Support HBF: Click here to join HBF

What makes members of the Highlands Biological Foundation proud?

$221,725: Amount awarded for research conducted at HBS since 2006 (Updated April 2016)

24,073: Total people served through the Nature Center in 2014

1930: Decade that the tradition of summer lectures at the Nature Center began

450+: Species of native plants in the Highlands Botanical Garden

89: Years that the Highlands Biological Station and Foundation have been operating

25: Acres to explore

4:Youngest age at which kids can attend nature camp

 Volunteer at HBS!

The Highlands Biological Station can always use volunteers, and we have opportunities for those with many interests. We promise to make your volunteer time not only useful and meaningful, but educational as well. If you are interested in helping at the Nature Center, in the Garden, in the Laboratory, at special events or have another idea of what you would like to do, please contact Hillrie Quin our Volunteer Coordinator and check out our Volunteer Application. Hillrie can be reached at hillriemquin[at]

Consider becoming a member or renewing your membership today!

The Foundation supports the Highlands Biological Station through funding for educational programming, scholarships, research, and daily operations.  In addition, HBF has separate funds to support the outreach missions of the Nature Center and Botanical Garden.  Membership support guarantees that the Foundation can continue to provide support to these organizations.  We even have membership for kids!

We welcome anyone to stop by the offices off of the entrance at 265 N. 6th St. to fill out a membership form. We are happy to assist!

To pay for your membership or donation by check:

Please make your check payable to: Highlands Biological Foundation

Send to: Highlands Biological Foundation

P.O. Box 580

Highlands, NC 28741

To pay for your membership or donation by credit card:

To Join: Click here to join HBF (including Salamemberships for kids)

To Renew: Click here to renew your membership

To Donate: Click here to make a donation to the Highlands Biological Foundation

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Membership Levels for Adults

Terrapin Mountain $35

Receive discounted registration for certain programs and fundraising events, a spring newsletter, Catalogue, and Zahner Conservation Lecture Series announcement.

Bear Pen Mountain $50

The family membership. Receive Terrapin Mountain benefits, plus discount and early registration for Nature Center summer camps. Early registration typically begins in January. Limit one discount per membership, but you may take advantage of the early registration for multiple family members. Check the website for updates.

Scaly Mountain $100 

Receive all of the above benefits plus 10% off merchandise and books at the Station offices and the Highlands Nature Center.

Sagee Mountain $250

Receive all of the above benefits plus $50 off HBS summer week–long workshops.

Satulah Mountain $500

Receive all of the above benefits plus access to the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program, which offers free admission and/or additional benefits at nearly 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands. Also receive an invitation to an exclusive event for members at this level, and acknowledgement in the spring newsletter.

Whiteside Mountain $1,000 & Above

Receive all of the above benefits plus access to the HBS “Rent a Naturalist” program, and an invitation to an exclusive event for members at this level only.


Salamembers –  Membership Just for Kids!

The Highlands Biological Foundation is dedicated to instilling in future generations the importance of learning about, and taking care of, the natural world around us.  Our children and grandchildren will be the future stewards of this precious planet.  Help foster a love of the natural world in a kid by giving the gift of a Salamembership.  We promise each salamember will learn and have fun!


  • receive a copy of the Salamember Scoop quarterly a year with fun nature facts, trivia, stories, and nature-related news.  All salamembers can submit their news and questions!
  • a gift of a brilliant Meet Your Neighbours photograph featuring a creature found around Highlands.  Collect a different one each year!
  • a birthday card
  • a personalized membership card.  Present it at Nature Center events to get free admission for the card holder!
  • receive a discount and early registration for summer camps at the Nature Center
  • receive a discount for Backyard Naturalists (
  • be part of the Highlands Biological Foundation’s team.  Our members are very important to us.

Cost is only $30 per year!


Make a Donation

The Highlands Biological Foundation supports the Station’s research, education, and outreach programs primarily by providing scholarships and grants-in-aid of research.  In addition, the Foundation has separate funds to support the Highlands Nature Center and Highlands Botanical Garden, which serve as the chief avenues for educating the public  about the rich natural heritage of the area and how to preserve it.


Donate Stock

Stocks, bonds or any other securities can be transferred as gifts. Giving the gift of stock has benefits for the giver. If the stock has appreciated in value, the holder can avoid paying the capital gains tax by giving it as a gift. Call or e-mail us to discuss your options today.