Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.

Visiting College Classes

For decades the Highlands Biological Station has served as a destination for university and college classes wishing to delve deeper into the ecology and natural history of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore our 24 acre campus or use HBS as a “basecamp” for explorations further afield, including visits to Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, Gorges State Park, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We have ample housing, teaching and lab space, and other resources to help make your visit informative and memorable for students. In addition, we have qualified staff who can offer instructional activities on topics such as southern Appalachian: salamanders, mammals, and forest ecology.

Please email our Program Assistant (wford@wcu.edu) for more information.