Nature education through kids programs


There’s a science-based nature education program for every kind of nature lover at the Highlands Center for Natural History. Whether it’s through classes for adults, field trips for school groups, or festivals for families, our mission is to help children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land.

Highlands Nature Camps

The Highlands Nature Camps are a meaningful way for children of all ages to spend time learning about nature in an informative and playful setting. Discovering the mysteries of the animals, plants, and land of the Highlands often inspires a new love and understanding of nature among campers.

Family Fun Events

The Highlands Center for Natural History offers a wide range of family events and educational programs for people of all ages. From special guest presentations to games and crafts, our programs have something for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Natural History Classes

Ever wonder about our local Natural History? Come explore with us and see what you can discover. Our classes explore different aspects of our local flora, fauna and geology, and are designed to be interactive and experiential.

School Field Trips

School field trips are a wonderful way to enhance learning and help students reach new potentials. The Highlands Center partners with local schools throughout the year. Highlands Center School Programs are a special point of pride, and are the longest running and most requested.

Trips and Tours

Our trips and tours are a great way to travel a little further afield and experience natural history first-hand with friends and family. Whether it’s a field trip with Highlands Center staff to a local nature preserve or a guided tour or presentation at a regional science or nature-related organization, we’re sure you will enjoy these special outings offered year-round.

Art in the Outdoors

Art Classes are an excellent place for beginners and experienced artists to learn and practice their skills in nature observation and illustration. Classes are offered throughout the year and range from series to a single program.

Schoolyard Habitat

The Schoolyard Habitat Program provides supplemental, standard-based science curriculum for elementary and middle schools throughout the TriCity Area. This three-year partnership program seeks to increase understanding, encourage inquiry, and generate a sense of stewardship in students by allowing structured exploration of an outdoor Habitat space.
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