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.

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 Water/Ways exhibit, community events, and educational programming for engagement within our schools and communities.
    Click HERE for Flyer with details.
  • June - An Exclusive Tour and Conversation with Black Canyon City Artist Gary Bennett in his studio at 19870 E. Green Valley Rd., Black Canyon City, AZ 85324. Click HERE for the flyer. 

    • Thursday, June 27, 10 AM to 4 PM - Tour
    • Friday, June 28, 10 AM to 4 PM - Tour
    • Saturday, June 29. 10 AM to 4 PM - Tour
    • Sunday, June 30. 10 AM to 4 PM - Tour
    • Saturday, June 29, 2 PM to 4 PM - Exclusive Tour and Conversation.  Space is limited to registration is required - http://bit.ly/Artist_Conversation 

Gary Bennett, an Arizonan artist whose work is known nationwide, lives right here in Black Canyon City.  Gary's Studio (19870 E. Green Valley Rd, Black Canyon City) is located near the Agua Fria River and will be open to the public from 10 AM to 4 PM on Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30, 2019.  Drop in during the day for an exclusive tour of Gary's work – all inspired by the water that flows footsteps from his creative space. On Saturday, June 29, from 2 PM to 4 PM, join Gary for an intimate conversation about what inspires him and an in depth discussion about his water-related body of work that includes the painting of the Agua Fria National Monument which was commissioned for the Monument's 10th Anniversary poster.  Space is limited for the June 29 A Conversation with the Artist only; Reservations required. http://bit.ly/Artist_Conversation.

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:00 PM to 8 PM  "Arizona Well Owner Workshop" at the Cañon School (map), 4630 School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324.   Follow our calendar and facebook for updates. 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..

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.


Water Day - Free event
  • When: Saturday, June 15, 1 to 2 PM
  • Location: Black Canyon City Community Library (map) at 34701 S. Old Black Canyon, Black Canyon City
  • What: Enjoy a splash of fun with water activities and experiments! Good for all ages! Part of the Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories!" http://www.yavapailibrary.org/blackcanyon. The library offers this event in support of our Water/Ways program.
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/.



Water/Ways has been made possible in Arizona by Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

Thank Our
Local Sponsors

Riparian Sponsor (only 1 available)

River Bank Sponsor (available)

Community Sponsor

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

Dossigan Digital LLC

Hutchinson Charitable Trust

ProMusica Arizona

Corporate Sponsor

Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce

Black Canyon Community Health Center

Bob and Vicki Cothern

Cornerstone Automotive

Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument

Gutowski Cabinet Works, Inc.

McAllister/Hutchinson Trust

New River Group

Nora Jean's Koffee Kitchen

Pioneer Title Agency

Shangri La Ranch / Affiliated with the American Association for Nude Recreation

Upper Agua Fria Watershed Partnership

Western Destinations

422 Fine Art Framing


Squaw Peak Reality

The Fenn-Anstruther Group at Morgan Stanley

Trees For Needs