Highlands Nature Center

Hours of Operation

Wednesday through Saturday 10am-4pm

Closed October 9th, 10th, 11th and 19th

Closing for the winter on Sunday, October 27th


930 Horse Cove Road
Highlands, NC 28741




Free thanks to the support of the Highlands Biological Foundation.  Donations are accepted.


Looking for a place to picnic after you visit the Nature Center?  Check out these spots on our campus!


2019 Summer Day Camps

Kids ages 4 to 14: Explore the outdoors this summer and investigate the plants and animals of our region! Younger campers will have fun outdoors learning about plants and animals through a variety of activities and games. Older campers will conduct scientific research, develop team-building skills, and observe nature on adventure field trips.

K-12 School Outreach

Highlands Nature Center provides more than 50 different day programs for public, private, or homeschool groups in grades K-12.  Classes are designed to meet the curriculum requirements of the North Carolina science Essential Standards for each grade level, and supplement existing lessons by bringing additional resources to the classroom.