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 Bald Eagle Celebration, Arizona Wildlife, Radical Reptiles, Bug Life, and more.

Upcoming

Eagle Celebration, January 27th

Don't miss the annual eagle celebration! LIVE Bald and Golden Eagles, early morning bird watching tour, educational presentation and more.  

Past Family Saturday Events

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.

Rad Raptors, Aug 19th, 10AM-12PM

Join Willow Bend and International Raptor & Falconry Center 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 a live American Kestrel and Harris Hawk up close and learn a little about the ancient culture of falconry. 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 International Raptor & Falconry Center. Cost $5/participant. FREE to Willow Bend members.

Limited spots! Sign-up in advance to secure your spot.

(p.s Be sure to follow the Kestrel Chronicles! We will update everyone on the baby Kestrel’s development and training progress. August 19th will be his/her debut so, join the fun!)

Amazing Arthropods, May 20th 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.

Annual Eagle Celebration! Feb 25th

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 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.

FULL 8-10am“Early Birds” Field Trip: Join AZ Game and Fish Wildlife Biologist for an early morning field trip searching for wild Bald Eagles and local waterfowl around Lake Mary. Meet at 8am at AZ Game and Fish Office, 3500 Lake Mary Rd, Flagstaff. Personal transport required (carpooling encouraged). Weather permitting; in case of inclement weather field trip will be cancelled. 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 $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend Members. WAIT LIST Sign-up only.

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 $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend Members. Sign-up HERE.

11:30am-12:30pm“Fully Fledged” 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 session. Please only sign up for one presentation. Cost $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend Members. Sign-up HERE.

1-2:pm“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. Please note this is the same presentation as the 11:30am session. Please only sign up for one presentation. Cost $5/participant 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 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.

Arizona Wildlife, November 1st 5:00-6:30pm

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? Owls, Hawks, a Desert Tortoise, and a snake.

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.

Amazing Arthropods, May 21st

Join Willow Bend and Northern Arizona University's Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research for a creepy, crawly and super exciting arthropod event: It’s a Bugs Life! 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. Sign-up required. $5/participant or FREE for Willow Bend members.

 

Arizona Wildlife, November 4th

Join us for a fun, fact-filled evening! Discover what makes Arizona animals special.  How do they survive in the desert? Or in the cold?  How do they find water? And more! Arizona Game and Fish and Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will be bringing live animals to Willow Bend for one visit only! Wednesday, November 4th, 5:30-6:30pm. Cost: $5/participant*. FREE to Willow Bend Members and those purchasing or renewing their membership at the event.

 

4th Annual Eagle Celebration, January 31st

Join us for one of our most attended events, our 4th Annual Bald Eagle Celebration! 3 programs to choose from!

“Early Birds” Program 7:30am-10am: Join AZ Game and Fish staff for an early morning field trip searching for wild Bald Eagles before a presentation at Willow Bend and the opportunity to view live eagles up-close. Weather permitting; personal transport required; meet at AZ Game and Fish Office, 3500 Lake Mary Rd, Flagstaff

“Eaglets” Family Program 10:30am-11:30am: A family-focused interactive program suitable for families with children aged 4 and up. Participants will have the opportunity to view live eagles! Meet at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Rd, Flagstaf

“Fully Fledged” Presentation 12noon-1pm: Learn about the incredible Bald Eagle in this presentation open to all ages. Participants will learn from an Arizona Game and Fish biologist and have the opportunity to view live eagles thanks to Liberty Wildlife. Meet at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff

Cost $5/person or FREE to Willow Bend members