by Jennifer Temkin, Operations Director, the Highlands Center
Forest woodland and garden surroundings make the Highlands Center for Natural History in the Prescott National Forest the ideal place for those who wish to connect with nature during their wedding or special occasion. With both indoor and outdoor venues, the center offers the ideal setting for everything from rehearsal dinners and wedding ceremonies to receptions and corporate retreats.
The James Family Discovery Gardens, a beautiful 8-acre native botanical garden, offers a fully paved accessible, ADA compliant path allowing nature to be available to all visitors.
Venues at the Highlands Center for Natural History include:
Our open-air covered ramada in the James Family Discovery Gardens is an intimate outdoor space with sweeping views of the woodland landscape. The ramada is an idyllic location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events and retreats, and events of all occasions.
This open-air covered amphitheater has a built-in stage and aisle and bench seating, with nature as the backdrop for your event. The amphitheater is ideal for outdoor wedding ceremonies, celebrations of life, musical concerts and theatrical performances.
The natural woods and soft earth tones of this indoor space create a warm, comfortable environment for your event. Vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows allow natural light to fill the room and provide views of the forest. It is a popular option for wedding receptions, parties, corporate events and retreats.
Margaret T. Morris Patio
Overlooking the entrance to the Discovery Gardens, this enchanting patio is perfect for cocktail receptions, mixers and summer parties and is included in your rental of the Kieckhefer Classroom and Kiwanis Amphitheater.
Our library is located inside the James Family Learning Center, a LEED-Gold facility. This is a great spot for business meetings, small workshops and classes and serves as the bridal dressing room for weddings.