The Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc., is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that represents the continuation of the original private corporation that founded the Highlands Biological Station and supported it for its first 50 years of operation (1927-1977). Its mission is to raise funds, invest these, and use the income to support the research and educational programs of the Station. Traditionally, this has been done in the form of an annual grant to HBS, representing roughly 10% of the annual budget for the Station and being spent primarily for scholarships and grants-in-aid of research. Some of the endowment funds of the Foundation are restricted in their use, such as the six named scholarship funds (Olive, Sargent, Bruce, Howell, Ash, and Coker). The Foundation also has separate funds to help support the outreach mission through the Highlands Nature Center and the Highlands Botanical Garden.

The Highlands Biological Foundation is controlled by a Board of Trustees with 30 members, elected in four cohorts of eight to four-year terms. The annual meeting is held the last weekend in June. Between meetings, decisions are made by an Executive Committee that consists of the officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and two at-large members elected by the trustees. In addition, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of the Station serve in an ex officio capacity. Thus, although there is some overlap between the Station’s and Foundation’s Boards, which facilitates communication and coordination of activities, HBS and HBF are effectively independent.

A Satulah Soiree

Sunday, July 24th at 6:00pm Satulah soiree full size web

On Sunday, July 24th, Knox and Mary Ann Massey and the Highlands Biological Foundation will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of their home Windrush. This 100 year-old house has been magnificently preserved and landscaped with the assistance of the well-known local landscape architect Cathy Davis. Cathy used native plants to enhance the natural beauty of the home and surrounding landscape and also benefit native pollinators. All proceeds from this celebration are going towards the North Campus Project here at the Highlands Biological Station, which also benefits native pollinators.

One of the major elements of the North Campus improvements project is the creation of a new pollinator garden on the campus of the Highlands Biological Station. This garden will serve as a safe haven for native pollinator species while also providing informational displays and a teaching space to help better educate the public on how important these creatures are and what we can do to help preserve them. Please join us for this celebration and help support our native pollinators. Tickets are $200 per person.

Hosted by: Tricia and Inman Allen, Judy and Dick Allison, Elizabeth Bradham, Ruth and Tom Claiborne, Vevie and Lawrence Dimmitt, Ruth and Berryman Edwards, Melinda and Jim Ethier, Cathy and Bob Fisher, Rachel Friday and Jeff Schenck, Anne and Dick Goodsell, Amanda and Greg Gregory, Julia and Bill Grumbles, Marianne and Ben Jenkins, Janet and George Johnson, Cookie and Harrison Jones, Elizabeth and David Martin, Diane and Ray McPhail, Glenn Murer and JT Fields, Nancy and Lyle Nichols, Stephanie and Bill Reeves, Cheryl and Hugh Sargent, Martha and Hal Stibbs, Jennie and John Stowers, Ann and Claude Sullivan, Jane and Tom Tracy

 

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Committee Reports

General Membership Meeting Minutes 6.28.15

Zahner Conservation Lectures

Wildflower Whimsy

Grants in Aid of Research

Foundation Forays