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.

Make an impact this #GivingTuesday by supporting our Highlands Nature Center animal ambassadors!

Our Nature Center animals play a vital role in our educational programming. Make a gift today in support of their healthcare needs. Your donation will go towards the food, shelter, bedding, staff, and veterinarian needs of our critters. Watch the brief video below about our #GivingTuesday campaign, and help us reach our goal of $1,000.

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.


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.


Join or Renew Membership

Click here to contribute to the Highlands Biological Foundation.


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