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The Friends of the WNC Nature Center creates awareness and provide financial resources in support of the Nature Center- Asheville’s Wildlife Park. The WNC Nature Center connects people with animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the

region’s rich biodiversity.

Tap Into Your Wild Side at the Brews and Bears Summer Event Series

On Friday, May 10, from 5:30-8:00PM, the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of the 2019 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be four occurrences over the course of the summer, falling on the second Friday of each month: May 10, June 14, July 12, and August 9.

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Critter Check Up at the WNC Nature Center, February 16th

Show your child’s favorite stuffed animal some love! Critter Check Up is a chance for your child to get a clean bill of health for their stuffed animal friend from a veterinarian at the WNC Nature Center. Visitors are invited to bring one plush, stuffed animal in for a vet check up between 10a.m. and 1p.m. on Saturday, February 16 th though tickets must be purchased in advance.

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PRESS RELEASE: WNC Nature Center Red Panda Exhibit to Open Feb. 14

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The City of Asheville is excited to announce that the WNC Nature Center’s new red panda exhibit will open to the public on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019 and includes the introduction of our new resident pandas, Leafa and Phoenix.

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WNC Nature Center Welcomes New Red Wolves

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The red wolves at the WNC Nature Center have long been a part of the important Species Survival Plan (SSP) program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Through this program, the WNC Nature Center has proudly seen thirteen red wolf pups born into their care.

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Friends of the WNC Nature Center receives $25,000 grant award for Outreach Education

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This October, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center was a recipient of a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to support the Center’s Outreach Education Program.

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A Winter’s Tail Event at WNC Nature Center Dec 1st

On Saturday, December 1st, the WNC Nature Center will host their annual holiday celebration, A Winter’s Tail from 10am-4pm.

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New Front Entrance Opens at WNC Nature Center

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The WNC Nature Center will welcome guests into their new front entrance beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The Center will be closed to guests on Tuesday, September 11th in preparation.

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Fundraising Goes Public for Red Panda Exhibit at Nature Center

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The Friends of the WNC Nature Center will fund 83% of the Asheville City Council’s approved $184,820 project: construction of a red panda habitat. “We’re excited to work with the City to make this project possible. We have agreed to donate $154,200 toward the construction of this habitat,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends. The Friends will rely on individual donors as well as grant funders to raise the $154,200 and they’re already well on their way!

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Brews and Bears May 11 @ WNC Nature Center

On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

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A Winter’s Tail at WNC Nature Center Dec 2nd 2017

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On Saturday, December 2nd the WNC Nature Center will host their annual holiday celebration, A Winter’s Tail from 10am-4pm. There will be festive crafts, games and of course, animal programs.

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