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.

Knee High Naturalists Educational Program


Let’s go outside and explore! Join the Highlands Biological Foundation’s Education Specialist, Paige Engelbrektsson, every Friday morning in October as she leads you and your little ones in this program combining stories, walks, and activities. Each week, we’ll cover a different season topic.

COVID-19 Precautions: All program attendees, including children 2 years and older, are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth. We will have separate materials for each family, maintain physical distancing, and thoroughly sanitize the facilities.


When: Every Friday in October, 10 AM to 11 AM

Where: The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, 3872 Dillard Road, Highlands NC 28741

Cost: FREE

Suggested age for children: 3 to 5 years old & adults must attend the program with their children.  If you have an older child who will need to accompany you to the program, please let us know. We can provide a study space, Wi-Fi, and power so they can complete schoolwork or quiet activities.

Be prepared to go outside rain or shine!

Registration is required for each week so we have an accurate count of attendees and know how much material to have. We can have up to 10 adults and children each week. 

For more information or to register, please contact Paige at (828) 526-2623 or click the links below.


To Register for October 9th: Click here


To Register for October 16th: Click here