In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to Covid-19, Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public with the exception of the Botanical Garden trails, but does remain open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis; please contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on reservations, rates, and Covid-19 policies.  We currently plan to offer our field courses, workshops, Grant-in-Aid program, and HBS Nature Center programs in summer 2021, with Covid-19 safety protocols in place (TBA).​ Please bear in mind, however, that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this winter and spring, and those interested in attending HBS courses or programs or utilizing HBS facilities in spring or summer 2021 should check the HBS website regularly for updates.


Garden Tour





Enjoy a walk through the Botanical Gardens with our knowledgeable staff, viewing beautiful native plant life in diverse habitats.


Turtle and Toad Feeding   11:30am




View our live animals at their most active— feeding time!


Mad Science




Try your hand at scientific inquiry with a brief hands-on program aimed at youth ages 7+ (younger ages are welcome with supervision).


Exploration Hike




Visit forests, streams, and other spots across our campus, experiencing unique habitats and honing your observation skills.


Turtle and Snake Feeding




View our live animals at their most active— feeding time!


Creature Feature

11:30am & 2:30pm



Experience one or more of our live animal ambassadors up close while learning about their fascinating adaptations.