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.

Click here for Center hours, ticket prices and directions

The Friends are currently accepting applications for a Volunteer and Education Associate, an 11-month service position through AmeriCorps Project Conserve. Learn more here.

You 'otter' vote for the WNC Nature Center in the Mountain Xpress 2015 Best of WNC poll!
Last year, you voted us #1 Day Trip for Kids.  We hope you'll show your support for us again this year!  Vote at by May 5th.

“Whooo” are some of the newest members of the WNC Nature Center animal family? They’re nocturnal, pale, and a little mysterious...they’re barn owls!

Barn owls are medium-sized owls with a distinctive flight style and smooth, rounded heads. They also have characteristic white, heart-shaped faces and dark eyes. They are generally pale overall and have varying levels of light brown or gray coloring on their heads, backs, and upper wings.  At night, however, these owls appear to be all white, and they fly silently, almost eerily, along their hunting grounds.

Hero of the Month

The WNC Nature Center’s wildlife rehabilitation program takes in hundreds of injured and orphaned small mammals, birds, and reptiles per year. You’re probably wondering, “Where in the world does the Center put all of those animals?”

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