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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acorn woodpeckers are quirky, colorful birds that are loud, boisterous and highly social. They earn their name…
Where do butterflies find fuel to support them in their migrations or to over-winter in place? Late season flowering plants rich in nectar…
As the days get shorter and cooler, the nights become longer, and deciduous trees and shrubs put on an autumn show with leaves….