The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education explores North Carolina's mountain wildlife and habitats.

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

The education center is open. Below are the COVID-19 related policies in place at the Center:

We are following the current NC Health and Safety Guidelines and Policies enacted by Governor Cooper. Thank you for your cooperation.

1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Phone: 828-877-4423, Fax: 828-877-4792

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Saturday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Last admission at 4:30 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
  • Trout raceways open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily; (Mon-Sat, April-Nov; and Mon-Fri, Dec- March)
  • Closed for most state holidays. (Exceptions: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day)


Admission & Donations: Admission is free; please call to sign up for programs or visit the Event Registration page to sign up online. Contributions to the Pisgah Center are gratefully accepted; a donation box is located at the entrance. Please ask the information desk about tax-deductible gifts to the Pisgah Center.

Accessibility: All exhibits are universally accessible. Hearing assistance device are available for video presentations. If you need any accommodations to attend a program or event, please email the


Program Calendar & Registration


Programs for Teachers & Groups (PDF)

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are valued at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education (PCWE). Our volunteers are an extension of the eyes, ears, hands, energy, and creativity of the staff. Volunteer assistance allows PCWE to broaden the scope of educational opportunities we offer.

Volunteer Application and Job Descriptions (PDF)

  • Assignments: All volunteer assignments require a minimum commitment of 12 hours per year. Volunteers are most active when visitation is high in spring, summer and early fall. Most assignments are on hiatus from November through March.
  • Uniforms: A uniform shirt and hat are provided. Please wear your volunteer shirt when on duty. Beige or khaki shorts or pants and closed toed or hiking boots complete the uniform. Each volunteer represents the PCWE to our visitors and should appear neat and clean. Your appearance allows you to be recognized as a staff person and contributes to the overall impression that our visitors receive.
  • Training: PCWE staff will provide volunteer orientation and training. In-service training opportunities are available year-round on a wide variety of topics. These include special programs held at the center and at other facilities in the area that are consistent with the goals and programs of PCWE.



Contact: Melinda Patterson 828-877-4423