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August 2021

McMillian Mesa Family Guided Hike

August 7 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Willow Bend, in partnership with City of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program and with generous funding from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire, will be leading FREE guided family-focused tours of McMillan Mesa. Tours will include a short hike and fun hands on outdoor focused activities for the whole family. Learn about urban forestry, open space, wildlife and more! Meet at 10AM in Buffalo Park, (2400 N Gemini Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004). Meet near the entrance, by the buffalo. Please wear comfortable…

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Adult Workshop: Gardening for Wildlife

August 14 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E Sawmill Rd.
Flagstaff , AZ 86001 United States
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Whether your outdoor space is an apartment balcony or a mini farm, learn how to create a garden that attracts native wildlife and helps to restore habitat in Arizona's urban, suburban and rural areas. Using resources such as the Certified Wildlife Habit program sanctioned by the National Wildlife Federation, discover how to provide food, water cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young in your own backyard. At the same time learn how to respond to problems with…

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September 2021

Adult Workshop: Food Fermentation for Health and Flavor

September 11 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Willow Bend Environmental Center, 703 E. Sawmill Road
Flagstaff, 86001
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Do you like sauerkraut, kimchi, ginger beer, or chocolate? One thing they all have in common is that they are products of fermentation. Whether you are looking to preserve your garden harvest or learn new ways to make healthy and flavorful food, this workshop is perfect for learning about basic fermentation techniques and the scientific basis behind the process. Join Mike Dechter for a morning of learning, tasting homemade fermented foods, and getting some hands on experience making your very…

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Festival of Science – Downtown Geology Tour

September 22 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

*Event registration for this event will open on Monday, August 23rd.* Explore Downtown's unique geology with geologist Daniel Foley. Learn about architectural styles, discuss changing preferences for certain rock types, and discover exciting historic events etched in stone. Reservation required. Meeting location provided upon reservation. Sign up here: https://willowbendcenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/willowbendcenter/event.jsp?event=142&

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Festival of Science – Keyhole Sink Hike

September 26 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

*Event registration for this event will open on Monday, August 30th.* Join retired Kaibab National Forest archaeologist Neil Weintraub for a 1.5 mile round trip hike to the Keyhole Sink Native American petroglyphs that are about 1000 years ago. Along the way you will learn about the forest's rich cultural history and about the importance of ongoing forest restoration treatments. Bring snacks, camera, and plenty of water! Meeting location will be e-mailed upon registration. Sign up here: https://willowbendcenter.z2systems.com/np/clients/willowbendcenter/event.jsp?event=137&

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October 2021

Adult Workshop: Simple and Beautiful Mending

October 3 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E Sawmill Rd.
Flagstaff , AZ 86001 United States
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Learn skills for self-reliant sewing with Tasha Miller Griffith from Threaded Together. We will show you how to repair seams, sew on buttons, and make simple sturdy patches—all with just a needle and thread! Bring anything made of fabric that you would like to fix, or practice with our scraps. Begin your hand-stitched mending journey as a creative expression, and a way to care for your textiles, the people you love, and our planet. Cost: $25/participant or $20/Willow Bend Members. Click…

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November 2021

Adult Workshop: Wine and Mead Making for Beginners

November 13 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E Sawmill Rd.
Flagstaff , AZ 86001 United States
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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…

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December 2021

Adult Workshop: Salve Making

December 11 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, 703 E Sawmill Rd.
Flagstaff , AZ 86001 United States
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*Registration will open on November 1st.* Herbalist Mike Masek from The Forager's Path School of Botanical Studies 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…

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