Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. 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.

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 wford@wcu.edu. No phone calls please. 

Fireflies 101: June 2 at 7:00 PM

Dr. Luiz Silveira (WCU)

Stay tuned for more information!

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

Click here to register.

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

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**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