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!
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.
Past Family Saturday Events
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.
Amazing Arthropods, June 9th @ 10AM-12Pm
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, from tarantulas to beetles, and have an opportunity to see real, live bugs up close! A Short educational presentation will be followed by observations of live animals. Event is open to families with children 4 and up. $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend members. Please sign up online or call (928) 779-1745 to reserve your spot.
Rad Raptors, Aug 11th @ 10AM-12PM
Eagle Celebration, January 27th
Sign up is now open.
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.
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***
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***.
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***.
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***.
*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.
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.