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2019 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at Asheville City government initiatives in 2019.     Red Pandas exhibit to open Two cute red pandas will take up residence at the WNC Nature Center this year. The new red panda exhibit will open […]

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WNC Nature Center Red Panda Exhibit to Open Feb. 14

The City of Asheville is excited to announce that the WNC Nature Center’s new red panda exhibit will open to the public on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019 and includes the introduction of our new resident pandas, Leafa (pictured above) and Phoenix.   The red pandas arrived at the Nature Center in November, have passed […]

City of Asheville offices close for Thanksgiving holiday

ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 22, in observance of the […]

WNC Nature Center to dedicate front entrance

The WNC Nature Center welcomes the public to a short dedication event for the Center’s new front entrance, completed in September.  The dedication will take place at noon Nov. 1 (Thursday). Representatives from the City of Asheville, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, WNC Nature Center, and Friends of the WNC Nature Center will be present. […]

Howl-o-Ween comes to WNC Nature Center

On Saturday, October 27 the WNC Nature Center will host their annual Howl-O-Ween event from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The event features games, crafts, special animal education moments, food vendors and two costume contests.   Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costume and to take part in one of the two children’s costume […]

WNC Nature Center’s Education Program recognized with national award

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Western North Carolina Nature Center has been recognized with AZA’s 2018 Education Award for significant achievement in the “Expanding Impact through Targeted Low Income Outreach Education” program. The WNC Nature Center received this national award during AZA’s September conference in Seattle.   The AZA Education Award […]

WNC Nature Center cougar passes away

  ASHEVILLE – It is with great sadness that the WNC Nature Center announces the passing of one of its most well-known and cherished residents.   Pisgah, an 8-year-old Western cougar, passed away on Thursday morning (Sept. 27) after a period of declining health.  Diagnosed with kidney failure several years ago, the disease had recently […]

New entrance opens at WNC Nature Center

  ASHEVILLE — The WNC Nature Center welcomed guests into its new front entrance Sept. 12. Have you been out there to see it yet? “We’re excited to offer this enhanced guest experience to our visitors,” said Chris Gentile, Director of the WNC Nature Center. “The new front entrance will allow us to better serve our […]

Red pandas coming to WNC Nature Center

Though they roam the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, their close ancestors used to call the Southern Appalachians home. And now they’re returning! Red pandas will come to the WNC Nature Center this fall. At their April 24 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a $184,820 appropriation for the construction of the Red Panda Exhibit and Breeding […]

City of Asheville 2018 initiatives: What to look for in the new year

  With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at Asheville City government initiatives in 2018. We couldn’t get the list down to 10 items so here are a dozen to look for in the coming year.       New, more diverse City Council […]

City of Asheville announces holiday closings

  ART bus service suspended on Dec. 25, to operate on new holiday schedule Jan. 1   Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 22, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.   […]

City of Asheville offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday

  ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well     Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 23, in observance […]