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The Highlands Nature Festival Featured

By Tom Agostina July 12, 2016 1501

It's the 2nd Annual Highlands Nature Festival.

Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4, 2016

Friday Keynote Address with Cody Lundin: Yavapai College Susan B Hall Community Room, Free

Inspirational Field Trips - Saturday and Sunday mornings, Fees Involved

Saturday Open House 1-5pm Highlands Center, Free to Participants

The Highlands Center for Natural History presents the 2nd Annual Highlands Nature Festival. This exciting Labor Day fest will run September 2-4 and feature three days of inspiration, discovery and celebration. Throughout the festival, local and regional naturalists and partner organizations including The Central Arizona Land Trust, Central Arizona Geology Club, Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design, Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, Natural History Institute of Prescott College, Prescott Audubon Society, Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society, Prescott Creeks, and Yavapai Group Sierra Club will lead interactive hands-on field trips and workshops, exploring many areas of our natural surroundings. 

The Highlands Nature Festival opens Friday evening, September 2nd, with A Conversation with Cody Lundin, internationally known outdoor survival instructor, at the Yavapai College Susan B Hall Community Room.  This special Keynote Address is free and open to the public (registration required). https://hnf16keynote.eventbrite.com

Saturday and Sunday morning’s interactive Field Trips, led by the Festivals partner organizations, will explore many areas of our natural surroundings, including Central Highlands geology, our plant and mammal neighbors, our many species of birds, butterflies and other insects, our precious watersheds and riparian areas, and more!  For a complete list of Field Trips and for registration information please visit http://www.highlandscenter.org/events/highlands-nature-festival

On Saturday afternoon, from 1-5pm, at the Highlands Center, the Highlands Nature Festival Open House, hosted by the presenting organizations and sponsors, will allow all festival participants an opportunity to discover, learn and celebrate the Highlands Nature Festival. 

For a complete list of Highlands Nature Festival activities and for registration information please visit http://www.highlandscenter.org/events/highlands-nature-festival. Registration can be made online at https://hnf16.eventbrite.com or by phone at 928-776-9550.

PRESENTING ORGANIZATION

The Highlands Center for Natural History

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

Hike Shack    

Yavapai College – Regional Economic Center     

Jay's Bird Barn

COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE

The Central Arizona Land Trust                            

Central Arizona Geology Club

Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design                  

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

Natural History Institute of Prescott College        

Prescott Audubon Society

Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society

Prescott Creeks                                                        

Yavapai Group Sierra Club

SATURDAY FIELD TRIPS

Wildlife Photography

Stephen Bruno, Wildlife & Nature Photographer, Prescott Audubon Society

Lynx Lake South Shore. $40 (parking fee included)

7:30am-11:30am

Difficulty Level: Easy

Bring the manual for your camera if you have one. 

Extra batteries are beneficial.

The Flora, Birds, and Geology of the Granite Dells 

Prescott Chapter of the AZ Native Plant Society

Ecosa’s Granite Dells Campus.$30 

7:30am-11:00am

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Plants and Birds of Granite Basin

Carl Tomoff, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental

Studies, Prescott College

Granite Basin Lake. $35 (parking fee included)

7:30am-11:00am

Difficulty Level: Easy

Binoculars and field notebook recommended.

Geologic Hike in the Granite Dells

Harry and Debbie Allen, Central Arizona Geology Club

Constellation Trail System. $20

8:30am – 11:00am

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Fire Ecology

Lisa Floyd-Hanna, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Studies, Natural History Institute of Prescott College, 

Little Granite Mountain Trailhead. $30

8:30am-11:00am

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Bird Journaling Workshop  

Neil Rizos

Highlands Center for Natural History. $40

8:30am-12:30pm

Difficulty Level: Easy

 Participants will need to bring their own drawing pad, 11x14 or larger, your favorite drawing materials, and a photo of a bird you want to draw on a digital device or a printout.

Stepping Back in Time in the Heart of the Dells

Joe Trudeau, Ecological Consultant

Chris Hosking, City of Prescott Trails Specialist 

Flume Trail, Granite Dells. $20

9:00am -11:30am

Difficulty Level: Easy- Moderate

Urban Creek Explorations - Granite Creek Downtown

Peter Pierson and Guy Whol, Prescott Creeks

Greenway Trail. $35. Lunch is included

9am -12pm

Difficulty Level: Easy

Highlands Plants: A Natural Selection

Walt Anderson, Professor of Environmental Studies, Prescott College  

Highlands Center for Natural History.  $30

8:30am-11:45am

Difficulty Level: Easy

SUNDAY FIELD TRIPS

Plant and Landscape Photography

Stephen Bruno, Wildlife & Nature Photographer, Prescott Audubon Society

Aspen Creek. $40 

7:30am-11:30am

Difficulty Level: Easy- Moderate

Bring the manual for your camera if you have one. 

Extra batteries are beneficial.

Birds in the Bradshaws 

Felipe Guerrero, Education Coordinator, Highlands Center for Natural History. 

Kendell Camp.  $20

8:30am – 10:30am

Difficulty Level: Moderate

The Intricate Geology of the Highlands: Evidence of Plate Tectonics & Continent Building

Steve Van Slyke, Highlands Center

Naturalist

and Geology Specialist

Highlands Center for Natural History. $30

10:00am-1:00pm

Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate

Bring a sack lunch to enjoy together.

An Unseen Ecology:  How Birds Prepare for the Long Journey. 

Dena Greenwood, Naturalist/Field Ornithologist 

Highlands Center for Natural History. $20

9am-11am

Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate 

Please bring binoculars and a birding field guide.

Behind the Scenes with the Animals: Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary 

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. $35 Lunch is included

10am-1pm

Difficulty Level: Easy   

Please wear closed toed shoes.

 

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