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School Field Trips

The Highlands Center partners with school districts in Yavapai County through our year-round school programs. We also serve charter schools, private schools, and home-schooled children. The Highlands Center’s field trips are a wonderful way to enhance learning and help students reach new potentials.


Our programs are very popular and fill quickly. We encourage booking early to avoid being placed on a waiting list. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Cost for field trips and special programs will vary. The Highlands Center recognizes financial restrictions and has various scholarships available.

To register or for more details call the Education Department at the Center at 928-776-9550 (M-F).

Kindergarten Field Trips

The Highlands Center is excited to announce its new Kindergarten field trips! For the first time we are offering an open season format so schools will have the opportunity to schedule a visit at their convenience throughout the school year. Keep in mind that late Spring and early Fall offer more opportunities for exploration in the woods. Call the Highlands Center’s Education Department today and schedule a morning with your kindergarten class that is filled with exploration and learning about the signals and signs of our natural world.

‘Sensational Senses!’ Kindergarten Program

Plants and animals communicate with each other in many ways; common signals are welcoming signals (for mating/pollinating purposes) or warning signals (establishing territory or using self-defense). They use a wide range of vocalizations, display the full spectrum of colors, and leave an array of scents to send clear messages.

Through 2.5 hours this ‘Sensational Senses!’ Kinder Program highlights 4 of the 5 senses used to send and receive these messages (sight, sound, smell, touch). The program begins with a puppet show to introduce the Highlands Center and inspire discovery throughout the day. The day also includes 3 hands-on outdoor lessons and a short hike. Highlands Center docents will participate as puppeteers, facilitate activities and lessons, or lead a hike.

Kindergarten Field Trip Overview (PDF)

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2nd & 4th Grade Field Trips

These programs include an introductory classroom activity followed by a full day field trip on site. Working with children in small groups (6-11 students), docents and staff provide outdoor science-based education designed to complement the Arizona State Science Standards. The curriculum encourages hands-on, minds-on learning where students explore scientific concepts in a fun, engaging manner.

Field trips for other grades are also possible by special reservation.


Home School & Special Programs

Home School
The Highlands Center offers each of their School Field Trips (Kinder, 2nd, and 4th grade) to home school groups. A minimum of 10 students is required. Available dates are dependent on staff and docent availability so please plan field trips to be scheduled approximately 1-2 months in advance.

Special Programs
The Highlands Center also offers a wide variety of special programming for groups. Our education department strives to provide a wide variety of edcuational opportunities for our community. This includes leading special hikes for Scout groups and assisting in badge requirements, developing programs for special field trips, and much more!

Read Ethan’s Story to meet one student who found a new passion after visiting the Highalnds Center with his class.

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