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Highlands Center offers nature class series in February

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Highlands Center nature study participants learn how to identify wild edible mushrooms.

Highlands Center/Courtesy photo<br> Highlands Center nature study participants learn how to identify wild edible mushrooms.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is offering its annual series of nature classes every Tuesday and Thursday in February.

Experts will guide participants through intriguing aspects of plants, animals, insects, birds, geology, climate and prehistoric residents of the Prescott area.

Students will learn about the diversity of species that inhabit the Central Arizona Highlands, and why they are able to live and survive here.

The classes run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in February at the Highlands Center for Natural History at 1375 S. Walker Rd., two miles south of Highway 69 at Prescott's Costco.

Pre-registration is required, and people can sign up for the series or just one or two classes. Cost is $25 per class or $175 for all eight of the classes. Highlands Center members get discounts.

For more information and to pre-register, go online to www.highlandscenter.org or call 928-776-9550.

More details about the classes are below:

• Thursday, Feb. 2 - An Introduction to the Central Arizona Highlands and its Flora with Fiona Reid, Highlands Center environmental educator.

• Tuesday, Feb. 7 - The People of the Past, from Paleo-Indians to the Yavapai with Jim McKie, Prescott National Forest archeologist.

• Thursday, Feb. 9 - Will it Ever Rain Again? with Curtis James, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University meteorologist.

• Tuesday, Feb. 14 - The Often Ignored and Unloved: the Natural History of Arizona Fish and Insects with Randy Babb, Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist and renowned naturalist.

• Thursday, Feb. 16 - The Geology of the Central Arizona Highlands with Wayne Ranney, geologist, adventurer and author.

• Tuesday, Feb. 21 - The Magic of Mammals with Fiona Reid, Highlands Center environmental educator.

• Thursday, Feb. 23 - Mushroom Madness with Eric Nelson, Northern Arizona University Forest Ecology graduate student.

• Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Knowing the Local Resident Bird Species with Micah Riegner, Prescott High School student and birder extraordinaire.