Welcome to our Virtual Learning Center for the Highlands Nature Center & Botanical Garden!

 

Can’t visit us in person?  No problem!  See below for activities you can do at home to become a backyard naturalist, videos from our garden and more.

Nearby Nature Programs

Each week, we post daily activities and crafts that follow a theme. Suitable for kids and adults of all ages, you can find the compiled Nearby Nature resources below, and follow along for updates on our Facebook Page!

Birds

Did you know bird diversity is very high in the southern Appalachian Mountains? Here you can make your own birds nest, learn about the significance of eggshell hues and patterns, watch live camera feeds of various birds, and learn bird ID tips. Then go outside and put your new skills to the test!

Frogs

Hop outside and become familiar with frogs in your area and their calls, explore how their skin and features are adapted to their surroundings, and learn the key differences between frogs and toads!

Wildflowers

Spring blooms are popping up everywhere! Use these resources to learn about which wildflowers are in your area, how to press wildflowers, how they attract pollinators, and more!

Phenology

What is phenology? Click here to find out and to explore crafts, activities, videos, and citizen science projects related to this topic.

Pollinators

What are pollinators? Learn about the pollinators in your region while crafting seed bombs and “bee condos” to help aid in their survival. Then, become a Pollinator Hero and go on a virtual quest to find solutions for the problems the pollinators in your area are facing.

Biodiversity

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day to celebrate all that the earth has provided us! Click above to see how we celebrated Earth for a whole by highlighting the incredible biodiversity found here on the Highlands Plateau. From salamanders to mushrooms and lichens, there’s so much to explore and appreciate.

 Astronomy

Get a glimpse of the night sky in your neighbourhood! Learn to identify different constellations, make constellation cookies, learn about light pollution, and much more!