Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  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.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 

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 contact Associate Director Jason Love to set-up a visit for your class: jlove@wcu.edu or 828.787.2820.