The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. Home to over 60 species of animals native to Southern Appalachia as well as a pair of red pandas - introducing our new Prehistoric Appalachia exhibit. The Center is one of only three zoos in North Carolina to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Visit the WNC Nature Center for some WILD fun!
The TreeTops Classroom (616 square feet with 60 person occupancy) and Forest Floor Classroom (600 square feet with 55 person occupancy) are both located in the Education Center at the WNC Nature Center. Adjacent restrooms and ADA compliant. Event rental includes tables, chairs, and admission to the wildlife park. Currently available for rental 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
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Hey Day, October 5, 10am-4pm. Hey Day is a family-friendly celebration of the environment, culture, and community of Western North Carolina. Hey Day … more
Spend your evening learning about the Red and Grey Wolves of North America. We’ll start with an indoor presentation on these elusive creatures, … more
October 26, 10am-4pm. Our annual Halloween family festival offers spooky arts and crafts, games and face painting, a hay maze, and educational animal … more
November 8, 6pm-8pm Spend your evening learning about the Red and Grey Wolves of North America. We’ll start with an indoor presentation on these … more
Join us for the Nature Center’s annual holiday celebration. There will be festive arts and crafts, games, educational programs, animal encounters and … more