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. 

Early Sign Up Below!

Summer Camp Registration 2021

 

Important Information 

Camp registration opens on March 8 for members and campers who registered for camp last summer.  It will open to the public on March 15.

Are we having camp this summer? 

We are opening registration in hope that the answer is yes and that we will be able to host camps this summer.  Due to the pandemic, we are not requiring payment at time of registration in case of cancellation.  We will contact you for payment May 1 if we are able to proceed.  We will provide updates as they become available.  Camps are limited to 8 campers each this summer.

Covid Precautions

We take the health of our campers and staff seriously. We will be implementing a COVID-19 protocol that follows guidance from the Town of Highlands, Western Carolina University, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Camp Association. A full outline is available HERE. 

Registration

If the camp you for which you want to register is full, please call 828-526-2623 or email paige@highlandsbiological.org to be placed on the wait-list. If any slots become available for the desired camp, you will be notified within 15 days of the start of camp.

Please note that each camp lasts four days (Tuesday – Friday).

Need-based scholarships are available thanks to a generous grant from Cullasaja Womens Outreach. To inquire about eligibility, please email charlotte@highlandsbiological.org or call 828.526.2221

Special Needs

Our primary goal is providing safety and a positive camp experience for all. Camp staff is unable to provide one-on-one supervision for a special needs situation, but we would be happy to assist the family in making those arrangements with a care facilitator of your choice. Parents/Guardians are asked to discuss this need with Paige prior to registration at (828) 526-2623.

 

Available Camps (in order by age)

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Crafty Critters

Ages: 4 – 6 (pre-K to rising 1st)
Dates: June 8-11 & July 6-9
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $80 per child

Find out the secrets to survival! Discover through games and art how animals hide in plain sight, forage for food, and live in strange worlds in our marvelous mountains.

Tiny Homes: Nature Edition

Ages: 4 – 6 (pre-K to rising 1st)
Dates: June 29-July 2 & July 27-30
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $80 per child

Jump into where the wild things live! Explore the many kinds of homes in our forests, from the tops of trees to deep underground, and find out what animals live in each place.

Habitat Hikers

Ages: 7 – 9 (rising 2nd to rising 4th)
Dates: June 15-18 & July 20-23 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $150 per child

Spot the animals living all around us! Dig into the dirt, trek through streams, and look through your binoculars to uncover hidden habitats and the creatures that live there.

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Local Lookouts

Ages: 10+ (rising 5th and up)
Dates: June 22-25 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $220 per child

Explore the wonderful hikes right here in Highlands! We’ll traverse trails high and low, near and (relatively) far, and discover what mysteries lie in our own backyard.

 

 

Appalachian Crafting

Ages: 10+ (rising 5th and up)
Dates: August 3-6 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-2pm
Cost: $180 per child

Create art inspired by and made with nature! Practice weaving, try your hand at pottery, and mix up your own plant-based paper.

 

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Who's Hoo?

Ages: 4 – 6 (pre-K to rising 1st)
Dates: June 15-18 & July 20-23 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $80 per child

Get to know your nature neighbors! Go searching for salamanders in streams, come across caterpillars creeping through the Botanical Garden, and learn about animal life cycles.

Savvy Survivors

Ages: 7 – 9 (rising 2nd to rising 4th)
Dates: June 8-11 & July 6-9 FULL – waitlist available

Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $150 per child

Discover what crafty creatures are all around us! Catch insects, salamanders, and more to study how they survive and learn all about their life cycles.

Animal Actors

Ages: 7 – 9 (rising 2nd to rising 4th)
Dates: June 29-July 2 & July 27-30
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $150 per child

Step into an animal’s paws for the week! Create camouflaged creatures, study skulls, and get a bird’s eye view on life.

 

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Starring Scientists

Ages: 10+ (rising 5th and up)
Dates: July 13-16 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $220 per child

Pull on your boots and wade into field research at the Highlands Biological Field Station! From caterpillar counts to salamander surveys and beyond, you’ll become a superb citizen scientist.