Wondering where the Wild Things are? Look no further than the Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, your guide to all things Wooly and Winged and Willowy.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/highlands-cashiers-biological-station-owl-group.jpg 705 1250 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-07-09 12:44:022023-07-09 12:44:02Summer Activities
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/highlands-nc-biological-foundation-earth-day-fiddleheads.jpg 705 1250 Ava Schmitt https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Ava Schmitt2023-03-28 11:22:322023-04-16 14:38:59Mother Earth Springs Forth
Soak up all of the season’s goodness – join the experts at The Highlands Nature Center for a Wildflower Walk through Highlands Botanical Garden, or a fun Earth Day celebration.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/highlands-nc-bioloical-station-student.jpg 705 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2023-03-09 18:52:422023-03-09 18:52:42All in a Semester | Highlands Biological Station
A fresh crop of researchers are uncovering the secrets of the Plateau’s natural bounty.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/highlands-biological-station-bats.jpg 705 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2023-03-05 14:47:582023-03-05 14:47:58Biological Hotspot For Bats | Highlands Biological Station
Dr. Rada Petric is unveiling the secrets of our winged night neighbors. You can help.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/highlands-biological-center-dylan-lytle.jpg 703 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2022-04-05 18:48:562023-03-04 10:34:35Plateau’s Wildflower Explosion: Highlands Biological Station
Forget what you learned in grade school – wildflowers aren’t waiting for May to make their Plateau debut. To learn more, visit highlandsbiological.org and participate in the workshops laced throughout the month.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/highlands-nc-biological-Holly-Theobald.jpg 703 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2022-03-05 11:56:212022-03-30 07:57:54We Welcome Holly Theobald: Highlands Biological Station
Holly Theobold is taking the reins of the Highlands Nature Center’s extremely popular Nature Camp Program. Registration has begun, visit highlandsbiological.org.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Chickadee-GC-scaled.jpg 2048 2560 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2022-01-29 18:06:542022-03-05 10:06:04Great Backyard Bird Count | Highlands Biological Station
For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count and ways you can participate, visit www.birdcount.org. The Highlands Botanical Garden and Highlands Nature Center are part of the Highlands Biological Station, a multi-campus center of Western Carolina University.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Highlands-nc-biolgical-station-campers-lake.jpg 703 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2022-01-07 11:37:412022-03-05 11:43:36Nature’s Guide to Nurture Kids | Highlands Biological Station
Unlike our slumbering Black Bears, the Highlands Biological Foundation is staying busy throughout the winter.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/highlands-nc-biological-station-tree.jpg 938 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2021-12-05 07:32:562021-12-05 07:32:56Hemlocks & Salamanders | Highlands Biological Foundation
A dedicated cadre of researchers delving into the mysteries found on the Plateau form the centerpiece of Highlands Field Site program’s wildly successful return.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/GG-examples.jpg 703 1250 Marjorie https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Marjorie2021-10-05 19:09:372021-10-05 19:10:25Ghostly Garden at Highlands Botanical Garden
This Halloween season, the Highlands Botanical Garden will feature a self-guided hike showcasing handmade decorations by friends like you! The free Ghostly Garden kits will be available starting Wednesday, Oct. 6! Grab yours to help decorate the Garden.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/highlands-nc-highlands-biological-station-half-shell-oyster-roast.jpg 535 1024 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-10-01 20:00:002023-08-28 15:25:06Highlands on the Half-Shell at Highlands Biological Station
Prepare your taste buds for a tantalizing journey through the heart of Louisiana flavors as the Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) brings you an evening filled with the zestiest Cajun delights imaginable.
HBF will kick off its annual fall fundraiser, Highlands on the Half-Shell!
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png 0 0 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-07-28 12:00:002023-07-28 12:33:43A Bird’s Eye View at Highlands Biological Station
This summer, Blue Ridge Bird Observatory is banding birds at the Station. Join us for “A Bird’s Eye View” to engage with the researchers, learn about bird ecology & conservation, & see birds up close & personal!
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/highlands-nc-highlands-biological-station-dedicatoin-ceremony-wc-coker-forest-bob-zahner.jpg 535 1024 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-07-13 20:00:002023-07-03 13:57:37Dedication Ceremony for the W.C. Coker Old Growth Forest at Highlands Biological Station
The Old-Growth Forest Network, a national organization dedicated to the preservation of protected, old-growth, native forests, will partner with the Highlands Biological Station for a momentous dedication ceremony for the W.C. Coker Old Growth Forest.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/highlands-nc-highlands-biological-station-cheney-lane-soiree-fundraiser.jpg 535 1024 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-07-24 22:00:002023-06-09 11:18:25A Cheney Lane Soirée at Highlands Biological Station
Join the Highlands Biological Foundation for our biggest annual fundraiser as we raise money in support of our mission of stimulating and promoting biological research and education in the southern Appalachians.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/highlands-nc-highlands-biological-station-HBS-Oconee-Bells.jpg 535 1024 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-03-03 13:00:002023-03-03 11:39:10HBS Oconee Bells with Dr. Jim Costa & Mr. Charlie Williams with Highlands Biological Station
Join HBS executive director Jim Costa & Michaux scholar Charlie Williams for a day of exploration learning about the ecology & curious history of the “lost & found” Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia), & seeing some of the largest remaining populations of this rarity at peak bloom in its native habitat!
On March 19th, we’ll drive one hour [transportation provided, own vehicle optional] to Devil’s Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee for a leisurely hike on the Oconee Bells Nature Trail where we will see large populations of the fabulous Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia), followed by a 3 hour pontoon boat trip with Jocassee Lake Tours to see little known, remote populations of Shortia. Along the way, we will visit beautiful & remote waterfalls & coves of Lake Jocassee, learn about the history of the lake, & keep an eye out for wildlife.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png 0 0 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-03-08 14:00:002023-03-03 11:31:06“Help Remove Non-Native Invasive Plants from Our Community” at Highlands Biological Station
Please join us as we partner with the Coalition for Non-native Invasive Plant Management (CNIPM) to remove a patch of invasive English Ivy that is encroaching on important research areas on campus.
Gloves, clippers, & loppers will be provided. Please bring water.
Lunch will be provided by the International Friendship Center’s Women’s Group.
https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/barkbranches.jpg 535 1024 Erin Estes https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/logo-7.png Erin Estes2023-01-14 15:45:272023-01-28 21:28:21Nature 101: Bark & Branches at Highlands Nature Center
Join for our 1st public program of 2023! Learn how to identify common trees in the winter. We will review a few tricks before exploring the Highlands Botanical Gardens and putting our sleuthing skills to work. Weather dependent.
This event is free. No registration necessary.