Highlands Biological Station

Research & Teaching Laboratory, Nature Center, Botanical Garden and Foundation

Fostering research and education focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau. while preserving and celebrating the biological crown of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Learning Opportunities

Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge about our diverse region or are pursuing courses at the advanced undergraduate/graduate level we have offerings for everyone.

Nature Center Camps

Camp registration is open!  The Nature Center offers a series of 4-day nature day camps for ages 4 to 14.  From Wetlands Wizards to Mad Scientists, we’ve got a camp for you! 

Station Research

Research facilities at the Highlands Biological Station support a wide range of field and laboratory investigations. Explore the history of the facilities and history of research at the Highlands Biological Station.

Membership & Events

Help support the Highlands Biological Station by becoming a member or attending one of our unique annual events. 


Wildflower Wander

Join the Highlands Biological Foundation on an outing to see some of Highlands’ most beautiful wildflowers!


Contact Us

Our helpful staff is here to assist you with your visit, research and support of the Highlands Biological Station. Find the best contact for your needs here.

2019  Summer Courses & Workshops


The Latest from the Highlands Biological Station

2019 Kids Camps

The Nature Center offers a series of nature day camps each summer for ages 4 to 14. Younger campers will have fun exploring the outdoors and learning about plants and animals through a variety of activities and games. Older campers will conduct scientific research,…

2019 Workshops

Explore all of our offerings this year! These workshops are open to all audiences and are not for academic credit. Unless posted, all workshops begin at 9am. Courses and workshops have the option to meet on the Saturday during the week that they are scheduled….

2019 Summer Course Schedule

Our 2019 course schedule is here! We do not have course descriptions or syllabi for all our courses yet, but the dates are firm, so start planning your summer courses now. Explore the full list of summer offerings below… The Station offers several courses each…

Highlands Biological Station is a multi-campus center of Western Carolina University,

a unit of the University of North Carolina System.

Contact Us

For General Inquiries please call 828.526.2602

265 North Sixth Street
Highlands, NC 28741

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