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Summer hours start at Highlands Nature Center

Campers splash in at Highlands Biological Station. HBS photo Campers splash in at Highlands Biological Station. HBS photo

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer hours at the Highlands Nature Center. 

Stop in 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to meet live animals, explore natural history exhibits, peruse new merchandise and more. Free, educational programs are offered daily, including garden tours, animal feedings and nature art. The adjacent 11-acre Highlands Botanical Garden features a network of nature trails, Lindenwood Lake and more than 450 native plant species. 

Admission is free, thanks to support from the Highlands Biological Foundation, Western Carolina University and the state of North Carolina. Find upcoming programs and events at

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