In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to Covid-19, Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public with the exception of the Botanical Garden trails, but does remain open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis; please contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on reservations, rates, and Covid-19 policies.  We currently plan to offer our field courses, workshops, Grant-in-Aid program, and HBS Nature Center programs in summer 2021, with Covid-19 safety protocols in place (TBA).​ Please bear in mind, however, that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this winter and spring, and those interested in attending HBS courses or programs or utilizing HBS facilities in spring or summer 2021 should check the HBS website regularly for updates.

Wildflower Wander

Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

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Join the Highlands Biological Foundation on an outing to see some of Highlands’ most beautiful wildflowers! Sonya Carpenter and Canty Worley will lead a private tour of Pond Hollow Garden, a Buck Creek retreat owned by Greg and Amanda Gregory. The walking tour will combine native woodland and meadow species with a cultivated garden. Spring ephemerals will be in full bloom with possible viewings ranging from lady slippers, trillium, and showy orchids. Lunch will have a lovely view of the pond and garden.  Birding opportunities are available so bring your binoculars if interested.

The trip will meet at 9:30 AM at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park to carpool to Pond Hollow Garden. Please bring water and rain gear.

Lunch will be provided (buffet with vegetarian options available).

Registration is required.  $30 members, $35 non-members