Free 10-day event features polar exploration, drones, live raptors, guided hikes
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Legendary polar explorer Will Steger kicks off the 27th annual Flagstaff Festival of Science tonight at 7 p.m., in Ardrey Auditorium at Northern Arizona University. He’ll share compelling stories and images of the changes he’s witnessed in more than 50 years of wilderness expeditions in his presentation, “My Life as an Explorer.”
The Flagstaff Festival of Science – The Science of Change, Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, is offering more than 100 free science education activities featuring space exploration, endangered plants and animals, live raptors including a golden eagle, drones and robots, a dissecting workshop and Arizona’s own prehistoric reptile Arizonasaurus babbitti. Events include the Flagstaff Star Party, Science in the Park, SCI Talks, guided hikes into the forest, and open houses at research stations and museums. The 10-day Festival also will offer field trips to archaeological sites during the National Park Service’s centennial year and celebrate 130 years of science on the Coconino Plateau with the Babbitt Ranches Landscape Discovery Expo at Arizona Nordic Village!
Free tickets to Steger’s presentation will be handed out at the door, on a first-come, first served basis. They can be picked up or printed out in advance through the NAU Central Ticket Office (nau.edu/cto; 928-523-5661).
The Festival is made possible through the generous support of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals. Major sponsors include the City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues, Flagstaff Arts Council, Northern Arizona University, W. L. Gore & Associates, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Peaks Audio, Babbitt Ranches and the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff.