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 as new events get added to our lineup.

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  • Natural History Book Club: Bird Sense
    09:30 -11:00
    16-06-2017

    Event Description:

    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

    Cost:

    Free

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Past Events

Take a look at some of the past programs and events we have hosted at the Natural History Institute.

Peccary Ecology

The Wildlife Society at Prescott College hosted a talk by Mariana Altrichter, Ph. D., on her field studies in Costa Rica tracking peccaries. She detailed the ecology of peccaries in Costa Rica and talked about the field methods used to track them. She also included...

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A Night with Terry Tempest Williams

  Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women were Birds, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and many more titles, read from her latest book The Hour of Land. She was joined by her husband, Brooke Williams, activist and author of Halflives: Reconciling Work and...

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How To Use Your Local Herberium

  This event and talk introduced everything the NHI is focusing on with the herbarium. There were talks on how to use, mount, and collect specimen, how SEINet is used, and what the NHI has to offer. Attendees were able to get a full understanding of how they can...

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Garden Party

  A group of volunteers, young and old, came out to the NHI to help plant and install signs at the pollinator garden outside the NHI. The pollinator garden is a designated way station for Monarchs, and serves as a great place for students and community members to...

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Live Nude (Plant) Drawing

2nd and 4th Fridays, Spring 2015 The Natural History Institute hosted live nude plant models to be drawn by all who attended. A great opportunity to practice your drawing skills, whether its scientific or abstract. Live plant models gave attendees the ability to get...

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Scientific Illustration

  Prescott College course Observations of Nature: the Art of Scientific Illustration used NHI specimen to practice and learn the skills of scientific illustration. Students had the ability to learn from the many bird, insect, and plant specimen. The NHI hosted an...

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Invertebrates and Springs

  Larry Stevens studies springs in the arid southwest, with special attention to invertebrates that inhabit them. Larry Stevens gave a presentation on the most threatened and least understood ecosystems on the planet. The presentation was followed the next day...

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Environmental Studies showcase

Three Prescott College environmental studies students showcased their independent study and senior projects from the year, showing the vast diversity and potential of what students can bring to the table. The themes included Geologic History of the Four Corners...

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Beautiful Sea

  Author Chris Norment came to the Peregrine Book Company on behalf of the Natural History Institute to read selections from his book Relics of a Beautiful Sea: survival, extinction, and conservation in a desert...

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It’s Alive!

  The NHI hosted a nature horror movie double feature, showing The Wasp Woman and The Little Shop of Horrors. The event fundraised money for the new specimen cabinets at the NHI...

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