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, Beekeeing, 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.


*Wait-list Only* Basics of Botanical Illustration , February 9th , 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn the basics of botanical illustration with Sheila Murray, Arboretum Research Botanist and Artist. Learn how to translate what you see in the natural world into scientifically accurate and aesthetically pleasing works of art. Basic skills learned will include composition, three-dimensional rendering, black ink pen technique, some botanical anatomy fundamentals, and drawing from herbarium specimens. Each participant will take home the supplies provided, as well as their new artwork.

Cost is $25 for the general public, or $20 for Willow Bend and Arboretum members.


Starting Seeds at Home for Your Summer Garden, March 30th , 2019 @ 10:00 - 11:30AM

Learn how to start seeds for your home garden with The Arboretum's Horticulturist, Gayle Nance. All you need is a warm spot, a sunny window, and some TLC! This workshop will include a hands-on learning experience for starting veggie seeds in the home. We will provide supplies including growing media, seeds, and propagation trays for demonstration (not for take home). Please feel free to bring your own supplies if you have a special crop in mind that you'd like to start during the workshop and take home.

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


January to June Adult Workshop Schedule

January to June Adult Workshop Schedule
January 19th  Basics of Wildlife Tracking - Lynne Nemeth
February 9th Basics of Botanical Illustrations - Sheila Murray
March 30th  Starting Seeds for Summer Garden - Gayle Nance
April 13th Pine Needle Basket Weaving - Vanessa Chicharello
May 18th  DIY Kombucha - Mike Dechter
June 22nd Medicinal Plant Walk + Making Elderberry Elixir - Mike Masek


Past Workshops

Basics of Wildlife Tracking, January 19th, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Willow Bend and the Arboretum at Flagstaff for our 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).

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

Workshop is open to all but designed for adults and children ages 10 and over. Secure your spot by signing up online or calling our office (928) 779-1745.

Salve Making, December 8th, 9:30AM -12:00PM

Herbalist Mike Masek from the Forager's Path is back just in time for winter and the holidays, to lead the annual Salve Making Workshop. This workshop shows you how to make unique and useful gifts for friends, family and yourself! The workshop will focus on two salve making processes. One method uses resin from the local Pinon tree; the other method is used for leaves and flowers in general. All participants will get hands-on experience and take home samples of both salve types.

Cost: $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend members.

Primitive Firemaking, November 10th, 11AM-3PM

Discover the thrill of making fire-by-friction in this hands-on class taught by survival instructor Tony Nester. We will cover bow-drill, hand-drill, and flint & steel methods and everyone will walk away with their own handmade fire kits that they carve themselves. We will also discuss ideal wood types for friction firemaking, tinder bundles, coal-extenders, wet-weather considerations, and proper firelays for survival and cooking. Youth are welcomed ages 14 & up.

Cost: $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend members.

Wine and Mead Making for Beginners, October 27th, 9-11:30AM

Have you ever been interested in making your own wine/mead but have been stymied on how to start? Learn about the basics of making wine and mead from wine-making hobbyist, Mike Dechter. Mike will go over the basic process for turning fruits, flowers, or even vegetables into wine or mead. The class will focus on basic supplies needed, steps in the wine-making process, and important tips and considerations for making a successful wine/mead. Those who attend will also get the opportunity to taste and discuss homemade wines and meads made from local fruits and berries.

Cost: $25/participant or $20 for Willow Bend members.

Stone Balancing and Photography Workshop, September 23rd @ 9:00AM-12:00PM

In partnership with Flagstaff Arts Council we will be offering a stone balancing and photography of stone balancing workshop.

The art of stone balancing involves working with different stones and their surfaces to get them to balance on one another in intriguing ways. Instructors Douglas Case and Pieter Schaafsma, will lead a workshop on Sunday, September 24 from 9 am- 12 pm at the Coconino Center for the Arts*.  The instructors will teach participants the art form of stone balancing as well as how to photograph these fleeting natural creations. The dynamic, hands-on presentation will leave participants eager to create their own unique balances and capture the moment with a photograph before the work of art falls and becomes a part of the landscape again.

The registration fee is $25 and can be purchased online at For more information call (928) 779-2300 or (928) 606-3967.

(*please note, workshop will NOT be conducted at Willow Bend).

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Updates

Interested in watershed protection? wondering what can be done to reduce fire risk? How do we minimize floods?
Join the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) and learn firsthand about ongoing FWPP operations. This community update event and workshop will briefly cover the history of FWPP, what the partnership accomplished to date, and explain current operations including FWPP phase 1 logging operations, ACE hand thinning operations the status of Phase 2 contracts (steep slope terrain which includes helicopter and cable). We will also highlight the partnerships that have made FWPP possible and successful.
Event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Sign-up required!


Event schedule:

8:30-9:00am: Meet up at ACE office (2900 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001) coffee and snacks

9:00-10:15am: Presentations followed by brief Q&A

10:15-10:30am: Load up in vans, drive to field tour starting point (transportation provided)

10:30am-12:30pm: Field tour through phase 1 mechanical/ACE hand thin from last year

12:30pm-Return to ACE headquarters

Vermicomposting, August 15th, 5:30PM

Join Willow Bend Environmental Education Center and the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section for our annual worm composting workshop. The workshop will teach you how to convert kitchen waste into nutrient rich soil using worm composting. Workshop is open to the public.
Cost: $5/participant. FREE to Willow Bend members. Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for a worm composting bin drawing.
Spots are limited. Please sign-up TODAY to secure your spot.

Medicinal Plant Walk and DIY Elderberry Elixir, June 23rd, 2018 @ 9:30AM-12PM

REGISTRATION CLOSED (this workshop is full and we are no longer taking waitlist registrations). Join Mike Masek, director of The Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies, for a tour of the Willow Bend gardens, emphasizing edible and medicinal possibilities of our native flora. After the walk, we will meet indoors to learn how to make an elderberry elixir. Each person will take home a sample of the elixir!

Cost: $25/participant or $20/ Willow Bend members. Limited Spots. Signup required.

Permaculture 101, Saturday, July 14th 9am-1pm

We regret to announce that this workshop has been cancelled. Workshop instructor Scott Ross, from Resilient Ecology Systems and Design, and the Parks PermaFarm is also a fire fighter. Due to extreme fire danger he is on call and will not be able to lead the workshop. We hope to have Scott back next spring and offer the workshop then.

DIY Kombucha, May 12th, 2018 @ 10am-12pm

Ecologist Mike Dechter is back to teach you how to brew kombucha and you will get to take home your very own kombucha starter kit. There will also be a tasting of various kombucha flavors to inspire your own brews.

Cost: $20/general public, $15/Willow Bend members or students

Food Fermentation for Health and Flavor, April 14th, 2018 @ 10:00am-1pm

Ecologist Mike Dechter is back to cover the basics of fermentation in a fun and tasty workshop!  Come learn about fermentation 101, ask questions, taste samples, and make your own fermented foods.

Cost: $25/participant or $20 for WB members.

Building Planter Pots for Pollinators, March 31, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join our last winter workshop and come learn from The Arboretum’s Horticulturist, Gayle Nance, about gardening in planter pots with native plants to attract and support pollinators. You will learn about what’s in your potting soil and how to design and maintain your planter!

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

Workshop is open to all but designed for adults and children ages 10 and over. Secure your spot by signing up online or calling our office (928) 779-1745.

Mushroom Identification, February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY. Join Willow Bend and the Arboretum at Flagstaff for a unique workshop that’s all about Mushrooms! Kris Haskins, Director of Research at the Arboretum will introduce attendees to mushroom biology and diversity, and teach how to use dichotomous keys, a common identification tool, to identify mushrooms.

Cost is $15 for the general public or $10 for Willow Bend and Arboretum members.

Workshop is open to all but designed for adults and children ages 10 and over. Secure your spot by signing up online or calling our office (928) 779-1745.