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.

The Friends office will be closed Wednesday, November 25th-Sunday, November 29th. 
The Nature Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26th) but will be open regular hours (10am-5pm) all other days in November.

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant of $313,000 from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. Click here to read more.


The Nature Center is now accepting applications for spring internships.

Click here for Center hours, ticket prices and directions

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


There is a secretive hunter that makes its home in the mountains of western North Carolina, and while you may not see it very often, it is instantly recognizable. The red fox is a fairly small predator, built for speed and agility. These beautiful animals are extremely adaptable, and range across the continental United States from Alaska all the way to Florida. They are generally solitary and shy, so if you catch a glimpse of one in the wild, consider yourself lucky! To get a better look, you can always come to the WNC Nature Center to meet our resident red fox pair.

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When it’s checkup time for any of the more than 140 animals here at the WNC Nature Center, there’s one name on everyone’s minds: Dr. Ross Prezant.

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