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.
Hassayampa River Preserve
with Eric Hough
Join us for a guided tour of the Hassayampa River Preserve! This 770 acre preserve presents a unique opportunity to experience a riparian oasis within the Sonoran desert.
For most of its 100-mile course through the desert, the Hassayampa River flows only underground. But within the preserve its crystal clear waters emerge, flowing above ground throughout the year. This lush streamside habitat is home to some of the desert’s most spectacular wildlife. Yet many of them have become dangerously imperiled as riparian areas have disappeared from the Arizona landscape. -The Nature Conservancy
Where: Round trip transportation provided from the Highlands Center (1375 South Walker Road)
When: March 7 | 7:45 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $75 for non-members; 10% discount for members
with Adriane Grimaldi
In November, we took a behind-the-scenes tour of Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale with Education Director Adriane Grimaldi. The trip began with an introduction to the organization by Adriane Grimaldi as well as a first-hand experience tagging a monarch to assist with the monarch tracking program!
Once inside the museum, we were able to travel virtually to Mexico to experience the monarch migration first hand with the help of some 3D glasses and their amazing short film, “Flight of the Butterflies.” It was so beautiful! You really had the sensation of being in the forest surrounded by butterflies. From there, we visited the emergence gallery to see the butterflies emerging from their chrysalises and then the butterfly conservatory, where we were surrounded by so many different species of butterflies!
Participants had free time to explore the other galleries in the museum as well as the restaurants and stores that make up the Odysea in the Desert Complex before finally reboarding the bus to return to Prescott.
Museum of Northern Arizona
with Dr. Dave Gilette
In August, Dr. Dave Gilette gave us an insiders tour of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, complete with stories of his early days as a paleontologist riding around in a pickup truck with dinosaur bones in the back.
Have you been to the museum to see the Therizinosaur skeleton? Did you know that the first bone that was found in this skeleton was from one of the toes? Or that it is believed that this dinosaur only ate plants despite coming from carnivorous ancestors?
We learned a lot about the discovery of the Therizinosaur and the evolution of paleontology in the American Southwest in this informative and educational trip.