Contact

For general inquiries, please call 828.526.2602 or send an e-mail to hbs[at]email.wcu.edu

If you notice a problem with the website, please send an e-mail to msruigrok[at]email.wcu.edu.

Fax:  828.526.2797

Mailing Address:  PO Box 580 or 265 North Sixth Street  |  Highlands, NC 28741

 

Administration

265 N. 6th St.     |     (828) 526-2602     |     Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Foundation

265 N. 6th St.     |     (828) 526-2221     |     Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Botanical Garden & Maintenance

265 N. 6th St.     |     (828) 526-0188     |     The Botanical Garden is free and open to the public 7 days a week from dawn until dusk

 

Nature Center

930 Horse Cove Rd.     |     (828) 526-2623     |

Nature Center Autumn Hours (September 9 – November 8):  Tuesday – Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

Weekday mornings are reserved for school outreach programming. 

 

 

Staff Directory

 

Dr. James T. Costa, Executive Director 

costa[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 787-1712

 

Karen Kandl, Associate Director

kkandl[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 787-1712

 

M. Patrick Brannon, Nature Center Director

pbrannon[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 526-2623

 

Sonya Carpenter, Director, Highlands Biological Foundation

highlandsbiological[at]gmail.com or call (828) 526-2221

 

Cynthia SoderstromBusiness Office Manager

ccsoderstrom[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 526-2602

 

Guy Cook, Maintenance Supervisor

gcook[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 526-0188

 

Ezra Gardiner, Horticulturist

egardiner[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 526-0188

 

Kelder Monar, Horticulturist

keldermonar[at]gmail.com or call (828) 526-0188.

 

Michelle Ruigrok, Program Assistant

msruigrok[at]email.wcu.edu or call (828) 526-2602

 

Location/Directions

From Cashiers, NC:  Take Hwy 64 W to Highlands and turn left onto Main St.  Continue straight through town.   Turn left onto Sixth St. and make a right turn into the Station driveway.

From Franklin, NC:  Take Hwy 64 E (the Gorge Road) to Highlands.  Road becomes Main Street.  Continue straight through town.  Turn left onto Sixth St. and make a right turn into the Station driveway.

From Walhalla, SC:  Take Hwy 28 to Highlands and turn right onto Main Street.  Continue straight through town.   Turn left onto Sixth St. and make a right turn into the Station driveway.

From Dillard, GA:  Take Hwy 106 to Highlands and turn right onto Main Street.  Continue straight through town.  Turn left onto Sixth St. and make a right turn into the Station driveway.