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.

Oconee Bell in bloom at HBS. Photo by Jason P. Love.



The Station’s research legacy is manifested in the lengthy record of scientific papers, graduate theses, dissertations and research internship reports stemming from work based at or otherwise facilitated by HBS. 

We are working to build and compile a complete database record of research products; below you will find research products since 2000.