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: Appalachian Crafting Ends (Ages 10+)

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


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

Please Note: An exhibition of campers’ works will take place Friday at 1:30pm in the Nature Center with refreshments provided. All are invited to view the artwork and converse with the young artists.

Registration required.


July 31
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Highlands Nature Center