Explore a new side of Prescott

By Morgan Rosenberger
Staff Writer

Think that there is nothing to do in Prescott? Do not let boredom take hold! No matter your interests, there is sure to be something you will enjoy in the Prescott area.

The Prescott Astronomy Club was founded in 1974 to further the education of its members and the public in astronomy. They meet every first Wednesday for their monthly meetings, at the Prescott Public Library at 6 p.m. They also meet for Third Thursday Star Talks which feature different speakers and subjects each meeting. Open to the public, they take place at the Public Library, starting at 6:30 p.m. Other special events are offered by the club, such as stargazing parties. For more information about joining the club, or special events, please visit http://www.prescottastronomyclub.org.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is a great place to visit if you love animals. They are open year round and their hours for the summer are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All of the animals found at Heritage Park Zoo have been rescued.  Make it a day trip and bring a picnic to enjoy at spots throughout the park. Visit http://www.heritageparkzoo.org for more information.

Everything nature-related can be found at the Highland Center. The Highland Center is a non-profit science and ecological education organization located on Walker road in Prescott. Their facilities include a learning center, a store, three miles of trails and facilities that are available for rent. On Wednesdays and Saturdays explore nature with complimentary tours given by volunteer naturalists. 9-11:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Come prepared with water, comfortable shoes and layers. Many other special events are held at the Highland Center. For a list of these events, and other information, please visit http://www.highlandscenter.org. They are also always looking for volunteers, so check their website for opportunities.

If you enjoy learning, and need something to do for an afternoon, a week, or longer, the Lifelong Learning Center at Prescott College offers classes year-round for people of all ages. They offer courses in professional development, educational travel and adventure, fine arts, summer camps and much more! Get your Wilderness First Responder certification, or take a week long cooking camp! Learn Spanish, start practicing Tai Chi, or even take a hiking tour in the Grand Canyon! There is a class for everyone at the Lifelong Learning Center. For a complete list of their classes, visit http://www.prescott.edu/lifelonglearning.

Also be sure to visit Arcosanti, an experimental settlement located 45 minutes southeast of Prescott. Started in 1970, Arcosanti’s blend of architecture and ecology demonstrates ways to lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Open to the public, this environmentally-friendly facility offers tours, so be sure to visit their website at http://www.arcosanti.org to find out more.

This article appeared in the April 2011 print edition of The Raven Review.

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