Middle and High School Programs

Middle and High School programs provide students with skills, engaging and thought provoking ideas, and hands on opportunities to learn about our local environment, find creative solutions to environmental problems, and focus on key environmental issues and concepts. In addition to the programs listed below, we may be able to adapt other grade level programs to meet your needs.  For an extra cost we are also able to develop alternative programs specifically for your class or school.

Middle and high school programs typically run around 50 minutes to an hour (unless otherwise noted or requested).  Programs cost $210 per class per program.  We work with one class at a time. For longer programs and more information, please visit our FAQ.

Email Melissa at melissa@willowbendcenter.org or call (928) 7791745 to discuss options and schedule a date and time for your program.


Programs Offered

2eb8bd-grass-128Alien Plant Invaders

Learn about invasive species and explore the challenge of identifying and managing invasive species found around Flagstaff.




icon_013359_128Downtown Flagstaff Geology

Discover the history and geology of downtown Flagstaff with a focus on historic buildings made from local rock.  Alternatively, take a field trip: “Downtown Flagstaff Geology.”




volcanoErupting Earth

Look at different types of volcanoes with an emphasis on northern Arizona and the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field. Suggested follow-up field trip: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument with the National Park Service.



fireFire Ecology

Are forest fires always a bad thing? We’ll take a look at the role of fire in our ponderosa pine ecosystem and how land managers use fire to maintain and create healthy habitat. 




canyonGrand Canyon Geology

Explore history through the layers of the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon formation!




icon_054889_128Groundwater in Flagstaff

Exploring Flagstaff’s water through a Project WET groundwater flow model and activities.




icon_036999_128Secret Life of a Plastic Bag

Learn the life cycle of a plastic bag and the effects these everyday items have on our planet.




2eb8bd-recycle-sign-12Waste Reduction Strategies

A three part program exploring waste and waste reduction solutions. See special projects for more information. Supported by the Azulita Project and the City of Flagstaff.  Suggested: add a field trip: “Recycling Center Tour”




Climate Change and Renewable Energy

A three part program covering climate change 101, solutions, and renewable energy activities. See special projects for more information.