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“Highlands Nature Center is both an Educational Center and Botanical garden with a maze of splendid walking trails. There you may see a wide variety of Native Trees, Shrubs and flowering plants. Most are identified and marked. There you will see some of the most pristine Old Growth forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains. ”
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“ Great nature center and trails for families. Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens - Highlands Nature Center was founded as the museum of the Highlands Biological Station in 1927, and was originally housed as an annex to the Hudson Library. Its present home, the Clark Foreman Museum building, was constructed between 1939 and 1941 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using native granite from the local quarry and wormy chestnut salvaged from the Nantahala National Forest. Following a renovation in 2001, the Nature Center now offers exhibits and year-round educational programming focusing on the biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region. ”
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