CORONA VIRUS ALERT. As the Arc does its share during these challenging times, we have cancelled all of our public events through early May while we wait and watch to see what the corona virus will do. Please know that we are keeping most of our hiking trails open to the public, including the trail systems at Chalet Nivale, Junction, and Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve. Trails remaining open at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary are: Kamelands, Maude’s Cedar Narrows, Roundtop, Barrett’s Rim, Cedar Run, Listening Trail, Crow Point, and Ridgeview Farm. Temporarily closed is the Appalachian Forest Museum (it was scheduled to open April 1) and the three trails that share the Museum’s parking lot: Etawah Woods, Valley of the Ancients, and Barrier Ridge.

Homeschool Day at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary!!

We invite homeschoolers in our area to join us for a field trip to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary June- October every 1st Wednesday of the month! Each month we will be teaching a different subject based on nature. The program will start at 10am and last about an hour but you are welcome to stay and hike our trails and enjoy a packed lunch at the picnic shelter or on the deck. Registration is required for these events to help us get an idea of how many students will be joining us.


June 3, 2020 – Plants, Pollinators, Art & Poetry
July 1, 2020 – What lives in and around our creek?
August 5, 2020 – Animal Senses
September 2, 2020 – Geology field trip to Paint Creek
October 7, 2020 – Getting Ready for Winter: Rotten logs and nature surprises

Registration is open for each event three weeks prior to the program date.

Please check back and complete the registration form, which will be on this page. Registration is free, but space is limited to 30 participants. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with directions and any details you may need to know. We will also send a reminder email the week of the trip. 

For any questions please email or call the office at 937-365-1935.