Adult Workshops

Adult Workshops are specifically designed for participants ages 12 and up. They are led by experts in their field that donate their time and skills to make these events meaningful and memorable.

Workshops are typically held once a month covering a different focus each time. Most workshops require early registration and have an associated cost, with a discount for Willow Bend members. Past workshops included Wildlife Tracking, Bee Keeping, Essential Oils, Salve Making and more. To sign up for a workshop please use the form below. Payment will be taken upon arrival at the workshop (not online) and can be done through cash, check or credit card.

Upcoming

Pruning, March 25th 10am-12pm

Spring is almost here! Come learn the fundamentals of tree and shrub pruning through theoretical, hands-on demonstration, and in the field practice. Practice assessing individual trees and bushes, determining where to cut, and how to make cuts without injuring the plant. Get the very best out of your roses, fruit, and young trees. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves and hand pruners.

Cost is $10 for the general public, $5/students or FREE to Willow Bend and Arboretum members. To secure your spot please sign-up. 

 

 

 

 

Introductino to Fermentation, April 8th 9AM-12PM

Ecologist Mike Dechter is back to cover the basics of fermentation in a fun and tasty workshop!  Come learn about, ask questions, taste, and make vegetable and honey ferments, sauerkraut, Tepache, and more.

Last Introduction to Fermentation workshop filled up fast!  To secure your spot please sign-up in advance.

 

 

 

 

Past Workshops

Annual Eagle Celebration, February 25th (multiple sessions)

 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 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! This event fills up quickly! Please sign-up in advance to secure your spot.

Basic Wildlife Tracking, February 18th 10am-12pm

Join Willow Bend and the Arboretum at Flagstaff for our 3rd Annual "Basic Wildlife Tracking" workshop. Lynne Nemeth, Executive Director of the Arboretum at Flagstaff, will teach participants about basic animal tracking through a fun hands on presentation and guided hike around Sawmill Park, the Rio de Flags and the FUTS trail below Willow Bend (weather permitting). 

Space is limited*. Please sign up in advance to secure your spot.

Cost is $10 for the general public, $5/students or FREE to Willow Bend and Arboretum members.

*Workshop was originally scheduled for Jan 28th but was postponed to Feb 18th due to large snow accumulation. 

 

 

 

 

 

Plants and Pollinators, February 11th 10am-12pm

Start planning early for spring planting! Learn what native plants attract birds, bats, bees, butterflies, and other animals, and why. Hear some fun and often unbelievable partnership stories, dissect flowers and discover what parts are especially important for pollinators, and learn important tips to apply in your garden or flower pots. Have your questions about pollinators and their partners answered by an expert! Workshop is led by Dr. Kris Haskins through a partnership with the Arboretum at Flagstaff. 

Cost is $10 for the general public, $5/students or FREE to Willow Bend and Arboretum members. To secure your spot please sign-up. 

 

 

 

 

Salve Making: December 10th 9am-11:30am

UPDATE: Workshop is now FULL and not accepting new sign-ups. We have 1 walk in spot available on a first come first serve basis. Or, you are welcome to come to Willow Bend between 8:30-9am on Saturday morning. You can join the workshop if we had last minute cancellations (which often happen). 

Willow Bend in partnership with The Forager's Path  will be hosting a winter salve making workshop. Two salve making processes will be demonstrated. Both are effective and easily made at home. One salve is made from the resin of our local pinon tree. The other process can be used with a wide variety of herbal flowers and leaves.

Workshop is led by Mike Masek, director of The Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies.

This workshop is a fundraiser for the educational programs at Willow Bend and is a hands-on workshop. Cost is $25 or $20 for Willow Bend members and you will take home samples of both salves!

This is a great workshop just in time for winter and the holidays. Come learn how to make unique gifts, for friends, family, and yourself!

SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration required!

 

 

 

Introduction to Fermentation November 19th 9am-12pm

We are very excited to have Mike Dechter return for one more "Introduction to Fermentation" workshop.

The workshop will provide you with some basic knowledge about fermenting foods, both the scientific basis of how fermented foods affect health and the techniques used for at-home fermentation projects. Workshop participants will be able to sample and learn to make various fermented foods and drinks including vegetable and honey ferments, sauerkraut, and Tepache.

Workshop is led by Mike Dechter, ecologist and environmental planner who 's led a number of workshops at Willow Bend, all of which were informative, tasty, and fun!

This workshop is held in partnership with Foodlink’s Sustainable and Local Food Workshop Series and is the last food focused workshop for the fall season.

Cost $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend and Foodlink members. Limited-spots.

 

 

 

Apples! Oct 5th, 4:00PM-6:00PM

It’s the season! Flagstaff is blessed with a bounty of apples. Come learn about the history of apples, growing apples in Flagstaff, harvesting, preserving and great recipe ideas. Highlights include apple tasting, drying apples, cider making, apple sauce, pies, and crumbles. Workshop is led by Merion Sharp and Liz Taylor, both longtime Flagstaff residents and local food enthusiasts. Merion is a naturalist, farm girl, and blue ribbon pie baker and Liz is a botanist who has been involved with Foodlink and the local food movement for many years.

This workshop is held in partnership with Foodlink’s Sustainable and Local Food Workshop Series.

Cost $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend and Foodlink members. Limited-spots.

 

 

 

Willow Bend Environmental Center, Flagstaff, AZ

Acorn Processing, Oct 2nd 4:30PM-6:30PM

Join us for a special workshop with visiting presenter Desert Tortoise Botanicals founder and herbalist John Slattery. Acorns are believed to be the most substantive food the human race has consumed throughout our time on this Earth. If that’s so, what are we waiting for? Acorns are all around us but what to do with them? That’s what you’ll learn in this class - a detailed approach to gathering, processing, and preparing acorns for food. There are so many things to do with acorns - not just stew. For example, cookies, bread, pizza crust, pancakes, gnocchi, crepes, falafel, burgers, and much, much more. John has been gathering, processing, eating, experimenting with, and researching acorns for over a decade. Workshop is held in partnership with Foodlink’s Sustainable and Local Food Workshop Series. Please note to cover John's travel costs workshop cost is $35/participant or $30 for Willow Bend members. Limited-spots.Sign-up highly encouraged.

 

Canning 101, Sep 14th 5:30PM-7:30PM

Come learn the basics for successful canning. Workshop will cover information about canning history, tools and supplies needed, safety practices, and tips for successful canning. See the process unfold and learn new recipes and techniques in this hands on workshop taught by Master Gardener, Willa McAuliffe. Held in partnership with Foodlink’s Sustainable and Local Food Workshop Series. Cost $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend and Foodlink members. Limited-spots.

Medicinal Plant Workshop, July 30, 10 AM – 12 PM

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. Limited Spots. Signup required.

Beverage Fermentation Workshop, August 27th 10 am -12 pm

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. Attendees will be able to taste the drinks being demonstrated, and will go home with written instructions for making natural soda and beers at home. Whether you want to learn more about healthy food options using fermentation or want to experiment with new ingredients to concoct a killer cocktail, this workshop will be a fun and tasty experience where you can both learn and enjoy.

Cost: $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend Members (This is a fundraiser for the educational programs at Willow Bend).

Mosaic Workshop, May 28–29, and June 11-29, 9 AM – 4 PM

Join local artist Karen Knorowski for an exciting two-day workshop on the art of mosaic. Participants will learn and practice important mosaic techniques while focusing on the “indirect method”. Completed works will be permanently displayed on the North Thorpe Road Bridge near Francis Short Pond as part of the Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project.

All materials will be provided and are included in the cost of the workshop. All levels welcome, ages 18 and up. Two-day workshop: $140. Discounts available for Willow Bend members and if you are interested in attending both workshops

About Karen and the Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project : Karen Knorowski is a full-time art teacher at an elementary and middle school on the Hopi reservation. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from NAU and has attended numerous classes at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Berkeley, California. Karen is currently working on the Rainbow de Rio Mosaic Project which is a celebration of the various habitats, plants, animals, and overall ecological importance of the Rio de Flag as expressed through the art of mosaic.

Upon completion of the 2-day workshop, participants are encouraged to join Karen at the mosaic site to help complete the project while learning the “direct method”. This will be a volunteer opportunity and will take place later in the summer; dates will be announced.

Limited spots. Signup required.

Introduction to Fermentation, April 16th 10am-12pm

The purpose of this workshop is to provide you some basic knowledge about fermenting foods. We will delve into both the scientific basis of how fermented foods affect health and the techniques used for at-home fermentation projects. We will focus on fermented foods including kombucha tea, vegetable ferments, sauerkraut, and honey ferments. Workshop participants will be able to sample various fermented foods at a “tasting station” and will go home with a kombucha starter kit including a kombucha scoby, a starter amount of kombucha tea, and instructions on how to brew your own.

Cost: $25. Limited spots. Sign up required.

Pollinators and Their Partners, March 26th 10am-12pm

Join Willow Bend and the Arboretum at Flagstaff for a Pollinators and their Partners workshop. Learn what native plants attract birds, bats, bees, butterflies, and other animals, and why. Hear some fun and often unbelievable partnership stories, dissect flowers and discover what parts are especially important for pollinators, and learn important tips to use in your garden. Have all your questions about pollinators and their partners answered by an expert! Workshop is led by Dr. Kris Haskins, Research Director at the Arboretum at Flagstaff and is part of our Adult Education Workshop Series.

Cost $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend and Arboretum members. Sign-up required.

Exploring Essential Oils, February 7th 10am-1pm

Join Willow Bend and Essential Oil specialist Deana Tatro for an adult education workshop. Exploring Essential Oils: Valentine’s Day Special Aphrodisiacs and Beyond! Essential oils are multi-dimensional in their qualities: immunity,clarity, mood balancing, attraction, hormones, and support for the central nervous system. During the workshop we will explore the healing qualities, aphrodisiac properties, and winter immune system benefits of oils. Participants will have an opportunity to not only learn about oils but make their own essential oil immune boosters and Valentine’s Day gifts and have a free one on one consultation (must be scheduled in advance).

2016 Schedule

 
January 30th Basic Wildlife Tracking
February 7th Essential Oils
March 26th Pollinators and their Partners
April 16th Introduction to Fermentation
May 27-28th The Art of Mosaic
June 11-12th The Art of Mosaic
July 30th Medicinal Plants
August 27th Fermentation (drinks)
September 14th Canning
October 2nd and 5th Acorn Processing and Apples
November 19th Introduction to Fermentation
December 10th Salve Making