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Western North Carolina Nature Center
Ranked #13 of 194 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina 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. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA
Reviewed June 25, 2012

I've been a member for years. Very educational yet still a small/simple and pretty walk through the woods. See deer, red wolves, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and other critters that live in the area. There are frequent special events that offer even more wildlife education.

Thank traci22w
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We love taking the family here for a day trip! Adults and kids enjoy it just as much. The WNC Nature Center is a great addition to the community!

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Stopped there in dec 2011 with family and it is a nice, interesting place. Had we had children with us they would really have enjoyed the visit. Lot of things for kids to do & see even though it is not very large.

Thank Levon M
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We visited this nature center in May 2012. It's a fun place for kids - with a petting zoo and other animals in a more up-close setting than a zoo. There were lots of children visiting the day we were there. Not a large center, though there is an adjacent woods that offers a 1-mile hike that was enjoyable. For two adults, we had a good time.

Thank Odessa44
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Went here on a whim after seeing the billboard about the red wolf. This is appears to be a prime example of meaning well but not having sufficient funds to do it properly. The size of the cougar, coyote and gray wolf areas seemed small for large predators and their needs, but at least they had some shade. The red wolf area seemed to be an afterthought, with no trees except some newly planted ones, quite small in size, and had no den but essentially a dog house (when I found it as it was on the wrong place on the map) - I was extremely dismayed to see this - especially when the white tailed deer has probably the largest area in the park and is in no way endangered or rarely seen. I will say that the black bear area was reasonably large with logs etc. that they would use in the wild for foraging (and I hope the park takes advantage of those natural habits). I even felt sorry for the donkeys, for pete's sake, in the blazing sun, in a gravel paddock and the only shade a small kiosk with some hay. This may be okay for families with kids who need something to do but, as an adult, I found the predator displays to be, in the main, distressing and disappointing. Meaning well, is not enough.

4  Thank magill1986
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