In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public, but is open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis. Researchers and faculty interested in reserving research and residential space should contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on availability, rates, and reservations. Field courses, workshops, and HBS Nature Center programming are cancelled for the 2020 season. The HBS Botanical Gardens remain open, except for trails that are closed due to construction.

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July 4th Scavenger Hunt

July 2 - July 5


Celebrate the coming holiday with an Independence Day themed nature scavenger hunt at the Highlands Botanical Garden!  Beginning Thursday, July 2nd you and your family will be able to use our self-guided scavenger hunt guides to find plant species that resemble various colors and shapes that are associated with the 4th of July such as fireworks and stars. Scavenger hunt print outs will be available at the entrance to the Botanical Garden. Remember to leave natural objects where you find them.

To combat the spread of COVID-19, we ask that once you take one, you keep it and take it home with you as we want to minimize visitors touching the same surfaces and don’t want to find discarded guides in the garden. Remember to maintain social distance and wear face masks as mandated by the NC Executive Order.

For more information on this scavenger hunt, please contact HBF Nature Center Education Specialist Paige Engelbrektsson at (828) 526-2623.


July 2
July 5