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 as new events get added to our lineup.
Natural History Book Club—Offering guided discussions on a diverse array of environmental and natural history literature for scholarship, inspiration, and understanding, in a welcoming atmosphere. Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 9:30-11am in the Natural History Institute Gallery. Tea will be served. All are welcome to attend!
For June 16, 2017
Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird, by Tim Birkhead (2012)
“Most people would love to be able to fly like a bird, but few of us are aware of the other sensations that make being a bird a gloriously unique experience. What is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? How do desert birds detect rain hundreds of kilometers away? How do birds navigate by using an innate magnetic compass?
Tracing the history of how our knowledge about birds has grown, particularly through advances in technology over the past fifty years, Bird Sense tells captivating stories about how birds interact with one another and their environment.” —From Goodreads.com
NHI Director Tom Fleischner presents keynote address, “Natural History and the Deep Well of Community.”
Take a look at some of the past programs and events we have hosted at the Natural History Institute.
The Natural History Institute co-sponsored the 14th Annual Arizona Botany Meeting with the AZ Native Plant Society. We celebrated and explored the valuable zone of diversity of the Mogollon Highlands by presenting on topics related to Arizona's transition zone and...read more
Will Duncan shared ideas and insights from three years of silence, living alone in a small cabin at the edge of the Chiricahua Mountains. Exploring what happens to the mind when it slows down so drastically, Duncan shared how his relationship with the natural...read more
During the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Prescott College, we led a Monarch tagging workshop for Southwest Monarch Study. One participant and PC alumn, Michael Belef wrote about his experience: Lisa Zander (2012), Program Coordinator and Collections Manager of the...read more
The Natural History Institute hosted a screening of the documentary film Symphony of the Soil directed by Debora Koons Garcia. Patrons enjoyed a variety of Non-GMO snacks during the feature presentation. From glaciers, to volcanoes, from worms, to poop ---...read more
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...read more
Arthropalooza, hosted at the Highlands Center for Natural History, explored the world of insects, spiders, and more! With interactive tables on pollinators, spiders, and many more of our local 6 and 8 legged creatures, captured the imagination of all who attended....read more
Within 10 miles of downtown Prescott, plant communities range from conifer forests through foothill woodlands and chaparral to grassland at the fringe of Chino and Prescott Valley. Riparian habitats enrich this complex of vegetation types. Carl and Joan celebrates the...read more
Two Prescott College students, Micah Riegner and Will Flemer, melded art and science showcasing their art from their experiences in the tropics and Africa. Micah presented detailed sketches with watercolors that he completed during an independent study that was...read more
Spring 2016 Entomologist Phil McNally, Ph.D. collected and identified insects from Central and South America over 25 years. The NHI was proud to display a variety of insects from his explorations. The beautiful display offered information and views of orchid bees,...read more
Why read about natural history? "We should know what’s going on in the world around us. We need more viewpoints than the typical, one-sided news stories we see. People aren’t close enough to nature anymore. We, as human beings, have lost touch with how we fit into...read more
Don't you hate when you see a grass and just don't know what it is? This grass ID workshop solved that problem! Grasses were broken all the way down to their roots and the many parts and variations among species were explored during the workshop. Focus was put...read more
The Wildlife Society hosted an open mic for students to present on ecology-related projects from their semester. Presentations included a talk on fires acting as firebreaks, the use of drones in science, and human ecology in...read more