About the Foundation
The Foundation is dedicated to educating our community on what makes Highlands such a special place. HBF supports both academic research on mountain ecosystems, communities, and species as well as public education programs available to all ages.
With the State of North Carolina and Western Carolina University, we help run a full year-round program in the Highlands Nature Center and HBS Botanical Gardens and grounds focused on environmental education. Your generosity ensures that the Highlands Nature Center and the Highlands Botanical Garden remain free to the public, and it supports academic research through the Foundation’s scholarships and grants-in-aid.
Grants in Aid of Research
For over 50 years the Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc. has provided grants in support of scientific research, bringing graduate students and research scientists to Highlands from all over the country.
Throughout the year the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts events to support and raise funds for the three pillars of the Highland Biological Station: The Nature Center, Botanical Garden and Laboratory. Your participation allows for the care and expansion of the Botanical Garden’s plant collection, improvements to the exhibits and programs of the Nature Center, and support for research and education conducted through the Laboratory.
Annual Meeting Minutes
Review the minutes from the Foundation’s annual membership meeting.
See what’s been happening with the latest from the Foundation.
Join or Renew Membership
Click here to contribute to the Highlands Biological Foundation.
Learn more about the Zahner Conservation Lecture series.
Foundation Board of Trustees
William Clarkson- Secretary
Julia Grumbles – Past President
David Martin – Member at Large
John Mitchener- VP
Amy Patterson- Treasurer
Karen Patterson – Member at Large
Vernon Skiles – Member at Large
Jennie Stowers- President
Sarah Morgan Wingfield