Halloween Happenings in the Discovery Gardens!

Friday, October 27, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come to the Highlands Center Discovery Gardens for a family-friendly evening of storytelling, s’mores, owl pellets, face painting, and more! Adults $5; Children under 13 $2; Members Free.

Ecological Connections and Biodiversity Workshop

Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Prescott College professor Walt Anderson for an outdoor workshop in understanding and valuing biodiversity.

Butterfly Wonderland Field Trip

November 30, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Butterfly Wonderland with Education Director Adriane Grimaldi.  This state-of-the-art facility hosts up to 3,000 butterflies from all around the world!

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.

Highlands Center building, providing outdoor education activities

Nature News

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The loud, shrill sound we have all been hearing for the past few weeks is actually the love song of male cicadas. They are competing for female attention and try mightily to drown out the mating call of all the other males – females are silent.  ...

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