2018 Arizona School Tax Credit

It’s not too late to support the Schoolyard Habitat Program with a 2018 Arizona School Tax Credit donation!
Your tax credit contributions will help Humboldt Elementary establish a native landscape and outdoor classroom, in addition to providing two years of instructional support from Highlands Center staff.

Behind the Scenes at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Adult Field Trip – Wednesday, March 27th – 8 AM to 4 PM

Ever wonder what goes on behind the exhibits and educational experiences at the Desert Botanical Gardens? This new field trip takes participants on a one-of-a-kind tour of the horticultural and research facilities that has made the Desert Botanical Gardens a national leader for the past 80 years.

Insights to the Outdoors: Spider Pharm

Tuesday, March 26th – 9 AM to 12 PM

Spider, Scorpions, and Centipedes – OH MY!
You think you know everything about our venomous neighbors?
Come learn how these uniquely curious creatures are farmed, milked, and researched for medical and cultural benefits,

Insights to the Outdoors: The Verde

Tuesday, April 16 – 9 AM to 12 PM

The Verde River, Arizona’s last free flowing waterway, winds a green ribbon of life through a harsh, dry landscape. The river supports diverse plant and animal life and experiences increased human activity from farming, fishing, swimming, urbanization, and more. This interactive workshop examines the Verde River watershed and the conservation occurring there.

Art in the Outdoors

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays : April 8th – 19th

Celebrate spring with this 6-part colored pencil drawing series. Each class will focus on the unique perspective that spring brings to the natural world. Develop and refine your technique with locally renowned author, illustrator, and art instructor, Diane Iverson.

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.

Events and Calendar

Adult Classes and Programs

Kid & Family Programs

The James Family Discovery Gardens

Highlands Center Hiking Trails

Weddings and Rentals

Memberships and Renewals

Volunteer Opportunities

Forgotten Pollinators

Forgotten Pollinators

DESPITE THE RECENT snows, spring will soon be here.  With the arrival of spring, the plants will be waking from a winter’s sleep ready to bloom and reproduce.  Of course, being plants they will need a bit of help with pollination. With the advent of...

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Look Closely! There is much to see.

Look Closely! There is much to see.

WE WHO LIVE  in the Arizona Central Highlands are fortunate to experience the varied seasons of the year and the many changes that they bring to the native plants and animals of this unique ecoregion.Winter is the season during which the Highlands receive...

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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
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Highlands Center building, providing outdoor education activities

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