The Highlands Center for Natural History
The Highlands Center for Natural History is a non-profit science and ecological education organization located on the Prescott National Forest just outside Prescott, in the heart of the amazing Central Arizona Highlands country of Yavapai County.
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The Highlands Center helps children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land. We believe that everyone has a fundamental need to connect with the natural world. This connection is fostered by the Center through outdoor-science education based on observation and discovery of the Central Arizona Highlands.
Our 3-mile nature trail system is the gateway to Lynx Creek and other Prescott National Forest trails.
Our beautiful campus, showcasing practical green building strategies using The James Learning Center, includes our administrative offices, an outdoor amphitheater, a large indoor classroom facility, a library, and gift shop. The adjacent grounds model water conservation, fire-wise landscaping, and the use of native plants in re-vegetation. The site is operated under a Special Use Permit with the Prescott National Forest, USDA Forest Service.
In our classroom without walls visitors discover ponderosa pine covered valleys, deeply-shaded riparian habitats, chaparral and woodland covered hillsides, remarkable geologic formations, and amazing vistas.
Our mission is supported by our members, volunteers and donors. Please explore our website to learn more, and we encourage you to visit our beautiful center to discover how you can protect and enjoy the natural world.