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.

Housing

We can house 53 people in five residences on property.

Most of our residences have a hostel-like atmosphere with bedrooms that sleep three or more people and common living rooms. The Station does not serve meals, but there are four kitchens on campus, complete with refrigerators, stoves, small appliances, dishes, and utensils. Kitchen assignments are based on which residence you are staying in. Grocery stores and restaurants are located within a half-mile of the Station.

 To inquire about staying at HBS, you can call the office at 828.526.2602 or email the Program Assistant at wford@wcu.edu

Howell Cottage

This is a one-story building divided into four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a commons area. Completely renovated in 2018-2019, it can accommodate 17 people and has been completely updated including new bathrooms, heat and air. Residents utilize the adjacent Cottages Dining Room for meals.

Wright and Deacon Cottages

These are one-story buildings, each with two bedrooms and a bathroom.  They, along with the Howell residence, were recently renovated to include new bathrooms, heating, and air. Residents utilize the adjacent Cottages Dining Room for meals.

The Duplexes

Built in 2003, these are two adjacent apartments sleeping up to four people each. Each has a kitchen, living room, bath, and two bedrooms with two beds. HBS faculty and senior researchers are given priority for these residences. Pricing is $40/person/night.

Valentine House

Highlands Biological Station Valentine House

This is a is an historic (built in 1881) two-story wood-frame building with six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, breakfast nook, and a laundry/utility room.  Formerly a private residence, it can accommodate 12 people, with two to three single beds per room and shared bath.

Additional Information

Beds:  The Station beds are all extra long twins. You will beed to bring xl twin-sized linens (fitted sheet, sheet, blankets, pillow, and towel)

Kitchen:  Please utilize the kitchen/dining associated with your assigned residence. Mark all of your food items with your name and the date of your departure as any unmarked items will be thrown out. Upon your departure please take all of your items (food and otherwise) with you, unless you make arrangements with someone else to assume responsibility.

Cleaning:  Our facilities have a lot of character, which is part of the field station experience. We keep the dorms clean but also have to keep costs low. Please keep floors and surfaces tidy at all times. Primary responsibility for cleaning falls upon residents. If you leave the residence in worse shape than when you arrived, you may be billed for additional costs of cleaning.

Laundry:  Cottage residents are welcome to use the free laundry facilities in the Weyman building but you must provide your own detergent. Please keep the laundry area clean and empty the lint collector in the dryer. Residents of Valentine and the Duplexes may use the washing machine and dryer in Valentine. Duplex residents should let the residents of Valentine know that they are using the machines.

Phone & Internet:  The Highlands Biological office phone number is 828.526.2602. We have campus-wide free Wi-Fi, though residents will need to provide their own computer. Please note that internet and cell reception can be weak or not available in the mountains.

Campus Use: We encourage all residents to take advantage of the Station and its facilities. The Botanical Garden is open seven days a week. The Outdoor Classrooms are are available to the public outside of the reserved times it is used for teaching. The fire pit is available on a first come, first serve basis and residents must provide their own wood for burning and clean up after themselves.