The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.
Today, the Nature Center is one of the primary facilities in Western North Carolina offering school children and adults opportunities to learn about and develop an understanding of their responsibility for this area’s native wildlife and habitats. The WNC Nature Center is home to sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of this unique bioregion, the Southern Appalachians.
The WNC Nature Center is managed by the City of Asheville’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. The Department also maintains 54 public parks; six miles of greenways; 11 community centers; programs for youth, seniors, and outdoor enthusiasts; a comprehensive athletics program; and many facilities for a range of activities.