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The Natural History Institute provides leadership and resources for a revitalized practice of natural history that integrates art, science, and humanities to promote the health and well-being of humans and the rest of the natural world.




We’re excited to announce our second Touchstone Tour— heading to a hotspot of marine and desert diversity— the islands and Sonoran Desert coastline of the Sea of Cortez.  NHI Executive Director Tom Fleischner will lead a small group exploration of this remarkable region May 14-20, 2018.  Details available here.


We are pleased to feature THE NATURAL HISTORIES PROJECT on our updated website.  The Project is a series of audio excerpts from more than 120 conversations between eminent naturalists.   These interviews took place during a National Science Foundation-funded project, “The Natural History Initiative: From Decline to Rebirth,” in 2011. The interviews and photography were the work of Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele, of bdsjs.com.  (The collaborative NSF grant was to Prescott College and the University of Washington; NHI Executive Director Tom Fleischner was one of the Principal Investigators, along with Josh Tewksbury and Kirsten Rowell)

Featured Article

An article –– “A Preliminary Description of the Mogollon Highlands Ecoregion”— by NHI Research Affiliates David Hanna and Lisa Floyd-Hanna and Executive Director Tom Fleischner appeared in the recent edition of The Plant Press, the journal of the Arizona Native Plant Society.

This paper, part of our Mogollon Highlands initiative, delineates boundaries of this remarkably diverse region, and makes a case for its great ecological importance.

Ævium: Intimacy with Disappearance

 Join us in Prescott, AZ – March 23 & 24, 2018

A collaborative, time-based, female, inter-generational dance theater ensemble with a 24-year history of working together. Intimacy with Disappearance is a meditation on aging, gender, our relationships to each other and to the natural environment. Presented as a durational performance installation integrating dance, live music, film and photography, the audience is invited to come and go throughout the evening.

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