Canyon Conservationists Program
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Resort and our continuing dedication to preserving the flora and fauna that were here long before we arrived, we will be featuring weekly programs at the resort. For $250, you may choose up to 3 of the following programs:
- All activities are subject to instructor availability -
SAVE THE BEES!
Learn how human existence depends on bees and how you can naturally promote bees’ welfare with a pollinator garden. The beekeeper will lead an interactive demonstration on the tools used for collecting honey and explain how bees make their hive and produce honey. Local honey samples will be available to try! (Indoor/Outdoor)
ORGANIC GARDENING & COMPOSTING FOR KIDS
Learn how to make your own compost using "brown" and "green" materials and you will certainly reap the rewards. Our resident expert organic gardener will illustrate the importance of composting and what happens over time. The event will be hosted at the Mii amo Chef’s garden where all of the plants are organic and used for cooking at the spa. This is a great experience for little gardeners as we will plant a sapling in our pollinator garden for them to watch grow! (Outdoor)
LEAVE NO TRACE
Enjoying the natural world in a sustainable way is the key to conservation! Come learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace from a Grand Canyon Ranger. We will teach you how to enjoy the wilderness without leaving a negative impact on the environment. You will learn how to properly prepare for your next adventure and our Ranger will teach you how to “pack it in and pack it out.” Come learn how to work with your environment, not against it. (Indoor/Outdoor)
NATURE WALK FOR KIDS
Learn how people who lived here more than a thousand years ago used their natural resources for clothes, tools, medicine and food. Our resident naturalist will guide you on an exploration of the Resort grounds to discover the amazing plants and animals that call Boynton Canyon home. Collecting a few items from your walk, you will create a special keepsake to take hom with you to remind you of what you've learned. (Outdoor)
BATS: ECOLOGICAL SUPERHEROS
Arizona has 28 species of protected bats. Learn how to cultivate these amazing and rapidly dwindling mammals by building bat boxes at home. Our resident bat enthusiast will speak about the benefits of bats in your garden. Did you know that bats save our crops and forests from devastation by eating millions of flying insects? They also pollinate flowers and plants, and their guano can be used for fertilizer! (Indoor/Outdoor)
WHAT IS WILDERNESS?
Come learn about wilderness and what we can do to preserve it. A representative from the Arizona Natural History Association will share information about how our flora, fauna and terrain differ from other areas in Sedona and what you might encounter while you are in the wild. There will be a short hike included in this program. (Outdoor)
ANCIENT ASTRONOMY TECHNIQUES
Join us for an exciting look at the artistry from several ancient tribes. The rock art in this area not only includes a 1,000 year old solar calendar, but other images and symbols that reveal how these people navigated their lands, named the constellations and marked events throughout the year. Our ancient astronomy researcher will illuminate his exciting local finds and discuss how everyone can learn to interpret these symbols and appreciate their importance. (Indoor)
Individually Priced Premium Programs
Focus on the birds: The benefits of boxes
Arizona's Raptor Experience provides up-close encounters with birds of prey has partnered with us to encourage local American Kestrel and owl species to occupy nest boxes on our grounds. Take a walk with Paul and Anne Schnell to learn about the benefits of the nest boxes at Enchantment. They will provide an overview of the bird banding process and natural history of four native cavity nesting raptors that will be available for photographs. Join us and become better acquainted with local raptors and gain knowledge that you can apply at home! $500 for a group up to 8.
CREEPY CRAWLY CREATURES
Snakes, tarantulas and scorpions are animals commonly associated with the Southwest, but you don’t need to be afraid when you are around these creepy crawlers. A local, long-time animal advocate and rescuer will have you comfortable handling them in no time! Find out how they survive the high desert environment and how we need to preserve their natural habitats for future generations. $150 for up to 5 people.
Book your paid, private experiences with our Activities Team at 928.203.8407
Part of the proceeds from these activities helps support the Boynton Canyon Preservation Fund.