Join us to support award-winning environmental education in northern Arizona.
At Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, we invite you to share our goal of leaving a better world for future generations. Become part of a group of volunteers in our community that see an opportunity to provide environmental education through example. The result is Willow Bend Environmental Education Center – a model in sustainability. Our site is situated on land that was once used as a junk yard; our building, built by volunteers, is energy neutral; our grounds feature native vegetation resulting in habitat for wildlife.
Willow Bend reaches over 20,000 people in our northern Arizona community each year, half of which are children. We are committed to K-12 education and devote a majority of our resources to classroom presentations, as well as hosting and leading class field trips to our own site and other natural sites throughout northern Arizona. Last year Willow Bend delivered 463 classroom presentations or field trips for schools in Coconino County.
Our mission is to provide education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources. In addition to K-12 education, our outreach is focused on family science events, adult education series, and community events. Willow Bend was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1979 by the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District (CNRCD) and is committed to sustainable resource conservation.
We have won seven environmental education awards! At the national level, Willow Bend received the National Association of Environmental Education's 2007 award for an organization operating at the local level. At the state level, Willow Bend won the 2006 Governor’s Pride Award for Environmental Education and at the national level the National Association of Conservation Districts recognized Willow Bend and our founding organization, the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District, with their Wildlife and the Environment award.
We are a community resource – come see for yourself!