Our Mission

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 are proud to have become the publisher of the fine peer-reviewed JOURNAL OF NATURAL HISTORY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. You can access the current issue and full archives free through our webpage (pdfs can be downloaded).

Just out: “The Natural History Renaissance Continues,” by Steve Trombulak, JNHEE Editor (and faculty member at Middlebury College), and our Executive Director, Tom Fleischner. Check out the journal, and consider contributing!

Your Public Lands: Natural History of Sedona and the Edge of the Colorado Plateau

Day Hike in Sedona: Saturday, April 7, 10am-4pm; $45/person; Minimum age: 12 yrs. 

Leaders: Ed Grumbine, Lands Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust; Tom Fleischner, Executive Director, Natural History Institute

Come join the Natural History Institute and the Grand Canyon Trust for a fun, engaging day that’s sure to stimulate your passion for the land. Red rocks and ravens, spring flowers and pinyon pines, traces of people from the past—you will encounter them all and learn about them as you go.  Check our facebook events page for details.  Click here to register. 


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. There’s only ONE  spot left, so don’t miss out…sign up today!


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

 March 23 & 24, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

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.  On Sunday, March 25th, join us for a Panel Discussion from 2-3:30PM.  More information about this free Intimacy with Disappearance event can be found on our website page.     Photography ©Miana Jun

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