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.

Visit HBS

The Highlands Biological Station is a multi-campus center of Western Carolina University, serving as a biological field station for researchers and a place of learning for everyone, including: those seeking college credit in hands-on field courses, life-long learners wishing to gain a better understanding of the ecology of the southern Appalachians through our workshops and lectures, and K-12 students that take part in our summer camps or school outreach programs.

But HBS also serves as a destination for visitors to the Highlands Plateau who wish to explore our 24 acre campus, including our Botanical Garden and our Nature Center.

 Hours: The Nature Center is currently closed due to the pandemic. The Botanical Garden is open daily from dusk to dawn.