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.

Institute for the Environment Student Research Papers

Students enrolled in the fall semester of UNC-Chapel Hill’s IE program at HBS are expected to conduct a guided independent research project, as well as participate in a group capstone project. Each of these projects culminates in a final research paper; these are then compiled into annual IE research reports which can be accessed at the links below. Note that prior to 2007 the IE program was known as the Carolina Environmental Program. The program was not held in 2005, 2019, or 2020.