Virtual Classroom Programs

Willow Bend is excited to serve our students, teachers, parents and non-formal educators in the virtual world (until we come back to the classrooms and the trails). Please see our 2020-2021 virtual program list below. We are also happy to work with you on developing programs that work for your needs.

For additional information or to schedule a program for your class or group, email Cassandra Roberts (

Project Related Programs

Project-related programs are offered free thanks to funding from our generous community partners. For these programs, Willow Bend will virtually visit your classroom multiple times for a fun, interactive learning experience.  All programs are offered via Zoom with Google Slides.


Introduction to Climate Change and Renewable Energy

GRADES:  5-12

COST:  Free (funded by City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section and Wind for Schools)

OVERVIEW: A three-part program series (three 30-minute sessions) that covers the basics of climate change literacy including important terms and concepts, exploration of the science behind climate change, understanding global and local effects of climate change, exploring solutions and learning about renewable energy. 

Climate 1: Climate vs. Weather, goldilocks zone, greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases, CO2 and how it naturally occurs in the environment, rise in CO2 and fossil fuels.  

Climate 2: Definition of climate change, global and local effects of climate change, the science behind climate change, possible solutions 

Renewable Energy: Introduction to renewable energy (vs. non renewable), exploring wind and solar energy. 

Waste Reduction Strategies

GRADES:  4-12

COST:  Free (funded by City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section and Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff)

OVERVIEW:  A four-part program (four 30-minute sessions) targeted at helping students make informed choices to reduce and properly dispose of household waste. The program includes the life cycle of a product, proper recycling guidance, understanding reusable products, food waste reduction, and learning how to conduct a food waste audit. 

Waste 1: Introduction to waste, life cycle of a product (from natural resources to products), recycling guidelines, reusable vs. non reusable products   

Waste 2: Waste reduction, recycling review, and food waste - facts about food waste and how to minimize it

Waste 3: Home waste audit (step by step guidance on conducting a household waste audit) and strategies to minimize school and household waste 

Waste 4: Review, sharing results, and next steps


Outdoor STEM and Wildlife Explorations


COST:  Free (funded through Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff and Collaborators)

STRUCTURE: Three 20-30 minute sessions.  Potential for in-person or virtual field trips in spring 2021.

OVERVIEW:  Three grade-specific sessions will explore local wildlife, habitats, ecosystems, and the way we manage our local places.

K-2nd grade: focus on wildlife and habitats of Frances Short Pond

3rd grade: focus on ecosystems and wildlife of Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (*this option connects with the Picture Canyon for Third Graders project)

4th grade: focus on watersheds and wildlife along the Rio de Flag

5th grade: focus on stewardship and management of local ecosystems



Picture Canyon for Third Graders


COST:  Free (funded through FUSD and City of Flagstaff Open Space)

STRUCTURE:  Three 30-minute sessions.  A limited number of in-person field trips to Picture Canyon may be available in spring 2021.  

OVERVIEW:  A three-part program introducing students to the ecosystems of Picture Canyon and the Sinagua people who once made it their home:

Part One: Introduction to Picture Canyon and the Sinagua

Part Two: Wildlife and Ecosystems of Picture Canyon

Part Three: Virtual Field Trip to Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve

Classic Willow Bend Programs

Classic (one-off) programs (all 30 minutes in length) are offered per class or maximum of 25 students.  All programs are offered live through Zoom (and Google Slides). For rates and more information or to schedule a program for your class or group, email Cassandra Roberts ( 

Grades K-2

Exploring Earthworms

How do earthworms help nature to dispose of waste? By virtually looking at real, live earthworms, students will learn more about these amazing animals and their role in composting.

Seeds on the Move

Seeds need to move and grow just like we do! This program will cover several methods of seed dispersal and end with a fun seed sprouting demonstration.

Incredible Insects

Learn about the life cycle and body parts of these fascinating creatures through song and insect exploration.

Life in a Dead Tree

 Dead trees have plenty of life in them! Snags (standing dead trees) play a vital role in the life cycles of hundreds of species of wildlife. Learn all about why they are so important in our local forests.

Grades 3-5

Beautiful Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles are some of our most majestic birds - and they can be seen in Arizona.  Learn about the life cycles, ecology, and conservation of bald eagles.

Mystery Animal

Students will learn how the California condor has come back from the brink of extinction and is once again wild in Coconino County. Keep the identity of this Mystery Animal secret from your students.

Erupting Earth

Take a look at different types of volcanoes with an emphasis on northern Arizona and the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field.