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.

Highlands on the Half-Shell – Sold out!

Sunday, October 6

4:00pm ’til dark

Gumbo, Jambalaya, & Oysters, in the Meadow, Cajun Casual Attire

$100 members, $125 non-members

Call office at 828-526-2221 for wait list.

To benefit the Highlands Biological Foundation

Join us for a Cajun celebration on Sunday, October 6 , for “Highlands on the Half-Shell” to support the Highlands Biological Foundation, hosted by local residents.  Feast on steamed oysters, gumbo, and jambalaya under a canopy of flame-colored leaves. The Highlands Biological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been providing critical support for the Biological Station and it’s three facets:  the Nature Center, Botanical Garden and Biological Laboratory since the Station’s founding in 1927.

Hosted By:

Lynda Anderson & Ken Conover
Kim & Bill Coward
Mary Todd & Jimmy Davis
Kim & Rich Daugherty
Julia & Bill Grumbles
Diane & Michael Levine
Elizabeth & David Martin
Nancy & Lyle Nichols
Frances & Obie Oakley
Karen Patterson
Miriam & Vernon Skiles
Martha & Hal Stibbs
Marcia & Jack Stibbs
Jennie Stowers
Jonnie & Jimmy Swann
Kathy & Bestor Ward
Sarah Morgan & Walter Wingfield