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Free Night Sky Photography Class at Tuzigoot National Monument

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Date: April 5, 2019
Contact: Laura Varon-Burkhart, 928-649-6195 x 229

Tuzigoot National Monument will be holding a free night sky photography class for a total of 15 registered students. The class will take place Saturday, May 4th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Registered students will receive hands on instruction from three talented photographers. The instructors will guide students to designated areas on the pueblo trail. This rare opportunity will allow students to capture the night sky with an ancient pueblo village as a frame. There is no cost for this class, but the National Park Service may ask to use student photos for educational purposes.

Our instructors will be:

Gregory E. McKelvey: Geologist, Mineral Economist, letterpress printer, writer and always learning photographer. In addition to 45 years in the mineral discovery business all over the world, he is an instructor of photography for the Photographic Society of America (PSA), taught photography at Gila County college and is the author of geology photography book entitled Through the Geologists Lens.

Peter Pearsall: Writer, naturalist, and photographer originally from Seattle but more at home in the arid West. He is currently the Visitor Services Specialist at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge; he has served in similar capacities at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex, and the Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. When Peter isn't birding or laying on his stomach photographing flowers and insects, he enjoys hiking, road biking and reading up on natural history.

Nick Berezenko is a freelance professional photographer from Pine, AZ. He’s been photographing wilderness landscapes, people and b&b’s for Arizona Highways Magazine for over 40 years. His images grace the covers of The Guide to the Mogollon Rim, Arizona’s Scenic Seasons, the official State of Arizona map, and the 2018 AZ Official Visitors Guide. See his website at

Students who are considering registering for this class should be familiar with how to manually operate their own camera. In addition to a camera, students will be required to bring the following items:

Wide Angle Lens (16-35mm)
Cable Release
Red filtered flashlight
Extra Battery

Students are also encouraged to bring water, snacks, and wear close toed shoes for safety.

Registration will close Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00 pm or when the class is full. To register, visit

Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information, call 928-634-5564 or visit
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Last updated: April 5, 2019

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