Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  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.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 

Nature Center Nights 2021

Join the Highlands Nature Center for our Nature Center Night programs this summer!  These programs will be held each Tuesday night at 9 p.m. between June 1st and July 27th. Each week, we will focus on a nature-related topic. See our program offerings and dates below.

Please bring a flashlight with you for these adventures and note that these programs are weather-dependent. 

We take the health of our visitors and staff seriously – These programs will be held at a limited capacity, and masks are required of all participants.

R𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱. 𝗧𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 (𝟴𝟮𝟴) 𝟱𝟮𝟲-𝟮𝟲𝟮𝟯.

When you register, you will be given more program details including where to park/ meet to participate.

Highlands Nature Center is a multi-center campus of HBS.

 

2021 Programs

Salamander Meander

Dates: June 1st, June 29th, & July 27th
Time: 9pm-10pm                                                                            Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: FREE

Kick off Highlands Nature Center’s summer season searching for salamanders in the Botanical Garden! Discover strange and fascinating facts about our slimy amphibian friends, then join naturalists on a walk through the gardens to find local species. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure! This program is weather-dependent.

Going Batty

Dates: June 15th & July 13th
Time: 9pm-10pm                                                                            Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: FREE

Discover the nocturnal mammals who take to the skies! Learn about the fascinating world of bats, then join naturalists in the Botanical Garden to seek them out. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure! This program is weather-dependent.

Starlight Stroll

Dates: June 8th & July 6th
Time: 9pm-10pm                                                                            Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: FREE

Unlock the history and mystery of the night sky as we study the stars! Hear stories from different cultures and learn to identify summer constellations. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure! This program is weather-dependent.

 

A Buggy Evening

Dates: June 22nd & July 20th
Time: 9pm-10pm                                                                            Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: FREE

Experience the world of our smallest nocturnal creatures—insects! Learn to identify unique and beautiful insects then join naturalists to sample for fireflies, moths, and more in the Botanical Garden. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure! This program is weather-dependent.