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

Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

You Can Help!
Your gift to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center
supports the animals you love!
Donate Now!
Adopt an Animal
You provide the love, and we'll provide the expert care!
Become a Wild Parent!
Buy an Animal Gram!
Get a personalized video shout-out with your special message and favorite animal!
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An annual membership to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center helps provide resources to support the animal habitats, education programs, and conservation initiatives of the Nature Center.

When you become a member, you support projects and initiatives like

Two children petting a barnyard animal
Wild Parent Adopt Package

Adopt an Animal

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.

Buy a Brick, Bench, or Picnic Table

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.

A brick pathway at the Nature Center.
White-tailed Deer

Buy an Animal Gram

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 a Nature Center animal!


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! 

A volunteer holds an ambassador animal.
Nature Center staff at Highland Brewing.

Become a Corporate Friend

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 160,000 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!

Legacy Gifts

Support the future with a planned gift that impacts the WNC Nature Center for generations to come. 

A grandfather and his granddaughter at the Nature Center.
An otter engages with puzzle enrichment.

Amazon Animal Wishlist

Coming Soon: Butterfly Exhibit!

We’re excited to share our next project, coming in 2023! The WNC Nature Center will be adding a permanent butterfly exhibit, complete with pollinator gardens and an immersive experience for guests!

Friends of the WNC Nature Center logo

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!​