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

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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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Gift Memberships

A Gift Membership to the WNC Nature Center is the perfect gift for the nature and animal lovers in your life!
Gift memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase. 

Prefer to give a Membership Gift Certificate for your recipient to redeem? Click here.

Friends of the WNC Nature Center members receive valuable benefits, including free admission to the WNC Nature Center; discounts at the Nature Center Gift Shop, special events, education programs, summer camp, and birthday parties; and free or half-priced admission to more than 450 zoos, aquariums, and science centers nationwide through our AZA and ASTC reciprocity programs!

Choose Your Gift Membership Plan



Includes all membership benefits for one adult

One Year

American River Otters Obi and Olive


Includes all membership benefits for one adult and one guest
or two named adults
or one named adult and one child in the same household

One Year


Includes all membership benefits for two adults and four children/ grandchildren under 18


One Year

Barnyard Animals


Includes all membership benefits for two adults and four children/ grandchildren under 18
PLUS two additional people, adults or children

One Year

Red Wolf


FamilyPlus Membership for one year + 2 Brews & Bears tickets

One Year



FamilyPlus Membership for one year + 2 Wild Walk or Junior Wild Walk tickets

One Year

Red Panda

WildLife PATROn

FamilyPlus Membership for one year + a private tour of the Nature Center for up to 6 people

One Year

Gift Certificates

We also offer membership gift certificates for yet-to-be-named recipients. A membership purchased with a gift certificate is valid for one year from the date it is redeemed. 

 Contact the Membership Office at 828-259-8092 if you have questions about which gift membership option is best for you!

Frequently asked questions

You can purchase your membership at any time on our website.

Memberships may also be purchased in person at the Nature Center from 10am to 12pm Tuesday through Saturday or over the phone by calling 828-259-8092.

If you choose to purchase a membership on the day of your visit and have already purchased admission tickets, we will give you a guest pass for each adult included on the new membership. Just visit the Membership Office to start the process!

Membership cards will be mailed within 10 business days. If you purchase in person, your receipt will serve as your pass until your permanent cards are received. 

In an effort to go green, we now have a digital membership card. To download your eMembership Card, go to the App Store or Play Store and download the eMembership Card app. Under Institutions, select Friends of the WNC Nature Center.  Click “Find my Membership Card,” then enter your Membership ID# or phone number and your last name.  Start using your card right away! (Please allow up to a week after purchase for our system to process your membership).