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

February 28, 2018, 1:00pm - February 28, 2018, 5:00pm+4March 7, 2018, 1:00pm - March 7, 2018, 5:00pmMarch 14, 2018, 1:00pm - March 14, 2018, 5:00pmMarch 21, 2018, 1:00pm - March 21, 2018, 5:00pmMarch 28, 2018, 1:00pm - March 28, 2018, 5:00pm

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

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Drawing from the Collections, with Julie Comnick

Drawing from the Collections, with Julie Comnick

March 2, 2018, 4:00pm - March 2, 2018, 6:00pm+2March 3, 2018, 9:00am - March 3, 2018, 4:00pmMarch 4, 2018, 9:00am - March 4, 2018, 12:00pm

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

This 3-day, hands-on workshop is an introduction to the Art of Natural History Illustration through engagement with the archives at the Natural History Institute. Participants will learn a variety of illustration techniques including drawing in graphite and pen-and-ink, and painting in gouache and watercolor. Subject matter will be selected from botanical, ornithological and entomological specimens from the Natural History Institute’s vast collections.

Friday 4-6 will offer a survey of historic and contemporary approaches to scientific Illustration, and an orientation to the NHI collections; Saturday 9-4 will include technical instruction, individual feedback, and open studio worktime; and Sunday 9-12 will be the completion of projects and an open house exhibition. Participants will leave the workshop with several completed illustrations. All materials are provided.

Julie Comnick is an artist and educator in Flagstaff, AZ. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions nationally, group exhibitions internationally, reviewed in national publications, and supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She received an MFA in Painting at Montana State University and a BA at The Evergreen State College, and has 14 years of fulltime teaching experience in painting, drawing, scientific illustration, and public art. Comnick is a member of the faculty of the School of Art at Northern Arizona University. www.juliecomnick.com

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Restoration Ecology, with Bill Throop

Restoration Ecology, with Bill Throop

March 5, 2018, 7:00pm - March 5, 2018, 8:30pm

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

Bill Throop is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. His PhD at Brown University focused on philosophy of science. He has published numerous articles on ethics and ecological restoration and edited the first book on the topic. He has served on the editorial boards of Restoration Ecology and Environmental Ethics. He is currently working on a book project titled: Flourishing amid the Age of Climate Change – Finding the Heart of Sustainability.

The practice of ecological restoration engages us in deliberation about who we should be in relation to evolving systems. Some argue that climate change compromises the traditional aims of restoration. Instead, they argue we should design and manage ecosystems for the new context. Throop argues that the moral reasons for ecological restoration should make us wary of abandoning the traditional aims of restoration goal-setting.
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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. The complete sequence of the live performance will happen between 7:00 and 9:00, with two breaks in that period to view the photography, video and sound installations. There will also be time before and after the live performance to view the installations. 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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Field Ornithology in the Mogollon Highlands, w/Felipe Guerrero

Field Ornithology in the Mogollon Highlands, w/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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Natural History Book Club: Naturalist by E.O. Wilson

Natural History Book Club: Naturalist by E.O. Wilson

April 20, 2018, 9:00am - April 20, 2018, 10:00am

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

Edward O. Wilson was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929 and was drawn to the natural environment from a young age. After studying evolutionary biology at the University of Alabama, he has spent his career focused on scientific research and teaching, including forty-one years on the faculty of Harvard University.

Wilson's twenty-six books and more than four hundred mostly technical articles have won him over one hundred awards in science and letters, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Much of his personal and professional life is chronicled in the memoir Naturalist, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Science in 1995. - Liveright Publishing Corporation

In Naturalist, Wilson describes for the first time both his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science he has helped define. He traces the trajectory of his life – from a childhood spent exploring the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida to life as a tenured professor at Harvard – detailing how his youthful fascination with nature blossomed into a lifelong calling.

The story of Wilson's life provides fascinating insights into the making of a scientist, and a valuable look at some of the most thought-provoking ideas of our time. – Island Press

(Photo: Cover of the first edition)
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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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