A visit to the center starts with a walk around the hatchery raceways. Once trout reach fingerling size, they feed and grow in a series of 54 outdoor raceways, which channel 3,500 gallons per minute of cold mountain water from nearby Davidson River and Grogan Creek. You’ll enjoy watching and even feeding the brook, rainbow and brown trout that supply the commission’s hatchery-supported trout streams.
Check out what’s blooming (and what’s pollinating the blooms) at the model backyard wildlife garden. From the garden, a universally accessible interpretive trail winds through a hardwood forest habitat for a glimpse of native wildlife.
Mountain Animals and Habitats:
In the Center’s auditorium, view an award-winning documentary on the natural history of the mountains and the ways the commission works with you to conserve our wildlife diversity. Then get up close to live animals in the Mountain Wildlife exhibit. Large aquariums representing five aquatic habitats hold colorful fish, frogs, salamanders and snakes.
NC Map Exhibit North Carolina Wild Map:
Use this large satellite map of North Carolina to look for streams, watersheds and vegetation that are home to the state’s wildlife.
Auditorium Video, The North Carolina Piedmont: Our Changing Habitats:
The center houses a 76-seat auditorium where visitors can view a 20-minute video that presents a historical timeline of changes in the Piedmont, from natural wildlife areas to suburban sprawl.
North Carolina’s Wild Piedmont:
At one time, nearly all of North Carolina was cleared for farms or timber. How the woods grew back- and changed from bare fields to soaring forests- is called ecological succession. Learn about various Piedmont habitats and the role ecological succession has played in their evolution.
Walk down the front steps of the WRC headquarters building, take the side walk to the right of the building, at the driveway turn right and walk to the fence to view the manmade wetlands used for surface water quality improvement.
Learn about the agency’s mission, function and programs.
The center offers 5,000 square feet of displays and artifacts that interpret the rich natural and cultural history associated with northeastern North Carolina.
Exhibits include an 8,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native fish of Currituck Sound, a special decoy gallery with more than 250 antique waterfowl decoys, and a life-size diorama of a duck blind in a salt marsh.
A 20-minute feature presentation, "Life by Water's Rhythms," screens daily in the auditorium. The documentary explores the role of Currituck Sound in the natural and cultural history of the region.
A rare Risso’s dolphin skeleton is on display through June 2016 in the center lobby