UPDATE: As of Friday, May 8, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center is still temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with the City of Asheville to determine the safest possible date to reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay at Home order. 

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Young Naturalists look at river specimens.

Teens Walk on the Wild Side at the WNC Nature Center

The Nature Center’s teen volunteers celebrated the end of the Fall 2019 Young Curators season by surveying the Swannanoa River for mudpuppy salamanders. Kendrick Weeks, the Western Wildlife Diversity Supervisor

An outreach education program in front of a classroom.

Bringing the WNC Nature Center to You!

Visiting the WNC Nature Center gives you the chance to see the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Whether it’s the red pandas, whose distant cousins roamed our

The Songbird Garden at the Nature Center.

Songbird Garden Gets a Face Lift!

The Songbird Garden has been a long-time staple at the WNC Nature Center, and we are happy to announce that we were able to give it a bright and inviting

Ribbon Cutting of the Grand Opening of the Red Panda Habitat

Leafa and Phoenix Make Their Debut

February 14 was a red letter day for the Nature Center. The long awaited reveal of the new red panda habitat culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Esther Manheimer and Friends of the WNC Nature Center Board President Nora Carpenter.