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.

Volunteer Fair

January 2021 Date TBD
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

Canceled for 2020

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

August 2020

Our Grow Native Plant Sales celebrate the native Arizona landscape. This event features an impressive variety of low water use and native plants.


Canceled for 2020

Bring the whole family to learn about birds! Come celebrate the many birds that visit Prescott throughout the year! Programs for children in the Discovery Gardens.

Shakespeare in the Pines

August 28th – 30th

This annual popular outdoor theater experience is presented by Laark Productions. This year’s productions, The Merry Wives of Winslow, is Shakespeare’s tale of Falstaff in love…in the old west.

Member’s Family Picnic

Cancelled for 2020

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

December 3, 2020

This is a members only event. We welcome members to join us  online and participate in our annual business meeting. Check your email for your  invitation.


Online August 15th-22nd

Whether you find insects gross or fascinating, this festival is for you!  From anatomy to life cycles, you are sure to leave with a better understanding of these often misunderstood creatures. 

Wander the Wild

September 19th – 27th

Wander the Wild is our signature annual fundraiser which benefits our children’s educational programs which touch 10,000 children annually. This year’s event will be an online auction featuring Facebook live events starting September 19th.

Highlands Happy Hours

Check link below for upcoming dates.

Happy Hours are educational adult programs introducing various food and drink tastings to illuminate the science and history behind the delicious experience!

Halloween Happening

October 30th, 2020
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

Date TBD

Join us for our 15th annual Highlands Holiday Bazaar! Local artists will have a variety of handmade nature-themed items for sale in time for the holiday season.

Member’s Holiday Party

Cancelled for 2020

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 17th – 19th
Time: 5:30 & 7:00 pm

Join us for our second 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!

Events Calendar

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

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