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REMINDER: IT TAKES 7-10 DAYS TO PROCESS & SEND MEMBERSHIP CARDS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A MEMBERSHIP TO BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, PLEASE NOTE AN ADDITIONAL DONATION OF $10 ON YOUR MEMBERSHIP FORM. WE WILL PROVIDE A TEMPORARY CARD OVER EMAIL WITHIN 1-2 DAYS OF PURCHASE.

PLEASE REVIEW THE MEMBERSHIP POLICIES & RESTRICTIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE CAREFULLY  BEFORE CONFIRMING YOUR MEMBERSHIP PURCHASE!

 

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

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. 

    • Some zoos and science centers have recently changed their participation in the reciprocity programs.  Click here to view the updated reciprocity lists.  We always recommend calling ahead before you plan to use your membership at other facilities. 

    • You may not be able to use our membership at science centers within 90 miles from your residence. If you are planning on visiting a science center within 90 miles of your residence, you should call the science center to check the details of their participation in the ASTC Passport reciprocity program.

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

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

  • Discount 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

  • 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: $34

Covers one adult or student, 
16 years or older   

Dual: $49

Covers two adults in the same household or one adult and one child (17 years old or younger)

Family: $69

Covers one or two adults and up to 4 children (17 years old or younger), all in the same household 
OR
two grandparents living in the same household and up to 4 grandchildren (17 years old or younger)
Wildlife
Guardian: $125
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.

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.  As with all memberships, gift memberships are valid for one year from date of purchase (or for one year from the recipients' current expiration date).  If you would like your membership to start at a later date, please note this on your form or contact the Friends office.

MEMBERSHIP POLICIES/RESTRICTIONS

Memberships are good for one year from the date of purchase, or one year from your current expiration date. 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. You must recieve your membership cards first.

PROCESSING. Memberships take 7-10 days to process, including mailing time. If you need your membership expedited, please call our Membership Coordinator at 828-259-8092 during regular office hours (Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-5pm). There is a $10 charge for expedited service- a temporary card that is good for one month will be issued.

LOST OR STOLEN CARDS. The Friends are not responsible for membership cards that are lost in the mail. We will re-send mail once at no cost, and if lost a second time- we will need an alternate address or you must pick up the cards in person.

REFUNDS: Memberships are non-refundable.

HOUSEHOLD RESTRICTIONS: Memberships are valid only for the named adults and children listed on the membership. 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 of the named adult(s) may be added to the membership and do not need to live in the same household.

UNNAMED GUEST: One adult on a membership may be an unnamed guest, 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 include an unnamed guest on your membership, either list 'unnamed guest' as one of the two adult names or you add the guest as a third adult to your membership for an additional $25 using the 'add an adult' section of the online membership form (put 'unnamed guest' as the name of the adult).

GROUP VISITS. Memberships are not valid for students visitng the Center as part of group reservations, such as school field trips.

RECIPROCAL PROGRAM POLICES:

Please familiarize yourself with the rules applying to both the AZA and the ASTC reciprocal programs before you purchase your membership. 

90 mile rule:  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. The residency restriction was introduced in 2006 to close a loophole through which individuals would search online and purchase the least expensive membership to a Passport Program venue in order to visit their local science center or museum for free. If you are planning on using our membership at a science center within 90 miles of your residence, you should call to check the details of their participation in the ASTC Passport reciprocity program.

Adult/Child entry: Most facilities will limit the number of adults and children admitted under reciprocal programs to two named adults, as listed on the membership card.  If you have more than two adults listed on your membership, you will most likely have to pay full price for the additional adults.  The number of children admitted under reciprocal programs may be limited as well.  We recommend calling the insitution you wish to visit to ask about their reciprocal admission policies.  (You may also find a description of some limitations on the ASTC Passport Program reciprocal list.)

Changes in reciprocity: Other facilities may change their reciprocity policies at any time.  We do not offer refunds due to changes in reciprocity by other facilities.  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.

 Click here to view the updated reciprocity lists.

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