Fresh Air Moments
The Highlands Center For Natural History is committed to staying connected with you and the natural world. Everyday for as long as our public programs are postponed or cancelled, our education staff will be sharing place-based nature and science-related posts. These posts are intended to be interactive, shared, and to be a resource for all people. These “Fresh Air Moments” are our way of encouraging everyone to take a moment outside everyday – on your porch, in your backyard, walking on the sidewalk, or on local trails like here at the Highlands Center.
Fresh Air Moment – Fall Volunteer Enrichment Class
This past fall, long time Volunteer of the Highlands Center, Tom Benson, offered his Life Enrichment course to all Highlands Center volunteers. At the end of the course, each person was asked to write a poem inspired by nature. While they were all very well written...
Fresh Air Moments: Restoration on Lynx Creek
Learn more about riparian restoration, specifically efforts made on a Lynx Creek tributary at the Highlands Center for Natural History, with funding from the Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee and in partnership with the Prescott National Forest.
Fresh Air Moments: Storytime with Jessie
Jessica Manley-Ewald reads Phoebe and Chub by Matthew Henry Hall and Sheila Aldridge.
Fresh Air Moments: Measure Your Local Creek
Join Erin Nixon from the Highlands Center for Natural History in looking at some simple math involved in understanding our local watershed.
Fresh Air Moments: pH and Water
Learn about pH and how it affects the water of the Central Highlands. This video is supported by the City of Prescott and Water Awareness Month. Copy is written in part by Highlands Center volunteer Pat Gulley.
Fresh Air Moments: Intro to Riparian Habitats
Learn about the physical and biological considerations when defining the riparian zones of the Central Highlands. This video is supported by the City of Prescott Water Awareness Month. Copy is written in part by Highlands Center volunteer Jo Glaves.
Fresh Air Moments: Mistletoe
Mistletoe is a plant we often don’t think about or even consider decorating our homes with until this time of year, but the Central Highlands are full of it all year long. The most common mistletoe you’ll see here is Phoradendron coryae, Cory’s Mistletoe, that grows...
Fresh Air Moments: Winogradsky Column
One area of study in aquatic ecology is microbiology. Microorganisms living in and around water systems are foundational and interesting. One of the ways to see evidence of this life is by studying biofilms, substances created by the microbes to live in colonies and...
Fresh Air Moments: Spring Spectacular Challenge- Mammals playing a role in Seed Distribution!
Spring is spectacular. What can you check off your list? Jessie, Education Coordinator, found some hitchhiking seeds. That checks off #8 on her Spring Spectacular Challenge list. featured image: gardenerdy.com
Fresh Air Moments: Guess the Tree
For today’s Fresh Air Moment, take a close look at the bark of this tree. Can you guess what type of tree this is? The bark conserves water and protects the tree’s essential living systems from temperature extremes and storms. Bark also transports food and water...
Fresh Air Moments: Bigger is not Always Better with Arizona Plants
This Fresh Air Moment features why bigger isn’t always better here in Arizona. For this activity go outside and take a close look at the leaves on the trees. Are the leaves big or small, long and thin or big and wide? Feel free to record you observations of the...