The Natural History Institute
"Natural History is a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy."
The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.
Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:
• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions
From ecology to art, the practice of natural history in the field is a long tradition at Prescott College. Time spent outside, observing the diverse array of life in our communities, and on our planet, leads to a sense of kinship and responsibility for conservation of all life.
Other academic institutions continue to scale down their field studies, despite the urgent need to better understand our world and to know its inhabitants.
We invite you to become a part of the resurgence of natural history. Your donation will help us expand the programming, and resources we offer.
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Natural History Institute on Vimeo
Find past guest speaker presentations on our Vimeo channel.
NHI 2013-2014 Annual Report
This, our second annual report, is a field guide to our initiatives, programs, and resources this past year. It was a thrilling year, as our vision for a thriving Natural History Institute became a vital reality.
Why Natural History Matters
By Thomas L. Fleischner, published in the Journal of Natural History Education and Experience, Volume 5 (2011)
An Invitation to Attentiveness & Imagination
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In the News
Prescott College's Natural History Institute Awarded $40K Grant
Grant to pay for examination of declining field study prospects for college students, Daily Courier, August 18, 2015
NHI Inherits Herbarium Collection
07/14/14 by Patrick Whitehurst of The Daily Courier, Prescott, ArizonaVisit site >
Natural histories: The art and science of science and art
11/1/13 by James Dungeon of 5enses Magazine, Prescott, Arizona
The Oldest Tradition
Humanity's oldest tradition is strong at the Prescott College Natural History Institute. Spring 2013, Tom Fleischner, Transitions Magazine