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.

Field Trips

Highlands Biological Station is an excellent place for students to learn hands-on lessons in biology and ecology. We have comfortable dorms and can host around 50 students and adults for overnight trips. In addition, we have excellent facilities including multiple classrooms and labs. Students can learn about the research that takes place at HBS, while also engaging in both field and lab activities, such as searching for stream insects and salamanders and using our research-grade microscopes to take a closer look at the smaller life forms that often go unnoticed.

We can cater both day and overnight field trips based on your needs. Contact us to discuss options and pricing.