The mission of the Highlands Biological Station, a multi-campus center of Western Carolina University, is to foster research, education, and conservation focused on the rich natural heritage of the southern Blue Ridge, a global biodiversity hotspot.

2024 Native Plant Symposium

Exciting speakers, rare native plants, and more await at our upcoming event!  

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2024 Nature Camps

Highlands Nature Center summer camp registration opens soon! To view registration and camp offering details please click below!

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Environmental Data

Near-real time environmental streaming data is now available! Click below for more information

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Upcoming Events

Join HBS & HBF for our upcoming events! See our program offerings & dates by clicking below.

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2024 Summer Garden Tours

Our 2024 Summer Garden Tours schedule is here and we are so excited to share what is happening in the HBS Botanical Gardens!

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Summer Courses & Workshops

Learn more about the courses and workshops HBS will be hosting in the summer of 2024. 

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