Wander the Wild comes to life Oct. 2

Wander the Wild, a fundraiser for the Highlands Center for Natural History, includes an auction.

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Wander the Wild, a fundraiser for the Highlands Center for Natural History, includes an auction.

The eighth annual Wander The Wild, the Highlands Center for Natural History’s biggest yearly fundraiser, will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Capital Canyon Club from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

“This exciting outdoor and adventure-themed auction is our main fundraising event, responsible for providing thousands of children with nature-based learning experiences, proven to benefit their lives in many ways,” said Dave Irvine, Highlands Center’s executive director.

Wander the Wild is an exciting annual event featuring live music, a delicious dinner, and includes wines from Painted Lady Vineyards, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, and Cork and Cuisine Restaurant.

“Feed your sense of adventure by bidding on exotic travel and experience items,” Irvine said.

A sample of trips to be auctioned include destinations such as a one-week stay in Maine, beach combing in Nicaragua, hiking the Channel Islands of California, a South African photo safari and an eight-day European Holiday river cruise for two.

Nature-inspired local art and educational adventures to locations throughout Arizona are also featured, to be auctioned by local favorite Jacy Lee. All proceeds benefit the center’s youth education programs, inspiring more than 12,000 children annually with quality, creative hands-on outdoor education, developed to introduce them to the natural wonders of the Central Arizona Highlands.

There’s also a raffle featuring a Perception Impulse 10.0 Kayak in our raffle, courtesy of Manzanita Outfitters.

This year’s presenting sponsors are The Peaks Realty, with Honorary Chairs Ron and Laura James, and Sustaining Sponsors Foothills Bank, Taylor & Padgett and The Riggs Team at Wallick and Volk Mortgage Bankers. Contributing Sponsors include Olsen’s for Healthy Animals, Brown & Brown Insurance, Lamb Cadillac, Fann Construction, and BloomTree Realty. Additional Supporting Sponsors include Residence Inn Marriott, Fred Forte, APS, Jay’s Bird Barn, Haley Construction, Prescott Parent Magazine, and Diana Coombs Group Lawyers Title

Formed in 1996, the Highlands Center for Natural History is a nonprofit 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 www.highlandscenter.org for more information.