The Transylvania Times -

By Derek McKissock
News Editor 

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

 

THE PISGAH CENTER FOR WILDLIFE EDUCATION FEATURES INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS, A FISH HATCHERY, WORKSHOPS AND MUCH MORE.

At the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in

Pisgah National Forest visitors may learn more about the local wildlife and the unique natural habitats in Western North Carolina’s mountain region.

The Center, which is free and open year round, offers indoor and outdoor educational exhibits that focus on the natural world of a mountain cove forest.

In the center’s auditorium, an award-winning film shows the natural history of the mountains and how the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission works to conserve wildlife diversity.

The Center also includes an exhibit hall, allowing visitors a close-up view of a variety of mountain wildlife species, including fish, reptiles and amphibians.

Near the hatchery is an easily accessible trail that guides visitors through a model backyard wildlife garden. An interpretive trail through a mountain cove forest habitat is also available.

The Center is also a great starting point for several trails, including a trip up John Rock, which has fantastic views.

Throughout the summer, the Center provides free programs (please see the calendar) on a wide variety of subjects, including fly-fishing, Hiking, nature photography, fly tying and children’s fishing.

Adjacent to the Center is the Bobby Setzer State Fish Hatchery. Dropping a coin in the fish food dispensers at the hatchery provides excitement for children of all ages and the thousands of trout in the state’s most well-known hatchery.

Since 1983, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has operated and maintained the hatchery for trout production and distribution.

At the hatchery, visitors may watch and feed the brook, brown, and rainbow trout that are raised from eggs and then placed in local hatchery supported streams and rivers.

DIRECTIONS AND FOR MORE INFORMATION

To get to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the hatchery, travel five miles from the national forest’s entrance in Brevard and then take a left on FR 475 for 1.5 miles.

The center is open 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Monday to Saturday. For more information, call (828) 877-4423 or go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/pisgah.

Transylvania SPOTLIGHT

Prentiss Brewer is the visitor services coordinator at the

Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce.

“The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located in Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County, is an asset to its community and its visitors.

BOBBY SETZER STATE FISH HATCHERY

“As the Transylvania County visitor center coordinator, I know firsthand how valuable the programs at PCWE are to our visitors.

“Whether they’re learning to fly-fish or playing a game that teaches them how a bat “sees” in pitch black darkness, they come back to the visitor center singing the praises of the programs, staff and volunteers of PCWE.

“We have heard from many visitors that they and their children visit PCWE annually and plan around their programs. The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers educational opportunities unmatched by any other and a love and understanding for wildlife begins here.”

 
 

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