Effective August 11, 2021, masks are required in all City of Asheville buildings. 
As a park within the City of Asheville, the WNC Nature Center will require masks for visitors ages five and older in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

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

Click to view a PDF version of this guide. Holiday giving questions? Email outreach@wildwnc.org or call (828) 259-8092.

Gift Memberships

Give a gift of membership, and let your friends and family enjoy a whole year of adventure at the WNC Nature Center! Perfect for families on your list, membership includes admission, discounts at our Gift Shop, and discounted or free admission to more than 450 zoos, aquariums, and science centers nationwide!

Orders placed by December 15 will be mailed USPS by December 17.

Online Gift Shop

With plush animals, shirts, jewelry, and drinkware, you can find a gift for everyone!

Orders placed by December 16 will be shipped USPS Priority by December 18.

Adopt An Animal

Animal lovers go wild for this gift!

Your gift recipient will receive an adoption certificate, photo of their animal, fact sheet, and a plush animal and guest passes at higher adoption levels.

Animal Grams

Spread some holiday cheer with a little help from our animals!

For just $25, our animal keepers will film a customized video with your special message and listed animal of choice!

AmazonSmile Animal Wishlist

We know a few animals who have been especially good!

If you have room on your shopping list, gifts of enrichment items stimulate our animals and strengthen their natural instincts. Buy a gift for the animals this holiday season on our AmazonSmile wishlist.

Bricks, Benches, & Picnic Tables

Acknowledge the important people in your life and celebrate their contributions in a meaningful way with a lasting gift they can see when they visit.

Email outreach@wildwnc.org to learn about and purchase a bench or picnic table. Click below to purchase a brick.

Give & Get with Give!Local

From now to December 31, you can support the WNC Nature Center through Mountain Xpress’ Give!Local website. Your donation gets your perks from the Nature Center and Mountain Xpress, and your gift of $100 or more will be matched by Weiler Woods for Wildlife up to $2,500!

There are some awesome incentives for giving through Give!Local:

Coming Soon: Butterfly Exhibit!

We’re excited to share our next project, coming in 2022! The WNC Nature Center will be adding a permanent butterfly exhibit, complete with pollinator gardens and an immersive experience for guests!

Friends of the WNC Nature Center logo

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center (Tax ID: 23-7412910) has supported the Nature Center since 1974. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises funds through donations, memberships, events, and Gift Shop sales. The Friends also provide outreach education, volunteer coordination, and marketing. Your donation directly supports the Nature Center!​