Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  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.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 

College and Life-long Learners

Highlands Biological Station offers a range of educational programs for adults and college students alike. Sign up for one of our immersive one week to two-week long summer field courses or join us for a one day workshop

We can provide housing, facilities, and programs for visiting college and university classes. In addition, we serve as the Highlands Field Site for students enrolled in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environmental fall semester program.

Finally, join us for our summer Zahner Conservation Lecture Series to learn from the experts about a range of topics, from southern Appalachian biodiversity to climate change. And check out our virtual offerings to learn the latest about HBS research as well as natural history lessons from our Botanical Gardens.