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August 2018 events at The Highlands Center and the James Family Discovery Gardens

The public is invited to celebrate the beauty and extraordinary biological diversity of the Central Highlands in the James Family Discovery Gardens at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road in Prescott. Visit highlandscenter.org for more information. (Highlands Center for Natural History)

The public is invited to celebrate the beauty and extraordinary biological diversity of the Central Highlands in the James Family Discovery Gardens at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road in Prescott. Visit highlandscenter.org for more information. (Highlands Center for Natural History)

It’s a sunny summer day at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott. All across the forest, the songs of birds are ringing out, mingling with the sounds of children laughing and playing along the trails. August at the Highlands Center is a special time and offers three exciting art and nature festivals, Woody in the Woods Fest, Arthropalooza Family Fun Fest and Le France in the Forest, in addition to nature drawing classes, an Insights to the Outdoors offered by noted herpetologist, Dr. Cecil Schwalbe, and our popular weekly naturalist walks.

 LE FRANCE IN THE FOREST

Sunday, August 26, 5 – 8 p.m.

Music, art, food, wine and more w/a French twist. Once again featuring the incredible Gaëlle Buswel and her steller band, the concert in the Center’s Amphitheater also features vocalist Belen “La Parisienne.” The Folk Sessions Revue, with Gail Steiger, will perform in Voilà Tour spirit of sharing American and French cultures. This very special event will also include, food and wine served by VT cook team, Tatoo Drawing and Street Art by artist Tessa, and live painting by Artist Cairoli.

$25 Adults, $20 members, includes a glass of wine and tapas.

Voilà Tour and The Highlands Center are proud to present “France in the Forest” to benefit the Highlands Center in its education mission.

ART IN THE OUTDOORS: MONSOON BLOOMS

Coloring the Season with Diane Iverson

Monday, Wednesday and Friday,

Aug. 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 9 a.m. - noon

Award-winning author and illustrator Diane Iverson will teach you how to capture the brilliance of the monsoon season in this popular colored pencil drawing series.

$25 per class; $132 entire series.  10 percent discount for members.

Pre-registration required.

COMING IN SEPTEMBER WANDER THE WILD:  LIVE AUCTION AND DINNER

Sept. 23, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Windmill House

Wander the Wild is our signature annual fundraiser, a live auction and dinner which benefits the Highlands Center’s children’s educational programs which touch 7000 children annually. This year marks our 10th anniversary of this exciting event and we are thrilled that the Windmill House will host us this year.

Presenting Sponsor: Lamb Chevrolet

WOODY IN THE WOODS FEST

The 75th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 1 – 5 p.m. - $15 Adults, $5 Kids, $10 HC Members

Arizona folk musicians and storytellers will be on hand to talk and sing about Woody Guthrie, the Columbia River days and folk music.

With Brad Newman, The Robertson Sisters, Greg Lacosse, Garrick Rawlings, The Columbia River Ramblers, Tom and Christa Agostino, and special guests.

Co-produced by The Folk Sessions

The James Family Discovery Gardens in August

On Saturday and Sundays, we offer special programming in the Discovery Gardens. This month we host three exciting events, Woody in the Woods Fest, Arthropalooza Family Fun Fest and Le France in the Forest, in addition to nature drawing classes and naturalist walks. Visitors can learn about the plants, animals, and geology of the area at our interactive Discovery Stations and guided walks.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. No Admission Charge.

   The Highlands Center for Natural History

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 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.

Information provided by Highlands Center for Natural History.

NATURALIST WALKS

Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Free.

Meet your Naturalist at the entrance to the James Learning Center.

INSIGHTS TO THE OUTDOORS: HERPS & PERPS WITH CECIL SCHWALBE

Learn about illegal trading of Arizona reptiles and amphibians with Dr. Cecil Schwalbe, the first state herpetologist for the AZ Game & Fish Department. Participants will get to meet live reptiles in this interactive presentation!

Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. - noon

$25. 10 percent discount for members.

Pre-registration required.

ARTHROPALOOZA FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. - noon

If you’ve ever wondered about the little big world of insects and spiders, this festival is for you! Explore the wild world of insects and take a closer look than ever before at these aliens on earth. Bring the whole family! From beetles to butterflies, it’s guaranteed to turn your world upside down.

$5 Adults, $2 Kids, Members Free.

Presented by Findlay Toyota.

ONGOING PROGRAMS: STAR TALKS AT ACKER PARK – Friday Aug. 10, 8:15 - 9:15 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, please call 928-776-9550 or go to www.highlandscenter.org