UPDATE:  As of July 1, 2020, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center remains temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with local officials to develop a plan to safely reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay Safe COVID-19 order. We anticipate opening during the month of September and will update the website and our social media platforms as soon as a date is confirmed.

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

Birthday Party
Questions?

Check out our FAQs below.

Frequently asked questions

During the winter and cooler weather season, parties are held in the Forest Floor classroom in the Education Center.  During the early fall, spring, and summer, parties are held in the Birthday Cabin, located on the second level of the Nature Center.

Absolutely! You can arrive 30 minutes prior to your designated reservation time to set up the room. The room also come pre-decorated with vinyl tablecloths and basic decor.

You cannot bring balloons of any kind or pinatas to the Nature Center. We also ask that you don’t tape or pin things to the walls. If these guidelines are not followed, your security deposit will not be refunded.

Yes, outside food and drink is allowed. There is also a fridge/freezer available in the Birthday Cabin to keep food cold.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed.  If alcohol is brought onto Nature Center premises, the party will immediately end, all guests will be required to leave the premises, and the security deposit will not be refunded. Law enforcement officials will be contacted if needed.

The $25 discount applies only to Friends of the WNC Nature Center members.

Yes, due to fire and safety codes in the birthday spaces, we must limit the total number of guests.

We do not. A birthday party environment is too stressful for our animal ambassadors. However, there are free educational programs every day at the Nature Center at 11:30am and 2:30pm that your guests can enjoy.

No. Guests must arrive at the scheduled party time or later.  When the party ends, your guests are free to enjoy the Nature Center until closing (5pm).

Birthday party spaces are indoors, and reservations are held rain or shine. Please let all your guests know ahead of time to check the weather and be prepared for whatever it entails. 
 
Occasionally, the Nature Center does close due to inclement conditions such as ice. In the event that the Nature Center has to close on the date your birthday party is scheduled, you will have the option of rescheduling your event or receiving a refund in the full amount. Should the Nature Center close, we will have an announcement on our Facebook page, and a staff member will also be in touch.
  • Leave the rental space exactly how you found it.  Cleaning supplies will be provided.
  • Do not bring balloons of any kind, pinatas, or alcohol.   
  • Damaged furniture, tablecloths, walls, or any other part of the rental space may result in partial or full deposit retainment. 
  • All guests must vacate the rental space at the time the party is scheduled to end with the exception of the guests who made the reservation.  They may stay up to 30 minutes after the party ends to clean and reset the space.

The Nature Center is fun for people of all ages, and adults can have birthday parties, baby showers, or other small parties at our event space. As a reminder, no alcoholic beverages are allowed. If alcohol is brought onto Nature Center premises, the party will immediately end, all guests will be required to leave the premises, and the security deposit will not be refunded. Law enforcement officials will be contacted if needed.