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 field trips. For our full list of upcoming events, please view our calendar.

Highlands Center Book Club

For the new year, the Highlands Center for Natural History is launching 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 and families looking to teach their children more about the natural world. The inaugural books are Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfard and The Hike by Alison Farrell. Our partner, Peregrine Book Company, is offering these books for purchase with a 10% discount for Highlands Center Book Club participants. Join the book club meetings on Friday February 5th and Friday March 5th for discussions of the book outside in the Highlands Center Discovery Gardens. If you bring the whole family, the younger children will participate in story time and an activity related to The Hike. As their adult, you can join in on the family activity or the adult book club. Meetings are free but pre-registration is required.
Due to COVID-19 all education programming will be outside. Prepare to be comfortable outside, expect to practice physical distancing, and masks are required.

Meeting on February 5th has been moved to ZOOM and will not be taking place in person.

Click the blue titles to learn more about the books and purchase them. Use the code NATUREEDU for the discount when purchasing online.


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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