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.

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.