In a time when children have an ever-decreasing interaction with the outdoors, the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Discovery connects young people to the natural world and cultural heritage of the region they live in. Registration is now open for Discovery 2006’s 50 classes and summer camp sessions.

These programs offer a gateway to the wonders of the Colorado Plateau and a summer’s worth of creative, relevant, and meaningful exploration and fun. Program manager Lisa Lamberson states,
”By immersing young people in wild places, we are able to foster an awareness and connection to nature. Discovery’s non-traditional experiences are creating the land stewards of tomorrow, encouraging youths to be curious and conscientious citizens.”

This year’s classes offer a diverse and exciting range of hands-on opportunities to learn about the region’s incomparable traditions―fine arts, natural sciences, Native cultures, and ecology. Science investigations with experts, art projects with accomplished artists, and field trips led by experienced, energetic outdoor educators instill in young people a personal connection with the natural world around them.

Summer Among the Peaks, Discovery’s summer camp, is offering its ninth year of games, hikes, art projects, experiments, and overnight camping adventures with educator Andy Yazzie. Eight programs can be attended by the week or for the entire summer, at which campers explore the Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni cultures, the San Juan River, Chaco Culture, Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Bryce and Zion National Park, and a hike and bike week.

To assure a quality learning environment, Discovery has a maximum of fifteen participants and a minimum of two staff in every youth program. For reservations or information, contact the Discovery Office at 928/774-5213, ext. 241 or Partial scholarships are available and are awarded based on financial need and student interest. Scholarship information and an application are available at

The following sponsors support MNA’s Discovery 2006: Albertsons Community Partners, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Community Foundation/Flagstaff Community Foundation/Forest Highlands Foundation, Flagstaff Cultural Partners/City of Flagstaff, Bashas’ Thanks a Million, Flagstaff Rotary Club, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, and an anonymous contributor.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is surrounded by tremendous geological, biological, and cultural resources in one of Earth’s most spectacular landscapes. With a long and illustrious history, MNA evokes the very spirit of the Colorado Plateau, including the Grand Canyon and Four Corners regions, inspiring a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the area. It is located three miles north of historic downtown Flagstaff, on scenic Highway 180
at the base of the San Francisco Peaks.