Petrified Forest Field Institute Announces 2016 Season Schedule

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Date: May 24, 2016
Contact: Tara Cheney, 928-524-6228 x239

Petrified Forest, AZ – Petrified Forest Field Institute recently released its 2016 schedule, providing new opportunities to immerse in the beauty and science of the park.

“We are electrified with the world class guides and field experts leading this year’s courses,” says Tara Cheney, director of the Field Institute, the educational branch of official nonprofit park partner Petrified Forest Museum Association. “I can't speak enough to the high-caliber instructors. Gary Ladd, David Behar, Wayne Ranney, and Christa Sadler just to name a few. It wasn’t hard to schedule them because they know how special this place is and are eager to share it with others."

Courses are offered May through October this year and include:
• An overnight hike witnessing summer solstice light piercing a solar marker petroglyph
• Art workshops showcasing the Painted Desert
• Custom-created, guided day trips crafted based on individual interests
• Extended day hikes into the park’s seldom-visited backcountry
• Hands-on science to include:
• archaeology (recording rock art)
• biology (including daytime live-trap surveys collecting specimen data)
• paleontology (digging fossils from a quarry teeming with ancient life)
• Photography workshops to capture low-light, monochromatic and monsoon conditions
• … and more!

“There is so much more to see and discover in this park than just driving through,” continues Tara Cheney. “The Institute provides opportunities to complement what the National Park Service offers.” To learn more and to register, visit or contact Tara Cheney at (928) 524-6228 x239.

Last updated: May 27, 2016

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