Discovery Gardens Now Open!

Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm

Come experience our new native botanical gardens and enjoy outdoor science education in a whole new light!

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Dinosaurs in Arizona Field Trip

August 31st, 8:00a – 3:00p

Tour the Museum of Northern Arizona and learn about dinosaurs with curator of vertebrate paleontology, Dr. Dave Gillette.

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Insect Collecting Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 2nd, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Join local insect expert Phil McNally for this field-based workshop focusing on insect collecting techniques.

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Natural History and Evolution Workshop

September 16th, 9:00a – 12:30a

Join Prescott College Environmental Studies professor, Mark Reigner, for this workshop on applying an understanding of evolutionary change to interpreting natural history.

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Evening Star Talks

August 18th, 8:00p-9:00p | September 15th, 7:30p-8:30p

Take a journey through the summer stars in the new series about stars, planets, and much more.

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Fall Break Camp

October 9th -13th | 8 am – 4 pm

Fall Break Nature Camp is a fun-filled five days of making friends, playing games, creating crafts, and learning in the forest. Come explore with us!

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Art Class: A Celebration of the Seasons

October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 | 9 am – 12 pm

Join locally renowned artist Diane Iverson for this popular colored pencil drawing class in the Discovery Gardens!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Highlands Center building, providing outdoor education activities


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