Upcoming Educational Trips
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Arizona Office of Tourism
City of Chandler
Glendale Visitors Bureau
Flagstaff Visitors Bureau
Phoenix Visitors Bureau
Scottsdale Visitors Bureau
Tempe Visitors Bureau
Tucson Visitors Bureau
Local Native Americans
Parks and Monuments
The State Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources and Conservation
US Department of Agriculture/Forest Service
Explore the diversity of over 50 Central Arizona museums including history, art, science, anthropology
The Central Arizona Museum Association
A regional consortium of museums dedicated to fostering professional development and promoting museums in Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Located in Tuscon, this location is part zoo, part museum, and part botanical garden
Museum of Northern Arizona
Features the anthropology, biology, geology, and Fine Arts of the Colorado Plateau region
The River of Time Museum
A museum of history and water in the Lower Verde Valley of Arizona
In the spirit of continuous education, the following suggestions are for those interested in furthering their knowledge of Arizona.
Text of the Year: Arizona Highways, Various, 1921
This Magazine, published by the Arizona Department of Transportation, is full of fascinating articles and exceptional images. The content is useful for planning trips, staying up-to-date with state information, and discovering new “fun facts.”
Vanished Arizona, Martha Summerhayes, 1908, 341 pgs.
The author, a Nantucket woman, shares intimate, personal stories of Army life in Indian country, raising children under trying conditions, and a detailed travel log with details on countless adventures. First privately printed in 1908, this book was so well-received, it has since been republished again and yet again!
Grand Canyon Answer Book, Boye De Mente, 2009, 142 pgs.
A booklover’s favorite! The text is full of unparalleled depths of information about the Grand Canyon—listed literally from "A" to "Z."
Arizona Place Names, Will Croft Barnes, 1988, 503 pgs.
As the first toponymic encyclopedia of Arizona, this book contains published histories, various government documents, and reminiscences culminating to produce a text full of oddments, humor, and now-forgotten lore. The University of Arizona Press reissues this classic that any local guide could make use of.
Arizona Myths and Legends, Sam Lowe, 2016, 224 pgs.
Explore unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries from strange desert deaths to ghosts at the Hotel Vendome and the last stagecoach robbery. Settle in to learn all the scintillating and unsettling details of Arizona's mysterious history.
Author of the Year: Marshall Trimble
Roadside History of Arizona, Arizona: A cavalcade of History; Arizona Outlaws and Lawman: Gunslingers, Bandits, Heroes and Peacekeepers; Never Give a Heifer a Bum Steer; Arizoniana: Stories from Old Arizona; Marshall Trimble’s Oﬃcial Arizona Trivia; Ash Fork; It Always Rains After a Dry Spell!: And Other Short Tales of the Old Southwest, and many, many more.
Arizona Handbook, Bill Weir & Robert Blake, 1996, 484 pgs.
A traveler's guide to sights, including ancient pueblos, historic missions, the Colorado River and the Navajo National Monument, with in-depth coverage of outdoor recreation (such as conduct, permits, and regulations for visiting Native American reservations, camping, hiking, and whitewater rafting), cities, parks, and driving routes.
Route 66 in Arizona, Joe Sonderman, 128 pgs.
This book is an overview of how roadside businesses used natural attractions along with Native American and Western imagery to lure travelers to fill up their gas tank, grab a meal, and spend the night.
What Kinda Cactus Izzat?, Reg Manning, 1941, 108 pgs.
Child-friendly, cartoon illustrated, humorous, and informative information about the varying plant life in the Arizona desert.
Native Americans of Arizona, Paul & Kathleen Nickens, 128 pgs.
Postcards of 21 Southwestern tribes became the staple of advertising campaigns promoting the region to potential travelers; this book offers a wide-ranging overview of the vintage postcards that captured their visual essence during the first half of the 20th century.
AZ Coach Talker Newsletter
Current Issue: August 2017
The Arizona Coach Talker is full of current information and historical snapshots for members to revisit and enjoy. There are many reminders of little known areas and subjects of interest. Accounts of educational trips over the years are also often included.