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WNC Nature Center Celebrates 34th Annual Hey Day

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is set to host their 34th Annual Hey Day, on Saturday, October 9th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for adult Asheville city residents (must show id), $4 for children, and FREE to members of the Friends of the Nature Center. For free admission you can become a member of the Friends prior to the event at http://www.wildwnc.org/friends/become-a-member.

There is fun for the whole family at Hey Day with music on the main stage, as well as clogging, balloon sculpting and storytelling. Children’s activities and educational programs abound and include: the Pee Wee Mine, cake walks, face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and games. Plus, guests can spend the day visiting the Nature Center residents including wolves – Cody and Shalimar – our otters – Olive and Obi Wan – not to mention our famous and beloved groundhog – Nibbles.

The Friends are excited to introduce a new exhibit to their popular festival, “Wild Inspirations” an Art Sale inspired by nature in our mountain region. Wild Inspirations will include the work of local artists and focus especially on the native animals and plants at the Nature Center. Photographers and artists are donating matted photos and small pieces of art and jewelry as part of the Friends’ fundraising effort.

Celebrate the fall, and support The Nature Center while enjoying fun with your family at Hey Day! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Beloved projects that were made possible by the Friends’ support include building the Red Wolf, Gray Wolf, Cougar and Bobcat habitats. The Friends has over 2,800 members who support its activities on behalf of the Nature Center.

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