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The Art of Exploration

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Art of Exploration: How field sketching and journaling bridge science, conservation, and well-being

Naturalist, artist, and explorer Roseann Hanson will share the history of human exploration and curiosity expressed in field sketching and journaling, from the stone age to today, and why it’s still an essential activity. In this age of digital dominance in our communications, she will build a case as to why we cannot lose the analog activity of observation, drawing, and writing (by hand!) about the natural world is the key to connecting more people to science and nature conservation, as well as a path to personal well-being.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

*The event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required to attend. The talk will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel for those unable to attend in person.

Roseann Hanson is a naturalist, artist, and explorer who has been keeping science-based nature and field notes journals for 40 years. She is one of the organizers of the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, and is the author of the popular books Nature Journaling for a Wild Life, and Master of Field Arts. She studied journalism and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, and has worked in the American Southwest, Mexico, and East Africa as a conservationist, naturalist, and writer. She has authored a dozen natural history and outdoor books, including the Southern Arizona Nature Almanac with her husband Jonathan Hanson, and San Pedro River: A Discovery Guide, both of which include her nature journal data and art. She was the founding coordinator for the trans-disciplinary Art & Science Program at the 115-year-old Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, part of the University of Arizona College of Science. She teaches nature writing, nature journaling, and field notes for biologists. She was named a Fellow of both the Explorers Club in the U.S. and the Royal Geographical Society for her conservation and expedition work. You can find her on social media at https://www.facebook.com/roseannhansonexplore or https://www.instagram.com/roseannhanson and on the Hansons’ website through her own Field Arts Institute http://www.exploringoverland.com/fieldarts

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May 2
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Natural History Institute


Natural History Institute
126 N Marina St
Prescott, AZ 86301
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