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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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Junior Wild Walk: A Junior Zookeeper Experience – SOLD OUT

July 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Olive the River Otter

Embark on a wild adventure! Kids will meet an animal ambassador, take a peek behind-the-scenes, and step into the shoes of our animal keepers by helping to prepare and deliver enrichment for our animals during this immersive experience.

This program is for children ages 5-12. An adult is required to attend with the children in a group.  Tickets include admission for the day and a 10% discount coupon for the Gift Shop valid only for the day of the event. 

Register here: July 20 Junior Wild Walk Tickets

Due to the narrow locations of some behind-the-scenes areas, strollers are not permitted in these areas.

*Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the event for a refund.  If the event is cancelled due to weather concerns, full refunds will be issued to all participants.


July 20
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, 28805 United States
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