Woodcock Nature Center, a nonprofit environmental education organization on Deer Run Road, invites the community to visit on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m., to learn about its new “Friends Of Woodcock” program. This new program provides a diverse array of volunteer activities for participants including event planning, marketing, community outreach, and program development as well as an opportunity to meet other members of the community with an interest in environmental education.

The focus of the meeting will be special events, including the very popular Wreath Festival, Where the Wild Things Run 5K Trail Run, and Under the Harvest Moon gala. These events serve as an important means to engage the local community while raising funds to support Woodcock’s education programs.

Nature center board members and staff will speak with attendees about the events and their purpose and highlight areas where volunteers can provide support. The board and staff are also looking for input on making these long-standing events even more successful. At the meeting, “Friends” will also have the opportunity to meet other supporters of the nature center, join a planning committee, or sign up for other opportunities to pitch in.

Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. To register, visit the “Get Involved” page of Woodcock’s website woodcocknaturecenter.org. Questions about the event may also be sent to to wnc@woodcocknaturecenter.org.

About the center


Located on 149 acres of state-protected land, the Woodcock Nature Preserve includes a pond, wetlands and three miles of publicly accessible woodland trails. The center is home to a variety of living local and exotic creatures including snakes, frogs and lizards. The center also houses a handful of injured birds of prey.