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Friday, October 31, 2014
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Asheville, NC – Volunteers are always needed for spring clean up of playgrounds in two Asheville parks. Volunteers will team up with City of Asheville staff to spread new mulch at the playgrounds located in Azalea Park and in the Herb Watts Park. 

As part of the City of Asheville’s playground safety program, mulch at designated playgrounds is removed and replaced each year with new mulch designed for the safety of children while at the playgrounds. 

City staff will clean and prepare the playgrounds for the new mulch, followed by volunteers to help shovel and spread mulch at the following locations. 

  • Herb Watts Park Located in central Asheville at corner of Livingston and Erskine Streets (Clean up days for 2014 TBA).
  • Azalea Park Friday Located in east Asheville on Azalea Road (Clean up days for 2014 TBA).

To register for either of the Playground Spring Clean Up Days, contact Keith Mastin 259-8082 at the Nature Center, or kmastin@ashevillenc.gov.

Volunteers will also be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Field trips
  • Special workshops
  • Incentive awards
  • Nature Center Newsletter 

Volunteer Job Descriptions:

  • Docent - Assist the education department in providing programs to visitors.
  • Gardening - Assist in maintaining native plant gardens and landscape plantings.
  • Special Events - Assist with events such as Howl-O-Ween, Bug Day, Farm Fun Day, and many more!
  • Nature Lab Attendant - Assist visitors in exploring the Nature Lab by interpreting animals and objects on display.
  • Exhibits - Assist the exhibit department in design and construction of exhibits.
  • Sales Desk - Assist staff at front desk.
  • Wild Animal Care - Assist animal department in the maintenance of the habitat and food preparation for the
    wild animals. **NOTE: There is no direct contact with the wild animals ***
  • Farm Animal Care - Assist animal department in the care and feeding of the domestic animals as well as
    watching the petting area and answering questions for visitors about the farm animals.
  • Apprenticeship - There are  multi-week apprenticeship opportunities available with the animal, exhibits
    and education departments. There is a time commitment required. * No Stipend Awarded.


Click here to download the Volunteer Application for the WNC Nature Center.

Special Thanks

“We’d like to thank the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners for volunteering to maintain our NC Farm Heritage Garden.

The plants in this garden include many old varieties of flowers, herbs, and vegetables that were once popularly grown by farmers 
in Western North Carolina as ornamentals or as crops for consumption.”


~ WNC Nature Center ~ 75 Gashes Creek Road ~ Asheville ~ NC 28805 ~
Phone (828) 259-8080


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