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

WNC Nature Center

Red Wolf Karma

Leadership

  • Chris Gentile, Director
  • Erin Oldread, Animal Curator
  • Eli Strull, Curator of Education & Guest Experience
  • Jason Marshall, Exhibits/ Maintenance Curator
American River Otter

Animal Care

  • Erin Oldread, Animal Curator
  • Jo WilloughbyAssistant Animal Curator
  • Beth Rhyne, Veterinarian
  • Chesley Hollander, Animal Care 
  • Lori Hyatt, Animal Care 
  • Laura Pearson, Animal Care 
  • Meghan Ream, Animal Care 
  • Jill Sharp, Animal Care 
  • Ben Wilson, Animal Care 
Box Turtle

Education

  • Eli Strull, Curator of Education & Guest Experience
  • Chrissy Cochran, Education Specialist & Ambassador Animal Coordinator
  • Alayna Schmidt, Education Specialist & Teen Programs Coordinator
American Black Bear

Guest Experience

  • Eli Strull, Curator of Education & Guest Experience
  • Jordan Rutherford, Guest Services Coordinator
  • Alice Gillespie, Guest Services Associate
  • Eve Ryon, Guest Services Associate
Great Horned Owl

Maintenance

  • Jason Marshall, Exhibits/ Maintenance Curator
  • Eddy Martinez, Maintenance Technician
  • Caitlin Temme, Housekeeping
  • Brad Vanness, Laborer

Friends of the WNC Nature Center

Gray Fox

Staff

  • Karen Babcock, Executive Director
  • Kate Frost, Development Director

  • Tori Duval, Outreach Education Specialist

  • Shannon Lally, Visitor Services Specialist

  • Candace Poolton, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Nick Pressley, Gift Shop Assistant

  • Kerby Price, Retail Operations Manager

  • Kristen Schweikert, Membership Manager

Missy the Bobcat

Board of Directors

  • Nora Carpenter, President
  • Nicole Bentley, Vice President
  • Jason Chambers, Treasurer
  • Sarah Thomas-Moore, Secretary
  • Sarah Broberg, Member
  • Karen Cogburn, Member
  • Jonathan Hettrick, Member
  • George Ivey, Member
  • Matt Kern, Member
  • Brian Lawler, Member
  • Butch Patrick, Member
  • Jonathan Thompson, Member
  • Holly Vestal, Member
  • Jean Wauford, Member