Throughout the month of March, Flagstaff area national monuments will host several activities in honor of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.
In the Flagstaff area, more than 3,000 archeological sites have been recorded to date. Some of the artifacts found in the park are more than 1,000 years old. Through a combination of archeological information and the oral traditions of present-day tribes, park rangers are able to help park visitors learn more about how the Ancestral Pueblo people lived and how their descendants continue many of the traditions and life-ways today.
The following are activities planned for the month of March:
-- Thursday, March 11, 1-3 p.m. Hike with a park archeologist on the Island and Rim Trail at Walnut Canyon.
-- Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join a cultural demonstrator at Wupatki to learn about some of the traditional skills passed on for many generations.
-- Monday, March 15, 1-3 p.m. Join a park archeologist for a pottery (pinch pot) demonstration at Wupatki.
-- Wednesday, March 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Join a park archeologist for a flint knapping demonstration at Sunset Crater Volcano.
-- Thursday, March 18, 1-3 p.m. Tour Box Canyon and Lomaki Pueblo at Wupatki with a park archeologist.
-- Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join a cultural demonstrator at Sunset Crater Volcano to learn about some of the traditional skills of native peoples passed on for generations.
-- Wednesday, March 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Join a park archeologist for a pottery demonstration at Walnut Canyon.
-- Thursday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Hike with park archeologist on the Island and Rim Trail at Walnut Canyon.
-- Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join a cultural demonstrator at Walnut Canyon to learn some of the traditional skills of native peoples passed on for generations.
Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at 526-3367 and at www.nps.gov/waca. Wupatki National Monument is 26 miles north of Flagstaff via Highway 89, and can be reached at 679-2365 and www.nps.gov/wupa. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is located 6 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via Highway 89 and can be reached at 526-0502 and www.nps.gov/sucr.
All three are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with kids 16 and younger free.
Food Bank participating in Feinstein Challenge
Northern Arizona Food Bank is participating in the 13th annual Feinstein Challenge. Every year for the past 12 years, Alan Shawn Feinstein has put up $1 million of his personal wealth to help food banks across America fight the war against hunger.
Northern Arizona Food Bank has participated in this challenge for several years. Last year NAFB received more than $19,000 in additional funding. However, it was eligible for up to $40,000. This year Northern Arizona Food Bank is hoping to receive the entire $40,000.
Each donation of a can of perishable or non-perishable food equals one dollar towards the totals submitted to the Feinstein Foundation for funding. Cash donations can be made through PayPal at www.nafoodbank.org or via mail of a check or money order to Northern Arizona Food Bank, 3805 E. Huntington Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.
Businesses, churches and other organizations can host food drives or fundraisers to help. For more information, call 526-2211.
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