Adult Field Trips

Our adult field trips 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 in the Spring and Fall.

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A Walk and Talk From Arizona to the Tropics:

A Field Trip to the Phoenix Zoo


With Lead Guide and Senior Exhibit Guide Rachel Burmeister and Damian Radine.

The Highlands Center is going to the Phoenix Zoo to have a conservation conversation. Visit the arid southwest and the Tropics in only one afternoon! The Lead guide, Rachel, and Senior Exhibit guide, Damian, will lead 2 personal walks to see the conservation efforts for Arizona and Tropical animals at the zoo. Some of the animals you can look forward to seeing are Ringtail, Prairie Dog, Buff-Cheek Gibbon, and Sumatran Tiger! The Phoenix Zoo is partially credited with the conservation efforts and reclassification, from Extinct in the Wild to Vulnerable, of the Arabian Oryx. Come see the animals and learn how the Phoenix Zoo is working to do the same for them. 

We will have a break for a leisurely lunch halfway through the day. Please remember to bring your own lunch or money to purchase food from the zoo and a reusable water bottle.

$63.00 for members, $70 for nonmembers.

Bus will depart from the Highlands Center for Natural History at 8:00 AM, 1375 Walker Rd. Prescott, AZ 86303

Past Trips

Walk with the Wildlife

This trip was an up-close view of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center sanctuary animals such as mountain lions, black bears, Harris’s and red-tailed hawks, and endangered Mexican gray wolves.

Geology of the Verde Valley and Sedona

On this trip, we had geologist extraordinaire Wayne Ranney explain the varied and interesting story of how the Sedona area and the Verde Valley came to be. We stopped at Montezuma Well, the US Forest Service Red Rock Visitor Center, and the Sedona Airport Overlook.

Desert Botanical Garden

This behind-the-scenes tour  with Tina Wilson, Director of Horticulture, and Dr. Shannon Felberg, Conservation Biologist, demonstrated how DBG has remained at the forefront in horticulture and desert plant species research.

Tonto Natural Bridge

Geologists Linda Stromquist and Greg Horner and Highlands Center Naturalist Steve Van Slyke guided a trip to Tonto Natural Bridge is the world’s largest travertine bridge and was created by an extraordinary combination of volcanism, sedimentation, erosion, and chemical reactions.

Behind the Scenes at Embry-Riddle Planetarium

The Jim & Linda Lee Planetarium is the only one in central and northern Arizona and offers an amazing 360 degree experience.  They provided a special showing and behind-the-scenes presentation to teach us more about what it can do and help us get up close and personal with the night sky.

Hassayampa River Preserve

This guided tour with Eric Hough the Hassayampa River Preserve!  This 770 acre preserve presents a unique opportunity to experience a riparian oasis within the Sonoran desert.

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