Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.

Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4th; 10:30 AM


The Highlands Nature Center will be a part of this year’s Christmas parade! Join us this holiday season for the annual parade down Main Street in Highlands to see what festive float we’ll have this year. Then, join us at the Nature Center between 1 PM and 4 PM to make Holiday Creations out of natural materials.


Holiday Creations

Saturday, December 4th; 1 PM to 4 PM

FREE; all ages welcome

Kick off your holidays by making decorations from natural materials! Drop by the Highlands Nature Center on December 4th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to create seashell Santas, pine cone ornaments, and more!



Highlands Field Site Students' End-of-Semester Presentations

Thursday, December 9th; 10 AM

Location TBD

FREE; registration required

Register HERE

Bats and hemlocks and salamanders, oh my! Join us as we celebrate the four months of hard work our 12 Highlands Field Site students have accomplished. These talented and determined students have been working hard to contribute to the understanding of the incredible biodiversity of our region. You can join them for their end-of-semester celebration where they will present their individual and group research project findings for our community. The presentations and reception will be held on Thursday, December 9th at 10 a.m. Location to be determined.

For a sneak peek at the students’ research projects, see HBF’s fall newsletter HERE.

This program is through UNC – Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment.