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.

Celebrate Water Awareness Month

April is Water Awareness Month in Arizona and here in the central highlands, we are lucky enough to have some spectacular water features. This April, learn more about the local creeks and water conservation methods with the Highlands Center and the City of Prescott. Highlands Center Members can register to pick up a free water activity kit for their children or grandchildren on April 10th between 9am-12pm in front of the Highlands Center Building. Each kit has a booklet with activities concerning water science and art, and the tools to complete those activities. After receiving your kit, we encourage you to explore lynx creek, which runs through our grounds. We will also be sharing educational videos about water all month long, be featured in the Prescott Library Viewerie, and offering a free presentation through zoom with Dr. Scott Bonar or Desert Fishes.

Kit pick up Saturday April 10th from 9am-12pm

Kits are for members only. Free!

Children’s Literature in Nature

In conjunction with our adult book club, our partner Peregrine Book Company is offering 10% off  Plant the Tiny Seed, by Christie Matheson. Plant the Tine Seed is a picture book following the growth of a seed into a flower. We recommend picking up this book and watching plants bloom in our Discovery Gardens and Forest Play. Click the book title to learn more about the book and purchase it. Use the code NATUREEDU for the discount when purchasing online. Code valid until May 7th. 

Knee High Naturalist

Scurry like a beetle, squawk like a raven, or pounce like a bobcat!  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. This is a family focused program so one adult guardian is asked to attend and join in the fun and learning. Dress appropriately for weather, expect to physical distance, and masks are required of adults.  Children are encouraged to wear masks if they are able.  

Tuesdays March 23rd-April 20th from 9:30-11am

Costs members $10 per class, nonmembers $12 per class.

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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