Sign the Petition to

City of Asheville City Council members, Cecil Bothwell, Jan Davis, Marc Hunt, Chris Pelly, and Gordon Smith. Mayor Terry Bellamy and Vice-Mayor Esther Manheimer


We urge you to keep the Western North Carolina (WNC) Nature Center open despite adjustments and cuts to the Asheville city budget.

The WNC Nature Center has served 27 counties for the past 40 years, and is a landmark of education and wildlife preservation. Last year, over 102,000 people visited the WNC Nature Center in Asheville. 30,000 of whom, where school children, who's trips emphasized the importance of conservation, and sustainability. The Nature center spans over 40 acres and is a home to sea otters, wolves, and elk. These animal habitats work in conjunction with onsite summer camps, and educational programs to teach all visitors about the North Carolina's land and wildlife.

Please allow for this incredible asset to our community to remain open and fulfiil it's role as a community site for environmental education. 

Signed,

Mimi Wilms

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

How this will help

This center is a great place for children to learn about the different animals such as the gray wolf and about the way our ecosystem is connected. As a resident of North Carolina, I have visited...

This center is a great place for children to learn about the different animals such as the gray wolf and about the way our ecosystem is connected. As a resident of North Carolina, I have visited the nature center many times and found that a whole day can be spent watching and learning about the center's many animals. 

The Nature Center is inextricably linked to the community through memberships, an animal adoption program, and summer camps for youth. Their mission is to remain a community resource dedicated to people of all ages for learning and experience. The closure of this center would be detrimental to the community. 

The state of North Carolina is currently considering a 5.7 million dollar budget cut to the city of Asheville. The Nature Center usually receives $450,000 dollars in city funding. Please sign this petition to make sure that the visitor center is removed from the chopping block despite the pending city budget cuts. 

We also encourage you to contact the city of Asheville, to voice your opinion:

70 Court Plaza, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
ph: (828) 251-1122  email: [email protected]

You can also help the Nature Center directly by visiting http://www.wildwnc.org/alert

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