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.

About the Foundation

Grants in Aid of Research

 For over 50 years the Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc. has provided grants in support of scientific research, bringing graduate students and research scientists to Highlands from all over the country.

Foundation Events

Throughout the year the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts events to support and raise funds for the three pillars of the Highland Biological Station: The Nature Center, Botanical Garden and Laboratory. Your participation allows for the care and expansion of the Botanical Garden’s plant collection, improvements to the exhibits and programs of the Nature Center, and support for research and education conducted through the Laboratory.

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Annual Meeting Minutes

Review the minutes from the Foundation’s annual membership meeting.

Foundation Newsletter

See what’s been happening with the latest from the Foundation.

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Join or Renew Membership

Click here to contribute to the Highlands Biological Foundation.

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Zahner Lectures

Learn more about the Zahner Conservation Lecture series.

Foundation Board of Trustees

Tricia Allen

Lisa Armstrong

Linda Barlow

William Clarkson

Kimberly Coward

Ruth Edwards

Monte Gaillard

 

Greg Gregory

Julia Grumbles- President

Marianne Jenkins

Cathy Jones

Frank Langford

David Martin

Melanie Mauldin

 

James Milby

John Mitchener- Secretary

Glenn E. Murer

Frances Oakley

Amy Patterson- Treasurer

Karen Patterson

William Reeves

Vernon Skiles

Alex Smith

Carol Stewart

Martha Stibbs

Jennie Stowers- VP

Sarah Morgan Wingfield