The Grand Re-opening of Prescott's Community Nature Center

Sep 14 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Community Nature Center on Williamson Valley Road in Prescott, Arizona has something new to explore. Closed for several years, the center has added a native garden to showcase the rugged granite surroundings so enjoyed by Prescott residents and visitors alike. Located adjacent to Granite Mountain Middle School, the center will be celebrating this new addition during its re-opening festivities on Saturday, September 14.

Henry Dahlberg, founding director of the Community Nature Center, worked with the University of Arizona's Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners to establish the new native garden on the center's 18-acre site. The garden, located in front of a log cabin built in 1975, features a variety of native plants.

The garden's landscaping plan was developed by Master Gardener Lesley Alward, who notes, ‚Äúlandscaping with natives is naturally water thrifty." Once established, native plants need little or no irrigation in the Prescott, area. Master Gardener volunteers planted the garden in May. 

"In keeping with the Master Gardener's charter of science-based education, each plant will be identified with common and botanical names," adds Alward. Demonstrations of passive rainwater collection techniques and plants that are "critter-resistant" will be of special interest to visitors.

The center is known for its natural beauty and history. The Hardyville Road, Arizona's first toll road (1865), passed through the nature center. The road between Hardyville, on the Colorado river, and Prescott became the main supply route for early Prescott. Remnants of wagon wheels and other gear may still be seen on the grounds. A pond and an historic spring also remain waiting to be rediscovered along with the authentic log cabin and the new native garden. So come celebrate on September 14 and rediscover a newly polished Prescott jewel!

Location: 
1800 Williamson Valley Road, Prescott AZ, 86305
Contact name: 
Pamela Denney
Contact email: 
pdenney@cals.arizona.edu