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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9:00 am

CANCELED: Animal Actors Begins (Ages 7-9)

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Highlands Nature Center
$150

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.

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CANCELED: Tiny Homes: Nature Edition Begins (Ages 4-6)

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Highlands Nature Center
$80

Jump into where the wild things live! Explore the many kinds of homes in our forests, from the tops of trees to deep underground, and find out what animals live in each place. Registration required.

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9:00 pm

CANCELED: A Buggy Evening

June 23 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Highlands Nature Center
Free

June 23rd, 9 PM- 10 PM Nature Center Nights: A Buggy Evening Experience the world of our smallest nocturnal creatures—insects! Learn to identify unique and beautiful insects then join naturalists to sample for fireflies, moths, and more in the Botanical Garden. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure! This program is weather-dependent.

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