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North Carolina Botanical GardenThe North Carolina Botanical Garden, located two miles east of campus, is a regional center for research, conservation, and interpretation of plants, particularly those native to the southeastern United States. The Botanical Garden also oversees the nearby Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre tract containing diverse natural plant communities and protected habitats especially valuable for scientific research and teaching.  For more information, see

Highlands Biological StationThe Highlands Biological Station is a year-round biological field station operated by the University of North Carolina and located on a high plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains of southwestern North Carolina. Its mission is to promote research and education in biodiversity studies (ecology, systematics, evolution, and conservation), with special emphasis on the diverse flora and fauna of southwestern North Carolina. For more information, see