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Partner Power: Asheville City Soccer Club, Highland Brewing, and Asheville Creative Arts


There are some incredible partners in this community who support the WNC Nature Center and love the wild animals who call the Southern Appalachian mountains home! Read below to learn more about some special programs and collaborations happening during the month of May. 

Asheville City Soccer Club
This year,  Asheville City Soccer Club entered a multi-year partnership with the WNC Nature Center to help raise awareness and help visitors understand their part in protecting the native hellbender. The endangered amphibians thrive in pristine Appalachian rivers, living and surviving under river stones. In recent years, a viral trend of stacking rocks and posting them on social media has negatively impacted the hellbender habitat. 

In response, ACSC created amazing hellbender soccer shirts, with proceeds supporting the WNC Nature Center. These will soon be for sale in the Nature Center Gift Shop too! 
Additionally, the WNC Nature Center will join the Blues on Friday, May 20, for a doubleheader night welcoming both Dalton Red Wolves SC and North Carolina Fusion to Memorial Field (games at 5pm and 7:30pm). Buy tickets for the games here and stop by the Nature Center table to learn more about hellbenders and what you can do to protect their habitat! 


Highland Brewing
Long-time community partner Highland Brewing launched a Pints with Purpose series this spring and summer to support five nonprofits in Western North Carolina. Each specially-brewed beer features an original label illustration by local designer Jenny Faire of Sound Mind Creative, and a portion of proceeds from all draft and crowler sales at taprooms will benefit the five non-profits. 

On May 22, they’re debuting the WNC Nature Center’s brew – the Black Bear Kolsch – to benefit the Friends of the WNC Nature Center! Stop by the celebration at Highland from 1 to 4 pm to see the WNC Nature Center tabling, along with face painting, balloon animals, bat boxes, and more! Learn more about Highland Brewing’s Pints with Purpose series here.

Asheville Creative Arts

Please join Asheville Creative Arts’ world premier of Nehprii Amenii’s children’s theater production “HUMAN,” a multisensory puppetry experience for children ages five and up. 

Now that Humans are extinct and the world as we knew it has ended, the Octopus has a decision to make…  Will it be willing to give up one of its three hearts in order to create a new, more sensitive human being? Will it be willing to give humanity a second chance?  HUMAN is told through the windows of a sunken submarine, using images of the human heart, and a hybrid of puppetry styles. Meant to be enjoyed by children 5 and older and their families, it consists of projection design, sound design, dance, puppetry, and sensory play that explore what it means to be HUMAN.

Shows will be held at the Tina McGuire Theater at Wortham Center for the Performing Arts until May 15, with an array of showtimes. Tickets to embark on an exploration of what it means to be human along with a school of sea creatures are FREE! Visit for detailed information.
Come out and support these community partners and the WNC Nature Center this month! Interested in learning how you can partner with the WNC Nature Center? Email with your ideas!

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