In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to Covid-19, Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public with the exception of the Botanical Garden trails, but does remain open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis; please contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on reservations, rates, and Covid-19 policies.  We currently plan to offer our field courses, workshops, Grant-in-Aid program, and HBS Nature Center programs in summer 2021, with Covid-19 safety protocols in place (TBA).​ Please bear in mind, however, that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this winter and spring, and those interested in attending HBS courses or programs or utilizing HBS facilities in spring or summer 2021 should check the HBS website regularly for updates.

2019 Nature Center Nights

2019 Nature Center Nights

Salamander Meander May 24th 9:00pm-10:00pmKick off Highlands Nature Center’s summer season with a nighttime search for our slimy salamander friends! Sunset Singers June 4th 8:00pm-9:00pm Discover nature’s evening chorus! Learn to identify frogs, birds, and insects by...
2019 Kids Camps

2019 Kids Camps

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! The Nature Center offers a series of nature day camps each summer for ages 4 to 14. Younger campers will have fun exploring the outdoors and learning about plants and animals through a variety of activities and games. Older campers will...
2021 Workshops

2021 Workshops

HBS currently intends to run Summer Workshops for 2021. As per WCU policy, HBS will assess and if necessary adjust or cancel course offerings due to the impacts of Covid-19.  Workshop Registration opens 2/15/2021. The dates currently listed are subject to change prior...
Biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians

Biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians

BIODIVERSITY The southern Appalachian Mountains are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. Biodiversity is extremely high in terms of both the variety of different species and the abundance of each species. Nearly 10,000 species are...