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

Wiggle like a worm, pounce like a coyote, crawl like a tarantula!  You and your Knee High Naturalist will have fun learning together as you examine real plant and animal specimens, complete scavenger hunts, enjoy a snack and story, and make a craft to take home. Each week we will focus on the biology and life cycle of a specific animal.  Class is held outside in the forest on the Highlands Center grounds. Parents and Guardians are asked to attend and participate in the fun and learning. This is a science based, all outdoor nature program that offers a stimulating and unique experience for children that are 3-5 years old.

Mondays September 20th- October 18th   from 9:30-11 am

Costs members $8 per class, nonmembers $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 29th from 5 pm-7 pm

Free for Members

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

Discovery Saturday

Everyone knows the James Family Discovery Gardens and Highlands Center trails are a wonderful place to spend your time, but on Discovery Saturdays there will be more to visit, explore, and learn! On the last Saturday of every month naturalists will be leading hikes and educators will be in the Discovery Gardens with engaging activities. FREE!

City of Prescott Water Smart

Scholarship Information

Highlands Nature Camp Scholarship Policy

Scholarships are limited to two per child per year, whether it is for one Spring or Fall Break program, Summer Camp, or Knee-High Naturalists sessions. To apply, fill out the application below at least 30 days before your session start date. 

For additional questions on scholarship applications please call 928.776.9550

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