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.

2021 Summer Course Schedule

2021 Summer Course Schedule

HBS currently intends to run Summer Courses for 2021. As per WCU policy, HBS will assess and if necessary adjust or cancel course offerings due to the impacts of Covid-19. HBS offers several courses each summer at the advanced undergraduate/graduate levels...

Summer 2020 at HBS

There is no better place for students seeking to understand the special biological features of the southern Appalachians than the Highlands Biological Station. Undergraduate/graduate level students hoping to gain research and field experience while earning credits may...
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.  Workshops are non-college credit programs that are open to motivated high school students and...
2021 Summer Course Schedule

2020 Summer Course Schedule

All courses have been canceled for the 2020 summer season. We hope to have a similar course line- up summer 2021. See courses below.   The Station offers several courses each summer at the advanced undergraduate/graduate level dealing with the ­special biological...
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...
Pollinators in the Highlands Plateau

Pollinators in the Highlands Plateau

Pollinators of the Highlands Plateau 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...