Events at The Highlands Center

The Highlands Center offers special events throughout the year. Below you will find information about all of the fun events we have planned for 2019. Educational programming also occurs year round. We offer children’s nature camps, knee high naturalistsadult art classes, adult trips and tours, naturalist certification classes, Insights to the Outdoors, and our Community Nature Study Series.

You may also browse through our calendar for a full list of upcoming events and educational programs.

Wander the Wild

September 22, 2019
Saturday 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Wander the Wild is our signature annual fundraiser, a live auction and dinner which benefits our children’s educational programs which touch 10,000 children annually.

Halloween Happening

October 25, 2019
Friday 5 pm to 7 pm

In this annual nature-themed Halloween celebration, families are invited to explore the natural wonder of the Highlands Center at night in a safe and exciting environment.

Holiday Bazaar

November 2, 2019
Saturday 10 am to 3 pm

Join us for our 13th annual Highlands Holiday Bazaar! Local artists will have a variety of handmade nature-themed items for sale in time for the holiday season.

Members Holiday Party

December 10, 2019
Tuesday 2 pm to 5 pm

Members Only Event. Join us to celebrate the holidays with food and drink and fun for all! Please bring a boxed or canned food item for the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project.

Winter Luminaria

December 20, 2019
Friday 6 pm to 8 pm

Join us for our first annual Winter Luminaria event! Bundle up and enjoy your favorite warm beverage while the Discovery Gardens glow with lantern light.

Hiking Spree

August 31-December 8, 2019

The Hiking Spree is a community wide event that takes place each fall September through December and can be completed at your own pace.  Participants are entered into a raffle!

Volunteer Fair

January 12, 2019
Saturday 9 am – 12 pm

Looking for something to do in the New Year? Come volunteer with us! Meet with current volunteers and staff to learn how your interests and talents can support our mission to bring the wonders of nature to children and adults.

Spring Spectacular

April 13, 2019 
Saturday 9 am to 12 pm

Come celebrate the 2019 opening of the James Family Discovery Garden with this seasonally-themed celebration! Engage with hands-on, educational stations that highlight the spring happenings at the Highlands.

Grow Native Plant Sale

May 3 Members Only 
May 4-5 Open to Public

Our annual Grow Native Plant Sale is an event that celebrates the native Arizona landscape. In addition to an impressive variety of low water use and native plants, the sale includes information tables. 

Migratory Bird Fest

May 11, 2019 
Saturday 9 am to 12 pm

Bring the whole family to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day! Come celebrate the many birds that visit Prescott throughout the year! Programs for children in the Discovery Gardens.

Shakespeare in the Pines

June 14-15 and June 21-22
Reception 6 pm, Play 7 pm

This annual popular outdoor theater experience is presented by Laark Productions. This year’s productions, The Winter’s Tale, is a fairy tale filled with love and loss. 

Family Member Picnic

July 28, 2019
11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Our annual Family Member Picnic is a members only event. Join us for a puppet show, BBQ, ice-cream and fun outdoor activities in the Discovery Gardens for the whole family!

Annual Meeting

August 6, 2019
Tuesday 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

This is a members only event. We welcome members to join us and participate in our annual business meeting. Summertime refreshments will be served including snacks, wine and beer.


August 17, 2019
9 am to 12 pm

Party down with all things creepy and crawly at this Highlands Center favorite. If you’ve ever wondered about the little big world of insects, this festival is for you! Bring the whole family! 

Events Calendar

To view a full list of upcoming events here at The Highlands Center, visit our calendar!