ASHEVILLE -- Throughout the year, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center offer fun and engaging programs and events to support the Nature Center. While it’s still cold in Western North Carolina, enjoy these virtual February and March events in the comfort of your home while still supporting the wild animals you love!
Virtual Critter Check Up – Saturday, Feb. 27
The Critter Check Up event has been a favorite family activity for years at the WNC Nature Center. During this event that is usually in person, children work with volunteer veterinary assistants to give their own stuffed animal an annual checkup.
This year, due to limitations on indoor gatherings, Critter Check Up is going virtual, and event organizers are taking advantage of this to provide never before seen animal footage and behind the scenes veterinary procedures with the Nature Center’s own red pandas, Leafa and Phoenix. There will also be a hands-on portion of the event where families can still give their stuffed animal a vet exam at home.
Virtual Critter Check Up will go live on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Registrants can tune in that afternoon, or access the private link on demand in the next month to watch the event on their own time. With ticket prices starting at $10 for the event link, this virtual event will be enjoyed by the whole family!
To register and learn more, please visit www.wildwnc.org/virtual-critter-check-up.
Virtual Trivia Series – Thursday evenings in March
Put your critter knowledge to the test with a plants- and animals-based virtual trivia series, starting on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
Every Thursday night in March, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center will be giving away a prize to the participant with the highest score. There’s also a grand prize for the participant with the highest score over all four nights, so be sure to study hard and register for all four trivia nights! If you register for all four trivia nights, you’ll also be entered in a raffle to win a prize package valued at $200! Raffle winner will be announced on March 4. Each Thursday night will have its own theme, from “Scales and Slime” on March 4 to “Feathered Friends” on March 18.
This is sure to be a fun way to spend an evening virtually with friends, and it only costs $5 a night to participate!
To register and learn more, please visit www.wildwnc.org/virtual-trivia.
You can support the Friends of the WNC Nature Center anytime by visiting www.wildwnc.org/support to donate, symbolically adopt an animal (including new red foxes Samson and Bonita), or buy or renew your annual membership. The Friends is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the animals, programs, and facilities of the WNC Nature Center. The Nature Center connects people of all ages with the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Asheville’s wildlife park is located on 42 acres and is home to more than 60 species of animals, including red pandas, river otters, black bears, red and gray wolves, and cougars. For more information, please visit www.wildwnc.org.