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’ Deep Roots

June 28-29, 2019

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Sometimes it can be hard to see the forest for the trees, but our forests are rich with stories and species alike.Over 100 kinds of trees are native to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and many more are cultivated in the region. Why are we so drawn to forests? What can different species – and individual trees – tell us about where we live, and what has come before? Join us to sink your roots into the rich earth of history, science, and culture that blankets our mountains.

Friday, June 28

5:30-6:30 p.m. at Highlands Nature Center
Shuttle from Hudson Library starting at 5:15 p.m.

Learning from Trees
Arthur Joura, The North Carolina Arboretum
What makes trees so compelling? Long a potent symbol of myths and fables across cultures, the source of inspiration for poets and philosophers, and now the subject of exciting new research by foresters and biologists, trees apparently have something to teach us. In this lavishly illustrated lecture, Arboretum Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura considers trees for the fascinating organisms they are, while examining the attraction they hold in the human imagination. Mr. Joura considers a reason for the deep and meaningful connection felt by so many people when in the presence of trees.
Arthur Joura has been the Bonsai Curator at the Arboretum since 1992 and oversaw the design and development of the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden. He studied bonsai with some of the leading authorities in the United States and was an official student to the Nippon Bonsai Association in Japan. He has toured the eastern U.S. extensively as a lecturer and teacher, and has been featured on UNC-TV and in numerous regional and national publications for his work with the Arboretum’s bonsai collection.

6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Valentine House Meadow at
Highlands Biological Station

Saturday, June 29

Field Trips or Workshops (Select 1)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (at the latest)

Tree Identification Workshop
with Ron Lance
Learn the basics of tree recognition in an area widely known for its diverse tree species. From visual clues to scent cues, and growth habit and habitat, there are many tips for identifying trees. Participants will learn basic tree identification and then put their skills to use on a short walk in the woods. Intended for interested beginners, this workshop may hold interest for astute dendrologists as well.

Notable Trees of the Highlands Botanical Garden (FULL)
with Drs. Kay Kirkman and Lindsay Boring
HBS’s Botanical Garden lies at the highest elevation of any botanical garden east of the Rockies. Among our hundreds of native plant species are tree species and specimens with unique natural histories. Join our guides who will show us the trees and relate their stories.

Historic Trees of Highlands
with Sonya Carpenter and Canty Worley
What stories can be told about the trees on Main Street? What national champions grow here in Highlands?
Discover more abouts the trees and their significance for our town on this walking tour with local arborists. Folklore, history, and natural history all blend together in this field trip.

Living Stories, Living Laboratory
with Paige Engelbrektsson
Every trail has a story. Every forest does as well. Join our Nature Center Education Specialist on a hike on trails she helped to build at the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Brushy Face Preserve. Find out how human history has shaped the valley trees and how they are in turn informing research at the Station.

Registration is required.  $75 members, $100 non-members (Price includes both days + lunch Saturday).