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Highlands Center to host nature series

The Community Nature Series at Highlands Center for Natural History is for folks who are curious about local natural history.

The series will cover a wide range of topics from birds to insects to medicinal plants. Running 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Feb.16, each class will explore a different aspect of the local flora, fauna and archaeology. Classes are designed to be interactive and experiential.

Attendees can take individual classes for $22 each or register for the whole series for $145, and receive a series discount. Center members will also receive a 10 percent discount.

Class schedule is as follows:

Jan. 24 – “Central Arizona Standouts in the Insect Class” with Phil McNally, consulting entomologist, Prescott College

Jan. 26: “Epizootics: A Look at Insects and other Organisms that Affect Forest Health” with Lisa Zander, program coordinator and collections manager at the Natural History Institute

Jan. 31: “The Wildlife of Wildflowers” with Sue Smith, Prescott Chapter Native Plant Society President

Feb. 2: “Plant Communities of Arizona’s Central Highlands: A True Transitional Zone in Time and Space” with Joe Trudeau, conservation ecologist with Hassayampa Forestry & Ecological

Feb. 7: “Prehistoric Archaeology Laboratory” with Sarah Luchetta, M.A., archaeologist

Feb. 9: “Winter Birds of the Prescott Area,” with Felipe Guerrero, bird enthusiast and Highlands Center’s education coordinator

Feb. 14: “Common Mushrooms of the Arizona Central Highlands” with Bob Gessner, mycologist

Feb. 16: “Medicine Plants of Arizona” with Diane Vaszily, a 30-year environmental educator with 23 years in herbalism.

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.

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