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Mar 072012
 

Join Petrified Forest National Park in celebrating the 29th annual Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Cultural demonstrations, tours of historic and archeological sites, hikes to special places that most visitors don’t get to see and family oriented activities are planned all month.

Park activities and programs include:

* 12 p.m. daily, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark tour. Discover this charming historic inn. Meet the ranger at the inn for this easy walk around the historic building.

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

* 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays in March, Make Your Own Crafts workshops. These are perfect for families and kids! Take a moment to learn a new craft, such as making your own postcard or creating punched tin art; new activities will be featured every week. Events will be held in the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee) and the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (park entrance fee applies). The workshops include Punched Tin Art on March 9 at the Painted Desert Inn, Mini Petroglyphs Plaques on March 16 at the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Postcards and Souvenirs on March 23 at the Painted Desert Visitors Center and Potter Reconstruction on March 30 at the Painted Desert Visitor Center.

* 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sandbox Archeology. Be an archeologist! Get down and dirty as an archeologist for a day. Children will have a chance to excavate in a sandbox for artifacts that reflect the long human history of the park. Activities are led by a park ranger. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee).

* 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, Puerco Pueblo Walk with an Archeologist. 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 Peurco Pueblo parking lot at 1 p.m. for an easy 0.3 mile hike (park entry fee applies). Be prepared with appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen and lots of water.

* 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, Backcountry Petroglyph Hike to: Petroglyph Canyon. 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. (park entrance fee applies). Bring plenty of water, use sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. Children over 12 years of age 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.

* 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, Petroglyph Appreciation and Context by Maggie Leef of Leef Photography. This informative, colorful presentation addresses some important issues for petroglyph viewing today: historical perspectives and world context, respect and preservation, terminology and usage concerns, site etiquette and applicable laws. Photographs of area petroglyphs that are available for public viewing will be featured. This presentation will take place at the Painted Desert Visitors Center (no fee).

* 9 a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday, March 18, cultural demonstrators Alice Hawthorne and Angeline Murphy. They will demonstrate Navajo weaving using an authentic loom at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (park entrance fee applies). They will also have demonstrations on silversmithing and beadwork, and some of their crafts will be available for sale.

* 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, historic Route 66 hike with an archeologist. 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 Petrified Forest National Park. This hike is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. Suitable for children ages 8 and older. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (park entrance fee applies). Be prepared: with appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen and lots of water. Reservations will be accepted after March 12. Call (928) 524-6228, ext. 274. If leaving a message, include your name, how many will be attending and a phone number.

* 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 25, Backcountry Petroglyph Hike to Petroglyph Canyon. 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. (park entrance fee applies). Bring plenty of water, use sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. Children over 12 years of age are welcome. Reservations will be accepted after March 12. Call (928) 524-6228, ext. 274. If leaving a message, include your name, how many will be attending and a phone number.

* 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, Civilian Conservation Corps Work in the Petrified Forest. Join a ranger for a presentation and discussion of the role of the CCC in the construction of park roads, trails and buildings in the 1930s. This presentation will take place at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee).