The WNC Nature Center is now open! Face masks are required. Learn more about what to expect and plan your visit here.

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

Membership
Questions?

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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 Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 12pm 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).

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).

Absolutely! But keep in mind that your added benefits will expire at the same time as your current membership.

No, all membership purchases are final and cannot be refunded, partially refunded, or transferred.

Yes! Just show your photo ID at the Nature Center Front Entrance to have your membership verified. You will need your membership card to gain entry into reciprical centers.

You can also join our green initiative and download your digital eMembership card for free!

To replace your physical card, contact the Membership Office at (828)259-8092 or membership@wildwnc.org. There is a $5 replacement fee.

To replace your card, contact the Membership Office at (828)259-8092 or membership@wildwnc.org There is a $5 replacement fee.

You can also join our green initiative and download your digital eMembership card for free!

Your membership begins on the date of purchase and expires 12 months from the date of purchase. When renewing early, 12 months will be added to your current expiration date.

You will receive a card for each named adult on the membership.

Don’t worry! Your membership will be extended for another 12 months.

A photo ID is required to ensure you are a member of the WNC Nature Center. This prevents misuse of memberships.

No, the named member must be present for guests to enter.

Under our family membership, up to four children in your household will receive free admission to the Nature Center when you enter. 

Yes, but they must present the membership card for the member child’s family.

A family membership covers up to four dependent household children only. 

Any adults named on the membership, as well as children included in a family membership, can take advantage of membership benefits!

Yes, the WNC Nature Center is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC). Please contact the zoo, science center, or museum you are planning to visit for prices before you visit as their policies may change without notice.

While reciprocal partners will honor the named members and a certain number of dependent children, they are not required to honor the extra benefits of your WNC Nature Center membership.

Reciprocal partners do not share databases, so please remember to take your membership card and photo IDs.