Coconino Master Gardener Association

2015 CMGA Grant Winner
Vic and Carol Hudenko
"Love-a-Lot" project at St. Francis de Asis
Burying a olla to help water new plantings. Wildflowers growing already at the site.
Photo Loni Shapiro
Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public. The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, 86001. The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Contacts.
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at the Sunday/Wed. markets this year
--Be a speaker for the speakers bureau
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Etcetera
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AZNPS UPDATE


Here is a message from Doug Ripley, President of the AZNPS chapter, I highlighted the two announcements that may be of interest to you. 
Posted by
D. Lamm  
 Hello Everyone,
I hope you are enjoying a nice summer.  I want to update you on a few AZNPS items.
1.  Chiricahua Mountains Workshop.  The Tucson and Cochise Chapters are again sponsoring a workshop in the Chiricahua Mountains on 5-7 September 2015. See attachments for details.   
 
2. The Plant Press:  Unfortunately, we ran into a production delay on getting the next issue of the Plant Press out but it should be available in the next two weeks.
3.  Happenings:  Sue Carnahan has done a wonderful job editing Happenings for the past two years but she  would like to retire from that position.  Is there a Flagstaff member willing to take over that job.

Many thanks for all your support to the AZPS!

Doug
520-909-3132 
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Attachment(s) from Dorothy Lamm | View attachments on the web

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rooftop Gardens

A fun story about:
Worlds Largest Rooftop Greenhouse Coming to Chicago
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/world-s-largest-rooftop-greenhouse-coming-to-Chicago
From Jeff Best

A few years ago I went to a garden conference outside of Chicago. As part of the conference we toured some of the cities gardens. Two of them were on top of tall buildings downtown, and at the Chicago Botanic Garden they had a large rooftop garden on their research center. One of the gardens atop a building downtown even had a small stream going around it. We can thank the last Mayor Daly, because his wife was a master gardener and encouraged gardens of all kinds in the downtown area. Photos were take in October.

Enjoy!
 
Schwab Rehab Center Rooftop Garden
A river runs through it!
 

Chicago Botanic Garden
Research Building
Rooftop Garden
 
Loni Shapiro

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MNA - Botany Workshop


Plants of Northern Arizona
Session 1: Aug 1 and; 2, 9am-5pm 
OR Session 2: Aug 8 and; 9, 9am-5pm 

Did you know? Arizona is the fourth most floristically diverse state in the United States. Learn all about the plants of the Colorado Plateau and be the envy of your friends on your next high altitude hike! This course will provide an introduction to basic botanical terms, plant collecting techniques, basic plant taxonomy and identification of common native and invasive plants found in northern Arizona.

$180 members / $225 non-members
Includes lunch & transportation



CMGA Summer Garden Tours

Reminder we are starting our tours tomorrow.  In addition I have all the gardens scheduled through August, with August 8th tentative.  See below. Looking forward to seeing you all.
 
August 1st-Cherryl and Steve Crnkovich
Our front yard garden is a colorful, flower filled haven for birds and butterflies using native and drought tolerant plants.
3061 S. Walkup Drive in University Heights
 
Go south on 89A past the old Wal-Mart. Turn right into University Heights at the light. Follow University Heights North to Walkup Drive. Turn left. Fourth house down on the right hand side.
 
Cherryl
 

Mushroom Festival

Arboretum at Flagstaff
Mushroom Festival August 21-22

Enjoy wild mushroom appetizers prepared by Criollo Latin Kitchen followed by a slide show with mushroom experts from 5:30-8 pm on Friday August 21st. On Saturday August 22nd a Guided Mushroom Foray from 9am - noon. Tickets are $42 for members and $50 for non-members.
Contact the Arboretum to register - www.thearb.org.
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fall Yard Clean-up Raffle

COCONINO MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION 2015 FALL YARD CLEAN-UP RAFFLE

Tickets are now being distributed and sold for this year’s Fall yard clean-up raffle.  A maximum of 600 tickets are available for two winners to be drawn at the AZ Highlands Garden Conference Sept 19.   Winners will be notified by phone and receive 3 hours of yard work by 5 master gardeners along with a dozen daffodil bulbs planted for them.  Work will be done on Saturday, October 17 with a bad weather date of October 24, from 9am-noon.  Workers will clean yards and gardens by raking pine needles or removing spent vegetables or cutting back flowers or pruning shrubs,  along with several other services. 

This raffle provides funding for grants distributed by the association to applicants around the city for garden development, maintenance, and beautification.

Tickets cost $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.  If you can sell tickets, buy tickets, or need information, call 928-774-1868, ext 110.

Thanks you for supporting this fundraiser.
 
Molly Larsen and Debi Stalvey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

16th Annual AZ Highlands Garden Conference


16th Arizona Highlands Garden Conference will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the du Bois Center at NAU.
This day long conference will feature two inspiring keynote speakers.  Clara Coleman, a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, and writer will talk about sustainable four-season farming. She is the daughter of renowned farming pioneer Eliot Coleman. Joining us from Albuquerque, Judith Phillips, landscape designer and garden writer, will present a new talk on strategies for coping with climate change in southwestern gardens.  Other topics include composting, roses for the high country, rainwater harvesting, Monarch "waystations', gardening and food safety, composting, geraniums, school gardens, organic pest control, community gardens and more. There will also be pre-conference tours on September 18.
For more information about the conference and to find the registration form, visit our website AHGC2015 website.
Date: 
Sat, 09/19/2015 -
8:45am to 5:00pm
Cost: 
$75 for those registering by Aug. 28; $100 AFTER Aug. 28

Location

du Bois Center at Northern Arizona University
306 E. Pine Knoll Dr.
Flagstaff AZ
Registration Required: 
Yes

Monday, July 20, 2015

Flagstaff Ranger District

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July weekend! The NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership has plenty of events planned for the week ahead. Take a look at the attached flyer or scroll below for details.
Have a great week,
Chelsea Schroeder

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Chelsea Schroeder
Interpretive Ranger
Forest Service
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District
5075 N. Hwy. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
July 30-August 3, 2015
NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership

Campground Programs

· Bonito Campground, Friday, July 31
7:00-7:45 pm. Excerpts from Frederick Law Olmsted. Enjoy a reading of the 1865 Yosemite Report with re-enactor Gerry Wright. Hear about Olmsted’s proposal for protected, wilderness areas. At the campground   amphitheater.

· Pine Grove Campground, Friday, July 31
8:00-8:45 pm. Volcanoes of North America. Come listen in to a tale about the fiery effects of  volcanoes in northern Arizona and beyond. Pictures of awe-inspiring eruptions and the stories of one man’s traveling adventures will inspire you to embark on your own bold wanderings! Program conducted by volunteer park ranger Eric Zeliff, at the campground amphitheater.

· Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, August 1
3:00-3:45 pm. An Exploratory Nature Walk. A fun 45-minute nature walk with interpreter Karen Malis-Clark on the Dairy Springs Loop Trail. No dogs please. Meet at the amphitheater.

· Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, August 1
8:00-8:45 pm. Hummingbirds of Arizona. Join NPS volunteer Rick Ruess to learn about the tiniest bird in North America and a  personal encounter in nature with a broad-tailed hummingbird. At the campground amphitheater.

Arizona Snowbowl

· Friday, July 31 through Monday, August 3
        10:00 am-4:00 pm.
        Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday through Monday this summer.
        The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!
        Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit www.arizonasnowbowl.com.

      Sunset Fridays: Every Friday through Labor Day Weekend is Sunset Friday and the chairlift hours are extended until 6 p.m. Purchase a full priced chairlift ticket between 2 and 6 p.m. and receive a complimentary BBQ.

Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events

·      Thursday, July 30
10:00 am-1:00 pm. Ranger Cabin Walk and Living History at Walnut Canyon National Monument. The historic cabin is open to visitors every Thursday, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm for the summer. Visitors are invited to take an easy 1.75-mile roundtrip walk to the cabin and meet a ranger in period costume.  Contact Walnut Canyon visitor center for additional information. 928-526-3367.

· Saturday, August 1
10:00 am-2:00 pm. Walnut Canyon Bike Adventure.  This year marks the centennial anniversary of Walnut Canyon as a National Monument. Fittingly, the Park Service is holding a series of commemorative events throughout 2015. Join the celebration with a ranger led bicycle tour and program. The route is approximately 7.5 miles roundtrip on a mostly-level gravel and dirt road. You will need to provide your own bicycle. Bring a lunch, water, and sun protection. Call 928-526-3367 for more info.

These informative programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service (Flagstaff Area

National Monuments) and the United States Forest Service (Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest).

Canceled in the event of rain, lightning, fire, snow, or high winds.
 
 
 

Weed Identification

Upcoming Program; Bring Your Weeds to Willow Bend! 
Do you have a mystery plant growing in your yard? Is it taking over?

Come to Willow Bend Environmental Education Center for help!

Stop by Willow Bend anytime between 10 am and 2 pm on:

-July 19th
-August 16th
-September 20th


Bring in your "suspect" plant (or pictures of it) and a representative of the San Francisco Peaks Weed Managment Area will identify it for you. If it's a "bad guy" we will give you tips on how to manage it.

We'll also have information about local weed groups in your area that are working on restoration projects and improving their neighborhood environment.

Willow Bend is located at: 703 East Sawmill Rd. Please call us at 928-779-1745 with any questions.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Farmer+Chef Connection

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The 6th Annual Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection will convene a statewide network of local food producers and buyers interested in expanding their local food offerings.
 
Farmer+Chef is the state’s only event of its kind, aimed at building food supply chains at the local level. For the first time, the event, which brings together food businesses from across Arizona, will be hosted in Tucson, AZ.
 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Seed Library



 
Gardening Etcetera: Growing a Seed Lending Library for Flagstaff

AZ Daily Sun July 03, 2015 12:24 am  •  JACKEE ALSTON

When I walked into the small, public library in Brandon, VT, it only took me a moment to notice the quaint, 15-drawer card catalog with a hand-painted sign over it, “Seed Lending Library”. I fell in love with the idea as soon as I opened a drawer. A place for the community to borrow flower and vegetable seeds, grow them, and then return the seeds from that year’s harvest? Sold. In a town of 1,500 people, I knew if Brandon could support a seed library, so could Flagstaff and Coconino County. Today there are over 400 seed lending libraries cropping up all over the United States. These libraries offer seeds not only encapsulating the potential for families to feed themselves, but locally-proven seeds with a history of success—some as ancient as the first people to inhabit the area. This summer a seed library will open to the public at the University of Arizona Coconino County Cooperative Extension Office located on 2304 North 3rd Street. Dubbed Grow Flagstaff! Seed Lending Library, seeds will include flower and vegetable varieties adapted to grow in our climate conditions, as well as native seeds attractive to local gardeners.
What is a seed library and how does it work? A seed library is a storehouse of open-pollinated or heirloom seeds available to the community as a free - though priceless - service much like a book lending library. It is based on an easy membership form and relies on the return of next generation seeds from its patrons as well as donations from local gardeners and seed companies. By collecting and providing a pure source of seeds optimal for our local conditions and the knowledge on how to grow them, a seed library promises that people will have a better chance of becoming successful gardeners each year.

Love A Lot Project

Subject: Work Day this Saturday July 18 - 9am-11 am or noon
Greetings all! 
Many thanks to all who have been pitching in to keep our SFdA grounds so beautiful!   And Praise God for the marvelous sun and rain!
Our current Public Enemy # 1 is the Diffuse Knapweed - now in full bloom and making itself at home all along the North Driveway.  (pics attached and below)
Don't let its delicate flowers fool you - this character is INVASIVE and strangles out more desirable grasses and flowers.
Shovels and picks can help get its deep taproot out - but at this point in the plant's life cycle, we can also use loppers or pruners to cut it off close to the ground.  Please carefully bag this for the trash so seeds will not spread.
 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Organic Gardening Month at Garlands






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July is Organic Gardening Month  
at Garland's Oak Creek Lodge 
To celebrate and educate the benefits of gardening and sustainable eco-friendly products, Garland's Oak Creek Lodge will be hosting the first annual Organic Gardening Month with four events throughout the month, with all proceeds benefiting the programs of Gardens for Humanity. 
  • Practices and Principles of Organic Beekeeping (more>)
  • A Day in the Garden - Tour the Garland's Orchard & Garden with Tips from the Experts (more>)
  • An Afternoon of Pairs - Tasting Event Featuring Local Wines, Chocolates and Cheeses (more>)
  • Meet the Chef: A behind the scenes look at Garland's Kitchen with Chef Brian Widmer  (more>)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CMGA Meeting


Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 7/9/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

6:30pm – 6:35pm             Welcome – Jim Mast

6:35pm – 6:40pm             Dana Prom Smith – Loni Shapiro
                                            
Announcements               Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of speakers Loni Shapiro

6:45pm- 7:45pm               Continuing EducationJackee Alston, Nichole Gregory, Loni Shapiro -                                            Seed Saving/Seed Library
15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm                Raffle Prize Drawing
     Refreshments provided by Carol Chicci and Leslie Perrish

8:00pm - 8:25pm              Business Meeting – Jim Mast

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AZNPS Monthly Walk

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Field Trip to Fort Valley Experimental Forest - Dr. Keith Moser and Susan Olberding
Fort Valley historian Susan Olberding and Dr. Keith Moser, Scientist-in-Charge of the Fort Valley Experimental Forest, will lead a field trip in the Fort Valley Experimental Forest on Highway 180 on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
To carpool, meet at the Arizona State Credit Union at the corner of South Beaver Street and Butler Avenue at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  Come prepared with sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and car or gas money for carpooling.
Fort Valley Experimental Forest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CMGA 1st Annual Garden Tours



Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens

Saturday July 25, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Experience seven creative gardens and outdoor living spaces on a self-guided tour.

$12 per person

Maps available the day of the event at Viola’s Flower Garden (2654 E. Rte 66)

Tickets, Information, and Reservations: CT 853-0315
Sponsored by Viola’s Flower Garden and Coconino Master Gardeners Assoc.

Friday, June 12, 2015

CMGA Lecture/Fifty Shades of Blue: Colorful Flowers of Flagstaff

The CMGA would like to thank our fearless leader Hattie Braun for presenting our educational program for our June meeting. "Fifty Shades of Blue: Colorful Flowers for Flagstaff" For those who haven't been around as long as I have (17 years as a master gardener), this lecture has evolved over the years. I first heard Hattie present to my master gardener class in 1998 on the Flowers of Flagstaff. At that time it included many of her favorites from Pennsylvania that work here. It has evolved to include more native to the west plants, and many more draught tolerant ideas. More than half were blue or shades of blue/purple (also red, yellow and white), and were from gardens in Flagstaff. Hattie had time to share the benefits besides beauty and how and why they work. Thanks for making us love gardening here, with all of it's problems. Here is a copy of Hattie's list:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2HWdnh89Cb6U1dxNXdfYjM3NkU/view?usp=sharing
Two of the books recommended were "Waterwise Plants for Stainable Gardens" by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden, Timber Press, 2011 ($18 Amazon).
"Durable Plants for the Garden: A Plant Select Guide", edited by James E. Henrich, 2009, Fulcrum Publishing ($27 Amazon).
Next month we will be talking about the planned Seed Library/Grow Flagstaff. Jackie Alston, Nicole Gregory, and myself will talk about the Seed Library, different kinds of seeds, and seed saving. Come join us on July 9th.

Loni Shapiro
CMGA Education Chair

2015 Grants


2015 CMGA GRANTS
APPLICANTS      AFFILIATION       AMOUNT        USE

1.       Jackee Alston & Hattie Braun, Grow Flagstaff! Seed Library, $250, for printing of signage, brochures, and other educational materials available at the county extension office

2.       Dot Himes & Valerie Dalton, San Francisco de Asis/ Love-a-Lot Project, $312, for purchase of tools, xeriscape plants, and native seeds

3.       Dave Schuck & Mary DeMuth, Lowell Observatory, $250, for creation of a Putnam Memorial Garden by Pluto Walk.

4.       Judy Springer & Laura Davis, NAU & Willow Bend, $250, for relocation of Michael Moore Medical Plant Garden to Willow Bend & NAU, for soils, hose, tools, and ground cloth.  

5.       Lissa Buyske, Colton Community Garden, MNA, $272.49, for hardware cloth in vegetable demonstration garden beds

6.       Tom Parker, The Arboretum of Flagstaff, $250-500, for a signage on the milkweed establishment program for monarch butterflies. 

7.       Dave Brimhall, Riordan Mansion, $207.15, for grape vine arbor over vegetable garden entrance.

8.       Rosemary Logan and April Smith, Pinyon Drive Community Garden, $214.85 (invoice from Peaceful Valley) for frost cloth, hoops for raised beds, and seedlings (no seedlings budget included).

9.        Linda Guarino, Olivia White Hospice Garden, $500 for a garden shed.

10.     Jeff Best, Sunshine Rescue Mission, $175 for the vegetable garden.

PROJECT SUMMARIES

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Arizona Highland Celtic Festival - July 18 & 19, 2015 - Foxglenn Park
Come be a part of the fun and share your experience and knowledge by participating in the educational volunteer opportunities at this amazing summertime event! For the past several years the annual Arizona Highland Celtic Festival event has featured an educational component in a tented area called the “Plants of Celtic Regions”. Plants and trees are graciously donated for the festival weekend by Viola’s Flower Garden and placards have been created that connect each plant and tree to various Celtic regions, stories, and legends. This year our goal is to feature energetic CMGA volunteers who can enhance and engage festival attendees through their knowledge and personal experience with the various plants as well as talk about gardening in Northern Arizona.  Opportunities are also available for CMGA volunteers to provide 45-minute presentations on Celtic lore and medicine relative to herbal remedies, concoctions, secrets and myths. Your audience in the tent and for presentations will range from youngsters to well-seasoned festival attendees so you can use your imagination, experience and have fun!
 
Here are the facts:
This volunteer opportunity has been approved by the CMGA.
By volunteering for a shift at the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival you will receive a festival t-shirt, name tag, and free admission to the festival for Saturday and Sunday!
There are five time slots available for volunteering and yes, volunteering in pairs is ok and fun so invite your favorite friend to join you in this unique experience!
 
(No dogs are allowed inside the Festival grounds….sorry!)
 
Saturday July 18                                             Sunday July 19
9:00 am – 12:00 pm                                        9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm                                        12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
You will be volunteering your time to the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society and your sign-up will be taken care of by contacting John Mead directly. John is the NACHS designated supervisor of the “Plants of Celtic Regions” tent. If you are interested or have any questions please contact John Mead: 928-707-0361 or email  Johnm5@email.arizona.edu
 
For planning purposes we would like to hear from you before July 1st. Thank you for your interest and contributions to this great community we live in!!
 
 
Hattie Braun
University of Arizona
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino County Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Phone: 928-774-1868 x 170
 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June meeting agenda


Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 6/11/15
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
 
6:30pm – 6:35pm             Welcome – Jim Mast

6:35pm – 6:40pm             Colton Community Garden Volunteers needed - Lissa Buyske

Announcements             Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of speaker Loni Shapiro

6:45pm- 7:45pm               Continuing Education – Hattie Braun - Colorful Flowers of Flagstaff: 50 Shades of Blue (red, yellow, purple, pink)

15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm           Raffle Prize Drawing
Refreshments provided by Sue Madden and JoAnn Alarcon
 
8:00pm - 8:25pm                              Business Meeting – Jim Mast

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Programs

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar June 11-14, 2015 NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership   
 
Campground Programs
Bonito Campground, Friday, June 12 8:00-8:45 pm. That Stinks! Skunks in Nature. What should you do if you encounter a skunk in nature? Come to find out more about these animals so you can protect yourself and your pets and learn how to reduce the risk of getting skunked. At the campground amphitheater.  
 
Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, June 13 3:00-3:45 pm. Seldom Seen. A guided walk with NPS ranger Robert Wallace about the mysterious things in nature that are typically overlooked but vital to understanding the natural world. No dogs please. Meet at campground amphitheater. 
 
Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, June 13 8:00-8:45 pm. The Ways and Whys of the Universe. Come join NPS ranger Robert Wallace at the amphitheater for a 45-minute chat and discover the wonders of our universe that have captivated people’s curiosities since the Stone Age.   
     
Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events
 Thursday, June 11  9:00 am-12:00 pm. The Cursed Incline. Go about 7 miles south on Lake Mary Road and meet at the first gravel pullout ¼ mile past Lower Lake Mary Dam. Climb Flagstaff Lumber Company’s ill-fated railroad incline up Anderson Mesa with USFS interpretive rangers Steve and Lois Hirst. Hunt for the disappearing outhouse, hear about the fireman’s jump for his life, and see remnants of long gone logging operations atop the mesa. Difficulty: moderate with a 500-foot elevation gain. Bring water and snacks.  
 
 Friday, June 12  10:00-10:40 am. Bombastic Basalt. Life’s mysteries have the power to change lives. The eruption of Sunset Crater  Volcano certainly influenced the lives of past inhabitants and its powerful presence can still be a lesson for all.   Come experience the volcano’s raw beauty on this 40 minute ranger-led walk with Robert Wallace. Meet at the  Lava Flow Trail at 10:00 am.  
 
Saturday, June 13   9:00-11:00 am. Leroux Springs Walk. Easy 2 mile walk to Little and Big Leroux Springs led by Karen Malis-Clark and John Westerlund. We'll visit the history and observe the revival of the springs. Meet 1 mile up Snowbowl Road. 527-8238 for more info.  For further information and site directions visit our website at  http://www.nps.gov/sucr/planyourvisit/local-hikes-and-campground-programs.htm
These informative programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service (Flagstaff Area National Monuments) and the United States Forest Service (Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest). Canceled in the event of rain, lightning, fire, snow, or high winds. 
Arizona Snowbowl  Friday, June 12 through Monday, June 15  10:00 am-4:00 pm.  
 Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday through Monday this summer.   The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!  

Sierra Club Educational Programs

June 19 Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument - National Panel Discussion Micheal Brune, Kim Crumbo, Jamescita Peshlakai, Stacy Bare
We are extremely proud to bring an important discussion to northern Arizona, and we hope that you'll join us.
In conjunction with a visit from Sierra Club's Executive Director, Michael Brune, we will be hosting a panel of veterans discussing the importance of the outdoors to their journey home from war. It will feature veterans from three different foreign operations.
Wildway Home:
A DISCUSSION WITH VETERANS ABOUT THE OUTDOORS AND THEIR JOURNEY HOME
Come join us for a free panel discussion and sandwiches.
6:00-8:00pm Federated Church, Flagstaff
 
June 25 General Meeting: Arizona's Native Wolves-Lobos of the Southwest
Join the Plateau Group of the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter to learn about Mexican gray wolves, and how you can help restore these beautiful, unique animals to their essential natural role.
6:00-7:30 pm Joe C. Montoya Community & Senior Center, Thorpe Park, Flagstaff
Free and open to the public.
Joe Shannon
Plateau Group - Chair