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Legendary Polar Explorer Headlines 2016 Flagstaff Festival of Science

Free, 10-day event featuring our dynamic planet, adventure, discovery.

March 18, 2016
Bonnie Stevens

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Scientists are calling 2014 and 2015 two of the hottest years on record. The 2016 Flagstaff Festival of Science – The Science of Change, Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, will explore the latest research, technology, solutions and adaptations for life on our dynamic planet.

Polar explorer Will Steger is returning to Flagstaff as the Festival’s Shoemaker Keynote Presenter. Steger has witnessed the effects of climate change first hand and will share his extraordinary observations, compelling data and stunning photography at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 in Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium.

Long-time Flagstaff residents may recall Steger was the Festival’s original keynote speaker in 1990, after leading the first dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply. During the trip, he and his human and canine team members were sponsored by W. L. Gore & Associates of Flagstaff, and outfitted in waterproof GORE-TEX® fabric.

In the past 50 years, Steger has traveled tens of thousands of miles on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history by dogsled, kayak and kite skis. His dramatic talk, “Eyewitness to Climate Change” will include his message of adventure, technological advances, hope and empowerment.

The 10-day event also will offer more than 90 FREE activities including the Flagstaff Star Party, Science in the Park, SCI Talks, guided hikes into the forest and open houses at research stations and museums. The 2016 Festival also will feature field trips to archaeological sites during the National Park Service’s centennial year and celebrate 130 years of science adventure on the Coconino Plateau with the Babbitt Ranches Landscape Discovery Expo at the Nordic Village.

The Festival is made possible through the generous support of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals. Major sponsors include the City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues, Flagstaff Arts Council, Northern Arizona University, W. L. Gore & Associates, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, Science Foundation Arizona and the Stardust Foundation.

For more information about the developing program, visit www.scifest.org or follow the Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/flgscifest/.


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