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

Welcome to the WNC Nature Center! Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

Private Experiences

Where else can you share your special experience with otters, wolves, and red pandas?!

Your reservation includes

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Outside view of the Birthday Party Cabin

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Parties cost $200 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members and $225 for non-members. An additional $100 security deposit will be charged at the time the reservation is made. This deposit is fully refundable if the event space is left the way it was found and rules are followed.

Full payment is required at the time of the reservation (we cannot hold your spot).


A full refund will be issued if cancellation is made two weeks prior to the scheduled…. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than two weeks out (snow/ice permitting).


To cancel your reservation, you must call 828-259-8091. Please speak directly to a Friends of the WNC Nature Center staff person to cancel an event. We cannot guarantee your cancellation if you leave a voicemail.

Reservation Inquiry

Please submit the requested information to inquire about having a private experience at the Nature Center. Submitting this form does not guarantee your reservation. You may also call 828-259-8091 to see about rental availability.

Frequently asked questions

During the winter and cooler weather season, experiences are held in the Forest Floor classroom in the Education Center.  During the early fall, spring, and summer, experiences are held in the Cabin, located on the second level of the Nature Center.