UPDATE: As of July 1, 2020, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center remains temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with local officials to develop a plan to safely reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay Safe COVID-19 order. We anticipate opening during the month of September and will update the website and our social media platforms as soon as a date is confirmed.
An annual membership to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center helps provide resources to support the animal habitats, education programs, and conservation intiatives of the Nature Center.
When you become a member, you support projects and initiatives like
You provide the love, and we’ll provide the expert care! Become a “Wild Parent” or give an Adopt-an-Animal package as a gift!
Animal adoptions have helped provide major renovations to the Nature Center’s cougar, bobcat, and gray wolf habitats.
Honor a friend or remember a loved one with a personalized brick or bench! You can visit these lasting gifts each time you come to the Nature Center.
Celebrating a birthday or graduation? Welcoming a new family member? Wanting to spread some joy?
Our animal keepers will film a customized video with your special message and animal of choice!
Show your love for the Nature Center by volunteering! From helping out with Hey Day to working with the animals to providing office support, we have a place for you!
The WNC Nature Center is one of the premiere family-friendly attractions in the area. Open 361 days a year and offering a wide range of education, recreation, and conservation programming, the Nature Center is a great place to reach your target audience and the 180,000 people who come through our gates annually!
Depending on their level of support, Corporate Friends receive free passes to the Nature Center, tabling opportunities, discounts on employee memberships, event sponsorship promotion, and more!
Support the future with a planned gift that impacts the WNC Nature Center for generations to come.
The Friends of the WNC Nature Center (Tax ID: 23-7412910) has supported the Nature Center since 1974. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises funds through donations, memberships, events, and Gift Shop sales. The Friends also provide outreach education, volunteer coordination, and marketing. Your donation directly supports the Nature Center!