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Construction is in progress around our barnyard area. Please bear with us while we make improvements for our animals and guests!

Monthly donations will be renewed on the first of each month.

Current Project:
New Vet Clinic

Samson and Bonita are red foxes that were found injured in the wild. Each lost a leg due to their injuries. The Nature Center was happy to give them a safe home to spend the rest of their lives as ambassadors for their species. When we welcome an animal into the Nature Center, it’s a lifelong commitment! It’s time to build a new clinic to ensure that our Animal Care team has the resources they need to provide exceptional care to all of our animals — whatever their circumstance. This will cost $80,000! The vet clinic is vital to the Nature Center. It’s where medical treatment is administered, surgeries are performed, and we assess the health and wellbeing of our animals throughout their lifespan. Here’s how your donation will make a difference:
  • Increase the footprint of our veterinary care with a state-of-the-art 1,200 sq. ft. clinic
  • Increase the availability of on-site diagnostic services
  • Enhance the surgical facilities for more complex procedures
  • Create a comfortable  recovery and rehabilitation area
  • Expand our pharmacy and medical storage capabilities
  • Upgrade isolation and quarantine areas for our animals
Your gift to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center directly supports this effort and our dedication to advancing the critical work of the Nature Center! For more information about this project, please reach out to Cindy Smith, Director of Development, at

Coming Soon: Butterfly Exhibit

The WNC Nature Center will be adding a permanent butterfly exhibit, complete with pollinator gardens and an immersive experience for guests! Starting in 2024 with an estimated completion date of 2025, this exhibit will be a part of the Gateway to the Southern Appalachians experience near the Front Entrance and barn.

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 or 828-298-0182.