Family Events in the Discovery Gardens

Family Programs

The Highlands Center offers programs and events for families throughout the year onsite regarding the natural history of the Southwest. Some examples are our Nature Festivals, Knee High Naturalists, and member programs. For our full list of upcoming events, please view our calendar.

Knee High Naturalist

Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded this program to be a 6 week series!

Flutter like a butterfly, hoot like an owl, or slither like a snake! Bring your 3-5 year old little learner to explore and discover our unique environment through the eyes of the animals that live here. Each week will focus on the habits, biology, and life cycle of a specific animal. Children will participate in activities that include physical games, role playing, scavenger hunts, a story, a snack, and a take home craft that you help them make. This is a family focused program so one adult guardian is asked to attend and join in the fun and learning.

All programming is outside, so dress in layers appropriate for the weather.

Tuesdays August 30- October 4th from 9:30-11 am

Costs members $8 per class, non-members $10 per class.

Partial scholarships are available. Fill out the form below to apply.


Halloween Happening

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.

Dissect Owl Pellets!

Listen to stories by candlelight!

Meet live animals from the Heritage Park Zoo!

October 28th from 5 pm-7 pm

Free for Members

$4 for non-members 3-12 years old, $6 for non-members over 13 years old