Support Schoolyard Habitat

The Schoolyard Habitat Program is supported each year by members and friends of the Highlands Center along with families and friends of our local elementary schools through the Arizona Tax Credit program. Learn how you can support Lincoln Elementary.

Arizona Master Naturalist Certification Course

The Central Highlands Master Naturalist Program is a leadership development certification course designed to supplement natural and cultural history training, docent programs, and volunteer service opportunities available in communities across the state. Completing this course results in statewide certification.

Winter Luminaria

Join us for the 2nd annual Winter Luminaria at the Highlands Center, on December 17th or 18th. Stroll through the Discovery Gardens guided by the soft glow of luminaries, and experience Yule-time warming fires, while enjoying hot seasonal beverages (non-alcoholic). Thank you to NFM Lending for sponsoring this event.

Hiking Spree!

This is a community-wide event that takes place each fall and can be completed at the participant’s own pace. People from all over the state come to Prescott to hike 8 out of 10 trails within the Prescott National Forest and the City of Prescott between September and December.

Wonder – Explore – Discover

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

Fresh Air Moments: Restoration on Lynx Creek

Fresh Air Moments: Restoration on Lynx Creek

Learn more about riparian restoration, specifically efforts made on a Lynx Creek tributary at the Highlands Center for Natural History, with funding from the Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee and in partnership with the Prescott National Forest.  

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Saturday, December 18th from 6 pm – 8 pm, bring the family to the Highlands Center for a magical hour of peace and wonder. Sip hot beverages as you stroll through the softly lit Discovery Gardens.
https://highlandscenter.org/winter-luminaria/

Saturday, December 18th from 6 pm – 8 pm, bring the family to the Highlands Center for a magical hour of peace and wonder. Sip hot beverages as you stroll through the softly lit Discovery Gardens.
highlandscenter.org/winter-luminaria/
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Interested in becoming a Master Naturalist for the Central Highlands of Arizona? Not sure if youre interested - but you thought about it for moment? Join us for the Info Session tomorrow evening on Zoom at 6:30pm. https://highlandscenter.org/central-highlands-of-arizona-master-naturalist-certification-course/

Interested in becoming a Master Naturalist for the Central Highlands of Arizona? Not sure if you're interested - but you thought about it for moment? Join us for the Info Session tomorrow evening on Zoom at 6:30pm. highlandscenter.org/central-highlands-of-arizona-master-naturalist-certification-course/ ... See MoreSee Less

The Highlands Centers Benson Family Nature Store and administrative offices will be closed Thanksgiving and Friday, November 26.  The Discovery Gardens and trail access will remain open for regular hours for your post Thanksgiving walk-it-off needs.

The Highlands Center's Benson Family Nature Store and administrative offices will be closed Thanksgiving and Friday, November 26.

The Discovery Gardens and trail access will remain open for regular hours for your post Thanksgiving walk-it-off needs.
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No Respect

No Respect

People of a certain age may remember a comedian named Rodney Dangerfield, whose famous line was “I don’t get no respect.”  This article, and some to follow, will explore some critters who, like Mr. Dangerfield, also get “no respect:” nature’s clean-up squad,...

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The Highlands Center for Natural History

Prescott Nature Center

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. With educational programming, hiking trails, and a botanic garden, our Prescott nature center has activities for all ages. 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott, AZ 86303 Get Directions > 

Highlands Center building, providing outdoor education activities

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