Shakespeare in the Pines: Much Ado About Nothing

The Highlands Center for Natural History and Laark Productions present the 9th Annual Shakespeare in the Pines:
Much Ado About Nothing
1945 – The war is over. The battle of wits has just begun.
Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18 and June 24 & 25

Plein Air Workshop With Gretchen Lopez

May 18- 20,  9am – 3pm, $275

It’s time to get some fresh air and experience great painting adventures while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors!!
Join Gretchen Lopez and learn to compose and work with the landscape or zero in on a garden setting while working in oil, water mixable oil or acrylic.

Discovery Saturday: Celebrating 25 years

Join the Highlands Center staff and volunteers for a Discovery Saturday 25 years in the making. Everyone knows the Discovery Gardens are a wonderful place to spend your time, but on May 28th from 9am-12 pm, there will be more to explore.

Summer Camp

Summer camp for 4-13 year-olds is filling up fast! Register now to secure you campers summer nature experience.

Geology, Grasses, and Fungi!

Interested in native grasses, fungi, and geologic features of the central Highlands? Learn from local educators and view examples in this summer’s community nature study series. These presentations are held in our classroom, trails, and gardens.

Celebrating 25 Years

This year, Highlands Center for Natural History is celebrating 25 years of helping children and adults discover the wonder of nature! Through science-based education and exploration of the Central Highlands of Ariona, we are engaging people of all ages to get in touch with the natural world Throughout 2022, we will celebrate our past by revisiting our roots and founders as well as sharing our vision of a bright future.

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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Over the past few months, Lincoln Elementary’s Schoolyard Habitat has been buzzing with activity. The footprint of the original Habitat was expanded, adding more room for plants and for students to explore in, Recently, principal Karen Hughes, and many other Highlands volunteers got together for the planting day, and planted a bunch of new plants in the Habitat, such as firecracker penstemon, chocolate flowers, and many more.A huge thank you to this amazing crew of volunteers that helped restore the Habitat space.
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Over the past few months, Lincoln Elementary’s Schoolyard Habitat has been buzzing with activity. The footprint of the original Habitat was expanded, adding more room for plants and for students to explore in, Recently, principal Karen Hughes, and many other Highlands volunteers got together for the planting day, and planted a bunch of new plants in the Habitat, such as firecracker penstemon, chocolate flowers, and many more.A huge thank you to this amazing crew of volunteers that helped restore the Habitat space. 
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DISCOVERY SATURDAY This Saturday, May 28, 9 am – 12 pm FREE!
Celebrating 25 Years! Join us for a Special Celebrating 25! Puppet Show, "Home in the Forest" at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 AM.
Join the Highlands Center staff and volunteers for a Discovery Saturday 25 years in the making, featuring educators with fun activities to share. Visit, explore, and learn with the entire family!
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DISCOVERY SATURDAY This Saturday, May 28, 9 am – 12 pm FREE!
Celebrating 25 Years! Join us for a Special Celebrating 25! Puppet Show, Home in the Forest at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 AM.
Join the Highlands Center staff and volunteers for a Discovery Saturday 25 years in the making, featuring educators with fun activities to share. Visit, explore, and learn with the entire family!Image attachmentImage attachment

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In the Pines at the Highlands Center
Folk Sessions 19th Anniversary Celebration
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In the Pines at the Highlands Center 
Folk Sessions 19th Anniversary Celebration
Tix: https://folksessions19.eventbrite.com

Community Nature Study Series: Voyage to a Mid-Ocean Ridge with Steve Van Slyke
Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM MT
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As you descend the trail to Lynx Creek your Highlands Center geology guide will point out features in the rocks that tell a story of how oceans grow as new crust is formed and continents “drift” to accommodate that growth. How is it possible that rocks from the bottom of an ancient ocean now rest a mile above sea level and so far inland? Join us and find out. 5:30-7:30 due to walk on trail. These trails have variable grades and roughness. This walk requires stepping off trail onto rocky terrain. Please contact us if you have concerns.
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Community Nature Study Series: Voyage to a Mid-Ocean Ridge with Steve Van Slyke
Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM MT
https://highlandscenter.org/adult-programs/
As you descend the trail to Lynx Creek your Highlands Center geology guide will point out features in the rocks that tell a story of how oceans grow as new crust is formed and continents “drift” to accommodate that growth. How is it possible that rocks from the bottom of an ancient ocean now rest a mile above sea level and so far inland? Join us and find out. 5:30-7:30 due to walk on trail. These trails have variable grades and roughness. This walk requires stepping off trail onto rocky terrain.  Please contact us if you have concerns.
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No Respect- Turkey Vultures

No Respect- Turkey Vultures

Because all living organisms are interconnected, someone has to clean up messes: the shells of previously living organisms and their rotting soft parts that would otherwise be littering the environment.  Many animals do their bit to help out to a greater or lesser...

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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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