High Places: Reevaluating Hilltop Architecture with Drone Imagery and 3-D Modeling

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

High Places: Reevaluating Hilltop Architecture with Drone Imagery and 3-D Modeling Join the Natural History Institute for a Speaker Series talk by archeologist Michael Kellett, who will share his original research on the Prescott culture area. His research involves drone imagery and 3-D modeling from over 60 hilltop sites, spatial analysis using GIS, and a […]

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We Are of This Place: An Indigenous Natural History of Central Arizona

Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus 601 W Black Hills Dr, Clarkdale, AZ, United States

In partnership with the Yavapai College, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Verde Valley (OLLISV), NHI presents... We Are of This Place: An Indigenous Natural History of Central Arizona In this presentation, Dr. Maurice Crandall connects central Arizona's natural history and resources to the violent displacement and removal of the Yavapai and Dilzhe'e Apache people, and their […]

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Wildcats of Arizona

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Arizona is home to four different species of wildcats including the third largest felid in the world. Wildcats of all species are capable of taking prey much larger than themselves and seemingly impossible feats of athleticism. Feared, loathed, and worshiped, wildcats have had a varied relationship with humans from the beginnings of time. From Jaguars […]

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From the Desert to the Sea: Unveiling Arizona’s Oceanic Connection

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Arizona may be landlocked, but our state's geography and history are intimately tied to the oceans. In this talk with Dr. Ed Boyer, we will dive deep into the connections between the high desert city of Prescott and the oceanic world of the Gulf of California and beyond. Dr. Boyer, a seasoned researcher and field course instructor, […]

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The Intersection of Art and Conservation: Artist Talk with Walt Anderson

Join artist-naturalist Walt Anderson at the NHI to learn how he integrates his love for painting and his commitment to conservation. Register Here Evolution is the ultimate designer, and each organism reflects a winnowing creative process. Good design is beautiful, whether the product is as elegant as a gazelle or as comical (to our biased […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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On Growth and Form: Ecology and Evolution of Columnar Cacti

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Join the NHI and world-renowned researcher Dr. Alberto Burquez for this free presentation on giant columnar cacti, including Arizona's iconic saguaros. There are over 100 species of columnar cacti found throughout Central and South America, the largest and greatest variety of which are found in Mexico. Just three species grow natively as far north as […]

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Prehistoric Obsidian Acquisition and Exchange in West-Central Arizona

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Join the NHI and archaeologist Michael Kellett for a presentation of his original research on obsidian trade routes between prehistoric peoples of west-central Arizona. In this presentation, local archaeologist Michael Kellett, M.A., will present his research on prehistoric obsidian acquisition in the Northern and Southern Sinagua, Prescott, and Cohonina culture areas. Kellett will share the […]

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The Art of Exploration

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

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 […]

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Protecting One Of Arizona’s Last, Best, And Wildest Rivers: The Upper Verde River

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Protecting One Of Arizona's Last, Best, And Wildest Rivers: The Upper Verde River Tucked away in northern Arizona, the upper section of the Verde River, along with its critical tributaries Granite and Sycamore creeks, are some of the most ecologically healthy and economically important free-flowing rivers remaining in Arizona. Due to its remarkable ecological and […]

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Indigenous Skies: Exploring Prehistoric and Contemporary Indigenous Astronomy

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Join paleontologist and scientific illustrator Joshua Ballze for this lecture about prehistoric and contemporary Indigenous astronomy. Join Joshua Ballze, paleontologist and scientific illustrator, as he guides you through a presentation on Astronomy and the art of mapping the skies, examining prehistoric and contemporary Indigenous Astronomy. Gain insight into the significant contributions of Indigenous People to […]

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