Highlands Nature Center

Hours of Operation

Opens March 30 for the season!

Spring hours: Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm

Address

930 Horse Cove Road
Highlands, NC 28741

Phone

828.526.2623

 

About the Nature Center

Highlands Nature Center was founded as the museum of the Highlands Biological Station in 1927, and was originally housed as an annex to the Hudson Library.

Its present home, the Clark Foreman Museum building, was constructed between 1939 and 1941 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using native granite from the local quarry and wormy chestnut salvaged from the Nantahala National Forest. Following a renovation in 2001, the Nature Center now offers exhibits and year-round educational programming focusing on the biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region.

Programming includes pre-K-12 outreach, special events and daily activities during the summer that are open to the general public, as well as summer nature camps for ages 4 to 14. Younger campers explore the outdoors and learn about plants and animals through a variety of activities and games. Older campers conduct scientific research, develop team-building skills, and observe nature on adventure field trips into the Nantahala National Forest.

Explore our featured exhibits, special events and year-round school education programming that focuses on the spectacular biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region. If you would like to schedule a school program or have questions please contact Outreach at 828.526.4123.

Our address is: 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands, NC 28741

  • From Cashiers, NC: Take Hwy 64 W to Highlands and turn left onto Main St. Continue straight through town. After 0.4 miles, the Nature Center will be on your left.

  • From Franklin, NC: Take Hwy 64 E (the Gorge Road) to Highlands. Hwy 64 E becomes Main Street. Continue straight through town. After 0.4 miles, the Nature Center will be on your left.

  • From Walhalla, SC: Take Hwy 28 to Highlands and turn right onto Main Street.  Continue straight through town. After 0.4 miles, the Nature Center will be on your left.

  • From Dillard, GA:  Take Hwy 106 to Highlands and turn right onto Main Street.  Continue straight through town. After 0.5 miles, the Nature Center will be on your left.

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.