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Agua Fria: Cultural Landscapes with Wendy Hodgson


Now - November 9, 2014

This program has been CANCELLED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.

Trip Leaders

  • Wendy Hodgson research botanist at the Garden
  • Katherine Spielmann, ASU professor of anthropology


Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the Agua Fria National Monument and the Verde Valley. The Agua Fria National Monument features high mesas covered by semi-desert grassland and canyons and contains one of the most significant systems of late prehistoric sites in the Southwest. Join Wendy Hodgson research botanist at the Garden along with Katherine Spielmann, professor of anthropology as they share their exciting research involving past cultures and their connection with one of their most important resources - agaves. The team will discuss the people and plants during their period of habitation and where a possible new agave species has been linked to terrace gardens. The researchers will lead you to these agaves and share their research involving these living artifacts. During the weekend program we will stay at Arcosanti, an experimental community developed by architect Paolo Soleri. Participants will need to be in good physical condition, able to hike unaided over loose, rocky, and uneven footing. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 9 a.m. For those self-driving to Acrosanti, please arrive by 10:30 a.m.

Three-day trip includes:

  • Expert guides and educational programming
  • Transportation for all group activities in Garden vehicle from Arcosanti
  • Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Arcosanti Site Tours
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday

Not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Lodging at Acrosanti (Subject to availability. Lodging reservation instructions will be provided after program registration has been confirmed).

Garden community

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