About Our Auction
WANDER THE WILD is the Highlands Center for Natural History’s signature annual fundraising event. ALL PROFITS from the auction directly fund youth educational programs which enrich 10,000 children annually and provide scholarships for children and elementary school classes to attend outdoor programs based on exploration and discovery at our site in the Prescott National Forest.
This year's auction will be a hybrid event which begins with an online auction running from September 24th to 30th at 1:00pm, and ends with a live auction on October 1, 2:30 to 5:30 pm at the Windmill House in Chino Valley, Arizona. Participants unable to attend the live auction can place proxy bids to continue competing for items at the live event.
Some auction items are ONLY available for online bidding, some ONLY for bidding at the live event, while MOST may be bid online AND at the live event. Read the item description for that information.
The auction features outdoor experiential packages, travel to exciting destinations near and far, educational field trips, nature inspired works of art by local artists, and much more! With local, regional, national, and international experiences and destinations, the auction offers something for everyone! There are many raffle items available with tickets at $5.
A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU, our generous sponsors, donors, and bidders, for your enthusiastic support of our auction and the youth educational programs at the Highlands Center for Natural History! The variety and quality of donated items is amazing, and our gratitude is heartfelt. We can't do it without you! WE APPRECIATE YOU to the moon and beyond!
FOR BIDDERS NOT ATTENDING THE LIVE EVENT on October 1st, please be sure to submit your highest PROXY bid before 1:00pm Arizona Time on September 30th. We will have a staff member bid for you at the event up to the limit of your PROXY BID.
WINNING BIDDERS will be notified by 32Auctions at the conclusion of the auction. Payment is to be made through the 32Auctions site. You will receive an emailed invoice and a receipt after payment.
UPON CONFIRMATION OF PAYMENT, you will be contacted by the Highlands Center to arrange how to receive your auction items if you did not receive them at the live event. YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR PAID RECEIPT to pick up or receive delivery of items you have won or purchased.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds will be given after bidding has closed and payment has been made. Please make note of expiration dates before bidding.
About Highlands Center for Natural History
The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) helps children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land. Established in 1996, the HCNH is a science-based non-profit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Highlands in Arizona.
Operating on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest, the Highlands Center is a hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonders of nature through on and offsite programs reaching over 15,000 children and adults each year.
The Center is supported by volunteers, memberships, educational programs, outdoor entertainment, and generous contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners.
Live Event Information
LIVE AUCTION: October 1, 2023, 2:30-5:30pm, Windmill House in Chino Valley, AZ