Ice Age Arizona

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

What was Arizona like during the Ice Age? The glacial environment was cool and moist, and nothing like the hot, dry desert climate experienced in parts of the state today. It was so much wetter that Meteor Crater held a deep, permanent freshwater lake for 40,000 years. Ice Age Arizona was home to an array […]

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Event Series Nature Niños

Nature Niños

Nature Niños is a free community program for families with children ages 0-8 in the Greater Prescott Area.  Park Rangers and community partners (including NHI!) will lead child-centered play events at a different family friendly trail each month. At every Nature Niños event there will be take-home freebies, creative nature activities, storytime, a raffle, and […]

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Lichens: What They Are and Where They Grow

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Stop me if you've heard this one: Alice Algae and Freddy Fungi took a LICHEN to each other. Lichens are unique organisms. Traditional definitions describe them as a close relationship of fungi (the mycobiont) living together with algae (the photobiont). The fungi protects the algae, and the algae uses photosynthesis to make food. Recent research, however, highlights […]

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TRAVELING THE ARTISTIC ROAD

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

In this artist talk by Louise Grunewald, learn about her experience and process and get a sneak preview of her exhibition, My Beloved West. Louise writes: The lifetime journey of an artist could be analogous to a long road trip. It includes much anticipation, planning, dreaming, mapping, exploration into unknown territory, detours, unpaved sections, roadblocks, longer […]

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Event Series Nature Niños

Nature Niños

Nature Niños is a free community program for families with children ages 0-8 in the Greater Prescott Area.  Park Rangers and community partners (including NHI!) will lead child-centered play events at a different family friendly trail each month. At every Nature Niños event there will be take-home freebies, creative nature activities, storytime, a raffle, and […]

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THREE ARIZONAS

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

THREE ARIZONAS Speaker Series talk with David Gilligan Cactus Country, Creeks Country, Canyon Country: what we call Arizona today is comprised of three distinct geographic regions that differ remarkably physically, ecologically, and culturally.  These regions are the Sonoran Desert, the Mogollon Highlands, and the Colorado Plateau.  Join naturalist and explorer David Gilligan for a natural […]

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MOGOLLON HIGHLANDS FIELD DAY

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

MOGOLLON HIGHLANDS FIELD DAY Grab your binoculars and your botany book and head into the field for a day of natural history exploration of the Mogollon Highlands with naturalist David Gilligan.  We will begin with an overview of vegetation maps to gain an appreciation for the significance of the region, then head out into the […]

$25

Annual Wildflower Celebration

Community Nature Center 1981 Williamson Valley Rd, Prescott, AZ, United States

2023 Wildflower Celebration Saturday, August 26th, 2023 8:00am - 11:00am FREE and Open to the Public   Wildflowers rejoice in monsoon moisture; let's rejoice in their colorful blooms!   Join naturalists, park rangers, & wildflower experts for a morning of exploring and learning at the Community Nature Center. There will be guided and self-led tours, […]

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Discovery and Identification of Local Grasses

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

After monsoon season, did you ever notice the vast diversity of distinctive grasses on your walks and wonder what they were? Join NHI and local grasses expert Debbie DeWolf Allen, author of the book Common Grasses of the Central Arizona Highlands, for a morning walk to learn to identify some of the common grasses found in […]

$25

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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Red Rock State Park Field Experience

Natural History Institute 126 N Marina St, Prescott, AZ

Did you know Sedona was coastal property when the Earth's continents assembled into the supercontinent Pangaea? Take a trip back to 280 million years ago and explore the Red Rock State Park— a geologic story of ancestral mountain deposits, an ancient sea, and coastal dunes. Join NHI for a trip to Red Rock State Park to enjoy […]

$65

Mindful Meandering

Community Nature Center 1981 Williamson Valley Rd, Prescott, AZ, United States

We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. On this Mindful Meandering, participants will learn ways to nurture the useful life skill of mindful awareness, while taking a different kind of nature walk. Our focus will be on staying present for what is happening around us and in us when we are in a natural […]