See below for all of our upcoming events & programs!

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MAPS Education Station

Monday, May 23rd  |  8 to 11 AM  (Date highly dependent on weather, so check HBS Facebook page for updates)

FREE  |  All ages welcome

No registration necessary

This summer, the Highlands Biological Station will be banding birds in partnership with Blue Ridge Bird Observatory for the 3rd consecutive year!  Stop by the HBS Meadow (888 Horse Cove Rd) on Monday, May 23rd between 8 and 11 AM to learn about the project and what data – and birds – we’ve found so far.

This opportunity will be recurring as bird banding is conducted at HBS over the next several months. Dates are subject to change, so stay tuned to the HBS Facebook page for updates.

Crafty Critters: Hopping Herps

Saturday, May 28th  |  1 to 4 PM

FREE  |  All ages welcome

No registration necessary

The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is a Hotspot for ecoEXPLORE, the NC Aboretum’s incentive-based citizen science program for children K-8. Bring the family to HBS’s Valentine Meadow (888 Horse Cove Rd) on May 28th between 1 & 4 PM to create a nature-themed craft! We’ll focus on reptiles and amphibians that call the Plateau home as part of ecoEXPLORE’s Herpetology Field Season Badge.

Nature Center Gift Shop Pop-up

Saturday, May 28th  |  10 AM to 4 PM

See all that’s new in the Highlands Nature Center Gift Shop this year! We have all new hats, t-shirts, light-weight pullovers, Tervis tumblers, and more.  Grab one of our reusable water bottles, decorate it with our new Nature Center stickers, and take it with you on your holiday weekend hikes around town!

Highlands Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road)

Nature Center Open for Memorial Day Weekend

Special Hours:

Sunday, May 29th  | 12 – 4 PM

FREE  |  Fun for all ages!

Stop into the Highlands Nature Center to see our live animals, natural history exhibits, nature-themed gift shop, and more!  Admission is free thanks to the Highlands Biological Foundation, Wesetern Carolina University, and the state of NC.

Nature Center Nights: Salamander Meander (public)

Tuesday, May 31st  |  9 to 10PM

FREE  |  All ages welcome

Registration required:  Register HERE

Search for salamanders in the Botanical Garden! Discover strange and fascinating facts about our slimy amphibian friends, then join our Education Specialists on a walk through the gardens to find local species. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure!

We will meet in the amphitheater behind the Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road).

Weather-dependent

Highlands Nature Center's Daily Programs Begin May 30th:

Mondays – Saturdays  |  Times vary (see image above)

FREE  |  NO registration necessary

Calling all nature lovers! Join the Highlands Nature Center for our free, daily educational programs beginning Monday, May 30th!  Offerings include garden tours, animal feedings, nature art, and more. There’s something for all ages and interests.

Participants will meet in the amphitheater behind the Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Rd).  Programs are weather dependent.

You're Invited to HBF's North Campus Dedication

Sunday, June 5th  |  4 to 6 PM

FREE  |  Casual Attire  |  Kids welcome

Let us know you’re coming – RSVP to winter@highlandsbiological.org

Years of planning and construction have brought the North Campus vision to a reality, and we are excited to share it with you and our wonderful community!

Please join us on Sunday, June 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for libations and light fare as we celebrate and honor the hundreds of generous donors who made this new addition possible.

111 Lower Lake Rd

Rain or shine.

Monthly Botanical Garden Tours

The 1st Monday of each month  |  11:30 AM to 12 PM

FREE  |  limited capacity  |  registration strongly encouraged ->  Register HERE

There is always something changing in the Highlands Botanical Garden! Join HBS Horticulturist, Rachel Martin, to see what’s new in our demonstration gardens and among the hundreds of species that call our campus home.

Tours are weather dependent. Participants will meet in the amphitheater behind the Highlands Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Rd). Parking is available behind the Nature Center and across the road at the Sunset Rock trailhead.

Face coverings are encouraged during group tours if participants are unable to stay 6ft apart from each other.

Interested participants with limited mobility, please contact Rachel Martin at rmartin@email.wcu.edu to discuss your individual needs.

Highlands Nature Center Open for Spring Hours!

Spring hours:

Fridays & Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM

Closed Sundays – Thursdays

FREE  |  Fun for all ages!

Stop into the Highlands Nature Center to see our live animals, natural history exhibits, nature-themed gift shop, and more!  Admission is free thanks to the Highlands Biological Foundation, Wesetern Carolina University, and the state of NC.

After your visit, stroll through the adjacent 11-acre Highlands Botanical Garden featuring waterfalls, Lindenwood Lake, & 450+ native plant species.

We support social distancing while in the Nature Center and encourage face masks when guests are unable to spread 6ft apart.

Native Plant Symposium

 

In celebration of the Highlands Botanical Garden’s 60th Anniversary, the once annual Native Plant Symposium is being resurrected for this special occasion. Join us Saturday, September 17th in this day-long (9:00 am – 5:30 pm) event highlighting 60 Years of Conservation Gardening. Speakers include renown entomologist and author of “Bringing Nature Home”, Doug Tallamy, professor and UNC Charlotte Botancial Gardens Director, Dr. Larry Mellichamp, and Patrick McMillan, formerly of the South Carolina Botanical Garden and Heronswood.

In conjunction with the Native Plant Symposium, on Friday September 16th the Highlands Biological Station will host a free, public event which includes special tours, reception, and evening lecture by Executive Director Dr. Jim Costa.

More details to be announced. Early-bird registration opens June 2022.

Please note that this page does not list our summer courses or workshops. You can view them in our “Calendar” or on the “Courses and Workshops” page.