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.

Weather

The Highlands Biological Station was the town’s official U. S. Weather Bureau Station for several decades beginning in 1961.  Since December of 1999, an automated climate station has recorded temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, solar radiation, and wind velocity.  In 2010, the official NOAA station was moved to the Highlands Recreations Center (see http://www.weather.gov).  At HBS, we installed a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro Weather Station to document weather at our location. This data is maintained in the Station office and are available to researchers and the general public.