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.

Classroom, Lab, and Bench Space Fees

Fees collected help cover maintenance and operational costs of running HBS. Note that Member Institution affiliates receive a 20% discount on housingcourses and workshops, and instructional/research space. And fees are covered if you are a Grant-In-Aid recipient. 

Classroom/Teaching Labs – $25/day

  • Coker Seminar Room
  • Coker 108 (GIS Classroom)
  • Coker 104 (general/dry wet)
  • Coker 117 (main teaching lab)
  • Biodiversity Classroom (general dry/wet)
  • Cooke Outdoor Teaching Pavilion
  • Stowers Outdoor Teaching Pavilion

Research Bench Space and Dedicated Labs

  • Coker Research Lab/Offices (112, 114, 115, 116). Includes use of main research labs – $25/day
  • Research Labs w/assigned bench space – $20/day
    • Coker 109 (main research lab)
    • Aquatics Lab
    • Molecular Lab

Nature Center Research Rooms w/assigned bench space – $10/day