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    Walnut Canyon

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Archaeology Month

Archaeology Month Events
Ranger Bart helps kids make take-home plant pots out of newspaper.
NPS Photo
 

Every March, the archaeologists of the Flagstaff Area National Monuments celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness month with events, lectures, walks, and activities for kids. Archaeologists have recorded over 3,000 sites in the Flagstaff Area National Monuments - Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki - some with artifacts more than 10,000 years old. Archaeology Month offers archaeologists a rare opportunity to share their knowledge and experience directly with the public, and inspire the next generation of park stewards.

Arizona Archaeology And Heritage Awareness Month is sponsored by the Arizona State Parks. State, local, federal, and private groups all take part in hosting events around the state. Visit their official home page by clicking here.

Download a complete calendar of events by clicking here.

Events at Wupatki National Monument

March 7th, 5:30 - 7:00 pm : Wupatki Pueblo Lantern Hike
Archaeologists lead an sunset walk back in time around the Wupatki Pueblo. Meet at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Reservation Required. Call 928-679-2365 for information and reservations.

March 15th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm : Hands-on Demonstrations
Join NPS archaeologists to learn about prehistoric technologies with hands on activities. Great for kids! Meet at the Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Call 928-679-2365 for information. Regular entrance fees apply.

March 29th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm : Behind Every Good Monument: An Introduction to the Pioneering Women Archaeologists of Wupatki National Monument
Tour Wupatki Pueblo and learn about the amazing women who help establish Wupatki National Monument in the 1920's and 1930's. Meet at the Wupatki Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Call 928-679-2365 for information. Regular entrance fees apply.

Events at Walnut Canyon National Monument

March 11th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm : History of National Park Service Architecture at Walnut Canyon
Learn about the history of the NPS and the architecture at Walnut Canyon National Monument, including the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Mission 66 projects. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Reservations required. Call 928-526-1157 x 233 for information and reservations.

March 20th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm : Hands-on Demonstrations
Learn about prehistoric technologies, and create your own. Great for kids! Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Call 928-526-1157 x 233 for information.

March 26th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm : Discovery Hike - Prehistoric Resource Use at Walnut Canyon
Travel down the Island Trail with an archaeologists. As you move through a range of vegetation zones, learn about the prehistoric uses of plants. This hike is strenuous. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Regular entrance fees apply. Contact 928-526-1157 x 233 for information.

 

 

Did You Know?

photo of Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873-1947) is best known for her novels My Antonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop. She also wrote Song of the Lark, set at what is now Walnut Canyon National Monument.