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Holiday Tails Dec. 6th at WNC Nature Center

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s time for our holiday celebration at the Nature Center with crafts, garland creations, wildlife art, face painting, a Christmas hay maze and of course, animal encounters! Santa himself  will be here from 12-4!

Festival runs from 10am-4pm. Regular admission rates apply. Friends members get in free.

Wild Family Fun at WNC Nature Center Hey Day

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are pleased to host the 37th annual Hey Day fall festival at the WNC Nature Center, Asheville‘s Wildlife Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. The tradition continues as the City of Asheville produces another day of fun, play and engagement with wildlife native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Admission to the Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free, Members are free (join before you visit at www.wildwnc.org).

As always, Hey Day presents live performances on the main stage including music by Ric Ledford and Reems Creek Incident, Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show, and The Asheville Clogging Company and the Mountain Thunder Cloggers.

Festivities include delicious food and snacks and a variety of fun activities and exciting animal encounters with our furry and feathered ambassadors.  From face painting to pumpkin painting to a hay jump, and lots to learn, there is fun around every corner at Hey Day!

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center appreciate the support and generosity of this year’s sponsors: Creekside Taphouse, Earth Fare, Hulsing Hotels – Crowne Plaza and Four Points, The Laurel of Asheville, Lynch Graphics, R.E.A.C.H. of Asheville, Rita’s Italian Ice, Ultimate Ice Cream, and Celebrity’s Hot Dogs.

For additional information visit www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-259-8080.

The Friends provide support to the WNC Nature Center- Asheville’s Wildlife Park!  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) the zoo features over 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

Nature Center Prepares Groundbreaking of New Play Area

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are thrilled to share the news that the 100,000th visitor in 2012 walked through the doors at 10am on Monday, December 3, 2012.  Betsy Archer and her son Milo, members of the Friends of the Nature Center, were excited to celebrate this milestone with the Center and Friends staff.

The Friends Executive Director Kimberly Brewster presented Betsy and Milo with a basket of goodies worth over $350 that included an Adopt-an-Animal package and a special Engraved Brick to commemorate the event.  While Milo enjoyed the plush otter in the basket, he was more interested in visiting the real river otters out on the trail.

Betsy shared that the Nature Center is “our favorite place in Asheville!”  She actually read about the plans to celebrate the 100,000 visitor in her member newsletter.  As a member of the Friends, they visit often and she even took photographs at the evening fundraising event Mountain Safari held back in May.

“100,000 guests is an astounding number, especially for a facility our size” notes Chris Gentile, the Director of the Nature Center.  “Since the Nature Center has been part of the City of Asheville, this is by far the largest attendance year we have seen”.  Gentile attributes the success to increased marketing efforts and new exhibits and events.

Exciting things are happening at the Center with the 2020 Vision & Site Plan well underway and the groundbreaking of a new playground and upgrades to the red wolf experience.  Kimberly Brewster shared that “last month we were thrilled that the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded $50,000 to complete the Red Wolf & Play project scheduled to debut in the spring of 2013.”  The funds will go towards interactive elements that will engage visitors and share the story of the critically endangered red wolves.

Admission to the Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free, Members are free (join before you visit at www.wildwnc.org).

For additional information visit www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-259-8080.

The Friends provide support to the WNC Nature Center- Asheville’s Wildlife Park!  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) the zoo features over 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

Wild Family Fun Hey Day at the WNC Nature Center

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are pleased to host the 36th annual Hey Day fall festival at the WNC Nature Center, Asheville’s Wildlife Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. The tradition continues as the City of Asheville produces another day of fun, play and engagement with wildlife native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

 

Admission to the Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free, Members are free (join before you visit at www.wildwnc.org).
As always, Hey Day presents live performances on the main stage. This year, special performances will feature the Asheville Hoops Troupe; Haw Creek String Band; Eric Everett performing Animal Party, An Earth Rockin’ Musical Adventure; the Thunder Mountain Cloggers, and Professor Whizzpop! 
Festivities include delicious food and snacks from Café Azalea, Celebrity’s Hot Dogs and Rita’s Italian Ice, a variety of fun activities and exciting animal encounters with our furry and feathered ambassadors.  From face painting to pumpkin painting to watching a blacksmith demonstration, there is fun around every corner at Hey Day!
The Friends of the WNC Nature Center appreciate the support and generosity of this year’s sponsors: Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, Charlotte Street Animal Hospital, Diamond Brand Outdoors, Greenhands Healing Center, Forest Commercial Bank, Blue Ridge Pediatric Dentistry, and Steven L. Cahan, MD.

For additional information visit www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-259-8080.

The Friends provide support to the WNC Nature Center- Asheville’s Wildlife Park!  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) the zoo features over 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

Young Naturalist Garden Encourages Natural Play

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is proud to announce the opening of the Young Naturalist Garden at the WNC Nature Center. The garden, which reinvents the old recycling area of the park, provides a venue for unstructured natural play.

“Natural play is of profound importance to the development of young people,” says WNC Nature Center Education Specialist Dan Clere. “It’s an aspect of many young people’s lives that is missing today.”

Elements of the Young Naturalist garden include fort-building materials like stones and branches, a nature art table where children can create ephemeral art sculptures, a faux window flower box for exploring creative design, and a puppet theatre.

Throughout the summer the Nature Center also provides a free liatris flower to each family to take home to continue the interactive experience. The space is shady with benches for parents, providing a comfortable space for a family to relax during their visit.

Thanks to support from the community and Friends members, materials for the project were purchased from a donation of $5,000 that the Friends provided to the City of Asheville to enhance educational opportunities at the Nature Center.  Special thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in the construction of the garden, including Erwin High School, Kathleen Lewis of Southern Décor, Charlie Dunlop, Glen and Patti Liming, and Jeff and Paula Snyder.

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC 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. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .


Four Red Wolf Pups Born at WNC Nature Center

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The WNC Nature Center is excited to announce that the center’s resident female red wolf Mayo has given birth to four pups, a larger than average litter for a first time mom. The pups, two males and two females, were born May 9 and, at a few weeks old, are healthy and developing normally. The birth brings the number of red wolves at the WNC Nature Center to seven.

“This is a fantastic announcement to be able to make,” says Chris Gentile, the center’s director. “It’s a great thing to have happen in Asheville, a privilege for us at the nature center and a real boon for the red wolf breeding program as a whole.”

The red wolf, Canis rufus, is a federally protected endangered species native to the southeastern United States. Only about 400 are known to be in existence. The Red Wolf Species Survival Program, a partnership between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, keeps track of all red wolves in zoos worldwide and makes recommendation on which wolves should breed to increase the health of the population. That’s how, six months ago, a male red wolf named Phoenix arrived at the WNC Nature Center from Albany, GA as a possible breeding partner for three-year-old Mayo.

The four new red wolves are being kept in a special 1/3-acre enclosure outside the public view for at least the next six months. At a few weeks old, the pups have just opened their eyes and are still nursing, says WNC Nature Center veterinarian Ross Prezant, and it is important to their development that they interact with people as little as possible. The pups stay in a whelping box designed under the specifications of the FWS officials and are handled only for veterinary purposes. Mayo cleans the box herself. “It’s spotless every time we go in there,” Prezant says.

Like the pups, Mayo was born at the WNC Nature Center. Her father, Rufus, will remain on display during the time that she, the pups and Phoenix are in the off-exhibit habitat. A renovated red wolf exhibit is scheduled to begin construction soon.  Once completed, the wolves will go on view for Nature Center guests.

The WNC Nature Center is part of the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and features over 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  The Nature Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Regular admission to the WNC Nature Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free.

For pictures, go to coablog.ashevillenc.gov.

Mountain Safari Party at WNC Nature Center

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center invite the local community to join them for the 2nd annual “Mountain Safari” – a wild social adventure at the WNC Nature Center on Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 6-9 p.m.. The Nature Center will open its doors for an evening soiree guaranteed to delight even the most festive of partygoers, all in the name of furthering the mission of the WNC Nature Center.

Live entertainment at Mountain Safari is as varied as the different animal inhabitants of the Nature Center. Bluegrass musician Rob Russell, the Asheville-based rock band Sunshine and the Bad Things, and native son and musical genius/headliner Aaron Woody Wood will be performing, as well as the enchanting Bhangra dancers Christine Garvin and Diana McCall. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy evening encounters with the owls, otters, cougars, wolves, and more!  Delicious food generously donated by area restaurant favorites like Azalea Café, Chili’s, Edna’s of Asheville, Fig Bistro, The Marketplace, and Ultimate Ice Cream will satisfy partygoer’s taste buds.  To wash down the delectable bites, Asheville Brewing Company is generously providing beer and, to commemorate the Center’s “Year of the Red Wolf,” attendees are encouraged to come early for a limited release bottle of Rufus Red Ale!

The Friends Executive Director Kimberly Brewster shared, “This year’s event is not only shaping up to be wilder than the last, it is also receiving great support from business, restaurants and now the community with tickets being bought up quick!”  She hopes everyone will come out for a “fun evening of great entertainment and adventure as we party with (and for) the animals.”

During the benefit, the Center will also treat guests to a silent auction and raffle, to help raise funds for projects at the WNC Nature Center. The silent auction will feature more than $10,000 worth of impressive and generous donations from area businesses, artists, and area attractions. Highlights from the silent auction include one of-a-kind paintings and paw prints of animals from the Nature Center, fun outdoor packages from sponsors like Diamond Brand Outdoors, and admission to Wild Walks, a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Center. 

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best safari gear, and those that do will be entered into a special raffle. The Friends appreciate all the support from the sponsors mentioned above, as well as many others, including: Beer City Bikes, Festiva Resorts, Forest Commercial Bank, Greenhands Healing Center, Groovy Tables and Dr. Steven L. Cahan!  Tickets are available to members of the Nature Center for $40 and to non-members for $45 by advance sale and $50 at the door.  For more information visit www.wildwnc.org, or call the Friends at (828) 259-8092.                    

About Friends of the WNC Nature Center

The Mission of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center – Asheville’s Wildlife Park and its mission of connecting people with animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.

Mountain Safari Benefit Event at WNC Nature Center

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – This spring, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center are inviting the community to join them for “Mountain Safari” – a wild social adventure.  On Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 6-9 p.m., the Nature Center will open its doors for an evening soiree guaranteed to delight even the most festive of partygoers, all in the name of furthering the mission of the WNC Nature Center.

Attendees of the “Mountain Safari” will be treated to an array of entertainment including live music by Rob Russell, Sunshine and the Bad Things and Aaron Wood w/ The Ends.  Additional entertainment provided by enchanting Bhangra dancers Christine Garvin and Diana McCall, plus exciting special close encounters of the animal kind with the cougars, owls, otters, wolves and more!  In addition, delicious food, drink and sweets generously donated by Azalea Café, Chili’s, Edna’s of Asheville, Fig Bistro, The Marketplace, and Ultimate Ice Cream will satisfy partygoer’s taste buds.  To wash down the delectable bites, Asheville Brewing Company is generously providing beer and, to commemorate the Center’s “Year of the Red Wolf,” attendees are encouraged to come early for a limited release bottle of Rufus Red Ale!

The Friends Executive Director Kimberly Brewster shared, “This year’s event is going to be wilder than the last!”  She is looking forward to the “fun evening full of great entertainment and adventure as we party with (and for) the animals.”

During the benefit, the Friends will also treat its guests to a silent auction and raffle, to help raise funds for projects at the WNC Nature Center.  Highlighting the auction will be one of a kind paintings and paw prints of the Center’s animals, fun outdoor packages from sponsors like Diamond Brand Outdoors and special tours of the Center.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best safari gear, and those that do will be entered into a special raffle.  Thank you to all our sponsors including Forest Commercial Bank, Greenhands Healing Center and Dr. Steven L. Cahan!  Tickets for the event are available to members of the Nature Center for $40 and to non-members for $45 by advance sale and $50 at the door.  For more information visit www.wildwnc.org, or call the Friends at (828) 259-8092.                    

About Friends of the WNC Nature Center

The Mission of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center, Asheville‘s Wildlife Park, and its mission of connecting people with animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.  Learn more at www.wildwnc.org.

It’s Time for ‘Howl-O-Ween’ at the WNC Nature Center

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The Western North Carolina Nature Center will celebrate ‘Howl-O-Ween” from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Admission to the Nature Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents) and $4 for youth ages 3-15. Children age 2 and under are free.

Guests can walk through the “creepy crawler cabin,” watch a pumpkin carving demonstration by a local artist and paint a pumpkin.  Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in costume and participate in the costume contest at 5 p.m.

Arts and crafts and animal presentations will also be part of this family friendly event. Food will be available for sale.

For more information, including directions, exhibits, special programs, and amenities visit the WNC Nature Center website at www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-298-5600.

 

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is Asheville’s wildlife park and features more than 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  The Nature Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is operated by the City of Asheville.

Lake Craig Public Meeting Set

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is inviting the public to a community meeting on the Lake Craig Flood Management Project from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the WNC Nature Center.

This is the first of three community meetings planned to present information and solicit feedback. The project’s consultant team will be available to meet with the community, provide project information and get community input.

This project also includes the water line installation to the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex as well as proposed roadway improvements on Azalea Road.