First Saturdays at Willow Bend

Science Saturday is an event held on the first Saturday of every month from 9am-1pm. Each month is focused on a different theme and each event offers fun and educational hands on activities. Artists, scientists, and experts join us on occasion to provide extra special opportunities to learn and explore. Thanks to generous funding from the Flagstaff Arts Council and the City of Flagstaff BBB Revenues, this event is FREE and open to the public. No need to RSVP, you are welcome to join anytime between 9am-1pm.

Go to the entire 2016 First Saturday Schedule below.

Upcoming

Bats! Oct 7th 9AM-1PM

 

 

 

Harvest Festival, Nov 4th 9AM-1PM

 

Join the Friends of the Willow Bend Garden volunteer group for fun and delicious hands on activities, cooking demos, seed art, a walk through the garden and more. 

Sustainable Holiday Gift Making, Dec 2nd 9AM-1PM

Join Willow Bend as we make fun holiday gifts out of reusable and natural materials and learn about alternative gift wrapping. Guest artists will assist participants with different projects including recycled holiday cards, bottle top and pine cone ornaments and more. Materials and supplies will be provided.

 

 

Past Science Saturday Events

Colorado River Days: Fish and Watersheds, September 2nd 9AM-1PM

Willow Bend's Science Saturday is super excited to team up with Colorado River Days again this year and host the Annual Colorado River Days, Fish and Watersheds event.

On-going activities for all ages throughout the day!

Come meet live fish up close and in person with USGS, join Grand Canyon Youth on a river boat, make your own watershed with AZ Trail Association, experiment with water samples with Friends of the Rio de Flag, explore Willow Bend's 3D Terrain Model, create your own nature journal with Sierra Club and more.

Plus, a reception for WATER SHADOWS: Grand Canyon/Colorado River photographic images by Debbie Leavitt. The show will be up until Sep 12th.

 

 

Rocks Rock, Saturday, August 5th 9AM-1PM

Join Willow Bend for a Science Saturday that really rocks! Learn about the region's unique rock formations, have fun making your own fossils, paint rocks, dig through our rock collection, and try balance stones with our special guest artist and stone balancer extraordinaire Pieter Schaafsma. Fun hands on activities for all ages.

 

 

Birds of a Feather, Saturday, June 3rd 9AM-1PM (plus bird hike at 8AM)

Join Willow Bend, Northern Arizona Audubon Society, Rocky Mountain Research Station, AZ Watchable Wildlife Experience, Junior Duck Stamp, and other partners for a Science Saturday event that's all about birds!

The event will begin earlier than usual with a bird viewing hike. We will meet at Willow Bend at 8am and hike to the Rio wetlands and back (2 mile loop). The guided hike will be led Northern Arizona Audubon Society. Then, join us at Willow Bend at 9am for hands on activities, bird displays, interactive games, and a beautiful art exhibition from Arizona Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners and local artists Julia and David Williams.

It's a Bug's Life, Saturday, July 1st 9AM-1PM

Join Willow Bend and NAU Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research for a creepy crawly Science Saturday. 

We will have hundreds of arthropod samples on display, including butterflies and native bees. Design your own super bug, view insets  under a microscope, play the pollinator game, make insect hotels, learn about native plants that support pollinators, and a enjoy a beautiful Pollinators art exhibition.

 

Rio De Flag, Saturday, May 6th 9am-1pm

Join Willow Bend and Friends of the Rio de Flag for an event that’s all about the Rio!

Event starts at 9am with a 2 mile guided tour of the Rio from Willow Bend to the Wetlands and back. Then, from 10am-1pm hands on activities at Willow Bend including creating your own watershed, water quality sampling, interactive Rio map, pond life under a microscope, 3D terrain model, and a family friendly Rio clean up from 10:30-11:30 am.

Plus, Rio de Flag poster exhibition from local schools. During the spring semester Willow Bend has been delivering place based Rio De Flag focused programs to various FUSD schools including Knoles, Kinsey, and Alpine Academy at MEMS as part of our Flagstaff Community Foundation grant. This event will be a celebration of the students' hard work and an opportunity to showcase what they have experienced and learned.

Spring Celebration, Saturday, April 1st 9am-1pm

Join Willow Bend, Coconino County Parks and Recreation and other partners for a celebration of spring! Hands on activities, planting demonstrations, worm composting, pollinator games, make your own corn tortillas, seed art, and information about upcoming spring and summer outdoor events from Coconino County Parks and Recreation. 

Plus outdoor Gardening 101 Workshop at 11am with Master Gardener Willa McAulffie (suggested donation $5)

 

Renewable Energy, Saturday, March 4th, 9am-1pm

Join Willow Bend, Prometheus Solar, and Arizona Wind for Schools for a Science Saturday that is all about alternative energy! Hands on activities, wind and solar experts, and an art exhibition.

Design and build your own wind turbine, play with solar powered devices, create "sun" art, generate your own energy with our "power" bike, enjoy delicious solar oven s'mores, and more! Plus, opening reception for the "The Power of Lightning" art exhibition, featuring local artist A.Saylor.

 

Winter Tales, February 4th, 9am-1pm

Join Willow Bend and special guests, the Jones Benally Family, for a hands on interactive event celebrating winter! Traditional Diné winter stories and games, snow experiments and displays, winter art, and more! Hot chocolate and a warm fire place will be provided.

Event Schedule:

  • 9-11:30am: Wildlife winter adaptation display, hands on wildlife tracks in snow activity, snow and ice under a microscope, snow art, and a fun(ny) snow story with Willow Bend staff.
  • 11:30-1pm: Traditional Diné winter stories and games with the The Jones Benally family (You DON'T want to miss this!).

Read the full press release on our blog.

The Art and Science of Water, January 7th, 9am-1pm

An event that's all about: WATER! Watershed models, water cycle games, hands on activities, and a beautiful water focused art exhibition by local artists  Rachel Wilson and Debbie Leavitt and the 2016 4th grade Water Ethics Contest posters. The event is held in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Watershed Council. The event is free and open to all ages. Art display will be up during the entire month of January. 

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Holiday Sustainable Gift Making, December 3rd, 9am-1pm

Join Willow Bend as we make fun holiday gifts out of reusable and natural materials and learn about alternative gift wrapping. Guest artists will assist participants with different projects including recycled holiday cards, bottle top and pine cone ornaments and more. Materials and supplies will be provided.

Endangered Species, November 5th, 9am-1pm

This Science Saturday is really going WILD! A unique endangered wildlife art exhibition with guest artist Frederica Hall, hands on wildlife focused activities, interactive art blocks, pollinator games, and an opportunity for participants to create and add their own art pieces.

Sustainable Building, October 1st 9am-1pm

Held in conjunction with the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program's Annual Sustainable Building Tour, this Science Saturday will teach you all about our straw bale passive solar building. Try our fun sustainable building scavenger hunt, design your own sustainable home, learn all about passive solar and more!

Colorado River: Fish and Watersheds, September 3rd 9am-1pm

Come celebrate fish and watersheds and get your hands wet! LIVE fish, interactive watershed models, games, and fun activities!
This celebration is held in conjunction with Colorado River Days Flagstaff and is a collaborative effort between Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, Friends of the Rio de Flag, The Sierra Club, Arizona Trail Association, The United States Geological Survey, and Grand Canyon Youth. Mark your calendars! You don't want to miss this one!

Rocks Rock! August 6th 9am-1pm

Join us for a Science Saturday that really rocks! Learn about the region's unique rock formations, have fun making your own fossils, and try to balance stones with our special guest artist and stone balancer extraordinaire Pieter Schaafsma. Fun hands on activities from 9am-1pm. No need to RSVP, the event is free and open to the public!

Plants and Pollinators, July 2nd 9am-1pm

Hands on activities including corn tortilla making, seed art, garden scavenger hunt, pollinator games, and weed identification. Have a mystery weed in your garden? Bring it and a member of the San Francisco Weed Management Area will identify it for you (between 10am-12pm).

Forest: Friends and Foes, June 4th 9am-1pm

Join us for fun and educational hands on forest focused activities. What plants and animals are native to our forests? What are invasive plants, what harm do they cause, and how can YOU stop their spread? All that and more! Come make pine-cone bird feeders, try coring a tree, identify the most prevalent forest "weeds" and more.

Rio De Flag, May 7th 9am-1pm

Over the past few months we have been delivering special Rio De Flag focused programs to various FUSD schools including Knoles, Kinsey, and Alpine Academy at MEMS as part of our Flagstaff Community Foundation grant. This event will be a celebration of the students' hard work and an opportunity to showcase what they have learned. Plus, hands on watershed and Rio activities including our 3D terrain model, kids' related crafts and more. 

2017 Calendar (please note themes subject to change)

2017 Schedule

January 7th The Art and Science of Water
February 4th Winter Tales with the Jones Benally Family
March 4th Alternative Energy with Wind for Schools and Prometheus
April 12st Spring Celebration with Coconino County Parks and Recreation
May 6th Rio de Flag
June 3rd Birds
July 1st It's a Bug's Life
August 5th Rocks Rock! With special guest artist and stone balancer Pieter Schaafsma
September 2nd Colorado River: Fish and Watersheds
October 7th TBD
November 4th Fall Harvest Celebration
December 2nd Sustainable Gift Making