Things to do

Come see our Watershed and Terrain Model


See an AZ Watchable Wildlife Site.


Take a Tour of Flagstaff's Recycling Center.


Visit Our Sustainable Building



Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District.

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Willow Bend Environmental Education Center's mission is to provide education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.

News and Events

Downtown Geology Tours! Sign Up Today!

Through generous funding from Mountain Sports Flagstaff and 1% for the Planet, Willow Bend will be offering guided Downtown Geology Tours during the summer! Tours will meet at 11:30am outside Mountain Sports Flagstaff 24 N. San Francisco, every first Tuesday and third Saturday of the month. Dates include, June 7th and 18th, July 5th and 16th, August 2nd and 20th. Tour is FREE and will be limited to 20 participants. For more information visit our news and events blog.

Pick up a free ticket at Mountain Sports Flagstaff or sign up here.

Picture Canyon Tours!

Willow Bend, in partnership with the Open Space Program within the City of Flagstaff’s Sustainability Section, is pleased to announce that between June-September we will be leading FREE guided tours to Picture Canyon. Tours will meet on the second Saturday of the month (June-September) at 9am at the Picture Canyon Trailhead. For more information visit our news and events blog or the Open Space FB page.

Science Saturday: Backyard Summer Days, Plants and Pollinators. July 2nd, 9 am – 1 pm

Join us for our FREE monthly Science Saturday event (every first Saturday of the month). Learn about plants, weeds, and pollinators in our (and your) backyard. Hands on activities and games, including seed art, pollinator matching game, garden scavenger hunt, and making delicious corn tortillas (with honey) from scratch! Plus, do you have a mystery plant growing in your yard? Bring in your ‘suspect’ (or pictures of it) and a representative of the San Francisco Peaks Weed Management Area will try to identify it and give you tips on how to manage it.  

Adult Education, Medicinal Plants, July 30th 10am-12pm.

Join Mike Masek, director of The Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies, for a tour of the Willow Bend gardens, emphasizing medicinal plants and their uses. Hands on activities and time for questions and discussion. Cost: $25/participant or $20/ Willow Bend members. Sign-up required!

Adult Education, Natural Soda and Beer Making, Saturday, August 27th 10-12pm

Learn how to make healthy, natural, and delicious soda and beer using the power of fermentation! Ecologist Mike Dechter will teach you how to make refreshing natural beverages including tepache, ginger beer, manzanita cider and water kefir soda. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started immediately with common household items. Cost: $25/participant or $15 for Willow Bend Members (This is a fundraiser for the educational programs at Willow Bend).

Limited Sports! Online sign up will be available soon.