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Wander the Wild, Wild Flowers, Wild Mushrooms and Wild Women at the Highlands Center in September

Wander the Wild, the Highlands Center for Natural History’s 10th annual live auction and dinner, will be held Sept. 23, at the Windmill House in Chino Valley. The event pays for children’s education programs at the Highlands Center.

The Center also will celebrate Wildflowers, Women in Nature, and Fungi. This September, the Highlands Center’s Knee-High Naturalist program moves to Mondays, and its annual Hiking Spree celebrates the Top 10 hikes from the past 10 years, according to a news release. There is something for everyone at the Highlands Center.

WANDER THE WILD:  LIVE AUCTION AND DINNER

Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Windmill House

Wander the Wild is the Center’s signature annual fundraiser, a live auction and dinner, which benefits its children’s educational programs and touches 7,000 children annually. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this exciting event.

ANNUAL HIKING SPREE KICKOFF – THE TOP 10 HIKES OF THE PAST 10 YEARS!

Saturday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 11:30 a.m.

Come hike with us! This year’s spree will feature the top 10 hikes of the past 10 years.

The Center will be offering guided hikes at 7 and 9:30 and refreshments starting at 9. All ages welcome.

WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL

Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community Nature Center, 1980 Williamson Valley Road, Prescott.

Curious about native flowers? Join local wildflower experts for a morning of exploring and learning at the Community Nature Center. Guided wildflower walks will start every half hour. Free event. For all ages.

INSIGHTS TO THE OUTDOORS – ETHNOMYCOLOGY HAPPY HOUR with Bob Gessner & Aimee Novak

Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Come eat, drink, and learn at the Highlands Center. This interactive workshop will teach you about wild mushrooms and the role of fungi in everyday cuisine. Includes beer, wine, and cheese tasting.

$38 for non-members. 10% discount for members. Pre-registration required.

THE NATURAL WOMEN FESTIVAL

Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Visual artists, musicians, poets and storytellers will be throughout the Center and the Discovery Gardens sharing their art and stories. With Ladies of the Canyon, Meg Bohrman, Christa Agostino, Lesley Schuler, Jo Berger, the

Robertson Sisters and special guests. Co-presented by the Folk Sessions. $15 Adults, $5 Kids, $10 HC Members

EARLY ED: KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS PROGRAM

Mondays, Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Explore the Prescott National Forest with your 3-or 4-year-old Knee-High Naturalist in this interactive program. Program includes hiking, games, crafts, stories and hands-on investigations.

$17 per class.  $60 for the full series. Pre-registration required.

EARLY ED: KNEE-HIGH LENS LAUNCH

Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 to 11 a.m.

Run! Jump! Stretch! Bring your 3-or 4-year-old to experience the James Family Discovery Gardens in a whole new light at the launch of our Fall Knee-High Lens. FREE program for families.  Pre-registration required.

STAR TALKS AT ACKER PARK

Friday, Sept. 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., FREE

Highlands Center Naturalist and night sky enthusiast, John Mangimeli, takes you on a journey through the stars in this new series. All ages welcome!  Meet at Acker Park parking lot on Virginia Street.

To register for any Highlands Center programs, call 776-9550 or visit www.highlandscenter.org

The James Family Discovery Gardens in September — On Saturday and Sundays, the Center offers special programming in the Discovery Gardens. Visitors can learn about the plants, animals, and geology of the area at our interactive Discovery Stations and guided walks. The Natural Women Festival will be held in the Discovery Gardens on Sept. 9.

The Highlands Center for Natural History, formed in 1996, is a nonprofit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Highlands of Arizona. 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 wonders of nature through on and offsite programs, supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners. Visit www.highlandscenter.org for more information.