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.

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: or 828.787.2820.