Things To Do In Highlnads NC

Upcoming events at the Highlands Biological Station

Rage Against Invasives: English Ivy - October 1, 2:00-5:00pm

Our horticulturists Kelder Monar and Ezra Gardiner need your help to manually remove the English ivy,Hedera helix, encroaching on our public garden.

Hedera helixgrows by spreading runners that climb over and smother anything and everything in their path. As a ground cover, the quick growth and dense cover shade out native plants and suppress their growth. With half of our campus devoted to a native plant garden, we must take a stand against this invasive species. They won't stop until we stop them!

To lend your arms (we won't be using herbicides), and relieve some of your anger against this threat to biodiversity, please let us know in advance by calling (828) 526-2602 or sending an e-mail to To help with this ongoing issue at a time other than scheduled, please feel free to contact our offices. No experience is necessary.

Fall Leaf Colors - October 5, 2:00-3:30pm

Family program at the Nature Center.

Activities will focus on how leaves change color, deciduous versus coniferous trees, and winter survival strategies of each. Afterwards, visitors will be led on a walk through the Botanical Garden to identify many species of trees by leaf type, shape, and color. Fun and educational for all ages; cost is $5 per person.

Advanced registration for this event is required; please call (828) 526-2623 to sign up. Photograph by Ezra Gardiner.

Highlands Biologica StationGreenfire: Aldo Leopold & A Land Ethic for our Time - October 10, 7:00pm

Film screening in honor of Bob Zahner, himself an Aldo Leopold enthusiast.

See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold's land ethic in action in a multitude of ways. Event Location to be announced.