Walnut Creek Center for Education and Research

Walnut Creek Station YouTube video promotional image.Ripe pears on treeResearchers in protective clothingCrew members from the Max Planck Institute working in the research gardenStars in the night skyPeople making notes about a plant along the phenology trail


Walnut Creek was established by Prescott National Forest (PNF) to serve as a District Ranger Station in 1909. The District Ranger Residence(1934) and barn (1936) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since that time Walnut Creek Ranger Station has also functioned as a work center and station for fire operations.  In the mid-1990’s personnel were moved to the Chino Valley Ranger Station and the fire operations were moved to the newly built Prescott Fire Center. With the buildings no longer used by the PNF, former Chino Valley District Ranger Mark Johnson coordinated with several area educational institutions and formed a partnership called the Walnut Creek Center for Education and Research (WCCER).  Currently WCCER consists of Prescott College, Northern Arizona University, and the Flagstaff Arboretum and operates under a special use permit. Students of all ages visit the facility and participate in various educational activities and research programs. 





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