Experience the wonders of nature and discover wild animals from all over the world up close at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. This 42-acre zoological park, operated by Asheville’s Parks and Recreation department, provides visitors with numerous opportunities to explore a variety of wildlife in their natural habitats. Established in 1973 as an upgrade from its former title, ‘Asheville City Zoo’, this center was renamed to what it is known today – The Children’s Zoo & Nature Center – providing children (and adults) alike with unforgettable memories that will stay imprinted forever. Discover more about Ashville here.

Western North Carolina Nature Center hosts over 40 different species of animals, including river otters, red wolves, black bears, cougars, deer, and many more. Up close encounters with the park’s permanent residents can be made thanks to the animal programs and special events that are held throughout the year. Visitors can attend educational presentations on native North Carolina species or take part in guided walks to learn more about the center’s inhabitants.

The nature center holds summer camps for groups and schools and offers after-school programs and home-school classes throughout the year. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as paddleboats, fishing, and canoeing on Lake George in addition to discovering more about its various species of animals.

Also, take advantage of the various events and activities organized by the center’s volunteer programs. Participate in live animal demonstrations, hands-on educational projects, and various other initiatives that help preserve and protect wildlife and educate visitors about their environment.

With its focus on family fun, conservation efforts, and interactive educational experiences, the Western North Carolina Nature Center is the perfect place to explore and make lasting memories with family and friends. Visit today and discover a new appreciation for the natural beauty of Western North Carolina! More here.