Nature, Wildlife, and Education

Nature Center ExplorerWMNC is your gateway to enjoying and understanding the ecology of the beautiful White Mountains region of Arizona.

In the White Mountains, diversity abounds as you climb from grasslands that are home to speedy pronghorn, through the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pine teeming with forest-dependent wildlife to windswept alpine tundra atop Mount Baldy (Arizona’s second-highest point at 11,420 ft).

Established in 2005, we are rapidly gaining momentum in completing our vision. WMNC is actively involved with White Mountains communities and organizations and are building a nature center that is focused on wildlife and nature education and wildlife rehabilitation.

For more information about our organization, see About Us.

Join Us for the White Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Open House and Ribbon Cutting Party – Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM


Saving wild animals is an important mission of the White Mountain Nature Center in Pinetop-Lakeside.  In order to meet this goal, the White Mountain Nature Center is opening new facility to rehabilitate wounded and injured animals so that they have a chance to re-enter the wild safely.  We have scheduled the ribbon cutting for the new White Mountain Wildlife Rehab Center at our Nature Center facility, on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Noon.

When the Nature Center acquired the Gallery building in January of 2015, they also gained an additional 2.5 acres of land behind the building which allowed them the space to provide Northern Arizona a wildlife rehabilitation center to help save the lives of our beautiful natural resource.  The Center received a grant that is allowed the Nature Center to break ground.  We are committed to helping animals and also reaching out to the entire community that is so interested in the welfare of wildlife in the area.

The program for the ribbon cutting will include a welcome from the White Mountain Nature Center President, Diana Butler, along with a brief overview of the plan for the Center,  information on the Nature Center’s history, mission and funding will also be included.  A short hike to the Rehab Center for the ribbon cutting will be followed by a light lunch and meet and greet.  Please come and join in the festivities!

For more details on the White Mountain Nature Center, Rehab Facility, and open house, call (928)358-3069, or

Become a Member!

WMNC is now offering paid memberships to support the Nature Center and its programs. Memberships will enable the White Mountain Nature Center to:

  • Be a regional clearinghouse for all things environmentally related.
  • Offer activities to foster sound natural resource stewardship.
  • Promote sustainable  living, green  building, healthy forest and FIREWISE principles.
  • Diversify and promote a healthy local economy.
  • Be a place where people have FUN learning about and discovering nature.

Membership benefits include:

  • Member only events
  • Reserved seating at selected programs
  • Special access to speakers and animals
  • Designated discounts on Nature Center items
  • Discounted admission for paid programs
  • Discounted annual dinner tickets
  • Tax deduction

To become a member, either download our membership application, or you can purchase your membership online using the “Pay Now” buttons below.

Individual Membership – $30

Family Membership – $50