Since 1988, Arizona Natural History Association’s (ANHA) partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture Southwestern Region promotes education, interpretation, research, activities, conservation and stewardship. As a non-profit organization a percentage of profits goes back to our National Forest partners to assist with these activities. ANHA’s vision is to be a premier educational resource and a bold innovator for the appreciation of Arizona’s public lands.
Gift Shops: ANHA operates gift shops on the Coconino, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests selling educational books and related items as well as local handcrafted food, jewelry and art. (Link to shop)
Professional Guided Hiking Tours & Classes: ANHA professional guided hiking tours and classes are varied in topic, operate under permit by the Coconino National Forest and are led by a Certified Interpretive Guide, alongside local experts in areas such as night photography and art. See our calendar of events for latest offerings and look for Guided tour or class.
Assisting the Red Rock Ranger District in Sedona: The Red Rock Ranger District in Sedona on the Coconino National Forest is our largest base of operation. Sedona receives over 3 million visitors each year and is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of National Forest to explore, camp, hike, bike, swim or take a jeep tour. ANHA assists with education and public awareness of the Coconino National Forest in Sedona through porch talks and events, campground programs, trailhead talks, roving “ranger” hikes educating and helping people along the trails. (link on “calendar”) See our “calendar” for upcoming events.
Elden Pueblo Archeological Site in Flagstaff: Elden Pueblo is a 60-80 room pueblo of the prehistoric Sinagua culture and Hopi ancestral site. The site is open to the public. The Elden Pueblo Project provides archaeological programs with hands on mapping, excavation, laboratory and analytical experiences for participants all with professional supervision. The programs allows the participant hands on experience of the past and appreciation archeological concept and values.
Our goal is to assist our partners in promoting public awareness of the sensitive balance needed to preserve the land and its history while maintaining commercial and recreational use by current and future generations.
- Public educational events
- Wildfire Prevention through purchase and assisting with distribution of Smokey Bear educational items
- School field trips to learn about the National Forests
- Guided educational hikes
- Junior Ranger programs
- Local artists and authors whose work reflects an appreciation of Arizona and its public lands
- Preservation of archaeological sites
- A greater understanding and appreciation of Arizona National Forests’ cultural and natural resources
- Conservation and sustainable use of Arizona’s public lands