For more than 80 years, the mission of the Highlands Biological Station has been to foster education and research focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau, while preserving and celebrating the integrity of the “biological crown of the southern Appalachian Mountains.”

The Station offers intensive summer courses and workshops in field biology and a semester in-residence field site program during the fall semester through the UNC Institute for the Environment. The Foundation offers educational programming for adults in the way of a summer Zahner Conservation Lecture series and is a partner in the Backyard Naturalists program.  Finally, the Highlands Nature Center offers summer camps for ages 4 to 14 and daily programming during the summer for the family in addition to year-round school outreach programming.


summer courses and workshops in field biology

UNC Institute for the Environment

Backyard Naturalists

summer camps

school outreach