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.

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CANCELED: Animal Actors Begins (Ages 7-9)

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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

Registration required.


June 23
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Highlands Nature Center