Water, Black Canyon City & Me

Want to learn more the historical, cultural and environmental role of the Agua Fria watershed?   Black Canyon Heritage Park offers you this opportunity with their “Water, Black Canyon City & Me” program.  This project is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

Click HERE to learn more from Barbara Chatzkel, Co-Chair of Water, Black Canyon City & Me, as she was interviewed by Mini Salas on Sunday Sunrise (Radio 101.5, 94.5, 107.9).

Click HERE to learn more from Ann Hutchinson, Black Canyon Heritage Park's Co-Chair, as she was interviewed by Valerie More on Valley Focus (Radio KSLX 100.7).

Through a series of activities, the “Water, Black Canyon City & Me” 2019 program highlights the ways we all interact with water and society’s dependence on water while sharing ways that we all can act as water stewards.  The “Water, Black Canyon City & Me” program extends and localizes information covered the Smithsonian Arizona Water/Ways exhibit. Here's some of our upcoming events:

  • June 15, 2019 to January 25, 2020 - Raffle for a framed Gary Bennett Original Oil Painting "Oasis on the Agua Fria River" valued at $800. Tickets available at the BCHP Visitor Center (and some events). Proceeds will be use by Black Canyon Heritage Park to create a companion AZ Water/Ways exhibit, community events, and educational programming for engagement within our schools and communities. Click HERE for Flyer with details.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:00 PM to 8 PM  - Arizona Well Owner Workshop at the Cañon School (map), 34630 School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324.  Topics include the placement, installation and registration of wells; why and how to get your water tested; home water filtration options, and more! A free book on well care and a flash drive containing well information is yours for attending. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE to be sure you get the free book.
  • Saturday, September 21, 3 to 5 PM - Meeting the Spirit of Water: A Navajo and Yavapai Perspective.  The event will be held in Black Canyon City at the Pioneer Masonic Lodge #82 (map),19055 E K-Mine Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324.  Come experience a special program by members of the Navajo and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nations.  Click HERE for Flyer with more details. 
    • Laura Tohe, an award winning poet, is Dine' and Sleepy Rock clan born for the Bitter Water Clan. She will be joined by her son, Dez Tillman, a musician and composer with a passion for creating art that enriches the soul, who is Sleepy Rock clan and born for the White People Clan.
    • The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will share their historical connections to the landscape surrounding Black Canyon City, as well as the importance of water through stories.


  • Sunday, October 20, 1:30 to 3:00 PM - Water and the Arts – Enjoy Water without Getting Wet.  Event will be held at the Black Canyon Community Health Center 19251 Oasis Dr, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324  Enjoy an afternoon performance by ProMusica Arizona, a leader in bringing live music to audiences in the Phoenix area since 2003. The concert will feature Women in Song and a mixed voice chamber ensemble providing a choral performance of American folk songs of the southwest and music that is thematically tied into AZ Water/Ways under the direction of Artistic Director Patti Graetz. The walls of the Center's stunning lobby will also be adorned with the 2017 Water/Ways Black Canyon Heritage Park Contest winners along with specially selected entries from the upcoming November 22-23 "Art in the Canyon" plus two original paintings from Black Canyon City artist, Gary Bennett.  CLICK HERE for the flyer.


  • Saturday, November 16, 2:00 to 3:30 PM - Special Event to end the Water, Black Canyon City & Me program at the Pioneer Masonic Lodge #82 (map),19055 E K-Mine Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324.


Follow our facebook for updates. Check our calendar for upcoming events, details and updates - https://blackcanyonheritagepark.org/calendar/.

For more information: email waterways@blackcanyonheritagepark.org or call Lani Lott, Event Coordinator, 602-738-8381.


Cuckoo surveys - Free Events

These surveys will help determine if more steps are needed to improve the riparian habitat to address the threats to this endangered bird (as well as other birds)

Check our calendar for upcoming events, details and updates - https://blackcanyonheritagepark.org/calendar/.