Western North Carolina Nature Center

Learn about the local wildlife of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The center is home to animals such as coyotes, river otters, black bears, bobcats, and over 300 bird species. Learn about life cycles, study adaptations, design a habitat, and explore the roles food, water, and shelter play in animal behavior. For a shorter visit, groups can have a live animal demonstration and a lesson about reptiles, farm animals, forest sounds, and other topics. Groups can self-guide with a scavenger hunt or with the “Ed-venture” pack, which includes earth science instruments like a wind meter, compass, and soil thermometer.
Contact Info 
Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Buncombe County. Tel: 828-259-8080. Email: kmastin@ashevillenc.gov. Website: www.wncnaturecenter.com. Hrs: Daily 10AM-5PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-2 hours. Cost: Fee.
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Science.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science, Science. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue