Programs & Partnerships

Welcome to a Globally Recognized Nature Preserve

Grandfather Mountain, elevation 5,946 feet, has been a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve for decades.

Grandfather Mountain is owned by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, Inc. and its programs are supported by the sales of tickets and souvenirs. The Foundation’s objective is to steward the property in a way that preserves the natural wonder of Grandfather Mountain, provides the public easy access to its fantastic scenery, and inspires guests through programs and activities that give them a deeper understanding of the natural world.

In order to accomplish all that it does, the organization fosters partnerships with other successful resource managers that help facilitate sharing of knowledge and inspiration.

Grandfather’s stewardship partners include:

  • North Carolina State Parks & Grandfather Mountain State Park
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Nations Man & Biosphere Program
  • N.C. Natural Heritage Program
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • N.C. Wildlife Commission
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Appalachian Atmospheric Interdisciplinary Research
  • Appalachian State University
  • NC GreenTravel
  • N.C. Climate Office
  • Avery County Schools

Guests to the attraction can rest assured that the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is diligently working to preserve Grandfather’s natural resources while searching for new ways to present its wonders for the public. These are some examples of the conservation programs in which we participate:

  • HawkWatch – HawkWatch International
  • NC Natural Heritage Program Rare Plant Surveys
  • Bird Point Counts – Audubon Society
  • NC Candid Critters Project
  • Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Management