Mountain Wildlife Days

 This year Mountain Wildlife Days includes:


  • ​bird walk led by “birders” from the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society
  • two hikes to popular scenic locations and waterfalls led by experienced hike leaders Mike Kettles and Robin Lurie

Friday Hikes Details! [Learn More About the MWD Hikes!]

  • Friday afternoon youth groups, campers, children and interested adults will gather at the Sapphire Valley Community Center to get to know our native reptiles and amphibians from naturalist and commonly called “Snake Man” Steve O'Neil
  • In the evening, the Silent Auction exhibit (funding wildlife education for Western North Carolina schools) will open at 6:30 pm at the Community Center
  • 7 PM by bluegrass music featuring Benny Queen of the“Wild Hog Band.”along with Kelly Smith of Lost Chords
  • The main event Friday night will be “Bear Lady" Gaye Owen with a presentation on how to get along with our most interesting neighbors - black bears.


  • Informative and entertaining“live”animal sharing will be featured on Saturday starting at 10:30 am. “Appalachian Wild” will be presented by one of North Carolina's most outstanding naturalists, Carlton Burke with a variety of his “wild lives”
  •  Rob Gudger, will bring two of his wolves and share his experiences with these important and misunderstood creatures
  • The North Georgia Zoo will close the Saturday activities after lunch by showcasing several of their unusual, as well as some familiar animals

In addition to being entertaining and informative, children and adults will have an opportunity to get up close and get to know some of the zoo's animals.


There is a small  $8.00 fee for all day on Saturday. Children are admitted “free”. For additional info call 828-743-7663 or email  

Friday's Bird Watching and Hikes require reservations. Please call 743-7663  as group size is limited. 

Plan now to be here for the 

2019 Mountain Wildlife Days! July 12-13 at
Sapphire Valley Resort!

In keeping with the theme to experience “live” animals, wildlife experts, music and visits to some of the “wild places” found in our mountain area, the 16th Annual Mountain Wildlife Days is the place to be for all ages on July 12-13.

Daily Event Details are out! [View the Hour by Hour Schedule Here]