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Piedmont Wildlife Center

Rating: 4 stars   4 reviews 1,283


364 Leigh Farm Road Durham NC 27707 USA


Piedmont Wildlife Center fosters healthy connections among people, wildlife and nature. This is accomplished through the following programs:

Education – Our goal is to stress the importance of the natural world and teach how we can live more harmoniously with the wildlife that share our environment and to live a more sustainable life.

Conservation – Our goal is to improve wildlife habitat to ensure that native wildlife in this area have clean air, water, food and ecosystems in which to thrive. Promoting the care of injured and sick wildlife – Our goal is to improve the network of veterinarians, rehabilitators, citizens and volunteers to ensure that injured and sick wildlife receive the care they need as quickly as possible.


We are creating a volunteer staffed wildlife hotline this spring so answer phone calls from citizens dawn to dusk so any injured or orphaned wildlife can be sent to local rehabilitators as quickly as possible.

Target demographics:

children aged 4-18 and adults in the Triangle area of North Carolina

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

Triangle region of North Carolina


Piedmont Wildlife Center has 3 operating programs: 1) Education Program; 2) WildlifeConservation Program (with internships); 3)Wildlife Emergencies. Our education is aimed at elementary, middle and high school students and teaches them natural history information about wildlife, causes of injury to wildlife and gives children options of things they can do to make a positive impact on their environment. The Conservation Program works with college interns year-round on various conservation projects to study native wildlife and to improve wildlife habitat in our local area. The Wildlife Emergencies program answers citizens questions about wildlife issues and directs citizens finding injured or orphaned wildlife to local rehabilitators for assistance.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My son has enjoyed being a camper for the last few years and a "junior counselor" last summer. He has had a great time and we've seen his patience and leadership skills come out as he learns to engage and help the younger kids. It seems to be a place where all kids feel welcome and cared about and where they feel free to explore the outdoors and play fun and active group games. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Piedmont Wildlife Center engages children, teens and adults to participate in outdoor activities that involve learning about the animals and natural habitats within central North Carolina. Plus, they take the time to answer hundreds of calls every month from people who ask about what to do with found injured wildlife or baby animals and give the callers specific instructions depending on the circumstances. I was overly impressed with the knowledge of the staff and their desire to encourage people to take an interest in the environment living around them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The growth in interested participants is wonderful. Children and teens particularly are drawn to the youth programs. It is wonderful to see so many youth enjouying outside away from tvs, cell phones and gameboys when they are at PWC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had some good experiences volunteering at Piedmont Wildlife Center as I felt I was contributing and there are nice people there, but when I set a limit against doing any (and usually last minute) administrative task (I didn't sign up for that), which seemed to pop into one leader's head while I wasn't given the information I needed to do my agreed upon tasks, I realized this area of administration is probably running along a rut, and I needed to leave. The Center seems to have two strong programs, with each leader very focused on their interest. So, for example, if you want to volunteer to work with raptors, you are likely to have a good experience. There aren't many volunteer roles for the Center's biggest strength, youth and teen camps and adult workshops, but the education director does take time to listen to and support the volunteers and interns as much as her schedule allows. Other areas mentioned in the Center's mission statement are run chaotically. I heard (summer '10) the mission statement is being revised, so perhaps these challenges will be addressed with the changes. For now, I only recommend accepting short-term, group volunteer assignments. The special projects coordinator, a volunteer, does a good job leading group tasks such as grounds maintenance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've learned how to share with the community how to assess how to best help an injured wild animal; for example whether the animal should be moved, a rehabilitator called, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide better general management and allow the interests and passions of staff members to channel into the specific roles for which they have skills and enthusiasm.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

After meeting with the Board several times and completing a fair amount of web research, I joined the Board. My experience is that the group is very dedicated to wildlife and educating the public. The Center's outreach programs are exceptional at providing personal and hands-on education to all ages. The staff and volunteer time and energy committment is amazing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the depth of knowledge and commitment of the staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always ready to reach out to the wildlife and the public.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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