Programs for Youth and Families at the WNC Nature Center
Call 828-259-8082 to register or for more information.
Critter Time for Tikes and Tots - Preschool Program
Offered alternate Wednesdays January through mid-March.
A creative way to learn about animals, geared towards 3-5 year olds and parents. Activities celebrate animal life, forest ecology, and conservation, and may include fun and games (comfortable indoor space), crafts (free take home creations), animal encounters, walking tours, and/or story time. Space is limited, so preregistration is strongly encouraged.
Elk Experience - Field Trip
Offered in September/October.
Our most popular offsite excursion for the WNC Nature Center is our NC Elk Experience to the Cataloochee Valley. We are looking forward to another year of educational experiences with guests. The journey will take us just west of Asheville into the beautiful mountains of Haywood County. Guest will meet at 3:00pm at the Nature Center in our classroom for a one hour presentation on elk ecology and biology. We will then load our vans and travel west to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We plan on returning to the Nature Center by 8:00pm (varies with our outdoor experiences in the valley). For adults and kids ages 6+.
Cataloochee Valley Elk Campout
Offered in September.
We present an afternoon & evening of food, crafts, activities, an Elk Ecology program and bonfire in historic Cataloochee Valley’s Group Campground. Pre-registration required. Meet at campground between 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday for a full experience of fun in the sun. Includes, BBQ dinner, snacks, camping fees, programs, crafts, and continental breakfast. Bring: all camping gear. Any grade level and all family members welcome! Saturday - Sunday. Co-Ed • Ages 3-99 • Overnight/Full-Day
Wolf Howl – After Hours Program
Offered in November/December.
The WNC Nature Center invites you to an educational evening focusing on Red and Grey Wolves of North America. The evening will start with an indoor presentation on these elusive creatures followed by a trek to our wolf compound located on site at the Nature Center for a howling session. Discover the legends and lore of these top predators and find out the "truths" about wolves. For adults and kids ages 6+.
New for 2017! Adventure Programs offering in partnership with Asheville Parks and Rec!
Caving & Bat Ecology with WNC Nature Center - OR17010810
Caving & Bat Ecology with WNC Nature Center
Adults and youth ages 8+. $30 Asheville City Residents, $35 Non-Residents.
Join us for a day of caving in Eastern Tennessee as we learn about bats and cave ecology. We’ll load into our van and head west to learn and explore the world underground. Helmets and headlamps will be provided. Participants will be sent a recommended clothing list and should pack water and lunch. Plan on returning to the Nature Center by 5:00 pm. Cave conditions can be wet and slippery; participants should be in good physical condition for this trip.
Youth under 18 must register with a participating adult. Adults 18+ may register on their own.
Program dates, the skill level required to participant and registration fee's will vary based on the program. Please reference the detailed activity description for program specific details.
Pre-registration required. Limited space available. To register: click here and search the keyword “caving”
Canoeing Adventure with the WNC Nature Center - OR17020812
Canoeing Adventure with WNC Nature Center
May 13th, 9am-6pm
Adults and youth ages 5+. $25 Asheville City Residents, $30 Non-Residents.
Join us for a day on Lake James* canoeing and exploring the flora and fauna of the watershed. Transportation to the lake and canoe gear will be provided. Participants should pack water and lunch. Participants should be in good physical condition. (*Lake Location subject to change.)
Meet: WNC Nature Center
All youth under 18 must register with an adult. Adults 18+ may register on their own.
Pre-registration required. Limited space available. To register: click here and search the keyword “canoeing”