Prescott College Presents Nature Writer Craig Childs, “Ends of the Earth”


Live lava. Melting icecaps. The driest deserts on the planet.

Most people will never have the opportunity to journey to these extreme environments, but award-winning nature writer, storyteller, and Prescott College alumnus Craig Childs MA ’99 returns to Prescott College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 to take audiences with him on his travels to “Ends of the Earth”.

All are welcome free of charge to this evening of adventure tales, dazzling photography and footage as Craig shares a collection of fresh journeys across extreme environments from the Atacama Desert to the Bering Strait and beyond, bringing in observations on the natural sciences and archaeology.

The event will take place at Prescott College Crossroads Center (behind 220 Grove Avenue) and is sponsored by the Offices of the President, Student Life and Student Union of Prescott College. For information please contact The Office of Student Life, 928-350-1005, or email

Craig Childs is an Arizona native, growing up “back and forth” between here and Colorado. With a mother hooked on outdoor adventure and a father who liked “whiskey, guns, and Thoreau”, his life was “rigged from the start,” he admits. In his teens, Childs began working as a river guide, and since then has held numerous jobs to support his field time, from gas station attendant to journalist to beer bottler.

Now making a living as a writer, Childs lives off the grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado. Since his graduation from Prescott College with a Master’s degree in 1999, he has since mentored other notable nature writers through the college’s low-residency programs.  

Craig has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure and is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, Orion, and High Country News. His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia.  

The New York Times says "Childs's feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe-inspiring: he's a modern-day desert father." He has been called a “born storyteller” by the New York Sun, and the LA Times says his writing is “like pure oxygen”, and "stings like a slap in the face." He has won several key awards including the 2008 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, the 2007 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and the 2003 Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, an honor he shares with Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams and N. Scott Momaday.

Prescott College’s bookstore is open to the public and carries seven of Craig’s books: The Animal Dialogues; Crossing Paths: Uncommon Encounters with Animals in the Wild; The Desert Cries; House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest; The Secret Knowledge of Water: There Are Two Easy Ways to Die in the Desert: Thirst and Drowning; Soul of Nowhere; and The Way Out: A True Story of Ruin and Survival.

Prescott College offers a resident undergraduate program at its main campus in Prescott, Ariz., as well as low-residency bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in which students complete their studies in their home communities with the help of faculty mentors. All programs emphasize student-directed, experience-based learning-by-doing, environmental and cultural awareness, and social justice. For more information please contact Mary Lin, M.Ed., Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 928-350-4503 or More information is on the web at