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.

There is no better place for students seeking to understand the special biological features of the southern Appalachians than the Highlands Biological Station. Undergraduate/graduate level students hoping to gain research and field experience while earning credits may choose any of our 15 summer courses. Stay on site, and gain first hand knowledge of a genuine mountain field station..