Session Two, Week Two: Highlands, NC

10/18/2012 Fall is upon us and things are changing rapidly in the forest! We spent the day looking for interesting fall changes in the botanical gardens and learning about reptiles and amphibians. We went searching for salamanders in a stream in the botanical gardens. Chilly weather can make it more difficult to find amphibians, but we were successful finding a variety of salamanders including Black-bellied Salamanders, Ocoee Salamanders, and Two-lined Salamanders. Salamanders tend to be very photographic so we practiced […]

Session Two, Week One: Highlands, NC

Backyard Naturalists in Highlands, NC is back for a second session! We have a wonderful mix of new students and returning students. The returning students, who participated in the first session, are taking their skills to the next level while helping to mentor and teach the new students. We spent the day exploring the gardens and practicing multiple ways to express ourselves through nature journaling.   There are so many small details that can be observed in the natural world! […]

3 Easy Ways to Discover Wildlife!

Want to know how to find the wildlife in your own backyard? Watch this short video to learn easy ways that you can discover all of the amazing animals living in your neighborhood.

Our Mission

The mission of Backyard Naturalists is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world in children through educational programming that integrates science, art, and technology. The program will draw from the considerable educational resources of the Highlands Nature Center, where staff has provided hands-on science-learning opportunities to help educate the community and promote conservation for over 60 years. Backyard Naturalists has been developed in partnership with Meet Your Neighbours, an international photography project designed to help connect people with […]

New Brochure On Its Way!

Things are coming together in preparation for our first 8-week pilot program in Highlands, North Carolina on March 19th. Our new brochure is scheduled to arrive from the printer today!

Cameras Have Arrived for Pilot Program!

It is a happy day at the Highlands Biological Foundation. The cameras that the children will be using for the first 8-week Backyard Naturalist program have now arrived. Aren’t they beautiful?

Eckerd Family Foundation Grant Helps Launch Backyard Naturalists

News release – for immediate release, Tuesday January 24, 2012 Contact: Sonya Carpenter, 828.526.2221, The Highlands Biological Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation to create “Backyard Naturalists,” an after-school program designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through science, art and technology.  The program is created in partnership with Meet Your Neighbours, an international photographic initiative designed to reveal the wildlife living amongst us in an extraordinary way, and will draw […]

Wildlife on White: How it’s done.

A quick overview on how Meet Your Neighbours co-founder Clay Bolt photographs grasshoppers and other insects for the project. Shows how he assembles his light table in the field and lights the set.