Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 


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.