Highlands Happenings

September 22, 2022

Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes

The Highlands Center for Natural History and the City of Prescott are proud to present the third annual Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

October 13-16, 2022. Artists participating in this plein air event will showcase Prescott’s landscape, historical and architectural beauty in their works. Timeline of Events    

2022 Plein Air Artists Include

Dane Chinnock

Cindy Carrillo

Cathy Krieger

Russell Johnson

Dawn Sutherland

Tim Clark

Gretchen Lopez

Eric Slayton

Kadin Goldberg

Plein Air Reception and Sale,

Sun, October 16th at the FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch

Tickets are now available for the October 16th plein air reception and sale at the Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch. Recieve two raffle tickets for the framed 8″x 14″ Bob Goldberg Piece Tranquility (R) with your purchase of reception tickets. Tickets: $25.00



Discovery Saturday!

Saturday, September 24, from

9 am —12 noon! FREE

Bring the whole family and enjoy the sunshine in our Discovery Gardens. Learn about dragonflies, ravens, butterflies, and so much more.

Plus, Prescott’s own ukulele-centric band The Rockin’ Ukes will perform at 9:00 in our beautiful outdoor Kiwanis Amphitheater! You won’t want to miss it!

Coyote as Survivor, Teacher, and Trickster   Tues, Oct 4th

w/ John Huff  A general talk on the ‘barking dog’ (Canis latrans) from thousands of years of survival to becoming a teaching example of morals and being a trickster.

Plate Tectonics    Tues, Oct 11th w/ Steve Van Slyke 

The seminar begins with a classroom discussion of the history of the Theory of Plate Tectonics followed by a hike to the five rock formations where participants use instruments to reveal evidence of past tectonic activity.

BEES, BIRDS, AND BATS, OH MY!   Tues, Oct 18th w/ Gaye Oberlin

Provide homes and they will come! Learn how you can attract bees, bluebirds, kestrels, and bats to your yard by providing them with boxes for shelter and reproduction.

Cannibalism: Fascinating Examples in the Natural World

Tues, Oct 25th w/ Sarah Vincent

 This masterful, interactive, and exciting presentation will cover fascinating examples of cannibalism in the natural world paired with a human example or two.

Knee High Naturalist

Flutter like a butterfly, hoot like an owl, or slither like a snake! Bring your 3-5 year old little learner to explore and discover our unique environment through the eyes of the animals that live here. One adult guardian is asked to attend and join in the fun and learning.

Tues, Sept 27, Oct 4th, 9:30-11 am

$10 per class. Members $8


Sat, November 5th

10am - 3pm FREE 

15th Annual

Holiday Bazaar

Visit the Highlands Center prepared to peruse and purchase nature themed crafts created by local artists and artisans. We expect to have over 20 vendors sharing their wares at this year’s event. So stop by and pick up some unique, locally made gifts for your loved ones, or find that special item just for yourself!

Sat, Nov 12, TWO CLASSES

10am-12pm and 12:30-2:30

cost: $30, $15 for a child


Wreath Making Workshop

with Sue Clabby

If you have ever been to the Highlands Center around the holidays, then you are sure to have seen the lovely wreath we hang by our store every season. This November, we are offering you the opportunity to learn from Sue Clabby, the creator of our wreath, and take home your very own made with your own hands.





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