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Highlands Center offers venom insights in March 26 workshop

Black Widow Spider (courtesy)

Black Widow Spider (courtesy)

Are you fascinated by venomous creatures? Catch a special Insight to the Outdoors presentation, “Spider Pharm: Harvesting Venom for Research and Education,” from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 26, at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott.

Spider Pharm founder Chuck Kristensen will speak on collecting, breeding, and harvesting venom from spiders and scorpions for antivenin. Learn what this process entails and about beneficial applications of these thrilling toxins. Kristensen has been featured on Dirty Jobs and Arizona Highways TV.

The workshop focus will be on the exploration and exploitation of nature for the benefit of humans as well as the environment. It will provide some basic information about spiders, then more. There will be explanations and demonstrations of the tools of the trade, like collecting, breeding, milking and promoting and supporting discovery. It also will let participants in on the development of some ‘open source’ DIY educational projects using spiders.

Insights to the Outdoors is offered once a month on Tuesday mornings, March through November. Classes are held outdoors in the center’s covered ramada in the James Family Discovery Gardens, and includes a hands-on field and/or lab component.

Coming on April 16: The Verde: Exploring Arizona’s Last Wild & Scenic River.

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