About Us

The Flagstaff Festival of Science is a free annual 10-day event wholly designed to promote awareness and enthusiasm for science in and about northern Arizona and beyond, and is fondly known as the Best 10 Days of the Year. Established in 1990, is the longest, continuously running, entirely free science festival in the world.

  • We showcase the outstanding research and science that occurs in and around Flagstaff through an annual, free 10-day Festival.
  • We highlight Northern Arizona as a community that values and embraces science discovery and lifelong learning.
  • Provide opportunities to engage learners of every age in science-based discovery.
  • Provide a diverse array of role models in STEM fields.
  • Use evaluation tools to better understand the Festival’s impact on the Flagstaff community.
  • Maintain a Festival Web presence that supports science learning.
  • Expand the Festival’s support base with organizations, grants, and individuals.
  • Enhance linkages between art and science in Festival activities.
  • Support community collaborations for science education.

The Flagstaff Festival of Science is a proud member of the Science Festival Alliance


Our Mission

The Flagstaff Festival of Science serves to connect and inspire the citizens of Northern Arizona, particularly youth, with the wonders of science and the joy of scientific discovery.

Our Vision

  • Build a more scientifically literate society by providing venues for communicating about and sharing world-class science discoveries.
  • Nurture a sense of community among citizens, scientists, science organizations, and science-related businesses in Flagstaff.
  • Cultivate the next generation of science professionals.
  • Change lives through science awareness.

Our Team

Flagstaff Festival of Science Board of Directors:

Virginia Watahomigie (President): Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth
Kathy Farretta (Immediate Past- President): Volunteer
Joseph Wagner (Treasurer): Lowell Observatory
Cassandra Roberts (Secretary): Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
Kerry Bennett: Northern Arizona University
Joelle Clark: Northern Arizona University
Joshua Farella: Coconino County 4-H
Dave Gillette: Retired, Museum of Northern Arizona
Danny Foley: U.S. Geological Survey Researcher
Brian Klimowski: National Weather Service
Lisa Leap: National Park Service (Federal Employee Liaison)
Brandon Lurie: W. L. Gore & Associates
Helena Murray: The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Jamie Paul: The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Sherry Shaffer: Lowell Observatory
Sarah Smallwood: Flagstaff Arts Council
Greg Vaughan: U.S. Geological Survey (Federal Employee Liaison)
Aaron Weintraub: PhD Candidate at NAU

Elizabeth Vogler joins the Festival of Science as the Coordinator in 2021. She has held leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for the last decade in Flagstaff including as the Assistant Director at the Arboretum from 2009-2013, the Deputy Director of the Flagstaff Arts Council from 2013-2019, and the Office and Operations Manager of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in 2020. Elizabeth has managed dozens of programs and special events, workshops, concerts, performing arts events, and fundraisers. Elizabeth is committed to the community and has served on several non-profit Board of Directors in the community including the Northern Arizona Book Festival, Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, the Arboretum of Flagstaff, and the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

I am passionate about science and lifelong learning and am grateful to have the opportunity to grow the impact we can make in Flagstaff and beyond!

Elizabeth enjoys staying active in beautiful Flagstaff, where she is an avid runner and competes in regional triathlons. She is also a fitness instructor and loves hiking and playing with her 3 dogs.