In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public, but is open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis. Researchers and faculty interested in reserving research and residential space should contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on availability, rates, and reservations. Field courses, workshops, and HBS Nature Center programming are cancelled for the 2020 season. The HBS Botanical Gardens remain open, except for trails that are closed due to construction.

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...
Workshops

Workshops

All workshops have been canceled for the 2020 summer season. We hope to have a similar workshop line- up summer 2021. See workshops below.   Courses and workshops have the option to meet on the Saturday during the week that they are scheduled.  Please check the...
2020 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...