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

A Field Trip with Geologist Wayne Ranney to Montezuma Well, the Verde Valley and Sedona

Nearly five million people visit the Sedona area and they come mostly for the spectacular scenery, another word for geology! On this trip, we will have geologist extraordinaire Wayne Ranney to explain the varied and interesting story of how the Sedona area and the Verde Valley came to be. We will travel via coach with Wayne pointing out interesting landscape features along the way and our first stop at Montezuma Well where we will take a short walk. Next we stop at the US Forest Service Red Rock Visitor Center to learn how the Red Rocks were formed. The Sedona Airport Overlook provides a wide panoramic view of the Sedona area and here we will enjoy. We will next get a view of the House Mountain volcano where Wayne made a geologic map and interpreted the volcano’s history. Wayne will provide commentary for much of the journey.

Note: Wayne is the author of “Sedona Through Time,” and “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” two books that have captivated readers about the landscape. 

Where: Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 South Walker Road)

When: October 3, 2019 : 8am – 4pm

Cost: $110 for field trip, 10% discount for members

Past Trips

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.


Museum of Northern Arizona

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.