Landforms & Lifeforms

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Landforms & Lifeforms Taylor McKinnon January 26th-April 12th, 2024 Landforms & Lifeforms is a collection of fine art photographs exploring the beauty of western North American landscapes—the austere and intimate, the bold and obscure. The images, often minimalist, seek landscapes and biodiversity in essential form. The collection celebrates careful observation and our sense of beauty as […]

Nature Photography, Art, and Activism

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Nature Photography, Art, and Activism February 22nd, 2024 Taylor McKinnon is an artist by accident and an activist by trade. In this artist talk, McKinnon will discuss nature photography as a practice of natural history— of mutually reinforcing, deeply intertwined endeavors of observation, art, love, and activism. McKinnon will discuss the fight to protect most […]

Free

Cacti: Discovering Desert Landscapes and Their Plants

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

  In this series of lectures and field excursions, the Natural History Institute invites you to explore desert environments and the strategies plants use to survive in them. Mark your calendars and register now for our upcoming Cacti series events! Sunday, March 3rd - Thursday, March 6th Sonoran Desert Naturalist Field Camp, a multi-day field camp with […]

Sonoran Desert Naturalist Field Camp

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Sonoran Desert Naturalist Field Camp At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument March 3-6, 2024 Spring is beginning in the desert. Hummingbirds sparkle in their search for nectar and mates. Thrashers sing and gather sticks for nests. Brittlebrush blooms along the roadsides. Secret ephemeral flowers emerge from the ground. The sunsets linger later into the night. […]

$625

The Chollas: Examples of Evolutionary Strategies

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

What’s cylindrical, succulent, with spines all over? Chollas! In this upcoming Speaker Series presentation, botanist Dr. Marc Baker will be sharing some fascinating insights into the evolutionary strategies of cacti in the genus Cylindropuntia, commonly known as chollas. Dr. Baker will delve into the various evolutionary processes - such as apogamy, hybridization, polyploidy, and dioecy […]

Free

Roadside Cacti Tour

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Roadside Cacti Tour, a field excursion with Dr. Marc Baker Saturday, March 16th, 8am-5pm Join local botanist and cacti expert Dr. Marc Baker on a roadside cacti tour, identifying everything from cholla to barrel cactus. This field excursion will take us to neighboring desert communities near Congress, displaying the fascinating convergence of the Sonoran and […]

$75

Nature Photography for Everyone

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Nature Photography for Everyone March 23rd, 2024 Let's go to nature, see what the day brings, and spend the day making pictures. Join artist Taylor McKinnon in the field to discuss composition, light, and the fundamentals of how cameras work. You'll get the chance to practice isolating interesting and beautiful subjects near and far and […]

On Growth and Form: Ecology and Evolution of Columnar Cacti

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

On Thursday, March 28th, 2024, join the Natural History Institute in a presentation by Alberto Búrquez titled On Growth and Form: Ecology and Evolution of Columnar Cacti. More details and registration are coming soon! Alberto Búrquez, Ph.D.,  works as a researcher at the Instituto de Ecología, Department of Ecology of Biodiversity, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de […]

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Dusty Trails and Desert Tales: The Big Shipp Canyon Excursion

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

  Embark on a unique day-long journey through the remote and rugged beauty of Big Shipp Canyon, which cuts deep into a basalt lava flow. This off-trail escapade promises encounters with perennial water sources in the Sonoran Desert, ancient rock art, untouched vistas, and a fascinating geologic history. Register via Eventbrite Highlights: - Guided off-trail […]

$75

Grand Canyon Exploratory Naturalist Backpacking Trip

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Spring warms its way into summer inside the Grand Canyon. Lazuli Buntings sing from the greening crowns of well-watered cottonwoods. Cliffrose and Redbud erupt into bloom along the south rim creek edges. The last cactus flowers grace the shale floor of the Tonto Plateau. The upper formations of the canyon, Kaibab Limestone, Torroweap Formation, and […]

$1085

Diatremes and Anticlines, Dwellings and Petroglyphs: The Geology and Human History of the San Juan River

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

This multi-day river adventure explores the rich geology and human history of the San Juan River with interpretation from geologist Dr. Flemming Mengel and humanities scholar Dr. Reuben Ellis. This is a river trip of legendary proportions! Join us on an exclusive multi-day river adventure that explores the rich human history and geology of the […]

$985