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.

Highlands on the


Join us October 6 for our annual oyster roast fundraiser! 

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.

Soiree at Kenridge 

Join for our annual Highlands Biological Foundation Fundrasier.


Nature Center Programs

Check out our weekly program schedule including animal feedings, garden tours, and more!  Join us for Nature Center Nights to experience Highlands after dark!


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.

Travel with the HBS & HBF to the Galápagos Islands! 

HBS Executive Director and Darwin expert Dr. Jim Costa will lead this exciting ship-based expedition to the fabled islands that Darwin visited in 1835.  We will travel in Darwin’s footsteps as we visit spectacular islands teeming with amazing wildlife, from iconic giant tortoises and marine iguanas to blue- and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and the famous Darwin’s finches!

 When: February 19–28, 2020

Where: Quito & Galápagos Islands, visiting 7 islands aboard the expedition vessel Santa Cruz II

Why: Adventure, exploration, and fun in support of the Highlands Biological Station & Foundation!

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2019 Kids Camps

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,…

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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