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Our Mission
The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums
The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA.

Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
The WNC Nature Center is managed by the City of Asheville’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. The Department also maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 11 community centers, numerous programs for youth, seniors and outdoor enthusiasts, a comprehensive athletics program, and many facilities that provide resources for a range of activities.  Visit the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts webpage.

Friends of the Nature Center
Friends of the WNC Nature Center is a 501c3 non profit charitable organization dedicated to providing the resources to support high quality growth of the WNC Nature Center and its efforts to educate the public about the natural history and ecology of the Southern Appalachians.  Visit the Friends of the Nature Center webpage.


With over 40 acres of Southern Appalachian habitat, the WNC Nature Center is a prime attraction in the Asheville area for families, residents, and visitors. At the WNC Nature Center, it's our goal to provide a fun, educational, and safe interaction with local wildlife. 

About the Nature Center
Owned by the City of Asheville, the WNC Nature Center is dedicated to connecting people with animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians. Find out more about our mission and partners.

Nature Center News
Something new is always happening at the Nature Center! Learn about our new exhibits, programs, and other news.

Nature Center History
From the Great Depression until today, the Nature Center has a long and interesting history in the community.

City of Asheville Employment
Interested in working for the WNC Nature Center? Check out the City of Asheville’s employment page for vacancies.

Contact Us
Still have questions? Feel free to stop by or give us a call.



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


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