Wander the Wild:  Online Auction

The Highlands Center for Natural History’s 12th Annual Wander the Wild on-line event has successfully concluded! Check back early next year for details for 2021.


2020 Wander the Wild: A Triumph!


As you know, the Highlands Center’s 12th Annual Wander the Wild Auction was, for the first time, an on-line silent auction.  Absent the boisterous and enthusiastic bidding at live auctions of the past, we are thrilled to report that the auction profit was $78,025.45!

Generous donors, magnanimous sponsors, engaged bidders, strong raffle sales, and an anonymous matching gift combined to assure that the Highlands Center’s youth educational programs, including scholarships for youth participants, are well funded.

While this time of social distancing and mask wearing prevents high-fives and hugs, we guarantee you that our smiles are very real and extend to our grateful hearts.

Thank you all for supporting our silent auction and the youth touched by the Highlands Center for Natural history.  We are grateful beyond words!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Center soon!  The trails and Discovery Gardens are open and educational and entertaining programs have returned.  Check out happenings at highlandscenter.org.

With gratitude,

Lesley & the Wander the Wild Team


2019 Wander the Wild: Another Success!

Our 2019 Wander the Wild was another resounding success with smiling and engaged attendees enjoying the gorgeous setting and the 46 fantasticly diverse auction packages offered in the live auction. As anticipated, the international travel packages prompted the most vigorous bidding and raised the most for our youth programs!  These included two 1-week stays for either 6 or 8 to revel in a Pacific Coast resort in Nicaragua,  an amazing Photo safari for 2 to Zululand in South Africa, and a delightful week in a Tuscan Villa in Manciano for 4.  Local experiences had robust bidding too!  Beyond the international packages, three auction packages netted the most proceeds:  a one-week stay for 2 in a Luxury Scottsdale Condo at the Westland Kieran Villas, a Tastes of the Southwest Dinner for 8, and a 2 night stay at Brenda’s Place at the Painted Lady Vineyard in Skull Valley.
Sincere thanks to all who attended for your generosity in support of the Highlands Center’s youth programs.  


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