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. 

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Nature Center opens for spring hours (reservations required)

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


After more than a year of closure, the Highlands Nature Center will be opening its door to visitors once more beginning Friday, April 2nd! Spring hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free reservations are required to visit.

To ensure the safety of our community and beyond, visiting the Nature Center will look a little different this year. As part of our COVID-19 measures, we have implemented a free reservation system to ensure that only one extended household or group is in the Nature Center at one time. Masks are required of all guests, and hands-on exhibits (including our Kids Discovery Room) are currently closed. Restrooms are for staff only. Nature Center staff will clean the center in-between guest visits.

Click HERE to reserve a 30 minute slot to visit the Nature Center. We hope to see you soon!


April 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Highlands Nature Center