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Outdoors Highlands Bio Station promotes education, preservation

For more than 80 years, the Highlands Biological Station has sought to promote education and research with emphasis on the natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau, while preserving and celebrating the integrity of the “biological crown of the southern Appalachian Mountains.” Offerings at the Station include a Nature Center and a Botanical Garden as well as educational programs for young and old alike.

Nature Center

The Nature Center presents a variety of programs throughout the summer — like “Snakes of Highlands,” “Nature by Night,” and this Thursday’s, “Cherokee Storytelling.” The program begins at 6 p.m. Daily summer nature camps for kids are popular in the area and fill up fast.

The Nature Center is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. The center is located at 930 Horse Cove, Highlands. For more information, call (828)526-2623.

Botanical Garden

The Highlands Botanical Garden is free and open to the public year-round, from sunrise to sunset. The Garden serves as a living museum of native plant species and is part of the N.C. Birding Trail. Visit for a list of current flowering plants.

On Thursday Aug. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Highlands Biological Foundation is hosting a “Go Green with Moss” workshop with Annie Martin, founder of Mountain Moss Enterprises Martin’s presentation will explore the botanical characteristics of mosses and the advantages of using mosses in landscapes. Martin will discuss moss gardening methods and participants will have the opportunity to view her awardwinning moss gardens and moss dishes and guide the group on a walk around the Botanical Garden to look for mosses. The presentation, which is part of the “Think About Thursdays” summer event series, is for ages 10 and up and registration is required.

For more information about our Think About Thursdays series, or to become a member of the Highlands Biological Foundation, call (828)526-2221 or visit the website at

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