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Petrified Forest National Park will celebrate the 28th Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. There will be cultural demonstrators, tours of historic and archeological sites, hikes to special places that most visitors don’t get to see and family oriented activities.

Park activities and programs include:

* Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark tours, 12 noon daily. Meet the ranger at the inn for this easy walk around the historic building and discover this charming historic inn.

* Puerco Pueblo tour, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Meet the ranger at the Puerco Pueblo trailhead and explore an ancestral Puebloan village.

* Make Your Own Crafts Workshops from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays in March. These are perfect for families and kids. Events will be held in the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee) and the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (entrance fee applies). The schedule includes: March 4, hand-painted skylight panels, Painted Desert Inn; March 11, punched tin art, Painted Desert Inn; March 18, mini petroglyphs plaques, Painted Desert Visitor Center; and March 25, postcards and souvenirs, Painted Desert Visitor Center.

* Sandbox Archaeology: Be an Archaeologist, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in March. Children will have an opportunity to excavate in a sandbox for artifacts that reflect the long human history of park. Activities are led by a park ranger. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee).

* Cultural demonstrator Otto Lucio of Zuni, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 5. Lucio will share his skills in silversmithing at the Painted Desert Inn. He will offer some of his beautiful jewelry for sale.

* Backcountry Petroglyph Hike, Lacey Point, 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 6. Join a ranger for a hike into the Painted Desert to discover some of the best petroglyphs in the park. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center at 10 a.m. The group will drive to Lacey Point (entrance fee will apply). Bring plenty of water, use sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. Children over 12 are welcome. For reservations, call (928) 524-6228, ext. 274. If leaving a message, include your name, how many will be attending and a phone number.

* Puerco Pueblo Walk with an Archeologist, 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Join a park archeologist for a walk and hike to visit a prehistoric site and petroglyphs. Suitable for children ages 8 and above. Meet at the Puerco Pueblo parking lot at 1 p.m. The hike is approximately one-third of a mile. Be prepared with appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen and lots of water.

* Backcountry Petroglyph Hike, Petroglyph Canyon, 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Join a ranger for a hike in Rainbow Forest to discover some of the best petroglyphs in the park. Meet at the Rainbow Forest Museum at 10 a.m. (entrance fee will apply). Bring plenty of water, use sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. Children over 12 are welcome. Reservations will be accepted after Feb. 27. Please call (928) 524-6228, ext. 274. If leaving a message, include your name, how many will be attending and a phone number.

* Living History Demonstration: the Winslow Harvey Girls, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. These ladies will tell stories, answer questions and share their treasure trove of the Fred Harvey Company at the Painted Desert Inn.

* Historic Route 66 Hike with an Archeologist, 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Join this moderate-to-difficult, two-mile round trip, off-trail walk (sand and difficult footing) with a park archeologist. Hikers will see some of the historic and prehistoric sites of the Petrified Forest National Park. Suitable for children ages 8 and older. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center. Be prepared with appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen and lots of water. Reservations will be accepted after March 12. Please call (928) 524-6228, ext. 274. If leaving a message, include your name, how many will be attending and a phone number.

For the entire month of March, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office is coordinating activities throughout the state. Visit the Arizona State Park website page for Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month events throughout the state at http://azstateparks.com/find/arch_calendar.html.