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


The Nature Center offers school children opportunities to learn about and appreciate this area’s wildlife and habitats. Our goal is to empower students to learn more about our native wildlife and feel a sense of wonder for our mountain ecosystems.  

Connect with Us

From otter feedings to donkey walks, we’re sharing fun and engaging content on social media during our temporary closure. Join us on Facebook or YouTube for educational videos about songbirds, endangered species, wild animal wonders, and more! 

Schools & Groups

The WNC Nature Center is a great place for a field trip! Enjoy hands-on education programs, guided tours, interact with animal ambassadors, and get involved in STEM.

Nature Center staff during an education program
An Outreach Education Program

Outreach Education

Let the Nature Center come to you! We offer in-person education programs within 50 miles of Asheville, NC. Our Outreach Educator will bring hands-on programs and living animal ambassadors to your classroom, summer camp, library, or retirement community. 

Teen Programs

The WNC Nature Center offers two different opportunities for teens to volunteer and gain experience working with animals, interact with visitors, and learn about the wildlife of the Southern Appalachians.

Young Naturalists explore the river
Children during Summer Camp at the Nature Center

Summer Camp

Summer camps at the Nature Center are fun, educational experiences designed to involve elementary student campers in the wonders of the natural world. 

Registration begins February 17, 2020.