What's Happening at the CNC?
There are so many ways to enjoy your Community Nature Center. You can explore with your family, bring your class, host a gathering, picnic with friends, hike, birdwatch, attend after-school programs, do photography, homeschool, build a fort, make a leaf collage, do a scavenger hunt, ID plants & insects, put your toes in the pond, and so much more.
We also have lots of outdoor volunteer opportunities, and our programs and site maintenance are all made possible by those in our community who give & care. If you'd like to help your Community Nature Center, visit our page on Getting Involved.
Exploration · Education · Recreation
Whether you're an Arizona history buff, aspiring botanist, geologically curious, an iNaturalist or Nature's Notebook enthusiast, looking for that rare species, just downloaded Merlin Bird ID, or simply wanting to share the great outdoors with family, friends, or community members, the Community Nature Center is full of possibilities. If you'd like to bring a group of more than 10 folks exploring with you, be sure to contact the City's Recreation Coordinator to reserve your permit.
To guide your explorations, here are some downloadable PDFs:
We have both formal programs for teachers & students, as well as space for you to teach or to learn with your children or with other groups. We welcome learning in all shapes and sizes at the Community Nature Center! If you are an educator with questions, please visit the page For Teachers. If you are a parent or guardian, please visit the page For Families. If you're thinking about hosting your own educational event, please Contact Us so we can help you out.
To learn more about CNC features, here are some downloadable PDFs:
Prescott, Arizona is known for it's recreation opportunities and the Community Nature Center is no exception! We see walkers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, climbers, stewards, photographers, picnickers, sunset gazers, and fresh air enthusiasts of all kinds every day. We welcome adventurers of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and interests to come and enjoy 1.5 miles of unique trails. Trails wind their their way by a pond, through towering granite boulders, along a short-grass prairie, and up to a 360° viewpoint. From there you can gaze across the valleys to Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, the Sierra Preitas, the Bradshaws, Glassford Hill, the Black Hills, and beyond.
To find your way around, here are some downloadable maps: