Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

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Construction is in progress around our barnyard area. During this time, our barnyard animals will be interacting with new habitats inside and outside of the barn and receiving daily enrichment. Please bear with us while we make improvements for our animals and guests!
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Corporate Friends & Partners



Corporate Friends & Business Opportunities

Support the WNC Nature Center and help connect people of all ages to the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains

A Western North Carolina icon, the WNC Nature Center welcomes approximately 195,000 visitors each year, making it one of the more highly visited paid attractions in the area. The Nature Center connects local and visiting guests, and program participants, with wildlife and nature, inspiring people to help keep Asheville wild. 

The Nature Center’s mission-based work and valued brand provide exciting and unique opportunities to align your business‘ goals with support of this beloved community treasure. Create impact where you work and send a clear message to employees, clients, and the community about your dedication to conservation efforts at home in Western North Carolina. 

To discuss these opportunities and determine the partnership that is right for your business, contact Cindy Smith at 

Strategic Sponsorships

Sponsor a program, event, or community day and showcase your organization’s commitment to animal well-being, species recovery, and conservation education. Explore highly visible presenting sponsorships for the Nature Center’s beloved community events. We are happy to make moderate adjustments to these opportunities based on your business‘ needs.

Cause-related Marketing

Do you have a product that connects with wildlife conservation or one of the Nature Center’s beloved animals? Donating items or a portion of sales to the Friends is a wonderful way to support animal well-being, species recovery and conservation education, while gaining valuable exposure. Pick a month, week, or day, and we’ll help you promote your opportunity! 

Do you have items or in-kind gifts to donate?
Email and let us know! 

Business Giving Circle

Corporate Membership is a meaningful way to give back to the community, create a positive corporate image, demonstrate social responsibility, and deliver valued benefits to your employees, clients, and company. Your support advances animal welfare, species recovery, and conservation education at the Nature Center.

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The Friends of the WNC Nature Center (Tax ID: 23-7412910) has supported the Nature Center since 1974. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises funds through donations, memberships, events, and Gift Shop sales. The Friends also provide outreach education, volunteer coordination, and marketing. Your donation directly supports the Nature Center!​