Family Science

The Family Science Program provides opportunities for families with children to learn together and explore nature through presentations and workshops on different natural history topics.

Events are suitable for children ages 4 and up. They require advanced registration and cost $5 per participant unless otherwise noted (free to Willow Bend members). Past events included the Bald Eagle Celebration, Arizona Wildlife, Radical Reptiles, Amazing Arthropods, and more!


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Worm Composting, Oct 23rd, 10:00AM-12:00PM

Join Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, in partnership with the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section, for a family focused workshop all about worms! Explore the world of red wigglers as we cover worm anatomy, ecology, diet, and discuss how vermicompost is made. Participants will learn how to build and maintain their own worm compost bin, and take their new worm farm home to compost all of their food scraps (optional). Program is sponsored by the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section, but spots are limited and is registration required. Sign-up on our website.

Past Family Science Events

Amazing Arthropods Date TBA, 10:00AM-12:00PM

Join Willow Bend and Northern Arizona University's Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research for a creepy, crawly and super exciting Amazing Arthropod event. Families will learn all about these amazing little creatures, and get to meet tarantulas, cockroaches, mealworms and a millipede! A short educational presentation will be followed by observations of live animals, and a chance to become an entomologist and look for critters in and around our Willow Bend Gardens. Event is open to families with children 4 and up. $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend members.

Annual Eagle Celebration, February 29th, 2020

Bald Eagles are back in Flagstaff for our Annual Eagle Event held in partnership with Arizona Game and Fish, Liberty Wildlife, and Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience. This year’s event will be held at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, with three separate programs.
Cost for each program is $10/participant, $35/family (2 adults + 3 kids) or FREE for Willow Bend Members*.

7:15-10:00am – Early Birds Field Trip and Presentation: Join wildlife biologists for an early morning field trip (7:15-8:30am) searching for wild bald eagles and local waterfowl around Lake Mary. The Early Birds meeting location will be e-mailed to participants upon registration. Please arrive promptly so we can get out and find some eagles. Personal transport is required for the field trip (carpooling encouraged). Weather permitting; in case of inclement weather field trip will be cancelled. After the field trip, join us at Willow Bend Center (9-10am) for a presentation from Arizona Game and Fish biologists and an opportunity to view live eagles up close and in-person! Presentation is open to all ages, though this session is not specifically designed for young children.

11am-12:oopm – Eaglets, Family Field Trip* and Presentation: The Eaglets program is a family-focused interactive program with LIVE eagles, especially designed for families with young children (ages 4-12 years old). This year we added a bird watching field trip option prior to the presentation. *Field trip will be held between 8:45-10am. The field trip meeting location will be e-mailed to participants upon registration. Presentation at Willow Bend will be held between 11am-12pm. Participants can choose to attend both or just one of the activities.

12:30pm-1:30pm – Fully Fledged, Community Presentation: 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, though this session is not specifically designed for young children. Please note, this is the same presentation given in the morning, but without the field trip option.

*Willow Bend members receive discounted or free admissions to events and workshops.  Become a member today!



Birds of Arizona, November 17th, 10AM-12PM

Join Willow Bend and Airborne Raptors Unlimited for an educational presentation about native birds of Arizona. Meet LIVE birds including a Peregrine falcon, American kestrel, Gyrfalcon and more!

Cost: $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend members.



Annual Elk Workshop 9AM and 10AM

Want to learn about and see hundreds of elk in one place at one time? Join us for the Annual Elk viewing workshop!

Hosted through the Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience (AWWE) and Mormon Lake Lodge. The event includes a presentation and a field trip to watch elk on Mormon lake.

Presentations will start at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Participants will attend a presentation, located in the Kachina room at Mormon Lake Lodge (1991 Mormon Lake Rd, Mormon Lake, AZ 86038), and also go on a field trip. The field trip location will be determined that day based on where the elk are observed.  Spotting scopes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, snacks, and to wear appropriate clothing.

Cost $10/participant (kids 12 and under free). Registration required! Please sign up online or call (928) 779-1745 to secure your spot.



Rad Raptors, Aug 11th @ 10AM-12PM

Join Willow Bend and Airborne Raptors Unlimited to discover why raptors are so amazing! Participants will learn about raptor biology and ecology as well as conservation issues facing Northern Arizona’s raptors. Experience these magnificent birds flying right above you!
There will be plenty of time during the Q & A session to ask lots of questions and get your picture taken with the birds, so bring your cameras!
Proceeds from program fees go directly to support Willow Bend and the birds. Limited spots. Signup required. Cost $5/participant. FREE to Willow Bend members.




Arizona Wildlife, Nov 1st, 5:30-6:30PM

Join Willow Bend, Arizona Game and Fish and Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center for a furry, feathery, fun, fact-filled evening! Learn all about Arizona's magnificent Wildlife. How do animals adapt to life in the desert? How do they survive the colder Northern Arizona winter? What do they eat? How do they find shelter? and more...This event is an all time favorite! Get up-close and in-person with some of Arizona's most amazing wildlife!

Who will be visiting this time? A hawk, a Desert Tortoise, a snake, and as always one surprise animal.

The event is open to families with children 4 and up. Sign-Up is required! This program fills up quickly so reserve your spot TODAY.

$5/participant. Admission costs directly supports Willow Bend and Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. FREE to Willow Bend Members and those purchasing or renewing their membership at the event.