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. sdkfa;skjd

Walk with Wildlife:

A Field Trip to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

With education specialist and SWCC tour guide Robyn Moul.

Join us for a personal “Walk with Wildlife” tour of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, AZ! Get an up-close view of sanctuary animals such as mountain lions, black bears, Harris’s and red-tailed hawks, and endangered Mexican gray wolves. SWCC is a rescue organization that not only provides medical care and a sanctuary for healing animals, but also conducts research and educates the public about wildlife conservation. Travel, learn and make friends (animal and human!) on this Highlands Center field trip for adults.

We will have a break for a leisurely lunch halfway through the day. Please remember to bring your own lunch and reusable water bottle.

January 9th, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM | $85.00, 10% discount for Highlands Center Members

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

Meet Griz and Tohoe, resident black bears at the rescue sanctuary!

Past Trips

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.

Butterfly Wonderland

This behind-the-scenes tour with Adriane Grimaldi of Butterfly Wonderland provided a first-hand experience tagging a monarch to assist with the monarch tracking program.