The Western North Carolina Nature Center offers a variety of fun education programs and camps for children of all ages. Summer camps are run by knowledgeable staff and camp facilitators hat provide fun-filled and educational programs designed to involve children in the wonders of the natural world. Summer camps include Early Childhood Camps designed primarily for children ages 3-5, Kindergarten Camps for five to 7-year-olds, Wild Weeks Camps for children in first through third grade, and All Taxa Biodiversity Camps for youth in fourth through seventh grade.
Education Programs for young visitors at the WNC Nature Center range from pre-school programs to field trips.
Critter Time for Tikes and Tots is a preschool program for three to five-year-olds and their parents, offering a creative way to learn about animals through interactive activities such as fun and games, arts and crafts, animal encounters, walks and story times.
Elk Experience is an offsite excursion that heads into the beautiful mountain wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Haywood County to explore the habitat and habits of the elk and the Cataloochee Valley Ely Campout is a fun-filled afternoon and evening of arts, crafts, activities and food, as well as an Elk Ecology program and roaring bonfire in the Cataloochee Valley’s Group Campground.
The Wolf Howl is a popular educational evening that focuses specifically on the endangered red and gray wolves of North America. The program begins with an indoor presentation on these magnificent and mysterious creatures, followed by a walk to the wolf compound at the Nature Center for a howling session.
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is open 361 days per year from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
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