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.

Highlands Biological Foundation Book Club 

This fall, the Highlands Biological Foundation is starting a virtual book club in which we will delve into the book

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

and facilitate discussion about what actions we can take today to mitigate our negative impacts on the climate.

Club Members:

We will welcome up to 20 individuals to participate in the book club. No prior knowledge about climate change, climate science, or solutions is necessary. We welcome everyone who is interested! Club members should be familiar with the Highlands Plateau and/or interested in the impact of climate change and solutions on the region.

Interested in participating? Fill out our poll  HERE  so we can gauge overall interest and determine a meeting time.



The Foundation Book Club will meet weekly via Zoom Meetings, accessible both through a device or over the phone. NO in-person meetings will be held.

Our initial meeting will be a general introduction to the science behind climate change and the Drawdown solutions. The following seven meetings will review each of the overall categories covered in Drawdown after members read selected solutions. At each meeting, a leader will facilitate discussion about the category and any specific solution(s) they have a personal interest in. The leader will also introduce relevant current events, companies, and actions here on the Highlands Plateau. We welcome volunteer leaders interested in covering a Drawdown section!

The final meeting will address any remaining questions, encourage reflections and feedback, and wrap up our discussion.



All meetings will take place on a weekday. We will decide a meeting day and time after a poll is taken by those who are interested. Meetings will begin no earlier than Monday, September 7th.


Discussion Board:

We will have a dedicated Google Group for discussions between meetings. This discussion board will allow us to share resources, answer questions, and coordinate any changes to meetings.



We will be using the 2017 paperback version of Drawdown. Copies are available for purchase from the Highlands Biological Foundation. 

In March 2020, Project Drawdown released an updated electronic version known as The Drawdown Review. This will serve as a supplemental text for our discussions. We will provide a copy for members.

Click the image to learn more about Project Drawdown.