UPDATE: The WNC Nature Center has been working diligently to prepare for a safe reopening that follows CDC, State, and local guidelines. From September 28 to October 4, there will be a members-only week for Friends of the WNC Nature Center. We will reopen to the general public on Monday, October 5. Learn more here.

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

Active Volunteers

Volunteers with a donkey.