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Western North Carolina Nature Center

Contact: Candace Poolton
Mailing Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 828-259-8091
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Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Take I-40 to Asheville. Take Exit 53 B and merge onto Hwy 74. Take the US 74A West ramp. Keep right; then turn onto Fairway Road. Turn right onto Swannanoa River Road. Follow signs to the Nature Center, which will be on the right, over a small bridge, bear to left and up the hill on right side of road.
Agency Description: The Nature Center is a living museum exhibiting plants and animals native to the Southern Appalachians. Our goal is to foster understanding of the Southern Appalachian bio-region.
Training: Trainings are scheduled with individual keepers depending on volunteer role.
Time Commitment: A once a week shift for at least 3 months
Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements: Able to follow instructions, attention to detail, and a love for animals!
Volunteer Involvement: Students can serve as Animal Department volunteers (note that volunteers will not have direct contact with wildlife!), exhibits assistants, and gardening helpers. Some volunteers may also be able to serve as docents or "Roving Naturalists" who provide information to visitors and schools about the center. Help is also needed at the front desk.
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