September 2 is an auspicious date for Grandfather Mountain.

Sixty-eight years ago, it marked the opening of the world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge.

In 2019, it saw the nonprofit nature park break ground on its most ambitious project since — the Conservation Campus.

Here, guests will experience the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, featuring all new state-of-the-art museum exhibits (designed by PGAV Destinations of St. Louis, Missouri), as well as outdoor learning spaces, an amphitheater, botanical garden and more.

What follows is a photo retrospective, showcasing the campus’s progress, from ceremonial groundbreaking to construction to present day. To learn more about the Conservation Campus and how you can help, click here.

Sept. 30, 2021
Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
Sept. 30, 2021
Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
Aug. 12, 2021
Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
July 15, 2021
Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
June 27, 2021
Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
May 20, 2021
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
April 29, 2021
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
March 23, 2021
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
February 5, 2021
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
January 26, 2021
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
December 10, 2020
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
November 20, 2020
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
October 23, 2020
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
October 2, 2020
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
September 8, 2020
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
August 7, 2020
Photo by Natalie Brunner | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
With ceremonial shovels in hand, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation president and executive director Jesse Pope, right, and benefactor Bob Wilson, left, break ground on the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, part of the nonprofit nature park’s forthcoming Conservation Campus. Surrounding Pope and Wilson are foundation board members, benefactors and friends of the mountain. Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation