Experience Your World

A full slate of workshops at the Highlands Biological Station will focus on the natural wonders found in this corner of Western North Carolina.

Since its founding in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station has specialized in immersion-based outdoor education and programming under the philosophy that the best way to learn about the natural world is to experience it. 

 This summer we have six workshops tailored to the members of our community.  On May 2-6, Dr. Timothy Spira of Clemson University will teach the identification and ecology of both woody and herbaceous spring wildflowers on or near the Highlands Plateau.  

  The second workshop, “Natural History Illustration” with Dr. Lore Ruttan of Lore Ruttan Illustration, meets June 20-24 to explore the outdoors and various artistic techniques geared towards beginner and intermediate-level naturalists.  It will be followed by the advanced course, which will meet June 27-July 1. 

From July 11 to 15, Dr. Larry Mellichamp of UNC-Charlotte will be offering a workshop on gardening with native plants in Highlands.  This course offers a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the habitat factors that define where plants grow and learn how to use those factors in your garden.

 Dr. Gary Walker of Appalachian State University and Laura Boggess of Mars Hill University will teach a workshop on the unique rock outcrop and cliff face communities of the Southern Appalachians from July 25-29.  These rare communities are few and far between, but each is host to dozens of different species, some of which are site-specific.  

The final workshop will take you on a literary journey through the Western North Carolina landscape.  Taught by Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society, this course will immerse you in the rich literature of Western North Carolina and explore the role of the landscape within the literary arts. 

These adventure-based workshops will meet at the Highlands Biological Station for the entire day and into the evenings, with breaks for meals.  Members of the Highlands Biological Foundation at the Sagee Mountain level and above receive a $50 discount.  For more information about courses, costs, and instructors, call (828) 526-2602 or visit highlandsbiological.org and scroll down to the
workshop section.