Register Today for Winter, Spring Adult Education Classes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (Dec. 21, 2014): Register today for a Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) adult education class and immerse yourself in the natural history, culture, and artistic splendor of the Colorado Plateau. Classes begin February 1 and will be held on the MNA campus, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. Tuition is $60-$80 for MNA members and $100-$180 for nonmembers.

Thematic, multi-session courses combine lectures, gallery exploration, and field trips and a wide-range of topics will be explored including the botany, geography, and human history of the region through scientific, artistic, and literary perspectives. Courses are tailored to provide a rich understanding and appreciation of the landscape and its inhabitants.

“These classes for adults bring back a popular Museum of Northern Arizona program that offers life-long learners the opportunity to explore, in depth the many facets of the people, art, and science of the Colorado Plateau,” said MNA Curator of Fine Art Alan Petersen.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call (928) 774-5211, ext. 222.



The Natural History of the Colorado Plateau: A View from the San Francisco Peaks

Instructor: Dr. Gwendolyn Waring

Dates: Sundays, February 1, 8, 15 and March 8

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuition: $60 members/$80 non-members

Course Description: The San Francisco Peaks and Flagstaff lie on the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau.  As much of the West was uplifted creating great mountain ranges and basins, the Plateau remained largely unified, aside from localized uplift and folding. Botanist Stanley Welsh has described the Plateau as a living biological museum.  The Colorado Plateau has four times more endemic plants than the Great Basin just to the northwest. The great diversity of plants and habitats on the Colorado Plateau reflect the array of rock types exposed at the surface and contribute to its exceptional topography.
 An Overview of Colorado Plateau Geography & Culture

Instructor: Alan Petersen, MNA Curator of Fine Art

Dates: Mondays, February 9,16 and March 2, 9

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuition: $80 members/$100 non-members

Course Description: The Colorado Plateau is a geographical province of great beauty and diversity. This course gives an overview of the region’s many unique aspects. Participants will explore the natural and human history of the Colorado Plateau looking at it through the eyes of

scientists, artists, and writers. Finally, the range of challenging contemporary issues that face inhabitants of the Plateau will be examined and discussed.

Outdoor Drawing

Instructor: Alan Petersen, MNA Curator of Fine Art

Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 & 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Field trips: Saturdays, April 11, 14 & 25

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuition: $220 members/$260 non-members

Course Description: Learn basic outdoor drawing skills in the beauty of Northern Arizona’s dramatic landscapes. During introductory classroom sessions, you will be introduced to basic drawing materials and observational drawing techniques. The classroom sessions will be followed by field trips to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Sedona, and Grand Canyon National Monument.

To learn more about the Museum of Northern Arizona, visit or call 928.774.5213.