Originally Published: July 25, 2018 7:36 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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