Venture off of the beaten path for a couple of hours …

10:00am – 2:00pm

Explore the biological and cultural diversity of the Highlands Plateau.  Our Forays are designed to complement the Zahner Lectures and explore the topics in much more depth, so if you want to learn more then join us for a Foray!  Each Foray is led either by Station staff or by professionals from local conservation organizations.



You will receive additional information from us after you register for a Foray and before the scheduled date of the event.

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Members of the Highlands Biological Foundation receive a discount on registration fees. To become a member, or renew your membership before registering for Forays, please click here or call (828) 526-2221.


Frequently Asked Questions

What time are Forays held?

10am to 2pm

Where should we meet?

Pine Street Park in Highlands. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early, at 9:45am.

Is lunch included?

Lunch is not included. Please bring a bag lunch with you.

What should I bring?

Please bring a bag lunch (see above), comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, both rain gear and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and a bag with which to carry your belongings.

How are we getting there?

We will carpool to each location.

Will we receive more information?

Yes, after you register and before the Foray, we will e-mail you with additional pertinent information.


June 3     Ferns and Friends

Led by Tom Goforth

Learn more about the wide diversity of fern species native to Highlands from identification to habitat requirements to the basics of propagation.

Cost: $15 for members, $35 for non-members.


June 10     Hike to Whiterock

Join us for a hike along one of the most beautiful sections of the Bartram Trail, one packed with stunning wildflowers, endless vistas, and a fascinating geologic history.

Cost: $15 for members $35 for non-members.


June 17     Float Down the Little Tennessee

Led by John Stowers

Float down the Little Tennessee River with your friends from the Highlands Biological Station. Either kayaks or canoes are available, along with instruction from an experienced guide.

Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members.