Insights to the Outdoors: Unique Perspectives in Landscape Photography

Saturday, March 24, 9 am-12 pm

Join Matt Turner as he shows us the Central Arizona Highlands and the greater Southwest in ways we have rarely seen it before!

Naturalist Walks

Saturdays, 8:30 am

Curious about the natural world? Join our trained Naturalists every Saturday for a guided walk on the Highlands Center trails.

Spring Spectacular

Thursday, March 29, 5 – 7 pm

Come celebrate the beginning of spring in the James Family Discovery Gardens!

Spring Unfolding: Sketching the Details of the Season

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, April 2-13, 9 am – 12 pm

Join local illustrator Diane Iverson for this colored pencil series focused on the changes that occur in spring in nature.

Insights to the Outdoors: Beetles and the Art of Discovering Biodiversity

Saturday, April 14, 9 am – 12 pm

Join PhD candidate Andrew Johnston for this exploration of beetle diversity and what it means to discover a new species.

Grow Native Plant Sale

May 4th Members Only Pre-Sale
May 5th and May 6th Public Sale

Join us for our annual Grow Native Plant Sale! Plants on sale will provide beauty, habitat, food, and diversity to a landscape.

Migratory Bird Fest

Saturday, May 12, 9 am-12 pm

Bring the whole family to celebrate the many birds that journey through the Arizona Central Highlands!

Naturalist Chautauqua Series

Wednesdays, May 16, 23, and 30, 6 -7:30 pm

Join us in the Discovery Gardens for this evening series celebrating the lives and works of John Muir, Rachel Carson, and Aldo Leopold.

Insights to the Outdoors: Ant Ecology, Diversity, and Interactions

Saturday, May 26, 9 am -12 pm

Got ants? Ever wonder about them?  Come to this interactive workshop to learn more about ant colonies and behavior and study the ants that live here at the Highlands Center!

Highlands Nature Camps

June 4-July 20, 8 am-4 pm 

Looking for something fun for the kids to do during their summer break?  Sign up for one of our nature camps!

Shakespeare in the Pines

June 15-16 and June 22-23

Twelfth Night or What You Will
Presenting Sponsor ~ Lamb Cadillac

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

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks are found throughout North America and can be seen in large numbers on our local lakes in the Central Arizona Highlands…

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Earthworms Improve Our Soils

Earthworms Improve Our Soils

The ground beneath our feet is one of the most important parts of the forest, alive with billions of diverse organisms vital to forest health…

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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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