Earn 3 credit hours in 2 weeks!

The Station offers several courses each summer at the advanced undergraduate/graduate level dealing with the special biological features of the Southern Appalachians and with areas of study that are appropriate for investigation at a mountain field station.  Credit for all courses is available through either UNC-Chapel Hill or Western Carolina University.  Students may take courses for credit through these institutions and then transfer the credit to their own school.  It is the responsibility of students taking courses for academic credit to request credit transfer to their home institution from the credit-awarding school (WCU or UNC-Chapel Hill); this can be done by making a request through the Registrar’s office at the students’ home institution.

In addition to our regular summer courses, HBS often schedules one-week workshops that are tailored for non-traditional students.  These workshops provide opportunities for in-depth study of special topics of relevance to the southern Appalachians and are open to the general public.  Workshops, costs, and additional information can be found on this page below the course offerings. Special events and occasional one-day educator workshops are also offered for teacher recertification credit (science CEU), or for NC Environmental Education Criteria II credit, by the Nature Center.


2015 Schedule

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2015 Schedule

Courses (2 weeks)

Flora of the Blue Ridge (June 1-13) with Dr. Paul Manos, Duke University **full**

Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies & Caddisflies (June 15-26; June 29-July 10) with Dr. John Morse, Clemson University **first session is full**

Conservation Biology in the Field (June 22-July 3) with Dr. Peter White, UNC-Chapel Hill

Applied Landscape Conservation of Amphibians (July 13-24) with Dr. Ray Semlitsch, University of Missouri; Dr. Bill Peterman, University of Illinois

Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians (July 20-Aug. 1) with Drs. Stephanie Jeffries, North Carolina State University; Alan Weakley, UNC-Chapel Hill; Julie Tuttle, Duke University **full**

Evolution in the Blue Ridge for science educators (Aug. 3-14) with Dr. Kefyn Catley, Western Carolina University (WCU); Dr. Jim Costa, Highlands Biological Station & WCU; Dr. Louise Mead, BEACON Center of Michigan State (cancelled)


Academic Workshops (5 days)

Biology & Identification of Ferns (May 25-29) with Dr. Joey Shaw, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Molecular Methods (May 25-29) with Dr. Indrani Bose, Western Carolina University

Biology & Diversity of Myriapoda (June 1-7) with Dr. Jason Bond, Auburn University; Dr. Paul Marek, Virginia Tech; Dr. Petra Sierwald, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; Dr. William Shear, Hampden-Sydney College **full**

Introduction to Lichens  (June 15-19) with Dr. James Lendemer, NY Botanical Garden; Jessica Allen, New York Botanical Garden and The City University of New York

Literary Journeys Through the Western North Carolina Landscape (July 13-17) with Mr. Brent Martin, The Wilderness Society

Bryophyte Identification (Aug. 3-7) with Dr. Paul Davison, University of North Alabama


Other Workshops (Not available for credit)

Rare Lichen Identification (June 11-13) with Dr. James Lendemer, NY Botanical Garden; Jessica Allen, New York Botanical Garden and The City University of New York

Natural Science Illustration in Black & White (June 29-July 3) with Dr. Lore Ruttan, Lore Ruttan Illustration

Natural Science Illustration in Color (July 6-10) with Dr. Lore Ruttan, Lore Ruttan Illustration

Blooms, Berries & Buds: Recognizing Our Native Flora (July 20-24) with Dr. Larry Mellichamp, UNC-Charlotte

Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fleshy Fungi & Their Identification (July 27-31) with Mr. Jay Justice, Mycologist; Dr. Richard Baird, Mississippi State University

Automation of Environmental Sensing (Aug. 10-14) with Mr. John Kauffman, Arlington, VA Public Schools (cancelled)



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