Water, Land & Heritage


Duration 8 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 12 - 18
Experience Indigenous Rights
Ancient Civilizations & Environmentalism


Water, Land & Heritage

Arizona II

In Arizona, amidst ancient geological wonders and rich indigenous history, we explore the evolving relationship between land and community. The state's shifting demographics and political landscape offer insights into how communities navigate change. We also delve into the environmental impact of human development, particularly on water and land management. As Edward Abbey noted, we cherish the land while we can, engaging in enjoyable activities that deepen our connection to this unique place.

“Sun paints a canvas of red rocks and saguaros, embodying the spirit of the Wild West.“


“A landscape of mesas and canyons whispers tales of ancient cultures, inviting modern explorers to wander.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Students fly to Phoenix where they are met by Envoys educators, and travel by bus to Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. They explore the monument, an ancient indigenous dwelling carved into a limestone cliff. Later, they dine in Sedona before heading to Flagstaff for accommodation.

Day 2

We start at the Rio de Flag, meeting with Flagstaff Open Spaces to understand its significance. Students work with volunteers to map and remove invasive species. After lunch, we explore prairie dog habitats with an expert. Finally, a visit to a water treatment plant and a sunset trip to Lake Mary.

Day 3

We explore Walnut Canyon, marveling at ancient Puebloan dwellings. Over lunch, we reflect on our experience before meeting with an indigenous scholar to discuss land rights and water issues. Finally, we visit the Lava River Cave, a fascinating mile-long lava tube formed by ancient volcanic activity.

Day 4

We travel to the Grand Canyon's South Rim for a full-day exploration. Students hike to the "Ohh Ahh" point, discussing geology along the way. Over lunch, a scholar shares insights into the canyon's human history. We return to Flagstaff for dinner and an interactive scavenger hunt downtown.

Day 5

We reflect on our progress as travelers before visiting the Museum of Northern Arizona. Here, we learn about its partnerships with indigenous groups. Then, we head to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area. In the evening, we hold a student debate on land use and resource management back at the hotel.

Day 6

We travel to Page, AZ, stopping at Horseshoe Bend for breathtaking views of the Colorado River. At Glen Canyon Dam, we delve into water management. Later, swim and kayak in Lake Powell. Dinner in Page precedes our return to Flagstaff for a Star Party at Lowell Observatory.

Day 7

We make one last visit to the Arboretum of Flagstaff to hold a closing ceremony. We take a walk amongst the native flowers and plants and see the Monarch Butterfly restoration project before having a festive final lunch and transferring to the airport for our final journey home.

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Lenses of Inquiry



Students engage in hands-on activities with local experts to explore climate change impacts in the American West. They gain insights into current and potential future effects on the fragile desert environment, experiencing a unique ecosystem and learning about conservation needs and measures.



Students explore water scarcity in the American Southwest amidst a backdrop of indigenous land rights, agribusiness development, and private property issues. Through visits to community organizations, students gain diverse perspectives on how water shortages impact various stakeholder groups.



Students delve into the complexities of indigenous water, land, and human rights struggles through interactions with organizations and individuals representing indigenous communities. Museum visits provide insight into the history and enduring traditions of pre-colonial Native American tribes.


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