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Prescott’s Highlands Nature Festival

September 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - September 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm MST

The Highlands Center for Natural History, in collaboration with Prescott Creeks, Yavapai Group Sierra Club, Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society, Natural History Institute of Prescott College, Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design, and the Heritage Park Zoo presents Prescott’s first
Highlands Nature Festival. Events will take place at multiple locations beginning Friday, September 11 at 6:00 PM, and continuing all day Saturday, September 12. “We are excited to spearhead this new community event, and with the help of our local collaborators, sponsors and attendees, plan to make it an annual one,” commented Dave Irvine, Highlands Center Executive Director. “We hope it will encourage everyone to get to know the wonders of the fascinating natural world around us.”

This first Highlands Nature Festival brings together local organizations and experts to encourage residents and visitors to explore and learn about a variety of natural topics, and offers an array of opportunities for adult audiences, starting Friday night with creative thinking and innovative reflection from national and local scientists, naturalists, and academics, followed by a full program Saturday of exciting interactive explorations.

Friday, September 11
The Highlands Nature Festival will begin with an Opening Symposium Friday, September 11 at 6:00 PM. A four-member panel composed of John Flicker, Prescott College President; Sarah Porter, Executive Director of Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute; Walt Anderson, Prescott College Professor of Natural History and Environmental Studies, and Nichole Trushell, Founder of the Highlands Center will respond to questions on Why the study of natural history is important to building a sustainable society. Tony Brown, founder of the Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design, will be the event moderator. Tickets to the opening symposium are $25, and include beverages and appetizers. Registration is available online at

Saturday, September 12
Saturday offers a choice of innovative fieldtrips and workshops. Topics include: Natural History of the Unique Ecosystems Within the Granite Dells; Nature Photography Lessons for Beginners and Experts; Natural History of Birds at Granite Basin Lake; Field Journaling and Scientific Illustration; Historical Prescott and the Urban Granite Creek System (ending with a lunch at El Gato Azul); Geology of the Highlands; Butterfly Identification; Learning how to use Digital Resources, looking closer at plants and other organisms in the field, and an exploration of characteristics of specific ecosystems.

“Bringing together these experts and enthusiasts will provide learning opportunities not offered before, so whether you are looking for deeper insights or completely new perspectives, the variety of field trips should pique all interests,” added Irvine. Prices for Saturday’s events range from $15-$40 depending on the length of the program, and registration is available online at Sponsors include The Hike Shack, The Daily Courier, Allegra Marketing and Printing and Jay’s Bird Barn. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Dave Irvine at 928-776-9550.

About The Highlands Center for Natural History
Formed in 1996, The Highlands Center for Natural History is a non-profit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Arizona Highlands. Operating on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest, the Highlands Center is a regional hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonder of nature through on and offsite programs, supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners. Visit for more information.


September 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
September 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm


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