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.

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Wild Walk Animal Enrichment

Wild Walk: Behind the Scenes Tour – August 16, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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Due to our temporary closure, tickets are not currently for sale.

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the “STAFF ONLY” doors at the Nature Center?

Now’s your chance to find out! Areas visited on the Wild Walk may* include the Small Mammal habitat, the Predator area, and the Animal Kitchen. Don’t miss out on this amazing up-close encounter with some of your favorite wildlife!

Join us for this one of a kind behind-the-scenes tour! Tour lasts from 1:20 to 3:00pm.

Register online, in person at the Friends office, or by calling 828-259-8091.

Please Note

  • Tour areas are subject to change depending on animal availability, weather, and other circumstances; no direct contact with animals is permitted.
  • Preregistration and prepayment is required to reserve one of the limited spaces.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 8 are not allowed on the tour.
  • The tour will be held rain or shine; please come prepared to do a good bit of walking outdoors in whatever the weather may be (raincoats and umbrellas are welcome!)
  • Let us know when you sign up if brisk walking could pose a difficulty for you.
  • Photographs are not allowed in behind-the-scenes areas.
  • Cancellations must be made one week prior.  If cancelling less than a week in advance, no refund will be issued.

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