The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center's mission is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center - Asheville's Wildlife Park.

Now accepting applications for a Volunteer & Education Associate, an eleven-month AmeriCorps Project Conserve service position with the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. 


The Friends office will be closed on Sunday, April 27th.


Click here for Center hours, ticket prices and directions

Find out what you can do to help the WNC Nature Center! 

Click here to learn more about the 2020 Vision - a strategic plan for the future of the WNC Nature Center!

This season’s Animal Spotlight belongs to none other than…the groundhog! 

Groundhogs (scientific name Marmota monax) are members of the rodent family Sciuridae, which means that they are closely related to squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, and even flying squirrels.

Groundhogs have several different common names depending on the region, and the most well known are “woodchucks” and “whistle-pigs.” Groundhogs are vastly different from pigs, but they do whistle! They make a high-pitched whistling sound to warn their colonies of danger, which allows fellow groundhogs to run for cover.

Hero of the Month

Stuart Camblos, the daughter of the late Dr. Joshua Camblos, knows her childhood growing up in Asheville in the 1950s and ‘60s was special.

“We always had some place to go on the weekends,” Stuart said. “When everyone else was at swimming pool and their fathers were playing golf, we were off at a cabin in the woods, being taught how to walk quietly, identify deer or bear tracks, and listen to the birds.”

Dr. Camblos served on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center’s board of directors in the 1990s, and brought with him a wealth of knowledge and a lifelong passion for the natural world.

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