Discovery Gardens Now Open!

 Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm

Come experience our new native botanical gardens and enjoy outdoor science education in a whole new light!

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Dinosaurs in Arizona Field Trip

 August 31st

Tour the Museum of Northern Arizona and learn about dinosaurs with curator of vertebrate paleontology, Dr. Dave Gillette.

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Sketching Birds with Neil Rizos

August 4th

World-renowned artist, Neil Rizos, is back again for this popular sketching workshop that teaches and inspires a new view of birds and bird behavior.

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Insect Collecting Workshop

 Sept. 2nd

Join local insect expert Phil McNally for this field-based workshop focusing on insect collecting techniques.

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Softening the Concrete Jungle

August 25th & 26th

How natural elements benefit the water and people that inhabit our cities with Matt Killeen.

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Bug-A-Boo Bliss – Family Night

 July 28th, 6:30p – 8:00p

Get up close and personal with the amazing world of insects in this annual favorite.


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Summer Star Talks

July 14th, August 18th & September 9th

Take a journey through the summer stars in the new series about stars, planets, and much more.


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Wonder – Explore – Discover

The Highlands Center is a hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonders of nature.


The Highlands Center for Natural History offers a wide variety of educational programs for all ages including youth nature camps, school field trips, community programs, and natural history classes for beginning and expert nature study.

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From Wander the Wild to Shakespeare in the Pines, The Highlands Center offers special events that combine excellence in the arts with the beauty of Nature.

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The James Family Discovery Gardens

The James Family Discovery Gardens celebrates the beauty and richness of Prescott and the Central Arizona Highlands. Visitors can explore demonstration gardens, interactive learning stations, a forest play area, and guided walks.

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Our memberships are affordable and offer families and individuals the opportunity to make a contribution to something that will last generations and benefit their entire community.

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Our 3-mile nature trail system is a gateway to Lynx Creek and other Prescott National Forest trails and is open to the public year round. There is no fee to walk the trails, but donations are welcome.

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The Highlands Center for Natural History

1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott, AZ 86303
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Formed in 1996, the Highlands Center for Natural History is a science-based non-profit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Highlands of Arizona. Operating on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest, the Highlands Center is a hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonders of nature through on and offsite programs reaching over 15,000 children and adults a year and supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners.

Outdoor Education Activities

In our classroom without walls you will discover Ponderosa Pine covered mountains, deeply shaded riparian habitats, chaparral and woodland, remarkable geologic formations, and amazing vistas, in addition to all manner of forest inhabitants.

Highlands Center building, providing outdoor education activities


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