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.

Summer Camp Registration 2021

Important Information 

Camp registration opens on March 8 for members and campers who registered for camp last summer.  It will open to the public on March 15 at 10 a.m.  Links will appear for each camp date below when registration opens to non-members. If a camp is full, the link will be taken down and replaced with the waitlist link.

Are we having camp this summer? 

We are opening registration in hope that the answer is yes and that we will be able to host camps this summer.  Due to the pandemic, we are not requiring payment at time of registration in case of cancellation.  We will contact you for payment May 1 if we are able to proceed.  We will provide updates as they become available.  Camps are limited to 8 campers each this summer.

Covid Precautions

We take the health of our campers and staff seriously. We will be implementing a COVID-19 protocol that follows guidance from the Town of Highlands, Western Carolina University, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Camp Association. A full outline is available HERE. 

Registration

Members of the Highlands Biological Foundation at the Salamember and Bear Pen Mountain level (and above) receive a $10 discount per camp and early registration for Nature Camps.

If the camp(s) for which you want to register is full, please fill out our waitlist form. If any slots become available for the desired camp(s), you will be notified within 15 days of the start of camp..

Please note that each camp lasts four days (Tuesday – Friday).

Need-based scholarships are available thanks to a generous grant from Cullasaja Womens Outreach. To inquire about eligibility, please email charlotte@highlandsbiological.org or call 828.526.2221

Special Needs

Our primary goal is providing safety and a positive camp experience for all. Camp staff is unable to provide one-on-one supervision for a special needs situation, but we would be happy to assist the family in making those arrangements with a care facilitator of your choice. Parents/Guardians are asked to discuss this need with Paige prior to registration at (828) 526-2623.

 

Available Camps (in order by age)

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Crafty Critters

Ages: 4 – 6 (pre-K to rising 1st)
Dates: June 8-11 & July 6-9 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $80 per child

Find out the secrets to survival! Discover through games and art how animals hide in plain sight, forage for food, and live in strange worlds in our marvelous mountains.

Tiny Homes: Nature Edition

Ages: 4 – 6 (pre-K to rising 1st)
Dates: June 29-July 2 & July 27-30 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $80 per child

Jump into where the wild things live! Explore the many kinds of homes in our forests, from the tops of trees to deep underground, and find out what animals live in each place.

Habitat Hikers

Ages: 7 – 9 (rising 2nd to rising 4th)
Dates: June 15-18 & July 20-23 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $150 per child

Spot the animals living all around us! Dig into the dirt, trek through streams, and look through your binoculars to uncover hidden habitats and the creatures that live there.

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Local Lookouts

Ages: 10+ (rising 5th and up)
Dates: June 22-25 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $220 per child

Explore the wonderful hikes right here in Highlands! We’ll traverse trails high and low, near and (relatively) far, and discover what mysteries lie in our own backyard.

 

 

Appalachian Crafting

Ages: 10+ (rising 5th and up)
Dates: August 3-6 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-2pm
Cost: $180 per child

Create art inspired by and made with nature! Practice weaving, try your hand at pottery, and mix up your own plant-based paper.

 

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Who's Hoo?

Ages: 4 – 6 (pre-K to rising 1st)
Dates: June 15-18 & July 20-23 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $80 per child

Get to know your nature neighbors! Go searching for salamanders in streams, come across caterpillars creeping through the Botanical Garden, and learn about animal life cycles.

Savvy Survivors

Ages: 7 – 9 (rising 2nd to rising 4th)
Dates: June 8-11 & July 6-9 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $150 per child

Discover what crafty creatures are all around us! Catch insects, salamanders, and more to study how they survive and learn all about their life cycles.

Animal Actors

Ages: 7 – 9 (rising 2nd to rising 4th)
Dates: June 29-July 2 & July 27-30 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $150 per child

Step into an animal’s paws for the week! Create camouflaged creatures, study skulls, and get a bird’s eye view on life.

 

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Starring Scientists

Ages: 10+ (rising 5th and up)
Dates: July 13-16 FULL – waitlist available
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $220 per child

Pull on your boots and wade into field research at the Highlands Biological Field Station! From caterpillar counts to salamander surveys and beyond, you’ll become a superb citizen scientist.