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

Becoming a member of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center helps us to provide resources to support the high quality growth of the Nature Center (including new exhibits) and the Center’s efforts to educate the public about the natural history and ecology of the Southern Appalachians.  In addition to supporting the Friends, members receive many other benefits, including:

  • Free admission for one year to the WNC Nature Center (excluding some special events & programs)

  • Free or discounted admission for one year to 275 reciprocal zoos, aquariums (AZA) and science centers (ASTC Passport) nationwide.*  Click here to view lists of reciprocating facilities.  A number of facilities have recently changed their participation in the reciprocity programs; always review the lists and call ahead before you plan to use your membership at other facilities.

  • 50% discount to the Colburn Earth Science Museum in Asheville

  • Free admission to Hey Day, our fall family festival in October

  • Discount and early sign up  to WNC Nature Center Summer Camps

  • Discount for onsite birthday parties

  • Discount to offsite educational events (including elk trips and butterfly tagging

  • Discount to Nature Center special events and on site educational programs

  • 10% discount at the WNC Nature Center’s gift shop

  • Subscription to Wild News, the Friends quarterly Newsletter

  • Invitation to the Friends Annual Meeting

*Other organizations may change their reciprocity policies at any time.  We do not offer refunds due to changes in reciprocity by other organizations.  To view lists of reciprocal facilities, click here.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
Individual: $30
Covers one adult or student, 
16 years or older   
Dual: $47 Covers two adults in the same household or one adult and one child
Family: $64
Covers one or two adults and up to 
4 children, all in the same household 
OR two grandparents, living in the same household, and up to 4 grandchildren
Wildlife
Guardian: $100
Same as Family benefits, plus 5 one-day guest passes to the WNC Nature Center
Wildlife
Benefactor: $250
Same as Family benefits, plus 10 one-day guest passes to the WNC Nature Center
Wildlife
Patron: $500
Same as Family benefits, plus 10 one-day guest passes to the WNC Nature Center, and your name will be listed on the donor board in the Nature Center's lobby for one year.

MEMBERSHIP POLICIES/RESTRICTIONS

After submitting your credit card information, you will receive an email confirmation of your purchase.  Please note that this confirmation does NOT serve as proof of your membership with the Friends of the WNC Nature Center.

Memberships take 7-10 days to process, not including mailing time. If you need your membership expedited, please call our Membership Coordinator at 828-259-8092 during regular office hours (daily, 9:30am-4:30pm). There is a $10 charge for expedited service, unless you are able to come to the Center to pick up a temporary card.

Memberships are valid only for the named adults and children listed on the membership.  Memberships are non-refundable.

Memberships are good for one year from date of purchase, or for one year from your current expiration date.

Household Restriction: All adults and children on a membership must live in the same household, with the following two exceptions: 1.  One adult on each membership may live outside the household; 2.  Grandchildren (17 years or younger) of the named adult(s) may be added to the membership and do not need to live in the same household.

Unnamed Guest: One unnamed guest may be added to your membership for $20 allowing you to bring in one guest, per membership, on every visit to the Nature Center.  The guest must be accompanied by a named adult on the membership and the guest will not receive reciprocal admission at other zoos, aquariums or science centers.  To add an unnamed guest, use the 'add an adult' section of the online membership form and put 'unnamed guest' as the name of the adult.

RECIPROCAL PROGRAMS:

You must familiarize yourself with the rules applying to both the AZA and the ASTC reciprocal programs before you purchase your membership.  In particular, the ASTC Passport Program states that if you live within 90 miles of a science center, you may not use your membership with another facility to get into that science center for free.  Click here for links to the reciprocity programs and their rules and restrictions.

Other organizations may change their reciprocity policies at any time.  We do not offer refunds due to changes in reciprocity by other organizations.  To view lists of reciprocal facilities, click here.  The number of visitors admitted with a family membership is defined by each participating institution and may vary.  We recommend always calling ahead before you plan to use your membership at other facilities to determine if they still participate and their particular policies.

GIFT MEMBERSHIPS: Already a member and loving it? Give the gift of nature!  Purchase a gift membership for friends, relatives, and colleagues.  We’re happy to include a personalized gift message from you when we send them their membership package.  To purchase a gift membership, just use our regular membership forms; the forms include a section for gift recipient information.

To join by mail: Mail a check, made out to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, to Membership Department, Friends of the WNC Nature Center, PO Box 19151, Asheville, NC  28815-1151

Have questions?  Call our Membership Coordinator at 828-259-8092.

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

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