Western North Carolina
Nature Center

Asheville, North Carolina
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The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a living museum exhibiting plants and animals that are native to the Southern Appalachians whose purpose is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences.  The center's goal is to foster understanding of the Southern Appalachian bioregion in order that individual components of the ecosystem, including humans, may be seen and understood in the proper perspective.

center is located on the southeast side of Asheville at 75 Gashes Creek Road, along the Swannanoa River and is open Monday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Nature Center In Spring





The Nature Center offers many exciting and worthwhile programs including the Native American Camp, Reptiles and Amphibians, Arts and Crafts, Pioneer Living, and Beetles and Butterflies. Also, educational programs such as Frogs  and Tadpoles, Nature at Night, the World Underground, Dairy Delight, Wildlife Tour, Snakes and Turtles, Amateur Naturalist, and Trees in Winter, offer a multitude of learning opportunities about the rich heritage of the Southern Appalachian Region.

The Nature Center is also one of only 28 facilities in the country participating in the red wolf re-introduction programs and as such offers a unique opportunity to see these rare animals. The center  part of a national captive breeding program run by the US Fish &Wildlife Service to raise red wolves for  release into the wild.

Contact Information
WNC Nature Center
Telephone: 828-298-5600, Fax: 828-298-2644
Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805