In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public, but is open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis. Researchers and faculty interested in reserving research and residential space should contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on availability, rates, and reservations. Field courses, workshops, and HBS Nature Center programming are cancelled for the 2020 season. The HBS Botanical Gardens remain open, except for trails that are closed due to construction.

Mondays

Garden Tour

10:30am

 

 

 

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

Tuesdays

Turtle and Toad Feeding   11:30am

 

 

 

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

Wednesdays

Mad Science

2:30pm

 

 

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

Thursdays

Exploration Hike

2:30pm

 

 

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

Fridays

Turtle and Snake Feeding

11:30am

 

 

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

Saturdays

Creature Feature

11:30am & 2:30pm

 

 

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