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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 accredited 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. You can call the Station office, at 828.526.2602, to register for these workshops.

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.


Course descriptions

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2017 Schedule

Accredited Courses – for academic credit or those interested in diligent scientific inquiry:

Creatively Communicating Biology & Ecology (May 8-13) with Dr. Hannah Rogers, Columbia University

Landscape Conservation of Amphibians (May 15-27) with Dr. Bill Peterman, The Ohio State University

Grasses (Poaceae) of the Southern Appalachians (May 22-27) with Dr. Paul McKenzie, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Biology & Identification of Ferns (May 29-June 3) with Dr. Joey Shaw, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Flora of the Blue Ridge (June 5-17) with Dr. Paul Manos, Duke University

General Ecology (June 12-24) with Dr. Thomas Martin, Western Carolina University

Conservation Biology in the Field (June 26-July 8) with Dr. Peter White, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fungi (July 17-29) with Dr. Rich Baird, Mississippi State University, and Jay Justice, Arkansas Mycological Society

Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians Call for Wait List: 828-526-2602 (July 24-August 5) with Dr. Stephanie Jeffries, North Carolina State University, Dr. Alan Weakley, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Dr. Julie Tuttle, Duke University

Southern Appalachian Mayflies, Stoneflies, & Caddisflies (July 31-August 12) with Dr. John Morse, Clemson University

Wetland Plant Communities (August 7-12) with Dr. Dwayne Estes, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Austin Peay State University

Workshops (For all audiences; no academic credit)

Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Exploring western North Carolina through William Bartram’s Travels (May 15-20) with Brent Martin, The Wilderness Society

Macrophotography: A Bug’s-Eye View of Nature (June 5-9) with Dr. Kefyn Catley, Western Carolina University

Wilderness First Aid CANCELED(June 10-11) with Landmark Learning  Apply here.

Gardening with Native Plants in Highlands (July 10-14) with Dr. Larry Mellichamp, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Rain Garden Design (July 17-18 or 20-21) with Russell Funderburk, or Dr. Sarah Workman, Highlands Biological Station

Mushrooms of the Carolinas Call for Wait List: 828-526-2602  (August 13-14) with Alan & Arleen Bessette & Michael Hopping 

Tree Identification (October 13-14) with John Palmer


Apply now for accredited courses

Kindly call 828.526.2602 to register for workshops or with questions.


For details on financial aid, and course, housing, and credit fees, click here.