Summer Workshops

Below are our workshops for Summer 2022. Please note that these are not eligible for college credit, but some may be eligible for CEU/CEC credit- contact your organization/employer for questions. As we move closer to summer we will be adding more workshops so stay tuned to our website and social media for new additions!

 To view course descriptions and to access the registration link, click on the (+) beside the workshop.

Prior to registering, please read the information below:
– Filling out a registration does NOT guarantee you a seat in a workshop. HBS staff will process registrations in the order they are received and will send you an email with you status. If a workshop is full you will be placed on a waitlist in the order you submitted your registration.
– Upon acceptance into a workshop, our Business Officer will prepare an invoice for you to pay any fees. If you wish to pay in person we can accept checks or card, but we ask you contact us to schedule an appointment.

For questions, please email our Program Assistant at No phone calls please. 

Drawing Leaves in the Studio and in the Field: June 30, July 7, and July 14 (10 AM - 1 PM)

Margie Bauer (Natural Science Illustrator and Artist)

This 3-part course is to improve your drawing skills when drawing leaves. While each session may be taken by itself, the skills from the previous class(es) will be used in subsequent classes. Before students apply the botanical drawing skills in each session, students will be lead through a meditation process that will help our creative side flow. 

Click here for the syllabus.

Prerequisites: Basic drawing skills

Cost: $50/session

Registration for this workshop is now CLOSED.

Lichen Identification: July 29-31

Dr. Jessi Allen (EWU) and Dr. James Lendemer (NYBG)

This course will focus on lichen identification, both in the lab and in the field, including basic morphology and chemical tests, keying, and sight identification of common genera. We will also discuss the ecological and evolutionary importance of lichens. 

Prerequisites: None

Cost: $300 course fee with on-site housing available for $120/person

Registration for this workshop is now CLOSED.

Natural Dyes (August 12, 9-4:30)

Susan Levielle, award-winning weaver and former owner of Oaks Gallery, Dillsboro. 

What better place than Highlands Biological Station to learn about our native plants. Sign up now for this workshop and learn about one more aspect of these plants that grow here in these beautiful mountains. They can be used to dye yarns for weaving, knitting and many other textile endeavors.I am a lover of history and heritage and strongly believe that any education that I gain today is a result of the hard work of those who have lived before me. My approach to this workshop will be the processes that my ancestors used for adding color to their textiles with plants found growing around them when they settled here in these mountains.

Plants will be identified and “cooked” to create a dye bath for the yarn. We will be using plants gathered here earlier in the season. Each participant will leave with a group of identified sample skeins of yarn as well as handouts to continue your natural dyeing adventures at home. We will have discussion about natural dyeing in today’s world, quite different from 200 years ago. Communications and resources are now abundant, making the dye process less labor intensive and more creative.

This will be a hands on workshop, rain or shine. Come join us for a day of fun and the magic of plants. We will meet from 9 AM – 4:30 PM with a lunch break 12-1:30 (lunch NOT provided).

Cost: $100

Click here to register.

**FULL** Mushrooms of the Carolinas and the Southern Appalachian Region: August 14-20

Dr. Alan Bessette and Arleen Bessette (Authors of numerous mushroom field guides)

This workshop will focus on the mycological diversity of North & South Carolina, and the Southern Appalachian Region.

Activities will consist of lectures/presentations on topics such as (but not limited to): Identification Techniques, Major Groups of Fungi, Ecology, Edibility & Toxicity; daily field work (forays); and laboratory/class activities where participants will be introduced to the use of field keys, microscopy, documentary photographic techniques, and more.

Designed for beginners wanting a solid introduction to mycology, and for more advanced individuals wishing to pursue their personal mycological interests, this workshop facilitates learning in a relaxed group setting in a unique and mycologically rich area.

Click here for the syllabus.

Prerequisites: None

Cost: $500 course fee + on-site housing for $300 per person for duration of workshop

Registration for this workshop is now CLOSED.