UPDATE: As of Friday, May 8, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center is still temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with the City of Asheville to determine the safest possible date to reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay at Home order. 

Open 361 Days a Year: 10:00am – 5:00pm, last entry 4:30pm





Tickets & Hours

We are open 361 days a year from 10am-5pm with last entry at 4:30 pm



plus tax

(Buncombe County - $7.95*)

Seniors (65+)


plus tax

(Buncombe County - $6.95*)

Youth (3-15)


plus tax

(Buncombe County - $5.95*)

2 & Younger


Groups of 10 or more: Click here

All active duty and retired military receive free admission with ID.

*Asheville City and Buncombe County residents receive discounted admission. The Nature Center is part of the City of Asheville’s Parks & Recreation Department, and Asheville residents’ tax dollars support the Nature Center’s operation. The Buncombe County Strategic Partnership Fund also provides a set amount of funding each year to the Nature Center from a Buncombe County tax-funded initiative. The discount is available to non-Asheville, Buncombe County residents as long as funds remain and may end at any time.

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events for even more fun at the WNC Nature Center!
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Meet Our Animals

Black bears, red wolves, otters, and red pandas await you! Learn more about the special animals you’ll see who call the WNC Nature Center home.
See all of our animals.

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Karma and Garnet, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

American River Otter

American River Otter

River otters are masterful in the water. Obi and Olive, the two otters at the Nature Center, love to show their playful side in their habitat!

Become a Member

Become a Friend of the WNC Nature Center today and enjoy savings and benefits as a member. 

Corporate Friends

Our Corporate Friends help Keep Asheville Wild by supporting the WNC Nature Center’s animal habitats, education and recreation programming, and conservation efforts. Please support these local partners!

Corporate Sponsors

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Corporate Friend

Become a Corporate Friend of the WNC Nature Center today and help keep Asheville wild! 

Partners & Associations

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center logo
The City of Asheville logo
Association of Zoos and Aquariums logo
The Association of Science-Technology Centers logo
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