Friends of the WNC Nature Center Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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Holiday Gift Guide Gifts they’ll go WILD for that support the Nature Center you love! View this list online at

GIFT MEMBERSHIPS The Gift of Memories Give a gift of membership, and let your friends and family enjoy a whole year of adventure at the WNC Nature Center! Perfect for families on your list, membership includes admission, discounts at our Gift Shop, and discounted or free admission to more than 450 zoos, aquariums, and science centers nationwide!

Memberships start at $39. Gift certificates available.

Orders placed by December 15 will be mailed USPS by December 17.


ANIMAL GRAMS animal-grams

The Gift of Fun

Need a special stocking stuffer? With plush animals, shirts, face masks, jewelry, and drinkware, you can find a gift for everyone at the WNC Nature Center Gift Shop! Gifts at every price point. Orders placed by December 16 will be shipped USPS Priority Mail on December 18.

The Gift of Joy

ADOPT AN ANIMAL The Gift of Friendship Are you looking for the perfect gift for an animal lover? From wolves to otters to red pandas, there’s an animal for everyone on your list! Your gift recipient will receive an adoption certificate, a photograph of their adopted animal, an animal fact sheet, and a plush animal and guest passes at our higher adoption levels.

Spread some holiday cheer with a little help from our red pandas, deer, goats, sheep, snakes, and turtles! Our animal keepers will film a customized video with your special message and animal of choice! Animal grams are $25 each. Orders must be received by December 15 for Christmas Day delivery.

Packages begin at $25.

WISHLIST The Gift of Care


If you have room on your shopping list, we know a few animals who have been especially good this year! Gifts of enrichment items stimulate our animals and strengthen their natural instincts. Buy a gift for the animals this holiday season on our AmazonSmile wishlist!

Acknowledge the important people in your life and celebrate their contributions in a meaningful way with a lasting gift they can see when they visit.

Prices start below $10.

Memorial gifts start at $200. Email to purchase a picnic table or bench.

What Your Gifts Support From memberships to animal adoptions to donations,


by supporting animal care, education programs, and conservation efforts at the WNC Nature Center! Donate at

YOU HELP US (above) Gray fox Remi enjoys a pumpkin treat.

Restore animal habitats and purchase enrichment items for the animals,

(right) River otter Obi swims in his newly repaired pool.

– What’s Next/Coming Soon –

Butterfly Exhibit

We’re excited to share our next project, coming in 2022! The WNC Nature Center will be adding a permanent butterfly exhibit, complete with pollinator gardens and an immersive experience for guests! Email to be added to the list for future project and fundraising updates. Friends Mission: The Friends are a vital partner with the WNC Nature Center. With their donors and members, the Friends enrich the Nature Center’s mission to connect people with the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. As a conservation organization, the Friends inspires a passion to know more, care more, and do more for the wildlife of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Your tax-deductible donation to the Friends (Tax ID: 23-7412910) directly supports the animal habitats, education programs, and conservation initiatives of the Nature Center you love!

provide outreach education to students who can’t visit the Nature Center,

Since 2019, more than 18,000 students and seniors have connected with the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachians through our outreach education program.

support the veterinary needs of our animals, and In 2021, the Friends purchased a $35,000 portable X-ray machine to help the Nature Center with their animal exams.

pursue valuable conservation initiatives. From FrogWatch Citizen Science projects to spreading the word about the critically endangered red wolves, the Friends work with partners in conversation to lead by example.

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