Highlands Nature Center was founded as the museum of the Highlands Biological Station in 1927, and was originally housed as an annex to the Hudson Library. Its present home, the Clark Foreman Museum building, was constructed between 1939 and 1941 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using native granite from the local quarry and wormy chestnut salvaged from the Nantahala National Forest. Following a renovation in 2001, the Nature Center now offers exhibits and year-round educational programming focusing on the biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region. Programming includes pre-K-12 outreach, special events and daily activities during the summer that are open to the general public, as well as summer nature camps for ages 4 to 14. Younger campers explore the outdoors and learn about plants and animals through a variety of activities and games. Older campers conduct scientific research, develop team-building skills, and observe nature on adventure field trips into the Nantahala National Forest.
Highlands Nature Center is a member of NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.
current hours of operation:
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
address and phone number:
930 Horse Cove Road / PO Box 580, Highlands, NC 28741
Below you will find the schedule for our daily programming and special events. For information about school outreach programming and special events, please visit the link below in the “links” section.
2017 Special Events
October 26 Halloween Enchanted Forest
6:00-7:30 p.m. | All Ages | Cost: $1.00/person
Celebrate Halloween the natural way! Guided tours of our Botanical Gardens will lead you trick-or-treating around the trail to meet some native animal characters. Beware the forest in the last half hour as it will turn from enchanted to haunted and the animals will definitely be more “trick” than “treat”. Activities will be available in the nature center as well during this time.