UPDATE: The WNC Nature Center has been working diligently to prepare for a safe reopening that follows CDC, State, and local guidelines. From September 28 to October 4, there will be a members-only week for Friends of the WNC Nature Center. We will reopen to the general public on Monday, October 5. Learn more here.

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

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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