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The mission of The Environmental Education Center (EEC) is to provide conservation, environmental, natural resource, and sustainable agriculture educational outreach, and to promote awareness and stewardship throughout the Verde Valley.

The EEC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Science Saturday's at the Verde Valley Discovery Center

Science Saturday is an event held on the last Saturday of every month from 12-2 pm. Each month is focused on a different theme offering fun and educational hands on STEM activities. Artists, scientists, and experts join us on occasion to provide extra special opportunities to learn and explore.

Thanks to generous funding from Arizona Community Foundation, City of Cottonwood, Salt River Project, and Salt River Materials Project Science Saturday is FREE and open to the public. No need to RSVP, you are welcome to join anytime between 12-2 pm.

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May 28, 2022: Pollinator Field Day

Come celebrate and learn about the importance of our incredible pollinating plants and pollinator animals that we rely on every day to pollinate the more than 150 crops grown in the United States. Pollinator field day helps build connections to the environments in a fun and hands-on way. Explore more about pollinating plants and pollinators through 8 different stations providing hands-on, STEM based activities for all age groups.

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June 25, 2022: Watershed Science

Why are watersheds important? Watersheds are important because the surface water features and storm-water runoff within a watershed ultimately drain to other bodies of water. Join us in learning about the Verde River Watershed and its importance in the Verde Valley and the State of Arizona. Then become a Water Manager as you create your own watershed with our Gian Watershed Model! This is a fun & engaging STEM activity for all ages.

Hands in the Soil

July 30th, 2022: Soil Health

Healthy soil is the foundation of productive, sustainable agriculture. Managing for soil health allows producers to work with the land – not against – to reduce erosion, maximize water infiltration, improve nutrient cycling, save money on inputs, and ultimately improve the resiliency of their working land. We will be learning more about different types of soil, water drop slash impact, groundwater infiltration, and much more!

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August 27: Healthy Forests/Healthy Communities

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September 24, 2022: Verde River Day

Come Celebrate the Verde River through this FREE event at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. We will be providing free canoe rides in the big lagoon from 9am-2pm!

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