A place to enjoy. ALWAYS.
Here in Transylvania County, we are so thankful to all of the volunteers and organizations who support, sustain and enhance both our public lands and our rich creative heritage.
Whether you are a resident or a visitor, we welcome volunteers who want to be stewards of this special place we call home. The following organizations do important work in the “Land of Waterfalls,” and offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
We invite you to reach out to an organization whose work interests you.
Back Country Horsemen of Pisgah
Perpetuating the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness areas.
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club of Western North Carolina
Promoting healthy and fun lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina.
Carolina Climbers Coalition
The Carolina Climbers Coalition was established January 16, 1995 with the purposes of preserving the natural environment, promoting safe climbing practices and preserving climber’s access to climbing areas in North and South Carolina. Since 1995, the Carolina Climbers Coalition has grown and expanded. Today the CCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We still hold onto the motto of preserving, protecting, and expanding climbing opportunities, but that has taken new meaning. The CCC has purchased or leased several significant climbing areas in North Carolina such as Laurel Knob, Rumbling Bald West Side Boulders, Buckeye Knob, Asheboro Boulders, Sauratown, Big Rock in South Carolina, as well as Hidden Valley in Virginia. We have a deep and lasting relationship with the public and private land managers of climbing in the Carolinas. Our ongoing goals are to expand public climbing access in our region, maintain and steward existing climbing areas, and work with land managers to promote sustainable climbing access.
Carolina Mountain Club
The oldest hiking and trail maintaining club in western North Carolina, this organization leads over 175 hikes a year, maintains over 400 miles of trail and promotes conservation.
Creating a regional network of permanently protected farm, forest and natural land along the Blue Ridge Mountains, Foothills and Escarpment, Jocassee and Hickory Nut Gorges, and French Broad, North Pacolet and Green River Watersheds. Conserving Carolina conserves, cares for, and connects people to the places you treasure most.
Cradle of Forestry AIA
Dedicated to helping the public better understand conservation through education and recreation.
Friends of Dupont Forest
Dedicated to protecting and enhancing DuPont State Recreational Forest.
Friends of Gorges State Park
A non-profit organization created to develop, encourage and promote public awareness of Gorges State Park.
Championing resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in western North Carolina through project advocacy, outreach, education and on-the-ground projects.
NC Forest Service
Managing North Carolina’s public lands while ensuring adequate and quality forest resources on a sustainable basis.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Dedicated to conserving and sustaining the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input.
Pisgah Area SORBA
The largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the southeast, the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association works with land managers to create and maintain trail systems for mountain bikers to enjoy. The organization promotes education, land access, trail preservation and new trail development.
Pisgah Conservancy, The
Working to preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Pisgah Ranger District and to enhance the recreational experience of all visitors to Pisgah.
Focusing on conservation, education, mentoring and community outreach related to cold water streams in Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties.
River Link promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play.
Southern Highlands Reserve is a native plant arboretum and research center dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Transylvania French Broad River Stewards
A non-profit volunteer citizen group whose purpose is to promote the natural and economic vitality of the Upper French Broad River in Transylvania County.
Transylvania Natural Resource Council
Dedicated to responsibly managing Transylvania County’s natural resources, promoting the environment and educating the public on environmental issues.
NOTE; If you are an organization working to sustain and enhance our public lands or our rich creative heritage and would like to be included in this list, please contact Prentiss Brewer at Prentiss@brevardncchamber.org
Arts, Science and Cultural Organizations
Brevard Little Theatre
This vibrant community theatre was founded in the 1930’s and mounts a number of popular shows annually.
Brevard Music Center
One of the country’s premier summer music training programs and festivals, promoting instruction and performance including orchestral ensembles, chamber music and opera.
Fosters the development in the community of an appreciation for the performing arts by promoting and producing local musical entertainment and instruction for the benefit of the public through orchestral performances.
Mountain Song Productions
Socially- and community-conscious organization dedicated to producing music concerts, including the Mountain Song Festival.
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Dedicated to providing hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
Transylvania Community Arts Council
Enhancing the quality of life of Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals through programming, educational opportunities and advocacy.
Transylvania Handcrafters Guild
Providing programs, training, workshops and fellowship for county residents interested in the production, exhibition of quality handcrafts.
Transylvania Heritage Museum
A non-profit organization dedicated to the temporary and permanent displays of artifacts, genealogical exhibits, vintage photographs and other exhibits reflecting the history and heritage of Transylvania County.
Transylvania Historical Society
Celebrating the cultural and architectural heritage of Transylvania County. The historical society owns the Allison-Deaver house, built in 1815, and manages the McGaha Chapel, built circa 1872.
WNC Military History Museum
Providing an avenue for people to appreciate and honor the men and women who served so bravely in our armed forces.