OTTER-LY ENGAGING: The Nature Center’s otter inhabitants draw kids and adults alike to watch their antics, which can be playful, cuddly and athletic, all in the space of a few minutes. Photo courtesy of the WNC Nature Center

The incredible shrinking subsidy: WNC Nature Center achieves 3-year reduction goal in one year

When the WNC Nature Center learned the city of Asheville’s subsidy for the facility would shrink by more than half over three years, the environmental education attraction wasn’t immediately sure how it would make up the funding shortfall. But it didn’t take long to figure it out: the Nature Center met the three-year goal in only one year. The attraction is expanding to meet demand, and visitation is setting new records nearly every month.

Thank you for telling a nearly forgotten story

Kudos to Jake Frankel for his revealing April article, “Bought and Sold,” regarding Buncombe County’s endeavor to publish records of the sale and trade of the very human beings upon whose backs our county was built. Frankel adeptly describes this project that sheds some light on another part of a nearly forgotten story and will […]

Don’t throw red wolves under the bus

Thank you for your April 10 article "Don't Tread on Me." Your article mentions the possibility of closing the WNC Nature Center, home to one of the Species Survival Programs for critically endangered red wolves. There are fewer than 100 red wolves in the wild. Several of those have been killed in recent months by […]

Outdoors: Wild WNC

Janna the gray wolf is a supermodel. One of many rescued and endangered animals that call the Western North Carolina Nature Center home, she’s featured on the cover of the current Asheville Yellow Pages. Her supermodel status belies a humble beginning: Janna arrived here in 1993, when she was a mere 4 months old, from […]