September 11 & 12
Partnered with Highlands Center for Natural History, The Highlands Nature Festival introduced the diverse Central Arizona Highlands ecosystems to all attendees. The festival began with a symposium of a four member panel which included Prescott College President, John Flicker, Executive Director at KYl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute, Sarah Porter, Prescott College Professor, Walt Anderson, and Founding Director of Highlands Center for Natural History, Nichole Trushell. The panel responded to questions on the topic Why the study of natural history is important to building a sustainable society. The following day, a series of field trips were led around the greater Prescott area, these included bird walks, geology talks, field journaling, creek explorations, a tour of the Upper Verde, a butterfly walk, citizen science talks, and many more exciting and diverse topics.
The NHI was proud to host a talk on Natural History in a Digital Age: online resources for identification, observation, and citizen science, by Liza Zander, Program Coordinator and Collections Manager at the NHI. The talk focused on using technology to identify species, document observations, and contribute to citizen science by introducing the participants to accessible and understandable online tools and apps.