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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center is to preserve archaeological sites and collections in the Sedona and Verde Valley region of Central Arizona, and to promote their educational, scientific and cultural use We also preserve the history of the Native Americans who made this area their home for thousands of years..

Results: Since our establishment in October 2010 we have increased our membership to over 500, mostly couples. We now have new interactive exhibits and a research laboratory. In May 2011 and are working toward moving to a new building on donated land for expanded research, keeping items in the Verde Valley, and new displays as well as classes with both youth and adults.

Target demographics: with preservation & conservation of 800 year old artifacts and Verde Valley findings

Geographic areas served: Preservation, Conservation, and Education

Programs: Archaeological Research and Analysis Agent of the Archaeological Conservancy sites School programs in archaeology and preservation Exhibit and display development Museum displays and visitor enhancement for Verde Valley Educational field seminars to archaeological sites Classes, hikes, and workshops for our members

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

For over 20 years I have been volunteering within the archaeology community of the Verde Valley. A major emphasis which I found lacking was unification throughout the various towns/cities within the Verde Valley emphasizing the wealth of undiscovered/unappreciated pre-history within this verdant valley. During the late 1800's, the archaeologists who came and saw the exception number of sites here took what they uncovered and sent same back to the Smithsonian and other museums in the East, because there were sadly lacking facilities here in the Southwest who even had room for the artifacts.

The aim of the VVAC is to provide an accredited museum facility to show the world the exceptional ability of ancestral peoples in their adaptation to an environment and - indeed - improving on that environment with outstanding examples of weaving, ceramics, archaeo-astronomy, and so much more which needs study and analysis. Our members are dedicated to learning more each day about the pre-historic Southwest and implementing the best of our efforts in identifying and processing our findings for the benefit of the entire arena of Southwestern archaeology.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is fantastic,. They bring a wealth of knowledge and learning to the whole state. Don't take my word, one visit will tell it all.


Rating: 4

The center is into preserving Native American Past and Document their lives during the time they lived, hunted and farmed in the Verde Valley.


Rating: 5

The Center has a number of very interesting exhibits and displays. The docents are knowledgeable and can help tourists and locals to better understand the prehistory of the area.