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Nature Center’s Elk Trunk        

With the release of elk into the Cataloochee Valley near Maggie Valley, North Carolina, students may now explore this conservation movement in detail with the Nature Center Elk Trunk.  The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has produced a portable educational classroom program on elk that is available to all teachers at no cost for a period of two weeks.  Teachers will find the trunk filled with lesson plans, activities, and artifacts for use in the classroom. 

We are attempting to purchase a new trunk with updated materials, information, and displays.  We are asking for donations from each participating facility to help with the purchase.  Your school or group name will be on the box for all organizations to see who is supporting the Nature Center and the Elk Project.
Please call for details and to make your reservation: (828) 259-8082 for Keith.

Student Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are available for you to download and print on your own before you come.  No copies are available in print here at the Center.  If you plan on doing scavenger hunts, please make sure you bring clipboards, pencils, and enough copies for your students.


Become a Wild Child for FREE!

That's right, folks. Our latest and greatest educational addition to the WNC Nature Center is free for the public to check out and use on the grounds.

The packs target improving science test scores, implementing citizen science and giving visitors and school groups an overall better understanding of the importance of conservation.

Wild Child Packs for Visitors
The Wild Child Packs are for the general public to check out and use. These backpacks include an activity booklet and all kinds of naturalist tools, such as hand lenses, monocular, compass and field thermometers. With the help of an adult, children can take the pack out to our Trillium Glen Nature Trail and try out as many of the activities as they would like. The activities are intended to help foster an appreciation of our forest, learn how to use some of these tools and become aware of the importance of our natural world.

*** Please note: The Wild Child Packs are available for anyone to use as long or as often as they would like, though the activities in the booklet are targeted for ages six through fourteen.

To use our Wild Child Packs

  • Stop by the front desk and ask to check out a Wild Child Pack.
  • Grab a map if you're not sure where our nature trail (2/3 of a mile loop) is located.
  • Take that pack and your child (we know you're excited to try it out for yourself but please don't leave your child in the lobby) to our Trillium Glen Nature Trail.
  • Flip through our activity booklet and try out as many activities as you would like.
  • Have fun!
  • When you're finished playing, bring the pack, all of its contents and your child (only children receive a prize so please don't leave them behind) back to the front desk and receive your patch if you earned one.

Ed-Venture Packs for School Groups
Our Ed-Venture Packs are created with the hands-on, awe-inspiring, creative teacher in mind. A step up from our Wild Child packs, the Ed-Venture packs are focused on weather data collection. The lesson plans and activities included with these packs correspond with science objectives for 5th grade as defined by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. We know those end-of-grade tests are tough, and we want to do what we can to help all that tricky science information stay in their noggins. The hands-on activities that can be completed on our Trillium Glen Nature Trail will help reinforce what is taught in the classroom and give real life experience to textbook information. And, of course, use of the packs is free (contact the Education Department for school group admission rates).


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


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