Upcoming Events

Natural History Calendar of Events

We are proud to offer natural history events that are open to everyone, often free, and always fun. Look through our calendar for upcoming programs, or sign up for our “local events” email list, and we’ll notify you prior to each event.  

A more extensive list of our scheduled programs can be found here.  

Open Lab Hours

Open Lab Hours

January 24, 2018, 1:00pm - January 24, 2018, 5:00pm+1January 31, 2018, 1:00pm - January 31, 2018, 5:00pm

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

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Panel Discussion: Healing with Nature

Panel Discussion: Healing with Nature

January 24, 2018, 6:00pm - January 24, 2018, 7:30pm

Sedona Posse Grounds Hub
525 Posse Ground Rd
Sedona, AZ  86336 Map

Tom Fleischner from the Natural History Institute & Richard Sidy from Gardens for Humanity will be joined by fellow panelists: Bill McDorman (Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance), Sarah Twombly (Good Samaritan Hospice) & Patty West (Verde Valley School) in a discussion of "Healing with Nature".

This special event, which takes place on Wednesday evening, January 24th from 6-7:30PM, will be moderated by Bob Ellis from the Natural History Institute.

The panel discussion is part of Healing Interconnections: Nature ❧ Spirit ❧ Art, an exhibition featuring artists Adele Seronde, Edie Dillon, Cazaubon Seronde & Eveline Horelle Dailey, and is co-sponsored by Gardens for Humanity and the Natural History Institute.
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The Gulf of California, with Lorayne Meltzer

The Gulf of California, with Lorayne Meltzer

February 1, 2018, 7:00pm - February 1, 2018, 8:30pm

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

What happens when one of the world’s most productive and bio-diverse marine communities meets one of the world's most bio-diverse deserts? Magic! Join us as Lorayne Meltzer takes us for an engaging and informative tour of the natural history of the Gulf of California.

Lorayne is the Director of the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies and Prescott College Environmental Studies Faculty.
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Lighting the Fire: A Natural History of Story, with Bob Ellis

Lighting the Fire: A Natural History of Story, with Bob Ellis

February 15, 2018, 7:00pm - February 15, 2018, 8:30pm

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

From the Pleistocene birthing of humans onto African savannahs to present day, the power of story exerts a deep and abiding force on humanity. The predilection of humans to learn narratively is an adaptive trait that has evolved over 8,000 generations.

Bob Ellis, the Program Director at the Natural History Institute, uses humor, current research and his own stories to share with the audience a provocative and uplifting vision that touts the importance of the inter-play between story, beauty, and place.
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Natural History Book Club: Bats Sing, Mice Giggle

Natural History Book Club: Bats Sing, Mice Giggle

February 16, 2018, 9:00am - February 16, 2018, 10:30am

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle is the culmination of many years of cutting-edge scientific research that reveals how animals have secret, inner lives of which until recently—although animal lovers will have instinctively believed it—we have had little proof.

The authors [Karen Shanor, Ph.D. & Jagmeet Kanwal, Ph.D] show how animals communicate; how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some problem-solve even more effectively than humans; and how they build, create, and entertain themselves and others. —GoodReads


“Full of interesting facts . . . presented in a friendly, readable way that will appeal to most young adult and adult readers with an interest in the world around them. The authors discuss a remarkably wide range of topics [in] an easy general-reading
text that introduces readers to interesting avenues of scientific research and observation.”—SB&F
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Natural History Book Club: Fire on the Plateau

Natural History Book Club: Fire on the Plateau

March 16, 2018, 9:00am - March 16, 2018, 10:30am

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

"This book recounts my journey through the Colorado Plateau, a journey through place and time and self.... During my explorations of more than three decades, I found a land that sears into my heart and soul, a place that has taught me and changed me. I also discovered a land of conflict and endurance, a land that has given birth to one of the great chapters in American history." --from the Introduction

Throughout, [Charles] Wilkinson uses his own personal experiences as a lawyer working with Indian people and his heartfelt insights about a land that he grew to love to tie together the threads of the story. Fire on the Plateau is a vital and dynamic work that is sure to strike a chord with anyone interested in the past or future of the American Southwest. -- Amazon Business
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Intimacy with Disappearance, Durational Performance Installation

Intimacy with Disappearance, Durational Performance Installation

March 23, 2018, 6:30pm - March 24, 2018, 10:00pm

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

"Intimacy with Disappearance" presented by the performance group Ævium will premier at The Natural History Institute, 126 N. Marina Street in Prescott, AZ on March 23rd and 24th, 6:30-10:00pm. Click on the following link to purchase tickets www.witd.org/aevium

Ævium is a collaborative, time-based, female, multi-generational dance theatre ensemble with a 23-year history of working together. In their new work, six dancer/choreographers are joined by a photographer, videographer and sound artist to create a multi-media Durational Performance Installation.

"Intimacy with Disappearance" was initially envisioned during an artist residency at Playa Fellowship Residency Program in the Great Basin Region of Eastern Oregon. Inspired by the desert ecosystem, the group began to explore the many notions of disappearance, both internally and externally. The project addresses numerous kinds and causes of invisibility—sexism, ageism, cultural, political, spiritual and ecological. Intimacy with Disappearance is a meditation on aging, gender, and our relationships to each other and to the natural environment.

"Intimacy with Disappearance" has become a meditation on various expressions of loss and invisibility. It expresses the macro and micro views of both inner and outer landscapes, and the deep memories formed and collected within a human lifetime juxtaposed to the geologic stories housed within the natural environment. It also has become a rumination in the parallel degradation of the feminine and the natural world.

Collaborators include Dancers/Choreographers: Delisa Myles, Breanna Rogers, Ashley Fine and Sedona Ortega of Prescott, AZ, Jayne Lee of Flagstaff, AZ and Mizu Desierto of Portland, OR. Photographer, Miana Jun of Riegelsville, PA, Videographer Stephen Miller and Sound Artist Lisa DeGrace of Portland, OR. Tom Fleischner, Natural History Institute Executive Director will be the panel facilitator.

The Durational Performance Installation will occur within a 3 ½ hour time frame, from 6:30 to 10:00pm. During this time, the audience is free to come and go to view the scenes of live performance, video projection, photography exhibition and sound recordings in various spaces throughout the Natural History Institute building. The format of the performance will be more in the vein of a gallery experience, and the audience will be guided from site to site to view performance installations in several spaces. Rather than being a sit-down theatre-type experience, most of the installations will be viewed from a standing or temporarily seated position.

Ævium has been funded to create "Intimacy with Disappearance" through grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. They have also partnered with the non-profit organizations Natural History Institute and Water in the Desert in Portland. "Intimacy with Disappearance" premiers in Prescott in March, then travels to Portland in June, 2018.

Collaborators include Dancers/Choreographers Delisa Myles, Breanna Rogers, Ashley Fine and Sedona Ortega of Prescott, AZ, Jayne Lee of Flagstaff, AZ and Mizu Desierto of Portland, OR. Photographer Miana Jun of Riegelsville, PA, Videographer Stephen Miller and Sound Artist Lisa DeGrace of Portland, OR.

Because of the size of the space and the nature of the performance, only 60 tickets per evening will be sold. Sliding Scale tickets from $15, for students to $50, for Ævium Sponsors are available only online at www.witd.org/aevium.

There will also be a free panel discussion about the process and concepts of the project on Sunday March 25th at The Natural History Institute. Stay tuned for details.
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Ornithology in the Mogollon Highlands, with Felipe Guerrero

Ornithology in the Mogollon Highlands, with Felipe Guerrero

March 29, 2018, 7:00pm - March 29, 2018, 8:30pm

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ  86301 Map

Learn about recent exploration and discovery in the Mogollon Highlands with Highlands Center for Natural History Education Director and Field Expeditions Chair for Arizona Field Ornithologists, Felipe Guerrero.... See MoreSee Less

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Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness

Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness

April 29, 2018, 3:00pm - April 29, 2018, 5:00pm

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA  98122 Map

Thomas Lowe Fleischner, executive director of the Natural History Institute and editor of this anthology, will be joined by contributors Peter H. Kahn, Jr., professor at the University of Washington, Saul Weisberg, executive director of North Cascades Institute, and nationally exhibited artist, Edie Dillon.

Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness declares that nurturing a love for our biologically and culturally diverse planet is essential in this time of turbulence and change.

Throughout this illuminating collection, a diverse array of authors—psychologists, poets, biologists, artists, and more—share personal stories that reveal a common theme: when we pay conscious, careful attention to our wider world, we strengthen our core humanity.

The Mercury News (San Jose, CA), included Nature, Love, Medicine on its list of "Recommended Books About Nature", 12/26/17: "....it offers short, thought-provoking pieces about why the writers fell in love with the outdoors, as well as lovely accounts of how being in nature has helped many in the healing process of injuries or hurtful life experiences.”
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Gulf of California, México: Wild Islands, Rich Desert

Gulf of California, México: Wild Islands, Rich Desert

May 14, 2018, 12:00am - May 14, 2018, 11:59pm

Sonora, México

Join NHI Executive Director, Tom Fleischner, as he leads an exploration of one of the most diverse deserts in North America – the Central Gulf Coast Subdivision of the Sonoran Desert!

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