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.

Spots still available in the Nature Center's summer camps for 5-year-olds and younger!  Click here to learn more and register.

The Friends are now accepting applications for two positions! Click on the position title to learn more, including how to apply: Membership & Annual Fund Director and AmeriCorps Project Conserve Volunteer & Education Associate.

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’s a fascinating reptile that calls the Blue Ridge Mountains home. Known for its triangular head, slanted eyes and elliptical pupils, the timber rattlesnake has become a feared species among some Western North Carolina residents. Learning the facts and using caution will show that there’s much more than meets the eye.
Rattlesnakes are venomous creatures. Despite their reputation, however, rattlesnakes prefer not to bite. Their initial defense mechanisms are to either lay motionless, camouflage with their surroundings, flee or warn off predators by “rattling.” Knowing how to identify native venomous snakes will minimize potential interactions.
Hero of the Month

Our latest Wild Hero is Rick Burgess, who has been volunteering at the WNC Nature Center for more than four years.

As a Western North Carolina local, Rick Burgess has developed a strong appreciation for the Southern Appalachian environment. He was always aware of the Nature Center and became increasingly interested once he learned about the Nature Center’s mission.

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