecology, management, conservation efforts and a visit from LIVE eagles! If you want to sign up for the field trip and a presentation PLEASE make sure you sign up separately for each program you want to attend.

This event fills up quickly! Please sign-up online or call our office (928) 779-1745 to secure your spot.

8-10am“Early Birds” Field Trip: Join wildlife biologists for an early morning field trip searching for wild Bald Eagles and local waterfowl around Lake Mary. Personal transport required (carpooling encouraged). Weather permitting; in case of inclement weather field trip will be cancelled. Meeting location sent upon sign-up. If you would also like to attend one of the presentations at Willow Bend and view live eagles up close please make sure to sign up for one of the sessions below*. Field trip cost $10/participant, $35/family (2 adults + 3 kids) or FREE for Willow Bend Members***. Sign-up HERE.

10-11am – “Eaglets” Family Presentation: A family-focused interactive program especially designed for families with young children (ages 4-12 years old). Learn about and view LIVE eagles! Meet at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff. This presentation is open to families with young children. Cost $10/participant, $35/family (2 adults + 3 kids) or FREE for Willow Bend Members***. Sign-up HERE.

11:30am-12:30pm“First Flight” Community Presentation 1: Learn about the incredible Bald Eagle from an Arizona Game and Fish biologist and view live eagles up close and in-person! Presentation is open to all ages**. Please note this is the same presentation as the 1pm Fully Fledged session. Please only sign up for one presentation. Cost $10/participant, $35/family (2 adults + 3 kids) or FREE for Willow Bend Members***. Sign-up HERE.

1-2:pm“Fully Fledged” Community Presentation 2: Learn about the incredible Bald Eagle from an Arizona Game and Fish biologist and view live eagles up close and in-person! Presentation is open to all ages. Please note this is the same presentation as the 11:30am session. Please only sign up for one presentation. Cost $10/participant, $35/family (2 adults + 3 kids) or FREE for Willow Bend Members***. Sign-up HERE.

*If signing up to the Eaglets presentation you will need to leave the field trip a little early to make the presentation on time. **Families with children are welcome to sign up for the First Flight and Fully Fledged sessions if the Eaglets sessions is full or if timing for later presentations works better for your schedule. However, please note that the afternoon sessions are not specifically designed for young children. ***Willow Bend membership includes up to 6 guests per family membership or 1 guest per individual membership.                   

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Make a Difference Day
Oct
28
8:00 AM08:00

Make a Difference Day

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Join us for the annual Make a Difference Day! This year we will be working on various projects at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center (an Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience site!)

Parking will be available at Willow Bend and across the street in The Grove parking lot along Sawmill Road. 

Volunteer projects will include: Removingvegetation from the small pond, removing excess plants and seeding the slope, building an educational composting station, improving the FUTS connector trail, trash clean-up along the Rio de Flag. 

There will be kid-friendly activities and nature project. 
All volunteers will be entered into our free raffle!

Contact Maggie Twomey, mtwomey@flagstaffaz.gov, (928)213-2144

Photo credit: Tom Bean Photography

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Picture Canyon Community Tour: Community History
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Picture Canyon Community Tour: Community History

  • Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Soak up the sun! Get outside and explore natural and cultural history at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. Each tour will feature a different theme. This tour will focus on Community History with local expert, Cassandra Roberts, from Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.

Hosted by Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.

All Community Tours are FREE and open to the public. Keep a look out for more upcoming Community Tours from May to October 2017. 

Please bring appropriate footwear, water, and sun protection!

 

Photo credit: Mike Russell

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Fall 2017 Open Space Photo Contest
Oct
16
to Oct 30

Fall 2017 Open Space Photo Contest

Do you like to spend time outdoors? Is fall one of your favorite seasons? 

#OptOutside this fall and visit any of our open space areas (like Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve or Observatory Mesa Natural Area), any of the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience sites, or hike along the Flagstaff Urban Trails System before the seasons change. 

"Like" our Flagstaff Open Space page and post a photo of your adventure with the hashtag #FLGOpenSpace, its location, and which category you'd like it to be considered in for a chance to win great prizes from local outdoor gear shops! 

Photos can be submitted for consideration in one of our categories: People, Places, or Animals. 

Please see our Facebook event page for a complete breakdown of the official rules and eligibility.

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Picture Canyon Community Tour: Watchable Wildlife
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

Picture Canyon Community Tour: Watchable Wildlife

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Soak up the sun! Get outside and explore natural and cultural history at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. Each tour will feature a different theme. This tour will focus on wildlife viewing with experts, Tom Mackin and Rick Miller, from Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience!

Hosted by Willow Bend Environmental Education Center

All Community Tours are FREE and open to the public. Keep a look out for more upcoming Community Tours from May to October 2017. 

Please bring appropriate footwear, water, and sun protection!

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Elk Workshop
Aug
19
8:00 AM08:00

Elk Workshop

Ever wonder what it would be like to see hundreds of elk in one place at one time? That opportunity is possible during the elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience (AWWE) with support from the Game and Fish Department's WOW (World of Wonder) program and Mormon Lake Lodge. 

Sessions: 8am & 9am

There will be two sessions in the Town Hall at Mormon Lake Lodge. The sessions will include a 1 hour presentation followed by a 2 hour viewing field trip to watch elk in their natural habitat near Mormon Lake. 

Fee: $10 per person (12 years +), children under 12 year are FREE. 

Register here: https://register-ed.com/programs/arizona/178/slug:world-of-wonder-10-events

For directions to Mormon Lake Lodge, visit www.mormonlakelodge.com.

Contact: Shelly Shepherd, AZGFD at (928)606-3070 or SShepherd@azgfd.gov

Photo credit: George Andrejko, AZGFD

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Picture Canyon Community Tour: Audubon Birding
Jul
30
8:00 AM08:00

Picture Canyon Community Tour: Audubon Birding

  • Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Soak up the sun! Get outside and explore natural and cultural history at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. Each tour will feature a different theme. This tour will focus on birding with local expert, Trevor Hinkley, from Northern Arizona Audubon Society!

Hosted by Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.

All Community Tours are FREE and open to the public. 
Keep a look out for more upcoming Community Tours from May to October 2017. 

Please bring appropriate footwear, water, and sun protection!

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"AWWE-some Summer Series": Marshall Lake
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

"AWWE-some Summer Series": Marshall Lake

Come out and join local wildlife experts at Rogers Lake for the July "AWWE-some Summer Series" watchable wildlife event.  
This event is FREE and open to the public (all ages). 

Meet at the Marshall Lake AWWE site at 5pm for a guided watchable wildlife experience. 

The 2017 "AWWE-some Summer Series" will occur every third Saturday of the month from May until August 2017. 

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Volunteer at Picture Canyon
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Volunteer at Picture Canyon

  • Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in one of our volunteer events at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve

We will be removing invasive weeds and fencing from the Rio de Flag floodplain to improve function and wildlife habitat.

Please bring water, hiking boots or comfortable shoes that will hold up on rough surfaces, gloves, and sun protection (spf, hat, long sleeves, etc.).

Contact Erin O'Keefe, Open Space Aide VISTA, at EO'Keefe@flagstaffaz.gov for more information. 

Click here to RSVP!

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Silva.

Meet us at 9am at the northern access point off Townsend/Winona Road.

DIRECTIONS:

- Head east on Route 66 toward the Flagstaff Mall (6 miles).

- Turn right onto Townsend Winona Road.

- Turn right onto N Rain Valley Road, which is unmarked but indicated with mile marker 422 and a large “No Public Access to Picture Canyon” sign (1.25 miles).

- Drive down North Rain Valley Road approximately 1.5 miles. Drive through the gate and park at the roundabout (where we will be meeting).

Follow the signs to the parking lot meeting point. 

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"AWWE-some Summer Series": Rogers Lake County Area
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

"AWWE-some Summer Series": Rogers Lake County Area

Come out and join local wildlife experts at Rogers Lake for the June "AWWE-some Summer Series" watchable wildlife event.  


This event is FREE and open to the public (all ages). 

Meet at the Rogers Lake AWWE site at 5pm for a guided watchable wildlife experience. 

The 2017 "AWWE-some Summer Series" will occur every third Saturday of the month from May until August 2017. 

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Picture Canyon Community Tour: Family Picnic
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Picture Canyon Community Tour: Family Picnic

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Soak up the sun! Get outside and explore natural and cultural history at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. Each tour will feature a different theme. This tour's theme is Family Picnic with expert, Moran Henn, from Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Fun for the whole family!

Hosted by Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.

All Community Tours are FREE and open to the public. Keep a look out for more upcoming Community Tours from May to October 2017. 

Please bring appropriate footwear, water, and sun protection!

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"AWWE-some Summer Series": Pumphouse County Natural Area
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

"AWWE-some Summer Series": Pumphouse County Natural Area

Come out and join local wildlife experts at the first event for the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience Summer Series of 2017! 


This event is FREE and open to the public (all ages). 

Meet at 5pm at the Pumphouse County Natural Area AWWE site: 

Raymond County Park, 3305 Kachina Trail, Flagstaff, AZ 86005 (Kachina Village)

The "AWWE-some Summer Series" will occur every third Saturday of the month from May to August 2017. 

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Climate Change Center GRAND OPENING
May
20
3:00 PM15:00

Climate Change Center GRAND OPENING

Please join The Arboretum at Flagstaff on May 20th, from 3:00 pm – 5:00pm for the Grand Opening of our Climate Change Center - an outdoor series of interactive kiosks featuring STEM education and NAU's Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA). This new exhibit features a Penstemon Phenology Garden that engages our visitors to participate in Citizen Science. Beverages and snacks will be available as well as learning and networking opportunities with other local climate change and environmentally focused organizations.

The event is FREE to the public.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kristin Haskins, Director of Research at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Kristin.Haskins@thearb.org.

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Picture Canyon Community Tour: Archeology
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Picture Canyon Community Tour: Archeology

  • Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Soak up the sun! Get outside and explore natural and cultural history at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. Each tour will feature a different theme. This tour will focus on Archeology with Kaibab Forest archeologist, Neil Weintraub!

Hosted by Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.

All Community Tours are FREE and open to the public. Keep a look out for more upcoming Community Tours from May to October 2017.

Please bring appropriate footwear, water, and sun protection!

Photo credit: Mike Russell

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International Migratory Bird Day at Kachina Wetlands
May
13
8:00 AM08:00

International Migratory Bird Day at Kachina Wetlands

Hosted by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). This year's IMBD theme is The Importance of Stopover Areas. Kachina Wetlands is an excellent example of an important stopover site for numerous species of migrating birds. 

FREE and open to the public. 

EVENT VOLUNTEERS needed! 

This event needs volunteers of all experience levels. Whether you are an experienced birder or not, we have a job for you to help make this event a success! For more info or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Christina.vojta@nau.edu. 

Photo credit: Jackie Klieger

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"AWWE-some Summer Series" Science Saturday: Rio de Flag
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

"AWWE-some Summer Series" Science Saturday: Rio de Flag

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Hosted by Willow Bend Environmental Center.

FREE and OPEN to the public!

A Celebration of the Rio de Flag! This is also an opportunity for students that have been working with Willow Bend throughout the semester on "A Rio Runs Through It Project" (aka the Rio Project) to showcase what they have learned. 

There will be hands-on watershed and Rio activities! This will include Willow Bend's  3D terrain model, creating a watershed, water sampling, pond life under a microscope and more!

Photo credit: Tamara Hastie

 

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4th Annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

4th Annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration

The 4th Annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration
took place at the Northern Arizona University J. Walkup Skydome
on Monday, March 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
This event is a Celebration of all things STEM in Flagstaff!
All 28 Flagstaff K-12 Schools are invited, including robotics teamsand STEM Clubs.
There will be activities and demonstrations from Coconino Community CollegeNorthern Arizona University,
and over 60 STEM-related businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.

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Open Space Spring 2017 Photo Contest
Feb
1
to Apr 30

Open Space Spring 2017 Photo Contest

Do you like to spend time outdoors? Are you ready to get out and explore this Spring? 

#OptOutside and visit Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve, Observatory Mesa Natural Area, any of the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience Sites, or hike, bike, run, walk along the Flagstaff Urban Trail System! Post a photo of your adventure to the Flagstaff Open Space Facebook page @FlagstaffOpenSpace with hashtag #FLGOpenSpace for a chance to win great prizes and have your photo publicized! 

Presented by City of Flagstaff Open Space Program. See Facebook event page for official contest rules & eligibility. Entries accepted: February 1 - April 30, 2017. 

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