Events at The Highlands Center

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. Below you will find some information about our signature events. You may also browse through our calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

Unique Perspectives in Landscape Photography

Saturday, March 24
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Matt Turner as he shows us our home–the striking Central Arizona Highlands and the greater Southwest–in ways we have rarely seen it before.  Matt’s multimedia presentation will demonstrate how modern photographic techniques, like using drones and motion time-lapse, allow us to garner new information into the world around us.  Workshop will feature a field demo of photography equipment, including quadcopters.

Cost: $25. Preregistration required.

Star Talks at Acker Park

Fridays, 3/16, 4/13, 5/11, 6/15, 7/13, 8/10, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2
Check Events Calendar for Start Times
The Highlands Center for Natural History invites you to re-discover the marvels of the night sky at our monthly star talks at Acker Park. Each month from March through November, Highlands Center volunteer John Mangimeli will give a one-hour presentation that will point out the constellations and planets visible at that time of year, relate ancient legends about the origin of the constellations, and discuss what modern astronomy has discovered about our universe. Come and increase your knowledge of the night sky and how you fit into to the natural order of the universe.

Location: Acker Park (421 S Virginia St, Prescott)

Beetles and the Art of Discovering Biodiversity

Saturday, April 12
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
In this interactive workshop, Andrew Johnston will draw on his experience with Desert Stink Beetles to teach participants about beetle diversity and the process of discovering new species.  The class will examine biodiversity at many different levels, from backyard discovery to genetic testing.  During the lab portion, participants will learn how to prepare research-grade museum specimens from locally collected insects.

Cost: $25. Preregistration required.

Grow Native Plant Sale

Friday, May 4th Members Only Sale – Registration Required
2:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturday, May 5th Public Sale
8:30am to 2:00pm

Sunday, May 6th Public Sale
10:00am to 1:00pm


Chautauqua Series

Wednesdays, May 16, 23, & 30
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us in the Discovery Gardens for this evening series celebrating the lives and works of these great naturalists, with special performances by Fiona Reed as Rachel Carson (5/23), Doug Hulmes as John Muir (5/16), and Steve Morgan as Aldo Leopold (5/30).  A selection of written works will be available for purchase on each evening courtesy of Peregrine Book Company.

Cost: $25 per presentation.  Pre-registration required.

5th Annual Shakespeare in the Pines

Shakespeare in the Pines is an annual fundraising event that benefits the Highlands Center for Natural History’s science-based youth and adult programs throughout the year.

Laark Productions presents William Shakespeare’s gender-bending farce Twelfth Night or What You Will. Two additional evenings allow even more opportunities to join in the fun.

Presenting Sponsor ~ Lamb Cadillac

Annual Hiking Spree

Kickoff September 1, 2018
(Time TBD)

This community wide event takes place each fall and can be completed at participant’s own pace. People from all over the state come to Prescott to hike 8 out of 12 trails within the Prescott National Forest and the City of Prescott between September and December. A collector’s medallion and hiking sticks are available for purchase when completed brochures are returned to the Highlands Center. Medallions are newly designed each year to reflect some special aspect of Arizona’s natural history and have become collector’s items.

Events Calendar

To view a full list of upcoming events here at The Highlands Center, visit our calendar!

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