Natural History Classes

Adult Programs

The Highlands Center offers programs and events for community members throughout the year on and offsite regarding the natural history of the Southwest. Some examples are our Community Nature Study Series, HCNH Book Club, and Happy Hours. For our full list of upcoming events, please view our calendar.

Highlands Center Book Club

In partnership with Peregrine Book Company, the Highlands Center for Natural History launched a book club. This book club is for adults eager to learn more about the natural history of the Southwest and connect with others who are as well. The book for spring is Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America by Craig Childs. Peregrine Book Company is offering this book for purchase with a 10% discount for Highlands Center Book Club participants. Join the book club meetings on Friday April 2nd and Friday May 7th from 11-12pm for discussions of the book outside in the Highlands Center Discovery Gardens.  Due to COVID-19 all education programming will be outside. Prepare to be comfortable outside, expect to practice physical distancing, and masks are required. Meetings are free but pre-registration is required. Click the blue title to learn more about the book and purchase it. Use the code NATUREEDU for the discount when purchasing online.

Spring Colored Pencil Drawing Series

Good drawing technique involves more than learning to sketch; it also is learning how to see. Join local illustrator and author, Diane Iverson, for the Spring drawing series. Learn and practice colored pencil drawing and leave with finished pieces. It will be held in the Discovery Gardens Ramada, where fresh air and inspiration is all around you. Come enjoy the beautiful plants and animals in the gardens as you create. 

Due to COVID-19 all education programming will be outside. Prepare to be comfortable outside, expect to practice physical distancing, and masks are required.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday April 19th-30th from 9am-12pm

$22.50/class for members, $25/class for non members

Diane Iverson is the author and/or illustrator of over 20 books. Her illustrations are in the permanent collections of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Fresno, California and the Mazza Museum of International Art from Children’s Books.

The Rarest Fishes in the World:  Desert Fish Ecology, Research and Management

With Scott Bonar, PhD.

When one thinks of America’s deserts, fish are not usually the first thing that comes to mind.  However, from isolated spring pools that hold fishes found nowhere else on earth; to roaring rivers tucked into isolated canyons containing fish suited to such environments ; to cold mountain streams teaming with native trout; Bonar shows why fish species of America’s Southwest are a magnificent, rare and imperiled fauna.  He further describes efforts to learn more about them and conserve these unique animals and how you can easily explore their wonderful world. Attend this free presentation through zoom with Dr. Scott Bonar or Desert Fishes April 26th from 7pm-8pm.

This program is in honor of Water Awareness Month, which is April, sponsored by City of Prescott, WaterSmart. We are also sharing educational videos about water all month long, featured in the Prescott Library Viewerie, and offering a free water activity kit for Highlands Center members and their families. 

The Rarest Fishes in the World:  Desert Fish Ecology, Research and Management April 26th from 7-8pm on zoom. Free!

City of Prescott Water Smart
Leading sponsor is City of Prescott

Workshops

Workshops at the Highlands Center has included wreath making and a 3 day program called “Sense of Place” workshop where participants learned more about the natural world we live with. 

Happy Hour

Happy Hours at the Highlands Center are classes that include a tasting with a presentation. Some examples of past Happy Hours are mushroom, chocolate, and cider tastings. 

Trips and Tours

Trips and Tours with the Highlands Center are typically day long adventures with an experienced guide. Trips have been offered as far as Phoenix and Flagstaff.

Art Classes

Art Classes with the Highlands Center include our Colored Pencil Drawing Series taught by Diane Iverson. It is offered as a 6 class series and will be returning in Spring 2021.

Natural History Classes

Natural History Classes at the Highlands Center are taught by professionals in their fields. These are offered throughout most of the year.

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