UPDATE: The WNC Nature Center has been working diligently to prepare for a safe reopening that follows CDC, State, and local guidelines. From September 28 to October 4, there will be a members-only week for Friends of the WNC Nature Center. We will reopen to the general public on Monday, October 5. Learn more here.

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

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Support the wild animals and wild places you love!

When you donate to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, you help the Nature Center connect people with the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachians. 

The more we learn, the more we care. Your donation helps people of all ages appreciate and conserve this place we get to call home.

Your gift helps us

  • purchase food and enrichment items for our animals,
  • provide outreach education to students who can’t visit the Nature Center,
  • support the veterinary needs of our animals, and
  • pursue valuable conservation initiatives.

Qualified Charitable IRA Distributions

Donate part or all of your unused retirement assets and support the Friends of the WNC Nature Center through a Qualified Charitable Distribution! Qualified Charitable Distribution allows IRA holders to donate tax-free to a qualified charity from their Traditional or Roth IRA (including inherited). Contact your financial advisor or tax preparer to learn how to donate to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center from your IRA tax-free.

The WNC Nature Center Endowment Fund

By giving to the WNC Nature Center Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, you help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Nature Center and its programs. Your gift to the Fund will have a lasting impact far into the future. You can make a gift of cash, property, or stock to the Fund.
For information on how to do this, please contact your financial advisor.

Gifts of Stock

Talk with your financial planner about the tax benefits of giving a gift of stock to the Friends. Your broker can help you make a gift of stock through a direct transfer to us.

Brokerage House: Wells Fargo Advisors
Account Name: Friends of the WNC Nature Center
Account Number: 6208-8089
Financial Advisor: Representative on duty
Telephone number: 1-800-872-3377
DTC Number: 0141

Please specify that the donation is for the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, and let us know when you've transferred stock, so we can acknowledge your charitable gift.


Questions? Contact the Friends of the WNC Nature Center Development Office
at outreach@wildwnc.org or 828-298-0182.