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.

Open 361 Days a Year: 10:00am – 5:00pm, last entry 4:30pm

Join Our Team!
Whether you're interested in a one-time event, regular volunteering, or a long-term commitment, there's an opportunity for you!

Volunteering at the WNC Nature Center

Next time you visit the WNC Nature Center, look for the people in the green shirts! These special individuals are Nature Center volunteers. 

Serving more than 10,000 hours a year, our team of volunteers can be found prepping meals in the animal kitchen, building bookshelves, tabling at events, pouring drinks at fundraisers, assisting the Membership Office, and kidding around with the goats in the barnyard!

Our Volunteer Coordinator and Animal Care Staff are committed to helping volunteers succeed by providing the tools, resources and training. And we’ll make sure you have fun along the way!

Volunteers must be 18 or older. 

Become a Volunteer

To become a volunteer:

Email completed forms to volunteers@wildwnc.org, drop them off at the Membership Office at the Nature Center, or mail them to
Volunteer Coordinator
Friends of the WNC Nature Center
PO Box 19151
 Asheville, NC  28815 

Nature Center volunteer holds a turtle
Nature Center volunteers at appreciaion event.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Invitations to Friends and Nature Center special events and programs.
  • Opportunities to earn special perks and benefits, including free membership to the Nature Center.
  • Enjoying our fun (and sometimes quirky) work environment.
  • Invitation to our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.
  • More opportunities to hang with WNC Nature Center animals!

Active Volunteers

Volunteers with a donkey.