Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

| September 15, 2020

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Join Our Community to Celebrate the Superpowers of Science

By the Flagstaff Festival of Science

Hello, Friends!
The 31st annual Flagstaff Festival of Science is nearly here, and that means it’s time to participate in the “Best 10 Days of the Year.” This year, we celebrate the Superpowers of Science through more than 60 FREE events for all ages from Sept. 18-27!

Each year, the Festival’s all-volunteer Board of Directors works to help you indulge your curiosity. This year has presented a special kind of challenge as we tried to find ways to engage and excite you while observing social distancing, but thanks to our innovative partners and technology, we are thrilled to bring you a wide variety of fun and educational events, including online presentations, virtual workshops, classroom talks and guided tours, led by Flagstaff scientists.

This year’s Festival will look a little different, but we continue to emphasize hands-on learning with free science kits; interaction with scientists through online platforms; and opportunities to explore through self-guided tours, socially distanced walks and outdoor activities.

And, as always, we will kick off the Festival with an exceptional ballet performance. On Friday, Sept. 18, the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy will present “The Caped Crusaders of Science” at 6:45 p.m., followed by our W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote Presentation with Earth scientist Christa Sadler, “Tapping into the Superpowers of Science” at 7 p.m.

Christa Sadler could well be the poster child for all the things we love about Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. Her curiosity and zest for adventure compel her to travel, explore and get her hands in the dirt to discover and understand more about our world. Like many local scientists and researchers, her happy place is outside in nature. She’s a river runner, backpacker and sea kayaker, and her love for learning and teaching puts her in the lead – guiding excursions and leading field trips for all ages. She has spent a lifetime studying dinosaurs, past civilizations and rock layers and is always on the lookout for something new!

You will find the ballet and Christa’s talk on our website,, and be able to get a close look at fossils she has found and hear her secrets about where to go and how to get involved on your own journey of discovery. Use the chat tool on our website to send us your questions for the live Q&A session with Christa after her talk!

We thank our loyal sponsors who are making possible more than 60 FREE public activities to bring science to life for you.

Please enjoy and discover the Superpowers of Science!

The Flagstaff Festival of Science will feature a wide variety of online presentations, virtual workshops, classroom talks and guided tours led by Flagstaff scientists. For more information on the developing program, visit or follow the Festival on Facebook at

Now in its 31st year, the award-winning Festival is the longest-running event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It is made possible through the generous support of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals. Major sponsors include W. L. Gore & Associates, City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues, Flagstaff Arts Council, Northern Arizona University, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, Suddenlink, Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation, Nordstrom & Associates, Coconino County and Peaks Audio Productions.


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