HIGHLAND CENTER-Community Nature Summer Series

    Highlands Center, 1375 S Walker Road, PrescottRegistration: $20.00, HC Members $18.00 per class by The Highlands Center
    The Community Nature Summer Series offers a wide range of topics from owls to beetles and beyond! Classes are presented on select Tuesday evenings in June and July from 5 pm
    -7 pm and take place outside in our Ramada located in the James Family Discovery Gardens. Join expert naturalists, researchers, and conservation leaders from across Arizona in an annual series celebrating the study of the natural world. Topics and classes are designed to be engaging and interactive. Learn about local species, weather, conservation issues and more in this engaging annual program. Classes include a hands-on lab and/or field component.
    What is a Lichen?   Tues, June 8th w/ Garry Neil, a volunteer with the Red Rock Ranger District and the ASU Lichenology Lichen Herbarium. His work with the Coconino National Forest has resulted in the discovery of a number of lichen species that have never been observed and documented in this area. “Lichens are generally ignored by the public, with greater interest focused on flowering plants and trees.  However, I believe that once you start to focus on lichens many will find that they are fascinating organisms.”Come learn for yourself what lichen is and why it is fascinating, as well as how to identify different species.
    The Flower Clock — What Wild Plants Tell Us About Time        Tues, June 22nd     w/ Susan Lamb, past Desert View District Ranger-Naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park and current author of over 24 books. In blossoming, wild plants reveal the true nature of the seasons in all their manifestations: long days of darkness, dry or rainy, warm or cool, buzzing with insects, or dormant. Susan Lamb looks forward to sharing her observations and research for her work in progress, an illustrated book called—what else? The Flower Clock: What Wild Plants Tell Us About Time. 
    Owls of Yavapai County — Tues, July 13th  w/ George Carpenter, a raptor biologist who presented on hawks and falcons in Fall. We will address the natural history of owls that may be seen in and around Yavapai County and focus on the way these engaging birds are physically and behaviorally adapted to their environment. The evening will include a lecture, a hands-on activity, and discussion. This class will be a real hoot.
    The Highlands Center offers a wide array of programs and includes an inviting venue for community events. Visit for more information.

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